The Great Migration, tribal culture and exclusive conservancies. Kenya is a very special destination for a luxury safari.
Our Kenya Accommodation Recommendations
Angama Mara$$$$$Towering high on the Rift Valley’s Oloololo Escarpment with direct and private access to the Mara Triangle, this lodge’s name was inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. It’s not only its location that makes it stand out, but also its commitment to education, health and conservation in the region. Each of the 30 luxury tented suites echo the traditional Maasai culture with splashes of red and tartan print throughout, coupled with minimalist design, so as not to disrupt the dramatic, 180° panoramic views. Soak up your surroundings with provided binoculars from the comfort of your own room, equipped with 10 metre wide, floor-to-ceiling glass windows or on the private wooden decks that hang above the Mara below. The Pavilion, which sits between the two campsites, is the perfect place to unwind after a day on safari. Catch the sun setting over the reserve with a drink at the cosy pit fire. Other luxury amenities include a fitness centre, swimming pool and art studio where you can meet local Maasai women, and watch their talented craft-making. New for 2020, Angama Mara will welcome the opening of Angama Safari Camp which will operate seasonally, between July and the end of September. This luxury tented camp accommodates eight guests in four stunning ensuite tents (doubles or twins). The exclusive, private camp will be positioned in a small forest, south west of the Mara Triangle and with views looking onto the plains and the heart of the mega herds of the Great Migration.
Mara Plains Camp$$$$$Just north of the Maasai Mara Reserve, in the 30,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this Relais & Châteaux camp offers you outstanding game experiences without the restrictions that the reserve itself imposes on other lodges. Each guest’s stay helps to contribute to various conservation and community projects. This conservancy adds a huge plus factor due to the privacy and minimal vehicle traffic within it. You can easily access the Maasai Mara Reserve, but the game in the conservation area is just as excellent. Leopard are regularly spotted passing through the camp and lions can often be heard in the distance. Stroll along walkways that wind their way through the forest between the tented suites that are built on high stilts offering you stunning views onto the Ntiakitiak Riverr or across the Mara plains. Each suite has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough-hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. Expect thick Lamu wood doors, deep purples, and brass accents. The raised library looks down onto hippos wallowing in the river, while the wine cellar is the perfect place to unwind and sample a selection of excellent South African and French wines. You can also choose to enjoy a private dining experience here. A highlight of the camp is the family suite, the Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, which is an exclusive-use, two-bedroom tented villa with its own team of dedicated staff. The game drive vehicles are all completely open which helps you get some phenomenal photographs. In addition to the game, you mustn’t forget that you also have a community nearby that you can visit and witness a genuine working village. A truly marvellous experience.
Sasaab Lodge$$$$$If you want an exclusive and luxurious escape combined with a Samburu bush experience, Sasaab Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Located on the edge of the Ewaso River in a pristine wilderness within the Westgate Community Conservancy, the lodge boasts some fantastic views and is perfectly located to give you some amazing game sightings. If you want to get involved in activities, there is a huge variety of things to get involved with but otherwise, ‘Spa Saab’ will look after you in calming treatment rooms and it even offers yoga. What’s more, Sasaab is involved in many projects with the local Samburu tribe and runs many sustainability initiatives. Each of the nine distinctive open-walled rooms are furnished with a Moroccan flair with simple but elegant trimmings. They are extremely spacious (over 100sqm each) with west facing verandas and their own private plunge pools overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. You’re higher up and closer to the Sahara here, so it can get very warm, but the lodge has been built to provide respite from the heat. The open tented rooms are airy and your plunge pool is just a short stroll from your bed. The family unit is ideal for two couples travelling together as well as families. This luxurious suite is spacious, featuring one en-suite double room and one en-suite twin room with a communal lounge and private plunge pool. The main dining area is reminiscent of a souk and is great for a lazy afternoon watching the game frequent the river below. The lodge has a strong relationship with the hundreds of families that live on and own the conservancy and they are very proud to give guests to the lodge a special insight into their daily lives. These cultural experiences are non intrusive and if you’re lucky, they might even invite you to see a genuine traditional ceremony in the village. Trips to the local Samburu markets take place twice a week and are not to be missed.
Our team of Africa experts will help bring this magical country to life with a private, personalised tour.
With a country as popular as Kenya, it’s very important to keep away from the crowds and mass-market tourism. That’s why, with Jacada Travel, you’ll experience a genuine and rewarding Kenya safari with visits to special, private conservation areas, owner-run camps and intimate luxury lodges. We’ve found the very best of Kenya and its hidden secrets for you to enjoy.
In this vast and varied landscape, you can witness some spectacular game.
- Experience the visceral excitement of the world famous wildebeest migration on the Maasai Mara (which we’ll help you enjoy in private conservation areas).
- Pop into Amboseli for stunning views over the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Further east to Chyulu Hills for remarkable insight into the lives of the Maasai.
- Venture north to the romantic Laikipia region of the Great Rift Valley with expert guides who’ll help you seek out the elusive black rhino.
- Visit the Samburu National Reserve for a variety of landscape where lion, cheetah and leopard stalk their prey.
With something for everyone, this game and culture rich country can be as action packed or as relaxing as you wish, in absolute comfort and luxury.
Luxury safari lodges in Kenya
There are so many incredible places to stay in Kenya, with the following just some of those handpicked by our travel designers;
- The light-footprint sole-use tented Angama Safari Camp
- Ol Donyo Lodge with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the waterhole
- Community and wildlife conservation focused Sirikoi
- Elegant safari retreat Segera which is set in sculpted gardens
See the best of Kenya on a private safari with Jacada Travel. Our Africa experts, with decades of first-hand experience between them, will create an incredible journey to witness some of the most incredible landscapes and wildlife spectacles on the planet.
Providing you with the best guides, sumptuous fine dining and some exquisite accommodation in one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world, Jacada can plan the perfect trip to Kenya for you. With your preferences in mind, we’ll select the best safari camps and lodges to avoid the crowds and enjoy the most captivating wildlife encounters. Tailored to fit your time and tastes perfectly, we’ll help you design a Kenya safari planned down to the smallest detail for an effortless trip that allows you to simply enjoy where you are.
Get inspired by browsing through some of our most popular example trips below. To find out more, call one of our expert Kenya Travel Designers to start planning your safari tour.
Kenya has given me my most memorable safaris – rich in wildlife, culture and history. From the Maasai Mara with its iconic Great Migration river crossings to the traditional culture and dramatic landscapes of the Samburu. The warmth and hospitality of the Kenyan people makes it a place to return, time and time again.
Our Top Kenya Trip Suggestions
Where to go
Need to Know
is the local time
Kenyan Shilling is the local currency
Nairobi is the capital city
Ugali is Kenya's national dish
Mombassa is the country's largest city
When to go
January to March is hot and humid but game will be condensed around water. July to October are the ideal months to travel, with the Great Migration in action.
We couldn’t have done it without Iain and Tamera leading us, helping us and planning with us! They listened, and made dreams come true! If you’re planning a Safari - don’t do it without them!! Forever grateful for an amazing trip of a lifetime for all 8 of us! Thank you isn’t enough!
My husband and I wanted to take a moment to sing the praises of both Jody and Tamara for all their support in helping us plan our recent family vacation to Kenya. We have two little boys 7 and 4 and we quickly learned this would be a big undertaking for us and we could use the support of some…
Jacada did an amazing job of orchestrating our trip. We loved Sasaab and Angama, and had amazing guides and activities enjoyed by our three boys ! Could not have been better organized!
We recently traveled to Kenya & Tanzania with Jacada. Perfect luxury travel and top notch service the entire trip. Will always book with Jacada.
Awesome experience! Jacada travel and their representatives in Kenya did a great job planning the trip and were there every step of the way from the minute we got off the plane in Nairobi (they were waiting outside the airline door to help with immigration and customs formalities) to the time we went through security in Nairobi for our trip…