While we strive for sustainability in all our luxury safaris, we’ve singled out these award-winning ecolodges not only for minimizing their environmental footprint, but also for their pioneering wildlife conservation projects and, importantly, support of and cooperation with local communities and culture.
Begin the Samburu region and the gorgeous Moroccan tents of Sasaab Lodge. The river that runs by attracts rich game and northern specialities such as Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich, as well as local Samburu herders and their flock. The Samburu here own the land on which the lodge is sat, earning an income in a way that encourages the protection of the landscape. The majority of staff and guides are also local, so you can be assured of an intimate and genuine cultural experience on village visits, camel rides and walks – a truly special introduction to Kenya.
Next, head south to the green Chyulu Hills at Campi ya Kanzi, the only safari lodge on a Maasai-owned reserve spanning 283,000 acres of pristine wilderness back-dropped by Mount Kilimanjaro. The luxury here comes from sharing the vast landscape – dotted with wandering elephant, lion and giraffe – with just (at most) 15 other guests, and from the unforgettable experience of tracking wildlife with a Maasai guide through his own land. Preserving wildlife, wilderness and culture has been central to the lodge for years.
End on the iconic plains of the Masai Mara at the unique Cottar’s 1920s Camp. Family run and on community owned land, the Cottars work in partnership with the Maasai here and have funded a number of projects including a school, footbridge and anti-poaching efforts, protecting a vital corridor for the great migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra between the Serengeti and the Mara’s plains. Witnessing this incredible spectacle is the greatest finale to any Kenyan safari.