These two natural spectacles facing each other in the central highlands of Kenya like 2 gentle giants.
With an elevation of 5199m at the highest peak; Mt. Kenya National Park together with the area covered by the mountain is 715km2 in size and it averages between 175km to 190km from Nairobi and Nakuru depending on which part of the mountain side you want to go.
Mt. Kenya being the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa; this natural phenomenon provides a challenge in conquer for the daring and adventurous with mountain climbing for different categories from the basic mountaineering to technical mountaineering on the menu; for those that are just looking for rest and comfort. In the peace and tranquility of the mountain, this is the place to be.
Mt. Kenya national part together with the mountain area is about ……………………… Mt. Kenya can be accessed from many different routes depending on where you are coming from. It can be accessed through Karatina (Nyeri) Naro- Moru and Chogoria in Meru; among other routes.
The distances from Nairobi and Nakuru vary depending on where you are headed.
THE ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
With an average elevation of 3500metres (11,800ft); this is the longest mountain range in Kenya forming the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley.
It runs about 160km and straddles 4 counties in central Kenya namely; Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri and Murang’a.
The highest peak is at Mt. Sattima rises 3999metres (13,120ft) above sea level followed by Mt. Kinangop at 3906metresASL.
This national asset also serves as one of the most important water towers in Kenya with most of the water used in the capital city and most of the surrounding major urban centres and areas coming from dams and rivers deep inside the aberdares.
The Aberdare National Park is also home to wildlife such as the African forest elephant, the buffalo, and leopard many species of monkeys among other animals.
The park is also deeply forested and with the help of charitable organization an over 800km electric fence has been put around this natural resource to protect it from destruction and also to mitigates against human- wildlife conflict since it is surrounded by vast farmland.
Accommodation in both of these national parks include:-
- FAIRMOUNT MR. KENYA SAFARI CLUB
Situated high at the slopes of Mt. Kenya set over 100acres of landscaped gardens and manicured lawns against the backdrop of this towering mountain.
Offers the main restaurant where exquisite cuisines are served; 2 main bars offers meals including bush dinners (at added cost) and swimming in a heated swimming pool.
Other leisure activities include horse riding, golf, hiking, nature walks, and whitewater rafting among others.
120rooms all ensuites with a bar, burning fireplace, TV and private balcony. These rooms offer double, triple and single occupancy. There also are the William Holden Cottages ideal for families or friends travelling together.
- TREE TOPS
In the magnificent evergreen Aberdare National Park; the world renowned rustic tree. This establishment has royal connections since this is where Queen Elizabeth of England became queen after the death of her father. It is located at the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the aberdares and Mt. Kenya National Park, sited strategically at a watering hole and salt lick.
This beautiful hotel offers a lounge bar restaurant and a gift shop; leisure activities include, sundowner, game drives and trips to the moorlands.
With 32 double rooms and 3 suites; with ensuite bathrooms including a bath tub.
There is a scheduled shuttle service from the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri town.
Other accommodation facilities for these parks include:-
- Serena Mountain Lodge (Mt. Kenya),
- Aberdare Country Club (Aberdares),
- Outspan Hotel (Aberdares and Mt. Kenya),
- There are also camping facilities in the parks.
The Olpejeta Conservancy is in central Kenya’s Laikipia County sandwiched between the towering Mt. Kenya and the iconic aberdare ranges.
The conservancy is 90,000acre (360km2) but for- profit wildlife conservancy.
It is situated 206km from the city of Nairobi, and 176km from Nakuru by paved (tarmac) roads and 13km from the regional town of Nanyuki.
The conservancy is home to the big five namely lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino among other numerous carnivores, herbivores and birdlife.
It is also the only sanctuary where you can see the highly endangered chimpanzees in Kenya which have been rescued from captivity and protected here while in the wild.
Olpejeta conservancy is also home to the almost extinct northern white rhino.
It also has one of the largest populations of the endangered black rhino.
Sweet Waters Serena Tented Camp, clustered around a waterhole; this luxury camp is designed to offer a charming and unfettered ambience and in comprising luxury.
A restaurant with most kinds of cuisine, with a dining area with clear glass walled area where you can watch the black and white rhinos and other animals as they come to the waterhole for a drink.
Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks, and chimpanzee viewing at the chimp sanctuary.
56, luxury tents with ensuite bathrooms and private verandah with exquisite view of the waterhole.
Boarding is on a half board and full board basis.
Set against the spectacular view of the magnificent and second highest mountain in Africa – Mt. Kenya.
This house retains the original hospitality of old with its original and unique paintings and furnishings.
A dining room serving country style cuisine; leisure activities includes night and day game drives, swimming visit to the chimpanzees, sanctuary; there is also free WI-FI.
6 homely luxurious rooms with bathrooms ensuite and each can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child.
Boarding is on a full board basis with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
With scenic views like no other; Samburu national Reserve is situated in the northern part of Kenya with the Ewaso Nyiro flowing partly through the park, bordering both Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves.
Samburu National Reserve is 165km2 in size and is situated 350km from the city of Nairobi and 310km from the city of Nakuru; this park is easily accessible by both class A and B, fully tarmacked/ paved roads; the roads in the park are all weather roads.
There is a variety of animals and bird life seen in Samburu National Reserve. These wildlife and bird life are unique only to the northern plains including the Gerenuk (the giraffe gazelle) reticulated Giraffe, the Oryx, the greater and lesser Kuchu, and the very beautiful but rare gravy Zebra.
Other common animals also include four (4) of the big five i.e. Elephant, Lion, Leopard and the Buffalo. The fast running Cheetah and wild dogs are also found here along with other common Kenyan herbivores and scavengers.
Samburu National Reserve also teams with excellent birdlife; over 350 species of birds.
Samburu Sopa Lodge is situated in the middle of the park overlooking the scenic huge rock outcrops on one side and the flowing northern plains and the Ewaso Nyiro River measuring silently through the park; the panoramic view of the rugged scenery is certainly breathtaking.
With spacious public areas which includes the restaurant and reception which is accustomed with rich colours and art typical of the Samburu people.
30 rustic cottages with a private verandah. WC and shower unsuited with a single double and triple rooms provided for; the furniture and interior decor is made out of local materials. Board basis at Samburu Lodge is on both full and half board basis.
ELEPHANT BEDROOM CAMP
This small and exclusive camp by the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River is constructed and furnished in the rustic African style which offers the trappings and comforts of a luxury tented camp.
Huge herds of elephants normally pass near the camp and can be seen crossing and bathing in the river from the camp. Prides of lions and leopards are also regular visitors around the camp.
Offering an exclusive area where breakfast, lunch and candle lit diners are served under the open African sky or inside the superbly decorated dining area; truly, a home away from home.
Exquisite and comfortable 12 luxury tents with bathrooms ensuite and a large verandah each can accommodate 2 adults and a child.
Board basis is full board with breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea and coffee. Drinks are also available as a supplement.
SAMBURU GAME LODGE
This lodge naturally blends with the environment with the backdrops of mountains and statute like hills surrounded by shrubs and by lush green gardens. Samburu Lodge sits by the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River.
The lodge offers a dining room, a spacious lounge and two bars to ensure you homely stay.
Leisure activities includes game drives, swimming, Samburu dancers among others.
Other accommodation facilities include:-
- Ashnuil Samburu Camp,
- Larsens Camp,
- Samburu Intrepids
- Samburu Simba Lodge
- Sarova Shaba Lodge (adjoining Shaba National Reserve).
Together these two forms one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves. As a whole, it consists of a massive 10 million acres of pure unadulterated wilderness teeming with a multitude of wildlife.
With a wide range of scenic sceneries incorporating savannah, rocky hills and grotesque lava cent crops, an extensive river and spring system. This park gives you a chance to explore and discover nature in total solitude.
While on safari you will spot huge herds of the massive African elephant in their unique red dust covered bodies, buffaloes, lions elands and giraffes.
The Nairobi- Mombasa highway and the new Nairobi- Mombasa SGR railway line straddles these park and therefore easily accessible from both the city of Nairobi and the coastal town of Mombasa.
Several lodges and camps are situated here for your comfort; they include:
KILANGUNI SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Overlooking its own waterhole, this rustic stone-built lodge was one of the first wilderness lodge build in the Tsavo. The waterhole is often visited by a variety of animals for a drink. It is located within the Tsavo west National Park and easily accessed from the Mtito- Adei gate.
Facilities and accommodation
A central dining area with a thatched roof and a rock build bar and viewing terrace overlooking the waterhole. Leisure activities include but not limited to game viewing drives, swimming, nature walks etc.
Accommodation is in the form of 56 spacious rooms with beautiful décor; with verandahs some overlooking the Chyulu Hills and some the waterhole.
ASHNIL ARUBA LODGE
It’s located on the banks of Aruba manmade lake in Tsavo east national Park, 30km from Voi gate. It’s located in superb several watering holes nearby attracting various species of wild animals; it gives you sights you have never imagined.
Facilities and accommodation
Designed with the main guest area shaded by acacia trees, the lodge offers a restaurant with a variety of cuisine served a bar and an outdoor adult and children pools.
Accommodation for the guests is 46 superbly set and decorated rooms with ceiling fan shower room and safe leisure activities includes game drives, nature walks with the in-house naturalist. This offers you a perfect safari while in Kenya.
Lake Nakuru National Park in the environs of the city of Nakuru is 188km2. It provides sanctuary to one of the largest populations of rhinos as well as the Rothschild giraffe. It’s an alkaline lake which attracts flamingos which generally feed on the gree algae that grows in this lake.
The park is home to over 450 species of birds and therefore a bird watches paradise. The park is home to all but one of the big five namely the elephant. Large herds of zebras, the African buffaloes, waterbucks and various gazelles and impalas can be spotted here with the baboon cliff and the out of Africa viewpoints you can see the whole lake and most of the beautiful scenery of rolling hills and plain surrounding the lake. There are various picnic sites and public and special camping sites for the camping enthusiast. There are also various top of the range hotels and lodges inside the park.
LAKE NAKURU LODGE
Perched on a hill southeast of this densely animal populated national park, Lake Nakuru Lodge provides a perfect and relaxing get- away quality service and a great view of the lake.
Facilities and accommodations
88 rooms wonderfully stylish with African rustic furniture provide a warm and a cozy ambience. Build in the style of the traditional African village forming a half moon design with the restaurant bar and the swimming pool in the middle. This is a place to call home away from home. The rooms offer modern ensuite bathrooms with different kind of rooms including private cottages and private suites.
The lodge has main restaurant, bar, outside dining and also offers bush barbeques and sundowners. The main leisure activity is the game viewing drive complemented by swimming at the large pool, horse riding-safaris and bird-watching.
LAKE NAKURU SOPA LODGE
Set a top a range of hills located north west section of the park, the lodge offers one of the best spectacular views especially at dawn and at dusk. This lodge is beautifully designed and built to offer homely comfort and ambience.
Facilities and accommodation
The restaurant, bar and lounge have extensive roofed terraces. The huge swimming pool and pool bar with WIFI offers a place to relax and enjoy. To appreciate its unique place nature walks are offered
Accommodation is in 54 rooms all with ensuite bathrooms and balconies. Leisure activities include game drives, nature walks and bird- watching and swimming among others.
BWEHA SAFARI CAMP
It’s located at the western side of the fringes of Lake Nakuru Park. This is a unique and authentic gem. Hidden in a grove of euphorbia caledabram and surrounded by the western plains of Lake Nakuru ecosystem and overlooking the Mau Hills. Most of the species in this habitat have been spotted from here.
Facilities and accommodation
A sunken bush restaurant offering a choice of yummy freshly prepared meals. The bar also offers a variety of cocktails and liquors.
Comfortable accommodation in 10 cottages made of locally sources materials and decorated with a unique fusion of décor.
Not only is Amboseli one of the most popular destinations for safari enthusiasts to Kenya and Tanzania. The ‘roof of Africa,’ the highest free Standing Mountain in the whole wide world. Mount Kilimanjaro is located here, rising from the African plain to a height of 4900m from its base and the top being 5895 above sea level, this is the best place to see the spectacular view.
The flat landscape offers good opportunities to see large herds of the mammoth, plain African elephants (up to 100), a variety of game including, lions,leopards, cheetahs, gazelles, zebra, and wildebeest wandering freely.
There are different rtype of accommodation facilities here to provide you with comfort and rest as you enjoy your safari. These include:
AMBOSELI SOPA LODGE
Amboseli sopa Lodge is set in expansive serene surroundings facing Mount Kilimanjaro; build on a 190acre area of the Amboseli plains. It is an ideal base from which to enjoy your vacation whether working or leisure.
An enormous lobby furnished with comfortable seats. From the lobby, a walkway to the Kibo Restaurant opening to a terrace where a multi-ethnic combination of European, Asian and African cuisine dishes are served.
There are also 3 well stocked bars where guests can relax. There is also a big swimming pool and a children swimming pool to cool off.
83, rooms with en suite bath/ shower with 2queen size beds (twin) or one king-size bed. Making it suitable for any sleeping arrangement you may wish. There is also a honeymoon suite with beautiful furniture and huge verandah with a great view of the mountain.
AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE
Beside a clear gently flowing spring, Amboseli Serena Lodge is nestled in the foothills of the Kilimanjaro.
Accommodation with 92 air-conditioned rooms fashioned to taking either double or twin occupancy with en suite bathroom and shower. Family rooms are also available the rooms are build to reflect the Maasai Manyatta formation.
Offering international cuisine the central area is accessed on a timber bridge over a water stream. The bar has a broad terrace with a bonfire pit where you will enjoy your evening cocktails. Under a canopy of palm trees is the free form swimming pool for everyone to splashing fun.
Described as the newest seventh wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara meaning “dotted plain” is a natural enigma with its vastness a charging landscape as you drive by the hills wooded areas and the savannah intertwined together with the backdrop of mountains is in complete harmony is a sight to behold.
The Mara has an amazing concentration of wildlife in their undiluted natural habitat which is a sight to behold particularly with the 2million migratory wildebeest between June and October accompanied by half a million common zebras and gazelles; followed by the 3big cats, the lion, leopard and cheetah. In style, who are predators following their food and the accompanying scavengers. I would call this; “the theatre of the wild,” not to mention the crocodiles of the Mara floating in the river waiting for early Christmas.
The Mara is replete with all kinds of animals and birds and this is the place where you will spot the big five easily. Big herds of African plain elephants, the shy black rhino, the sly leopard, the superfast cheetah and ultimately the king of the jungle will be spotted here.
Many game lodges and luxury camps are available for your extra comfortable stay; this includes:-
SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP
Situated on a hill surrounded by the wide canopy of different trees and shrubs of the Mara i this luxury tented camp is surrounded by two streams and is in a dispersal area of the annual wildebeest migration.
Provides for instant access to the best game viewing in this gem of Africa.
The restaurant with an al fresco and indoor dining area and cuisines to suit everyone, a bar you can relax in and have cocktails or a beer and watch the traditional Maasai dancing in the evening, leisure activities include swimming in the huge pool, nature walks and visits to the Maasai cultural village and hot air balloon rides in addition to the main attraction of game viewing.
There are 75 tents with en suite shower that can accommodate 2adults and 1 child, standard tents and family units.
You can also enhance to club tents which has a check for private dining. They offer breathtaking views of the Mara plains.
MARA SOPA LODGE
Build in a traditional, Maasai style perched on a hill overlooking the Ololaimutia valley Mara Sopa Lodge provides you with an ample opportunity to view game in the park.
Situated next is the Ololaimutia gate; it is easily accessible from three different direction depending on where you are driving from.
Offers a restaurant where a wide variety of cuisine is served, bush breakfast and sundowners are served on request. There is also a lounge and bar for refreshments and drinks. During the day, you can dip in the swimming pool to cool off activities which include the main thing, game viewing drives, walking safaris, cultural visits to the Maasai Village and balloon safaris.
99 spacious cottages style rooms with en suite bathrooms and verandah positioned on the side of the hill overlooking the valley.
Build in the 60s’ as the first lodge off its kind in the Maasai Mara. This lodge built at the cross roads of the Mara, and is deep inside this vast park. Its build on a huge area covering 80 acres around a natural waterhole It retains its intrinsic character beauty and years of tradition and history. It is also next to a near permanent migration route of the annual wildebeest migration.
Offers a main restaurant serving local and international cuisine, 3bars, a café and TV lounge; a swimming pool and natural walks in the hippo pool, hot air ballooning are some of the leisure activities from here with game viewing arrives as the main thing.
87 rooms, 10chalets and 2 suites with ensuite baths and private balconies.
ASHNIL MARA CAMP
Sitting at the convergence of the Mara and Olkeju rivers of the Maasai Mara. It is this luxury camp which offers the traveler the best comforter and sevenity with 44 superb tents build along the riverbank offering luxurious accommodation. This camp is ideal for game viewing and in a very good position for the annual wildebeest migration.
A restaurant offering a wide variety of cuisine and an open oar bar serving a wide variety of drinks. This is a great place from which to view game in the vast Mara and pastime and relax in the evening.
Activities include game viewing drives, throughout the Mara, swimming and hot air ballooning.
There are 44 double/ living tents facing the river , designed and beautifully pitched with an en suite shower.