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Bush Camps and Lodges


East Africa

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Mara Safari Club

Mara Safari Club

Brilliantly renovated, the Mara Safari Club by Fairmont Hotels is the newest jewel in the Mara. Magnificent tents feature lush appointments, four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking hippos bobbing and chortling in the river below. The main lodge is Africa at its most elegant with stunning artwork, tapestries and dramatic architecture. A large deck on the exterior follows the curve of the river, creating enchanting seating areas with superb river views. A swimming pool provides additional relaxation.

Kichwa Tembo

Kichwa Tembo

This camp offers one of the most stunning settings in Kenya, with its broad lawn, cactus gardens and seemingly infinite vistas of the savannah beyond. Kichwa's tents are spacious and comfortable with verandas opening to sweeping Mara views or secluded forested scenes alive with birds and monkeys. The main lodge is pavilion-style under a high, thatched roof and a particularly lovely place to dine with a view. The secluded swimming pool and surrounding lawn with chairs and loungers also face the golden savannah that stretches forever.

Mara Intrepids Camp

Mara Intrepids Camp

Mara Intrepid Camp enjoys a spectacular location above the Talek River and at the confluence of the Mara's four finest game-viewing areas. The camp is positioned upon shady raised platforms with sweeping views over the riverbank where wildlife come to drink. Furnished in the classic style of grand African safaris, Mara Intrepid's guest tents offer large four-poster beds and handsome colonial style furniture. Riverfront dining and a swimming pool complete this delightful experience.


Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai offers a panorama of landscape, sky and wildlife with the massive majesty of snow-capped Mt. Kilimajaro in the distance. The lodge is camouflaged in a forest of fever trees and palms, with spacious guest chalets built from local gum trees and pale slate, and featuring a sitting area and bedroom. Impressive wooden walkways cross green lawns leading to the airy main lodge, artfully designed using natural materials. There is a lovely swimming pool and an open-air bar dramatically positioned to overlook the wetlands.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

A Maasai theme dominates this remarkable escape in the African wilds. The lodge's terracotta colours and rounded shapes resemble a traditional dwelling, and the decor uses natural materials in unusual ways, reminiscent of the Maasai way of harmonizing all things with nature. The pool, main bar and outdoor terraces overlook the green grass of the lodge's waterhole, where herds of elephant, wildebeest and antelope graze just a few feet away under a floodlight at night.


Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

With its reputation for relaxed elegance, the Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club is a legend unto itself. Originally a private home during the "White Mischief" period of the 1930s, actor William Holden turned it into an exclusive private club in the 1950s with Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and Bob Hope amongst its founding members and frequent guests. Micato travellers receive preferred accommodations at this illustrious African escape, now a part of the esteemed Fairmont collection of properties.


Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Larsens

Larsens Camp

Tranquil and luxurious, this camp enjoys uninterrupted views of the Uaso Nyiro River from the private verandas of every spacious and stylish guest tent. An evocative lounge and bar tent sets the mood - kitted out with explorer Eric Larsen's original cabin trunks and pith helmets - and a dining tent features sumptuous dinners by candlelight on tables resplendent with silver and fine china. The Tree House, overlooking the Samburu plains, is a delightful place to spend an afternoon with a good book or sipping a Pimms Cup at sundown.

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Kitich Camp

Kitich is magical, and possibly the most remote camp in Kenya. Surrounded by fig trees and prehistoric Cycad palms, this recently-renovated camp evokes the safaris of yesteryear with six enchanting en-suite tents lit by hurricane lanterns. Swim in rock pools of nearby mountain streams, and relax in the cozy lounge overlooking the wildlife-rich river glade. With no roads, game is tracked on foot with an expert guide and armed ranger-choose a gentle stroll or vigorous trek!

 

 


Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

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Ol Malo

Nestled into a rugged escarpment with astonishing views across Kenya's timeless northern frontier is Ol Malo, the extraordinary home of the Francombes. Born in Kenya of settler families, Colin and Rocky Francombe are gracious and giving hosts. A sojourn with them is a complete immersion into the "real" Africa-their adventures and accounts of a life amongst wildlife and the Samburu people will simply amaze, as will the exotic luxury of their home.

 

sabuk

Sabuk

Sabuk is a luxurious aerie over beguiling wilds. Set on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, the five open-sided cottages here feature a rustically elegant décor of hand carved wood, thatch and stone furniture. Each cottage has its own design with en suite bathrooms and verandas facing the river gorge below. Sabuk's many luxuries are surpassed only by the grace of its owner and host, Verity Williams, renowned throughout East Africa as the first professional female safari guide.

 

loisaba

Loisaba

Loisaba was originally the Kenyan home of the late Italian Count Ancilotto. Now its 60,000 acres of wilderness are available for guests to share, and the lodge still reflects the exquisite taste of its original owner. Guests have a choice of a fully-staffed private cottage or the delightful lodge-each offering the relaxation of a swimming pool, spa and tennis court. Loisaba also offers guests a unique treat: a night in a four-poster "Star Bed," with only the boundless night sky for a ceiling.

 

 


Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

It's difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting than that enjoyed by the Lake Tarangire Sopa Lodge, a tranquil oasis nestled into a wooded hillside valley overlooking Tarangire Hill. Charming guest suites consist of a bedroom with two queen-sized beds and sitting room, plus a veranda with stunning views over the celebrated baobab-studded landscape. The lodge's unique swimming pool is located at the edge of a rocky gorge, with its own bar and refreshment centre - a delightful interlude between game drives.


Nairobi, Kenya

Norfolk Hotel

Norfolk Hotel

The essence of luxury since 1904, the Norfolk is the legendary hotel from which many safaris have embarked. The spirit of past adventurers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway linger romantically in the air here, particularly on the Delamere Terrace where explorers and locals alike have gathered for drinks and safari tales for generations. And of course, the hotel features everything you’d expect from a world-class property: impeccably-appointed rooms, a health club with gym, sauna and steam room, beauty salon and book shop to name just a few. Renovated in 2004, the hotel combines the best of both worlds—modern elegance and old-world charm.


Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The three elegant camps at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, each with its own personality, add something different to the place reverently referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The dichotomy here is enchanting—banana-leaf ceilings and carved Zanzibar wall paneling blend perfectly with crystal chandeliers and gilt mirrors. With suites perched on stilts on the rim, the crater is almost constantly visible, even from the bathroom. And of course, having a personal butler rounds out what is an unabashedly indulgent experience.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

An architectural marvel, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is built on the rim of the undisturbed eastern side of the crater. Designed to reflect the vastness of the African bush,it has no conventional windows, instead featuring huge walls of glass in both the public areas and guest suites. The breathtaking panorama of the crater - not to mention the luminous sunset - is brought into the very heart of the lodge. Guest accommodations are suites that include a spacious solarium overlooking the crater.

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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Equal in magnificence to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, the Serena is seemingly chiseled into the edge of the crater - its ivy-covered, native stone buildings blend masterfully into the surroundings. Most rooms have private terraces with extraordinary views of the crater floor. Large picture windows, beamed ceilings, old stone, heavy rustic wood furniture and lush greenery complete the idyllic effect.


Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

The setting for the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is spectacular: on the edge of the Escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake with its masses of pink flamingos. The abundant birdlife of the park inspired the design of the lodge, with swooping curves complemented by soft geometric patterns. Guest accommodations are pleasing whitewashed "rondavels" with thatched roofs on the outside and colourful furnishings on the inside.


Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Lodge

The Serena Lodge's design is inspired by traditional African villages - elegant yet unobtrusive. Individual "rondavel" bungalows house luxurious guest rooms, where the traditional skills of woodcarving, weaving and pottery are used both practically and decoratively. Soaring domed ceilings of thatched reeds add to the lodge's air of rustic grandeur. The lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas, where big game feed in full view of guests.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Another magnificent property, styled after a traditional Maasai manyatta or village.Blending in with the sun-bleached colours of the Serengeti, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the awesome spectacle of the vast savannah into this lodge. In the multi-level reception and dining areas, lofty ceilings and walls of glass create a stunning visual effect. Guest rooms are luxurious suites with private sitting areas and open balconies overlooking the plains.

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Kirawira Camp

Standing high on a bluff with views over the endlessly rolling reaches of the Serengeti, Kirawira is the epitome of a colonial-style safari camp featuring tasteful chintz lounges, Persian rugs, antique escritoires, wind-up phonographs, and leather-bound travelling cases. The decor of the twenty-five elegant tents is a clever blend of classic opulence and safari practicality with stained glass and mahogany bars, a private stone terrace for sundowners, and a private valet for service.

 

mbalageti

Mbalageti

Set in the western corridor, perched high on a hill with panoramic views over the sweeping plains, Mbalageti is a delight. Twenty-four romantic luxury chalets-constructed of local rock and wood-evoke the sensation of a bedroom in the wild, with private verandas offering the tranquillity of game viewing from your armchair. A rock pool on the edge of a hill also offers dramatic 360-degree views. Game drives, birding, hot-air ballooning, bush picnics and more are available.

 

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Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is dramatic and flamboyantly elegant, offering a ringside seat for the migration. Its ten luxurious safari tents feature vibrant, colourful interiors of African fabrics and locally sculpted furnishings, as well as al fresco showers open to the sun and stars. Built on the edge of the lush Grumeti River, it is a haven for hippo families bobbing and floating past your private deck. Activities include open-top game drives, bush picnics and outdoor dining.

 

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Singita Grumeti Reserves

Built as a private home by one of America's wealthiest individuals (billionaire commodities trader Paul Tudor Jones), Grumeti Reserves is, arguably, the most extraordinary safari experience anywhere in Africa. Lavish, sumptuous and chic...beyond belief. There's exceptional game viewing and bush walks, archery, tennis, hot-air ballooning, horseback game viewing, billiards, a fully equipped spa and gym, mountain biking and a jogging track. Not to mention that the reserve is about the size of Kenya's entire Maasai Mara, yet it hosts a mere two lodges and one tented camp-a grand total of 54 solitary guests within 340,000 vast game-viewing acres. All three sets of accommodations are, quite simply, exquisite. Choosing between them will be your delightful dilemma.

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