Umani Springs

Lodge in Southeastern Kenya

A beautiful place to stay and wonderfully removed from the tourist scrum, this gracious, designer-renovated lodge is deep in the Kibwezi Forest, around 10km north of the Nairobi–Mombasa road. It's self-catering, so you'll need to bring in all your food, but there are staff (including a cook if required) and a real sense of having discovered your own private African retreat.

It's ideal for groups, and proceeds go back into local conservation projects that help protect the forest.