Must-see hotels in Kenya

  • Special Campsite

    Masai Mara

    This site by the Sand River needs to be booked in advance through the park authorities.

  • Abubakar Khatib Ali

    Lamu Archipelago

    Friendly Abu puts up travellers at his humble home and can arrange home-cooked meals.

  • Umra Homestay

    Lamu Archipelago

    This place gives travellers a good taste of village life.

  • Silverview Hotel

    Southern Rift Valley

    Well, they've gone to the trouble of cheering up the concrete yard, splashing it in baby blue and pink, so that counts for something, even if the paint is…

  • Naishi House

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    If you're travelling in a large group, this stone farmhouse represents good value inside the park. Four bedrooms sleep up to eight people, and there's a…

  • YWCA Mombasa

    Mombasa

    If you don't mind the inconvenient location (lack of proximity to attractions and dining scene) or the Dickensian-orphanage-meets-the-tropics vibe, this…

  • KWS Campsite

    Amboseli National Park

    Just inside the park's southeastern boundary, the KWS campsite has toilets, an unreliable water supply (bring your own) and a small bar selling warm beer…

  • Samburu Sports Centre Guesthouse

    Northern Kenya

    One of the only places to stay in South Horr, this sports centre usually functions as a sports camp for local children. There is a full-size basketball…

  • KWS Campsite

    Kenya

    Although still nominally functional, this campsite is no longer recommended – the once-nearby park headquarters has moved elsewhere, making security an…

  • Blue Towers Hotel

    Kenya

    The architects here have done themselves proud, managing the tricky task of incorporating both a petrol station and a couple of castle-like towers into an…

  • Tripple J Paradise

    Kenya

    A pastel-orange building conveniently situated on the main road south to Moshi in Tanzania, Tripple J Paradise is little more than a crash pad for drivers…

  • Lodwar Lodge

    Northern Kenya

    Slightly tatty concrete cottages that are fairly clean and secure. Though worn, it's much less so than other town-centre options. Tends to get quite noisy…

  • Gallasa Diqa Womens Group Lodge

    Northern Kenya

    The half-dozen very basic huts of the Gallasa Diqa Womens Group Lodge are located slightly outside of town at the western end. Luxury they're not;…

  • Wambuku Hotel

    Southern Rift Valley

    Although it looks like an overpopulated block of inner city flats, this hotel has clean rooms in a central location. Windows overlook the courtyard and…

  • Olorgesailie Campsite

    Southern Rift Valley

    This campsite, at the gate of the Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site, is your only option out here. It’s fairly basic (you’ll need to bring your own food,…

  • Lake Nakuru Youth Hostel

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    Housed in a block of low-slung rooms laced with green trim, this hostel is open to anyone, regardless of age. It's set in calm surrounds (unless there's a…

  • Meru South County Council

    Kenya

    The Meru South County Council has several bandas in the Mt Kenya National Park that can be booked – they are very basic, but will do in a pinch if there…

  • Shipton’s Camp

    Kenya

    Bunk-house at 4200m for the third night on the Sirimon Route. There is a tap and a pit latrine but no fires are allowed, so make sure you have a warm…

  • Oloirien Kimana Tented Camp

    Amboseli National Park

    Just outside the park boundaries, 2.8km south of the Kimana Gate, this camp is bare and dusty but friendly, with basic tents and simple bandas (thatched…

  • Sessi Guesthouse

    Northern Kenya

    This place, a short way out of the centre, is clean (well, clean for Moyale) and fairly quiet. It does double as a timber yard, with several stray dogs…

  • Mackinder’s Camp

    Kenya

    You're likely to spend your second night here, at 4200m on the Naro Moru Route, which has spectacular views of the different peaks. Book through Naro Moru…

  • New Joruna Complex Hotel

    Kenya

    If you are intent on staying in Naro Moru, then this is the place to stay. Cheap enough for any budget, the rooms are spartan but clean and have mosquito…

  • Morning Star Guest House

    Northern Kenya

    The bougainvillea-dressed Morning Star Guest House provides for a night’s kip – though it doesn’t supply the peg you’ll need to place over your nose…

  • Joyland Hotel

    Lake Victoria

    Although the basic rooms are essentially clean, those with delicate sensibilities might find the shared toilets a bit grim. Food is available in the…

  • Liki North Hut

    Kenya

    If trekking the Sirimon Route, you will likely acclimatise here on the second night at 3993m. There is a river nearby, space to camp and a small hut that…

  • Namanga Maasai Hotel

    Kenya

    As basic as they come and really only for those on a real shoestring, the Namanga Maasai Hotel has unappealing digs in basic rooms arrayed around rather…

  • Chambai Hotel

    Masai Mara

    The rooms in this town-centre place, not far from the matatu stand, are a little dark and noisy, but they have balconies, small TVs and huge bathrooms –…

  • Riverside Camp

    Southern Rift Valley

    Right at the lake's southernmost tip, this basic site sits beside a seasonal river and is really only worthwhile if the other sites are full.

  • Kamburu Public Campsite

    Kenya

    Mwea's most accessible campsite is very basic, with no water, toilet or kitchen facilities. It's close to the reserve headquarters.

  • KWS Campsite

    Tsavo West National Park

    This basic public campsite is at Chyulu, just outside the Chyulu gate. Be prepared to be self-sufficient.

  • Delta Dunes

    Kenya

    This remote, exclusive lodge sits at the scenic mouth of the Tana River and offers walking and canoe safaris (included in the price) amid the marshes. It…

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