Best hotels and hostels in Western Kenya

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Olare-Orok Conservancy

    Mara Plains

    This utterly captivating camp has a dozen tents with beds and showers carved from old wooden railway sleepers and quality rugs lazing across the floors. The highlight for most, though, are the big, free-standing brass bathtubs overlooking a river of wallowing hippos. In keeping with Great Plains philosophy, the camp's footprint is minimal and could be removed without a trace.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mara North Conservancy

    Saruni Mara

    Way to the north of any of the other camps, and virtually on the border of the conservancy, this breathtaking camp has around a dozen tents dusted with antique furnishings and colonial bric-a-brac. Some even have open log fires and the decoration in each follows a theme of writer's, photographer's or artist's studio. The setting is in animal-packed, forested hills.

  • Lodging in Mara North Conservancy

    Off Beat Mara

    With just six tents on the bend of a tree-lined river, this is one of the smallest and most personable of the Mara North camps, with bush-chic tents filled with heavy wooden furnishings exuding an authentic old-African-safari feel. Wildlife abounds around the camp and this is one place where they've resisted the temptation to manicure the lawn – it feels wild.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Naboisho Conservancy

    Asilia Naboisho Camp

    So what if the tents, with their huge beds and indoor and outdoor showers, are among the most extravagant around. Why people really stay here is the opportunity to walk over animal-crammed savannah with an expert guide. If that wasn't enough, the wildlife viewing right outside the tents is superb, with big cats frequently passing in front of the camp.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Naboisho Conservancy

    Kicheche Valley Camp

    High in a valley that looks down into the heart of the conservancy – there is not a single light in view at night – Kicheche Valley is a terrific property. Top-level guides, a Gold Eco rating for sustainability and original safari tents with wonderful light floors made from recycled tetrapak, which give them a refreshingly contemporary look, are huge selling points.

  • Lodging in Mara North Conservancy

    Elephant Pepper

    This intimate camp has eight tents that are luxurious without being over the top and food that is of a genuinely high standard. But what really makes Elephant Pepper stand out is its setting, under a dense thicket of trees with views over rolling grasslands that, at times, can be a seething mass of grunting, growling and trumpeting megafauna.

  • Lodging in Mara North Conservancy

    Saruni Wild

    Protected from view by a stand of riverine woodland and looking out across the plains of the northern Mara, Saruni Wild sits in the heart of some of Mara North's best wildlife country. The three tents are beautifully spaced, giving a wonderfully intimate in-camp experience, and the sundowner table feels like it's on infinity's edge.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Saiwa Swamp National Park

    Sirikwa Safaris

    Owned and run by the family that started Saiwa, this beautiful old farmhouse is 11km from the swamp. You can choose between camping in the grounds, sleeping in a well-appointed safari tent or, best of all, opting for one of the two bedrooms full of National Geographic magazines, old ornaments and antique sinks.

  • Lodging in Siana & the Southeastern Conservancies

    Olarro Lodge

    This sublime lodge on the Leleshwa-Olarro Conservancy sits halfway up a lightly forested hill. The cottages have a warm and inviting feel to them, with curved spaces, canopied ceilings and everything designed to take advantage of the sweeping views. Remember, however, that this is a lodge, not a tented camp, so it lacks the close-to-nature feel of the camps.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Olderikesi Conservancy

    Cottar's 1920s Camp

    One of the most storied camps in the Mara region, Cottar's, owned by a legendary safari family, induces a misty-eyed sense of longing from those lucky enough to have visited. As the name suggests, the enormous, stunning tents are dressed up like a well-to-do 1920s gentleman's lodging, with all manner of colonial and safari memorabilia.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mara North Conservancy

    Kicheche Mara

    Stunningly sited in a lush, intimate valley along a hippo-inhabited stream lined with acacias, Kicheche is a lovely property. The large tents with bucket showers have fine views and are wonderfully strung out along the valley, and there's a lovely mess area with free wi-fi. The safari vehicles have, like all at Kicheche camps, beanbags for photographers – a detail we always appreciate.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Masai Mara National Reserve

    Sala's Camp

    So far south in the Masai Mara that you're almost in Tanzania, Sala's Camp is a real find. Away from the busier central and northern areas of the reserve, you'll feel like you're in your own private corner of the Mara. That does mean you'll need to drive further to explore, but the remoteness and wonderful tents more than compensate.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Maji Moto Group Ranch

    Maji Moto Eco-Camp

    On a hillside among granite rocks contorted into fantastical shapes, Maji Moto is around 60km north of the reserve proper. The camp is fairly simple but beautifully conceived, where guests sleep in large dome tents with mattresses on the floor. The highlight here is more cultural than wildlife – there are animals on the nearby plains but predators are rarely sighted.

  • Lodging in Naboisho Conservancy

    Basecamp Eagle View

    The most upmarket of the three Basecamp offerings around the Mara. The six tents here are stretched along a ridge with mind-boggling views over a salt lick and miles of savannah. Despite the undisputed luxury, Eagle View still follows the company ethos of uncompromising sustainability. Excellent walking safaris are a highlight of a stay here.

  • Lodging in Naboisho Conservancy

    Basecamp Wilderness

    Of all the camps in the Mara conservancies, Wilderness is probably the most authentically 'safari'. There are five simple, but very comfortable, tents with hot bucket showers and good beds set in a hidden valley that's home to a resident leopard and lots of other animals.

  • Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve

    Bateleur Camp

    As we've come to expect from &Beyond's wonderful portfolio of camps, Bateleur combines a contemporary design look with the old-school necessities of a safari experience – they understand, for example, that sometimes it's necessary to see the Mara's sweeping plains without even getting out of bed.

  • Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve

    Kichwa Tembo Camp

    Just outside the northern boundary of the reserve, Kichwa has been recently renovated and has permanent tents with grass-mat floors, stone bathrooms and tasteful furnishings. Hop in a hammock and take in spectacular savannah views. The camp has an excellent reputation for its food and is well positioned for the migration river-crossing points.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Masai Mara National Reserve

    Rekero Camp

    We're big fans of Asilia Africa's properties, and Rekero is no exception. On a bend in the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara, Rekero is ideally placed for reaching all corners of the reserve. Its tents are the perfect mix of uncluttered safari simplicity, muted khaki tones that blend with the surrounds and a supremely comfortable set-up.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Masai Mara National Reserve

    Mara Expedition Camp

    A tiny camp that's so well hidden under the riverside trees it's impossible to see until you're pretty much in it. Yet again, Great Plains Conservation has produced a winner that combines clever conservation work with five tents that are the epitome of refined-safari style with leather armchairs, old travellers' trunks and brass bucket showers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kakamega Forest

    Rondo Retreat

    To arrive at Rondo Retreat is to be whisked back to 1922 and the height of British rule. Consisting of a series of wooden bungalows filled with a family’s clutter, this gorgeous and eccentric place is a wonderful retreat from modern Kenya. The gardens are absolutely stunning and worth visiting even if you’re not staying.