Kenya

Mahali Mzuri

 

As you'd expect from a member of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition collection, Mahali Mzuri safari camp in the Maasai Mara in Kenya is one of the slickest safari camps you're likely to come across. In a private conservation area, which is approximately an hour's flight due west of Nairobi, it's right in the heart of the wildlife-rich plains and the migration path (July-October), ensuring wildlife aplenty, with a high chance of spotting the stars of the show.

This may not be camping as you know it - this is not even boutique camping, but something far superior. A crop of just twelve stylish, space-age structures on the lush green hillside, the luxury tents boast wooden floors, a plush en-suite bathroom, heaps of living space and a raised patio with a view of the bush and beyond. You'll have access to the luxe facilities, which include the dining, lounge and bar area, a 12-metre infinity pool with a sunbathing deck and the Nasaro spa treatment room offering Africology treatments.

Twice daily, you'll hop into a 4x4 Land Cruiser with your experienced guide and explore the wild beauty of the 13,500 hectares of game land. This is a truly intimate experience with uninterrupted views of the animals, plus drinks on hand to toast the sunrise or sunset. You can also take guided bush walks to learn more about the plants and their medicinal properties, as well as getting a closer look at the smaller animals and insects that Africa is famous for.

 

Sasaab

 

Sasaab is situated on a rocky ridge above the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro river in north-central Kenya. Here in the heart of Samburu land, Sasaab is the only lodge in the vicinity and the safari experience is all the more spectacular for the location’s wildness, in an area renowned for its variant species.

 The architecture of Sasaab follows strong Moroccan design principles, in which African heat is of primary consideration. Each of the nine Moroccan-styled rooms is over 100m² with an enormous open-air bathroom and private plunge pool. From the veranda, guests can take in the remarkable views across the Laikipia Plateau toward the jagged peak of Mount Kenya. Its position on the river naturally facilitates watching the herds of elephant that come to bathe.

 Enjoy guided walks, bird watching, stargazing or a visit to SpaSaab for world-class beauty treatments. For the more adventurous take a game drive, camel ride or spend a night or two in the further reaches of the conservation, fly camping and sleeping under the stars. Sasaab also has close ties with the local Samburu tribes who are delighted to share their traditions and we actively encourage guests to visit.

 

Angama Mara

 

Impeccably designed to make the most of its enviable location, high on the escarpment overlooking the Masai Mara, the rooms and communal areas at Angama Mara offer incomparable vistas and the feeling of being on top of the world.

 

The camp is split into two sections of luxurious tents with a shared central pavilion, complete with a fitness centre and swimming pool, and a separate communal dining and lounge area for each side of the camp. Encased in glass panels so as not to limit the view, each of these main guest areas features an outdoor infinity deck that stretches out over the edge of the escarpment, creating a wonderful place to relax while gazing across the surrounding scenery. Guests can relax inside and enjoy the spectacle of storms rolling across the plains, while on finer days you can recline on one of the many comfortable loungers out on the deck. There's also a small library area, perfect for enjoying the camp’s excellent collection of African books and films or for an intimate private dinner.

 

Sala's Camp

 

Situated in the remote southern section of the Mara, Sala's Camp is a tranquil, intimate little camp with stunning views over the Sand River looking towards the Serengeti of Tanzania. The environment is incredibly game-rich, with guests able to game view practically from their tents. It is a perfect base from which to explore the mighty Maasai Mara reserve, and an excellent spot to see the migration in as it passes through – from July to September it is particularly rewarding as the herds move back and forth between the Serengeti and the Mara in search of lush grasses. Expect some very exciting river crossings, and great predator sightings as they follow the herds in search of a meal.

 

The camp itself is tented, with just seven luxury tents and a very comfortable main area, each tent offering lovely views of the river or the surrounding forest. Tents are based on the traditional safari style, but have glass fronts and are contemporary and comfortable inside, each offering their own private plunge pool. Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives with your expert Maasai guide. Also on offer are balloon rides over the Mara, an incredible way to view the wildlife and get a bird’s eye view of the action!

 

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