5 of Kenya’s Most Romantic Conservation Safari Camps
Kenya’s Safari camps are known around the world for their unbridled romance. In this post, I share 5 of the best romantic experiences.
1. Finch Hattons
Their tagline is where ‘luxury meets legend’ rightly describes the atmosphere of Finch Hattons. Named after Denis Finch Hatton who was an aristocrat, pilot, photographer and adventurer. The camp has 14 stylish tented suites have decks overlooking the hippo pools, lavish furnishings, discreet personal bars and bathrooms complete with free-standing copper bathtubs. The Finch Hattons Suite is the epitome of elegance with a heated pool, butler service and private chef.
They offer game drives in open vehicles at the time when you prefer. You can also take sundowners, bush breakfasts, walks and cultural visits to local Masaai villages or just relax by the pool and enjoy luscious treatments and therapies at the spa, and dine on tasty cuisine. Finch Hattons works with local communities to provide employment and supporting conservation projects.
2. Ngare Serian
Mara North Conservancy
Ngare meaning by the river is an unassuming way to describe this heavenly camp tucked into the verdant riverbanks of the Mara River. Reached on foot over a rope bridge the camp has only four tented suites all furnished with four-poster bed, chaise longue, open bathroom, and a spacious veranda with bathtubs. The timing of game drives and night drives, nature walks and river fishing is entirely up to you. There is the nest which a picturesque tree house and to do photographic safari drives with one of the professional photographers in residence. As a member of Mara North Conservancy, Ngare Serian contributes to the lease of land from the Masaai landowners, ensuring both communities and wildlife are protected.
The Moroccan inspired Sasaab, high above the Ewaso Nyiro River, is a fusion of Arabic Arches, Swahili lanterns, stylish antiques and extensive vistas. Each of the nine capacious suites has a private plunge pool from which you can view the game. You can take a game drive to see the distinctive animals of Kenya’s north, then visit the local Samburu to discover their vibrant culture or wander more slowly through the region, bird watch or stargazing. For the truly adventurous, you can take a camel safari or fly camping. The camp has a SpaSaab you can enjoy. It supports community tourism to preserve the remote yet stunning Samburu National Reserve.
Borana looks out over the rolling hills of the Borana Conservancy and it consists of stone and cedar cottages set into a lush hillside. Each cottage has its character with expansive views, open fireplaces and showers cut into rocks. Activities here include horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, rock climbing, game drives, nature walks and helicopter flights.
You can also spend the day at the infinity pool looking across the conservancy while taking some fresh cocktails. You can participate in the day to day running of the ranch and in conservation tasks like tracking with scouts and monitoring rhinos and lions, Borana Conservancy is well known as a rhino sanctuary and is committed to securing the important habitat for endangered species.
5. Angama Mara
Finch Hattons., high on a hill, overlooks the sweeping plains for he worlds famous Masaai Mara. The camp has two clusters of 15 glass front end tented suites, their wood and canvas interiors enhanced by splashes of Maasai red. You are welcomed to plan your day as you would like. Activities include balloon flights, game drives, nature walks and cultural visits to local Masaai villages.
You can take a picnic or return to camp to dine on delicious home-baked bread and grass-fed beef, fresh local vegetables and prawns from Kenya’s coast. Don forget to take advantage of the library of African books best read on a sunbed by the pool. The Angama was established to make a meaningful and sustainable difference to the communities around the lodge and currently supports projects in education, health care and conservation.
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