7 Africa Holiday Getaways
The holidays are coming and it is only safe to start planning where you are going to spend them. I have compiled some of the best holiday getaway destinations in Africa.
1. Naibor Safari For A Minimum of Two Nights
Naibor is a striking combination of contemporary style and low-key bush experience. It is a sanctuary surrounded by riverine forest on the banks of Talek river in Masaai Mara. Naibor has spacious tent houses with king-size beds, soft quilts, wide sofas furnished with bolster cushions and rugs. Each tent is carefully positioned making the most of the surrounding views and privacy.
Located in a prime location Naibor allows visitors to enjoy the Mara Game reserve while providing the freedom to enjoy the conservancy where you can enjoy walking and mountain biking.
How to Get here
There are regularly scheduled flights from Nairobi, Samburu, Lewa and Nanyuki. The nearest airstrip is Ol Kiombo.
The camp can be reached by road in 4 hours from Nairobi. I recommend a four-wheel drive for this trip.
If you are travelling with children under 8, arrangements must be made with the management. Children under 12 years are not permitted to go for safari walks.
2. Magic In Mauritius
Cross out 5 days in your calendar and make plans to be pampered at the magical destination of Mauritius. Stay at the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa. The place is made up of 65 villas (double rooms) which overlook the Tamarin Bay on Wolmar Beach.
The location is about an hour’s drive from the airport. To get the best of this getaway, book at least 4 nights with return flights. From Nairobi, Air Mauritius has daily flights.
3. Life’s A Beach In Zanzibar
Getaway this festive season and enjoy white sandy beaches at the Blue Bay Beach Resort in Zanzibar. The resort is only half an hour’s drive from the airport on the stunning east coast of the island. The Blue Bay Resort has 80 spacious rooms decorated in attractive Zanzibar-style furnishings and most of the rooms here have the perfect sea views. The lush tropical gardens and large cool verandahs give you a sense of true escape to the island paradise.
How to get here
There are return flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar including airport transfers to the island.
4. Discover Your Muse At Karichota
Karichota sits on a 10-acre plot of indigenous cedar and olive forest next to Burguret River on the Slopes of Mount Kenya. You can recharge here in a peaceful environment or fuel your inspiration to write or paint. Karichota is ideal for digital nomads and artists. It comes complete with a gallery and studio space. If you need to take a creative break and for anyone needing some time off to conduct a workshop then this is the ideal location for you.
If you are feeling energetic you can take a walk through the Mau Mau caves an hour away. You get the opportunity to see the flora, fauna and birdlife and view elephant at the nearby salt lick.
The facility is made specifically for self-catering and it comes complete with a gas oven and utensils. All you have to do is shop your essential items before you arrive. Better yet create a meal plan for your stay here. The house sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms.
5. Rondo Retreat Escape
The Rondo Retreat nestled in the Kakamega Forest – Kenya’s only rain forest is renowned for its fine food, tastefully furnished rooms and attractive rates. The retreat is an invitation to an unforgettable African experience.
Wake up to mornings bathed in new day’s sunlight, nature’s sounds and calls of the Great Blue Turaco. Set off to explore the breathtakingly vivid splendours of the forest. This includes birds, butterflies, trees, monkeys, hiking trails, viewpoints and guides.
Read a more detailed review of my stay at Rondo Retreat.
6. Dream Weekend Away In Naivasha
Malu, a charming country retreat secluded in the forest-covered hills overlooking Naivasha, is one of the best decisions you can make for a weekend escape. The lodge is an easy one and half hours drive from Nairobi and possesses all of the creature comforts you could wish for. From feather duvets, pure cotton linen to cosy country-style furnishings, open fireplaces and truly excellent food served in an intimate restaurant.
The accommodation has options for full board and self-catering accommodation. It has two spacious family villas each with two large double bedrooms and spacious central sitting room, plus four romantic straw bale cottages with huge four-poster beds and a cosy sitting area with fireplace.
Travelling with family?
The treehouse is just 5 minutes drive from the main lodge. The treehouse is self-catering accommodation only so come prepared with supplies. There is plenty of room to accommodate two families as it comprises of two double bedrooms and a children’s annexe
These cottages are just a few minutes from the main lodge. They contain one double only with a cosy sitting area and kitchen.
Things to do
While here you can explore the area by taking walks in the nearby forest, horse riding is available including mountain biking opportunities. There are residential homes nearby and here you can see domestic animals. If travelling with children you can engage them for a few hours doing several activities such as – egg collection, feeding chicken, rabbits and bottle-feeding lambs. They can also milk cows and enjoy donkey cart rides
I recommend 4×4 vehicles as the lodge is 11km from the main highway.
7. Rift Valley Bargain
For a truly satisfying break, the Malewa Wildlife Lodge is just about as good as you can get if you don’t feel like travelling too far from Nairobi. It is located in one of the loveliest locations in the Rift Valley where only the sounds of the river and chatter of birds interrupt the silence. Set in shady fever tree woodland on 3,500 acres of the private conservancy, the lodge is a great place to unwind. The Malewa river runs through the conservancy providing an endless source of pleasure for you.
The Lodge consists of six bedrooms. One a double-storey family cottage with two bedrooms and four ensuite rooms on stilts that are positioned along the river’s edge. For anyone wishing to indulge in a romantic weekend away, there is a honeymoon suite that comes with an outdoor bath.
There is plenty to keep you busy if you are not into relaxation only. You can ride horses and mountain biking to more sedate nature walks through the wildlife-rich conservancy.
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