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Chui Lodge - Kenya, A unique experience
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Built by the community for the community
Private home stays
Usually located on private reserves or game conservancies, private home stay accommodation is typically presented against a background of beautiful colonial-style farms or mansions set in glorious grounds. Catering is usually of the highest standards, and uniquely ‘home-made’, while your ‘hosts’ will welcome you very much as a member of the family.
Private ‘Fly’ Camps
Some of our adventure travel choices feature private tented camps, which are pitched in specific locations within the national parks and reserves. Tailor-made to our client’s specifications, they feature luxury tents, ‘safari’ kitchens, beautifully-presented central ‘mess tents’, and central campfire and ‘sun downer’ areas. Bathroom facilities vary from camp to camp (see the specific information offered on your itinerary).
A limited number of lodges are offered (many of them located on private community ranches), which have been designed and built by the local community using ecologically friendly materials, traditional art and décor, and sustainable energy. Many specialize in unique diversions such as camel treks, visits to cultural villages or authentic dance performances; and all proceeds are shared with the local community and/or devoted towards the preservation of the wildlife and environment.
Other great East African travel accommodation comes in form of uniquely placed or special purpose stays, houses, hotels, safari lodges and tented camps which can be experienced on a Kenya safari, Tanzania safari, gorilla trekking on Uganda travel or while on Zanzibar travel.
Other East African Holiday & Travel Accommodation • Tented Camps and Safari Lodges • Safari Hotels
Kenya Accommodation • Zanzibar Accommodation • Tanzania Accommodation • Uganda Accommodation
|Acacia House - Masai Mara|
Acacia House is a small private safari house, which stands at the foot of Kipileo Hill in the Olchorro Losit Valley, a community conservation area just north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. Simply constructed but spacious, it overlooks the Rekero waterhole and stands in extensive gardens, which also feature a swimming pool. The house offers two spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a third attic bedroom which is ideal for children.
|Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House - Rift Valley, Kenya|
Located on the privately owned Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, Chui Lodge is an exclusive retreat, epitomizing the meaning of the word ‘Oserian', which in Maa, the language of the local Maasai, means ‘the place of peace'. Standing on the floor of the great rift valley, the lodge is built from local stone and acacia, Leleshwa and olive woods. The internal décor makes use of locally crafted batiks and bark cloth. A dedicated wilderness area, the sanctuary offers an array of wildlife.
|Gibb's Farm - Ngorongoro, Tanzania|
At the edge of a forest facing the Mbulu Hills to the southeast, this charming 80-year old Gibb's Farm farmhouse set in lush gardens and is still a working farm and coffee plantation. Originally built by German settlers in 1929, it retains almost all of its original atmosphere and now offers 22 luxurious farm cottages, all with private verandas, garden bathrooms and open fireplaces.
|Loldia House - Lake Naivasha, Kenya|
Nestling under acacia and wild fig trees on the green western shores of Lake Naivasha, Loldia House is an old farmhouse on a ranch, built around a courtyard while its main archway frames a stunning view of dormant volcano Mount Longonot. The lawns that surround the house are grazed at night by hippos from the lake. As well as offering unrivalled tranquility, personal service, home-cooking and magnificent views, Loldia also offers...
|Lukuba Island Lodge - Lake Victoria, Tanzania|
Lukuba Island Lodge is situated on a small archipelago of rocky islands, that lie in the extensive waters of Lake Victoria, just west of Musoma in Tanzania. This enchanting lodge offers just five stone bungalows with grass thatched roofs, that stand just a few steps away from a deserted lakeside beach. Shaded by fig trees and ringed by enormous rocks the cottages enjoy stunning views, a soft sand beach, unrivalled bird watching and plenty of activities.
|Malewa Ranch House - Naivasha, Kenya|
An original colonial farmhouse, Malewa Ranch House was once the home of a member of the infamous 'Happy Valley' set. This lovely old house stands on the banks of the Malewa River, between Naivasha and Nakuru. Standing within the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy and with access to all the many activities on offer there, the house offers 5 bedrooms, a lounge, and a generous verandah.
|Mukima House - Laikipia, Kenya|
Deep in the heart of Laikipia, Kenya's most pristine and privileged tourism arena, stands historic Mukima House, its twin gables and cedar-framed windows gazing across rolling lawns towards the glittering spires of Mount Kenya. Set on velvet lawns dotted with pepper trees, skirted by broad stone terraces, fringed with lavender beds and embellished with a shaded tennis court and an oval swimming pool, this half-timbered mansion in the old English style could just as easily stand outside London as at the heart of Laikipia.
|Mutamaiyu House - Laikipia, Kenya|
Mutamaiyu House is on Mugie Ranch situated at the northern end of the Laikipia plateau in northern Kenya. Described by a recent visitor as "Heaven on a Hill", it is a magnificent family owned house built in a grove of ancient, twisting olive trees. Named, by one visitor, "Heaven on a Hill" Mutamaiyu is a magnificent family- owned house that is named after the Swahili name for the ancient twisted olive trees that grow around it.
|Ndali Lodge - Kibale, Uganda|
Family-run Ndali Lodge lies adjacent to the Kibale National Park, amid the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake region of Western Uganda. Surrounded by 1,000 acres of fertile farmland, it perches on the rim of an extinct volcano, which is now filled with the blue-green waters of Lake Nyinambuga, which is 130 metres deep. Backed by the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, the lodge has neither electricity nor generator and offers a collection of simple stone and thatched cottages.
|Ndolwa House - Tsavo West, Kenya|
Ndolwa House is a small private homestay bordering Tsavo West National Park catering for the discerning client wishing to experience an unspoilt wilderness in the African bush. Based on a private community owned conservation area, Ndolwa House offers great accessibility to both the southern and northern regions of the Park for an exciting mix of wildlife viewing opportunities and wonderfully diverse and breathtaking scenery.
|Offbeat Deloraine - Rift Valley, Kenya|
Offbeat Deloraine is the home of Offbeat Safaris founders and reflects the wealth and depth of Kenya's fascinating history. Echoing the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era, the house has had many famous guests, most particularly Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, came to stay here on a number of occasions. The house was built in 1920 by Lord Francis Scott who was a prominent early settler and, standing amid 3500 acres of farmland, it is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Kenya.
|Rutundu Log Cabins - Mount Kenya|
Rutundu Log Cabins are unique to Africa. Located on the lip of Lake Rutundu and overlooking the north eastern face of Mount Kenya, the rustic chic cabins are the perfect escape from the ‘safari circuit' or the bustle of Nairobi. At 10,200 feet (3100 meters), both the vegetation and the wildlife are distinctive. There are two log cabins each with open log fires and en-suite bathrooms.
|Serenity on the Lake – Lake Victoria, Tanzania|
Serenity on the Lake is an eco-luxury resort. With lush gardens and stunning views, the resort provides for a perfect retreat on the shores of Lake Victoria. The resort offers ensuite accommodation in 12 Bungalows (7 Double / 5 Twin), 1 Executive / Honeymooners Suite which includes a kitchen and 1 Presidential Suite with the Private Dip Pool and its own kitchen as well.
|Shimba Hills Lodge - Shimba Hills, Kenya|
A coastal ‘Treetops', the Shimba Hills Lodge is one of the most atmospheric tree hotels in Kenya offering luxury facilities and unique day and night wildlife viewing. Faced in pitch-dark timber the lodge is built to resemble a tree house and is picturesquely located deep in a forest glade and surrounded by ancient cycad palms, liana-hung hardwoods and rare forest blooms. There are also a number of nature walks and game drives to be enjoyed.