Giraffes in the Nairobi National Park
Home to over 40 national parks and reserves, Kenya is one of the best destinations in the world to go on safari. The country is well-known for its diverse wildlife, which includes lions, leopards and elephants, but its biodiversity extends from the natural world to its culture and landscapes. Because Kenya isn’t only the bush. It is also big cities, tall mountain peaks, a lush coastline and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. When you visit, be sure to spend some time exploring the country’s different ecosystems for a comprehensive look at one of Africa’s most dynamic countries. The best way to do it? Travel with Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, which has three properties in iconic locations in Kenya.
Sunrise in the Masai Mara
Most trips to Kenya will begin in Nairobi, and that’s great news, because Kenya’s bustling capital is having a moment. Thanks to new infrastructural development and investments in business and tech, the city of 5 million people is more vibrant than ever. The perfect place to base yourself in Nairobi is The Norfolk. A heritage property that first opened its doors in 1904, The Norfolk is a colonial-style hotel that has hosted dignitaries and celebrities for more than 100 years, from Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway to Mick Jagger and William Ruto, Kenya’s new president. Located right near the lively downtown, it has seen the modern city of Nairobi expand and is just a short drive to landmarks including the National Museums and the National Park.
Left: Cin Cin Bar. Right: The Norfolk’s inner courtyard.
The hotel’s 125 spacious rooms and suites overlook a pretty courtyard with tropical plants, a heated swimming pool and outdoor patio. With an extensive menu and elegant ambiance, the Lord Delamere Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy lunch and dinner during your stay — dishes include traditional Kenyan recipes, modern Indian fare and international favorites.
The recently restyled Cin Cin Bar is a gem and perfect for all hours of the day, from sipping a cappuccino on the outdoor terrace to enjoying a dawa cocktail late night at the bar. For a truly memorable experience, book The Norfolk sundowners in Nairobi National Park, which features sweet and savory treats and bubbles arranged for you in one of the parks many picnic areas. The Norfolk can also arrange artisanal shopping experiences in town, from traditional Masai Markets to more contemporary designers at House of Treasures.
Mount Kenya Safari Club
One of Kenya’s most legendary properties, the Mount Kenya Safari Club lies at the foothills of Mount Kenya near the colonial town of Nanyuki. Established as a hunting lodge in the 1950s by American actor and conservationist William Holden, the 100-acre estate has been converted into a luxurious country club that is set along the equator. The property boasts 110 luxurious suites and stand-alone villas which are perfect for family vacations and honeymoons. The resort offers a seemingly endless array of leisure activities, and includes a conservancy with animal orphanage dedicated to preserving the area’s rich wildlife.
Mount Kenya Safari Club
A stay promises a full immersion into Kenya’s great outdoors — and offers a very different perspective than the more arid Masai Mara. Surrounded by lush forests and greenery, animals are all around. You can go golfing alongside golden zebras, horseback riding in the hills, fishing and bird watching: there are over fifty bird species around the hotel grounds. One of the property’s most unique activities is bongo tracking in the forest. Bongos are a critically endangered mountain antelope that are currently being nurtured and rewilded at the Mount Kenya Animal Conservancy. Join one of the caretakers for an early morning walk through the forest to locate some of the 100 wild bongos in their natural habitat, before enjoying an al fresco breakfast alongside this beautiful animal.
Left: Bongo tracking in the forest. Right: high tea at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.
After daily excursions, unwind at the Mount Kenya Safari Club’s brand-new Riuki Spa and Wellness Center for full-body massage treatments with organic oils. The cozy Zebar is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine by the fire before dining at Colobus Grill Restaurant which serves a tantalizing buffet each evening, or the upscale Tusks Restaurant where you can order à la carte. The hotel also excels at personalized gastronomic experiences around different locations in the property, including lunch served in the rose garden and a moonlight dinner by the river.
Elephants in the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most famous national park. Beloved for its otherworldly landscapes and density of wildlife, it is the extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania, arguably the most iconic park in the world. Covering 1,500 km2 (600 mi2) The Mara has an enviable population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and giraffes, guaranteeing an unforgettable safari experience for visitors. It also hosts a great migration of wildebeest between July to September each year.
Masai Mara Safari Club
Overlooking the River Mara, the Masai Mara Safari Club is a luxurious camp with 38 tents located within a gated property with a swimming pool, central lounge area and first-rate safari guides to escort you on morning and evening game drives during your stay. The Safari Club offers glamping at its finest, with four-poster beds, private patios and a dedicated concierge to ensure a comfortable stay. After a long day on the road, there’s nothing better than falling asleep to the sounds of nature all around you, and then waking up to the sight of hippos swimming in the river right below your tent.
A morning helicopter ride over the Masai Mara, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush.
This resort is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Kenya’s wildlife without having to make plans or worry about a thing. The Fairmont’s friendly staff anticipates your every need and suggests tailored activities to make the most of your stay, from private dining on the hippo deck and al fresco massages to visits to the nearby Masai village to see how the locals live in this beautiful, rugged terrain. Daily excursions are included in your stay, but it’s worth booking a hot air balloon ride one morning to enjoy a safari in the sky. The aerial experience is followed by a pop-up champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with omelet station and unlimited refills.
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Giraffes in the Nairobi National Park