Written by Chania, an 11x award winning Kenyan Family Safari Specialist, who’s been fortunate enough to have visited nearly every tented camp and lodge in Kenya 💚🦓🦩😉.
It’s become apparent how important a swimming pool is for the short, active sort whilst on safari …. here is my selection for each ‘pocket-size’…
This is the super-plush, a place I would feel pretty uncomfortable with my scallywags, but I know there are better parents than me out there …. USD 700 per person per night & up
Angama Mara – Perched up on the escarpment overlooking the Maasai Mara, this is elegance personified.
Mahali Mzuri – Richards Branson’s very own piece of luxury in the Maasai Mara. A beautiful lodge indeed!!!
&Beyond Bateleur Camp – This bends my statement slightly, it’s a truly, truly beautiful, incredeble tented camp but we felt incredibly welcome and were very, very happy and comfortable in their heavenly family tent.
Oooooh we’re very comfortable indeed here thank you very much!!! Beautiful, luxurious but very understanding of scallywags!!! USD600 pppns & up
Sand River Elewana – Though in character its more of a chain than unique, it is a luxurious place and a gorgeous location! ☺️
Cottars Bush Villa – The newly born, younger sister to the original luxurious safari camp, a beautiful, private bush villa … perfect for a little group wanting privacy!
There are endless camps in the Mara in this budgetry category .. these are our firm faves … USD350pppns & up
House in the Wild – Family owned, family hosted, this is our go-to for families … gorgeous accommodation, amazing food, an incredible team and a great lawn with games overlooking the Mara river!!!
Emboo River – A personal hot fave. It’s the first camp in the region to go full eco … as well as being beautiful, fun, informative, great with kids, central … I love it!!!!
Acacia & Mara Bush Houses – We travelled here when the children were babies and we couldn’t fault the place, the secure comfort, the lawn to run around on, the dam to fish in … the only hurdle was the distance from the wildlife-filled conservancies.
Naboisho – with its brand new swimming pool, shining in the sun, this is a new member of this fabulous group! A beautiful camp in a beautiful private part of the Maasai Mara.
Entumoto Camp – a little known hidden gem in a beautiful conservancy, just 10 minutes drive from the main Mara reserve. We love it!!!
Doesn’t mean they’re bad, just perfectly suited to those travelling on a tight budget, looking for small places that are beautiful, for USD150pppns
The Wild Hub & Bandas in the Wild – a little known hidden gem with just 6 cottages, a little family house and a gorgeous swimming pool, this place is the best value for money in the Mara .. with a pool!
🏕 Larger Lodges
A bit bigger than what I would generally choose for myself or my clients, but some are happier in numbers and these are the best out there (in my opinion) and great value for money.
Kichwa Tembo‘s Superior tents – now these are beautiful!!! as is the location, the whole lodge & the food is delicious.
Karen Blixen Camp – a most glorious location overlooking the Mara river, and the lodge is rather lovely too!
Mara Intrepids – I would never usually work with somewhere of this size, or being this ‘touristy’, but the team are amazing with children and the food delicious!
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