5 LUXURY EXPERIENCES TO LIVE THIS WINTER TO DISCOVER THE SPLENDID LANDS OF KENYA
This new year 2022 encourages freedom and overwhelming journeys! Kenya meets all desires and allows you to create extraordinary and unparalleled memories. At the heart of this captivating destination, the field of possibilities is very vast. Grandiose hotels, exceptional safaris, encounters with wildlife, immersion in the heart of nature: this winter, we dream of traveling on a grand scale through 5 luxury experiences signed Magical Kenya Signature Experiences.
GOLFER IN THE HEART OF BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES
The Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, 1.5 hours from Nairobi, sits 2130 meters above sea level. This elevation offers 360° views that stretch from the sparkling waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater from Mount Longonot, to the Ol Donyo Opurru (or Ebburu) hills, and beyond to the mountains and forest of Aberdare. The resort Great Rift Valley Golf Course, open since 2000 and reputed to be one of the toughest and most beautiful championship courses in Africa, will satisfy beginners and experienced golfers alike. Situated on the slopes of a small dormant volcano, with an untouched landscape, this course offers stunning views of mountains, plains, lakes and the two escarpments of the Rift Valley itself. The 18-hole course is laid out around the hotel, fairways and private houses rented to hotel guests. The activity offers both an unforgettable sporting moment and a splendid spectacle.
STAY IN A LUXURY LODGE
For lovers of luxury and private safaris, the Magical Signature Experience offered at the Olarro by Hermes by Vittoria hotel will be a must! It is possible to choose between two lodges: an isolated refuge on the top of a hill or a lodge carefully designed to offer a breathtaking view of the savannah. Located in the Masai Mara region, they offer an exclusive experience between exceptional views and authentic safaris. They are indeed located within the wild nature of 8,000 private hectares only accessible to customers. Safaris can be done during the day in a privileged and non-intrusive way. Exploring the savannah that comes to life after dark is also possible. At dusk, the specially trained guides share their secrets and show the life of the nocturnal residents. White-tailed mongooses prowl in the dark while Abyssinian nightjars, bush babies, these small primates, African kangaroos and Verreaux’s eagle-owls add to the picturesque scenery as they soar in the sky .
A NIGHT IN A STARBED
To continue the exploration and further immerse yourself in Kenyan culture, there’s nothing like spending a night (or more) in an immersive accommodation. The Loisaba is a 23,000 hectare reserve in Laikipia County, north of Nairobi, dedicated to wildlife conservation and ecology. Set on a rocky hill called kopje, Loisaba Star Beds offers an authentic opportunity with its stunning views of rolling landscapes and a permanent waterhole frequented by local wildlife. The Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai ethnic groups welcome visitors with the purest Kenyan hospitality. Furnishings also help blend in with the surroundings: handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms that protrude from a thatched roof and are rolled out each night for guests can enjoy a memorable sleep under the African sky. Each Star Bed is individually built in harmony with the natural characteristics of the rocks, and includes a seating area and an open bathroom with a view: the guarantee of an impressive unusual stay.
FACE TO FACE WITH THE GIRAFFES
This winter, Giraffe Manor offers you a unique experience in the world. This exclusive hotel, run by The Safari Collection, enjoys nearly 5 hectares of private grounds set within 56 hectares of native forest in Nairobi’s Langata suburb. It has a strong past: in the 1930s, it welcomed visitors who flocked to East Africa for the first time to go on safari. Now the 6 rooms of the original mansion as well as the new section added in 2011 still offer hospitality. Each building reflects the charming history of the place, and the owners have made sure to retain its art deco-influenced character. The building is majestic and has an elegant interior, green gardens, sunny terraces, charming courtyards. What makes the manor a unique place is undeniably the presence of the herd of Rothschild giraffes. These present themselves at the windows morning and evening with the hope of a delicacy and the rest of the time, withdraw into their forest sanctuary. These majestic animals sometimes accompany travelers during their breakfast: an unusual company that leaves you speechless.
FISHING DURING AN AIR SAFARI
Fly fishermen also open the doors of their paradise to you. In Kenya, this activity is a real tradition, the country is then the perfect place for initiates in search of new methods and sensations. Beginners are also invited to take the leap by taking a “heli safari”. TropicAir offers aerial escapades during which the intimate secrets of the continent are shared. Tailor-made safaris take you to unspoiled sites inaccessible by land. The routes are composed of breathtaking destinations between mountains, Great Rift lakes, Maasai Mara reserve and northern deserts. The various landings promise a total craze during which the most original fishing will be made possible.