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kenyaThis is the Africa that most people dream about: the birthplace of the safari. Kenya is a land of contrasts, from towering Mount Kenya, to the vast Savannah lands , to breathtaking coastlines. It is unparalleled as the greatest safari destination on Earth. Nowhere else offers the traveler the experience found here, along with the unique culture of its people.

An absolute highlight of any trip to Kenya is the game of each region. The most popular area for discovering the different species here is the southern region, in the Great Rift Valley. Here, one can discover the endless plains of the Masai Mara, as well as a number of conservancies. Popular game to search for on any trip to Kenya includes Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Zebra, and hundreds of others.

The popular destinations include Amboseli National Park, with its stunning views of Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro; the world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve, offering unforgettable vistas and unlimited opportunity for spotting game; the secluded and intimate Samburu National Reserve in the north; Lake Victoria – the world’s second largest freshwater lake, as well as countless others.

Kenya is a unique destination in that it offers the traveler a chance to discover an array of wildlife, and an opportunity to interact with a culture that continues to parallel the traditions of human origin. There are over 40 indigenous tribes found in the country, one of the most prominent being the Masai. Many itineraries to Kenya are highlighted with a day or two of cultural village visits, school visits and/ or boma encounters, which is not only a thrilling experience, but a great opportunity to gain insight into this traditional way of life.

Kenya’s pristine white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean offer travelers the chance to relax and unwind after a safari. Swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, big game fishing, or lying quietly on your sun bed, Kenya’s coast is the perfect end to every safari.

Hemingways Expeditions is the sister company of Hemingways Collection, who own and operate three completely unique and distinct properties in Kenya, including the new flagship hotel in the Karen area of Nairobi, Hemingways Nairobi, Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, the game lodge in the Mara region and the venerable Hemingways Resort in Watamu on the Indian Ocean coast. Combing the heritage of the classic safari experience with fanatical attention to detail, we are thrilled to offer our expanded Hemingways portfolio.

Over the past 60 plus years, the Hemingways team has hand-picked locations across our country that we feel offer the very best of the Kenyan safari experience. Overall, Kenya can accurately be described as one of the greatest destinations on the planet. Whatever your interests may be, every traveler will be spoiled with opportunity here.

Hemingways Nairobi

Set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, Hemingways Nairobi is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel located in the peaceful suburb of Karen far from the bustle of central Nairobi. An all-suite property providing full butler service, a brasserie, a sunset bar and lounge and a spa, this plantation style property is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust and the capital.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hemingways Nairobi has a sophisticated and tranquil ambiance. Each of the 45 suites is a generous size, all with walk-in dressing rooms and a private terrace with magnificent views of the iconic Ngong Hills. Enjoy a light lunch in the brasserie overlooking the well-tended gardens and the heated swimming pool.

Karen is the site of Karen Blixen’s farm, as highlighted in the film Out of Africa. Her house is now a museum and worth a visit. Take an exhilarating trip to Nairobi National Park to see buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and cheetah. Return to Hemingways Nairobi for a sunset cocktail on the terrace.

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

A private tented camp in a stunning location, Ol Seki Hemingways Mara perches on top of a ridge in the Naboisho Conservancy, northeast of the Masai Mara National Reserve. On an arrow-shaped bluff pointing south, with a 270-degree panorama, Ol Seki, named after the sandpaper tree – symbolizing peace and harmony in Masai culture – offers mind-cleansing views and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Small and intimate, the camp offers 10 luxury en-suite tents each enjoying a private deck and a panoramic view of the Savannah below. The size of the tents is remarkable and their design gives an exotic and graceful appearance, accentuated by their spaciousness and attractive furnishings. The Naboisho conservancy borders the Mara Reserve; no fences inhibit the migration of wildlife which means you should see the Big Five and a host of other indigenous animals within minutes from the camp. Only vehicles from the properties are permitted to enter the conservancy so you see wildlife rather than minibuses.

Hemingways Watamu

A tropical retreat on one of Kenya’s finest beaches, Hemingways Watamu is a 76 room resort overlooking the stunning beach of Watamu Marine Park, 60 miles north of Mombasa.

Watamu is blessed with a world renown marine park, a large mangrove creek; a famous ancient archeological site at Gede and the birders paradise of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest all within five miles of the hotel. So in addition to relaxing on the Indian Ocean coast, there is plenty to keep you active. This is also one of the premier areas for big game fishing.

Hemingways Watamu obtains farm fresh vegetables and fruits from Kenyan farms at Lake Naivasha and Timau in Nanyuki, which are flown in on a daily basis. Of course, our own fishing boats bring plenty of fresh seafood for the kitchen daily. Dining at Hemingways Watamu is a highlight.