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Heritage Hotels

Heritage Hotels operates a circuit of permanent tented safari camps including Samburu National Reserve and the Maasai Mara, and a remote Indian Ocean beach escape. The Heritage properties are renowned for great guiding and great value for money.

Why we love Heritage Hotels: With properties located in ideal areas for Kenya’s best wildlife viewing, these properties are outstanding for families with specially trained safari guides for children, larger family tents with sleeping set-up for the whole family in one unit, and plenty of activities to keep kids entertained in the safari vehicle as well as in camp.

offbeat-meruMara Intrepids Camp:
On the vast savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara National Reserve with the Talek flowing past, Mara Intrepids Camp is truly in a front row seat for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. With spacious tented accommodations, this is the perfect options for families with the new two bed-roomed family tents complete with a spacious lounge and an outside deck for that magical view of the savanna.


offbeat-meruMara Explorer:
Set on its private peninsula on the edge of the Talek river, this is a romantic tented camp perfect for couples on safari. Reminiscent of the old African safari style, guests at Mara Explorer, a sister property to Mara Intrepids, love the attentive service and beautiful surroundings.


samburu-intrepidsSamburu Intrepids Camp:
The Samburu landscape in Kenya’s dry north is stunning for its dramatic range of landscapes – the dry plains, river and mountains. Samburu Intrepids, on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro river, boasts spacious (newly refurbished) tents which feature a private verandah facing the river. This sister property to Mara Intrepids also offers family suites.


kipunganiKipungani Lamu:
With almost 12 kms of sun-kissed white beach on the sheltered Kipungani Channel, this has been described as one of the most incurably romantic coastal hideaways in all of Africa! Kipungani offers a rustic laid-back fusion of luxury and is made from ‘makuti’ (thatch) and palm-mat bandas furnished with soft king-sized beads, hanging cushion-piled ‘moon-beds’ (hammocks) and topped with lavish personal toiletries.


Hemingways Collection

The Hemingways Collection is Kenya's newest circuit of boutique safari properties. Having operated the venerable Hemingways Watamu for over two decades, the coastal resort is now joined by Hemingways Ol Seki Mara and the new Hemingways Nairobi, set to open next year.

Why we love the Hemingways Collection: The Hemingways Collection is built upon decades of success in luxury tourism, and supported by an investment strategy which believes in the positive future of Kenya. This collection succeeds in delivering truly authentic, Kenyan safari experiences backed by a decades long heritage in the safari industry.

Ol Seki Masai MaraHemingways Ol Seki Masai Mara:
Located in the new Naboisho Conservancy, adjacent to the famed Maasai Mara Game Reserve, this property features 10 luxury safari tents, each with spectacular views of the Mara plains below. In addition to the spectacular wildlife abundant in the reserve, additional activities at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara include night drives, guided game walks, sundown safaris, visit to the local Maasai Village and visits to the highly-regarded Koiyaki Guiding School.


Hemingways WatamuHemingways Watamu:
A tropical retreat on one of Kenya's finest beaches, this property was recently voted Best Hotel in Africa, runner up 2011 in ‘The UK’ Daily Telegraph: Ultratravel 100’. Hemingways Watamu is a 76-room resort overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean beach of Watamu Marine Park, 60 miles north of Mombasa. The area is blessed with a world-renowned marine park, a large mangrove creek, the famous ancient archaeological site at Gede and the birders paradise of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, all within seven minutes of the hotel.


samburu-intrepidsHemingways Nairobi:
This new property is set to open in July 2012. A luxury, boutique hotel set in the quiet and exclusive suburb of Karen, just south of Nairobi, this new property will fit discreetly into the rolling landscape and blend into the traditional Karen architecture. All 45 of the expansive guest suites feature views over the forested valley and most importantly, the famous Ngong Hills. Hemingways Nairobi is built around personal service, and offers travelers tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi city centre, albeit only 15kms away.

Hemingways Expeditions

6891824521_798a70281c_bHemingways Expeditions:
Hemingways Expeditions, formerly Express Travel Group, is the premier East African safari operating partner for international tour operators and travel agents. Combining over 50 years experience of designing and operating safaris with its expert guides in Kenya and Tanzania, Hemingways Expeditions boasts the world’s most knowledgeable safari planning team in East Africa.

Why we love Hemingways Expeditions: Tour operators and travel agents can trust Hemingways Expeditions to be up to date on new properties, new safari experiences, the latest trends in East African social issues and more. Hemingways Expeditions provides information, insight and recommendations to its partners in a variety of ways online, most importantly on the Hemingways Expeditions blog, found on the Hemingways Expeditions home page, http://www.hemingways-expeditions.com.

Tanzania

The Zanzibar Collection

The Zanzibar Collection is a privately owned collection of beautiful hotels, inspired by the exotic heritage of Zanzibar. Consistently scoring high marks across the board for service and attention to detail, these properties also offer some of the best beaches on Zanzibar.

Why we love The Zanzibar Collection: The Zanzibar Collection (which also includes the lovely boutique property in Nairobi, Palacina) is owned by the Raguz family, and they couldn’t be more hands-on and passionate about providing what is truly one of the best examples of African hospitality we’ve seen.

barazaBaraza Resort and Spa:
This beautiful 30 villa, fully inclusive boutique resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved cement decor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns, Baraza will offer unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar.


The PalmsThe Palms:
“The Palms” is the ultimate getaway retreat providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveler. Six private villas are beautifully designed creating an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance with the most personal attention. It is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility ... a place to stimulate the senses and to experience the very best of the magical island of Zanzibar.


breezesBreezes:
Breezes is the largest of the three properties, at 70 rooms, and offers an excellent option for families to end their East African safari with some well deserved time to relax on the stunning Indian Ocean coast.


The Retreat

The RetreatThe Retreat:
The Retreat Selous is a luxury safari destination situated in the remote NW corner of the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. The chic safari camp offers breathtaking views from the vantage point of the hill-top fort down towards the banks of the Ruaha River. The main building, called The Fort, draws upon the influences of the great East African market, when traditional dhows transported also during the same time - supplies, textiles, furniture and decorative elements from Asia, Arabia and various coastal African countries.

Why we love The Retreat: With unprecedented attention to detail and an obvious passion for this remote corner of The Selous, The Retreat is made up of private, romantic nooks, pools and seating areas making it the perfect romantic safari escape.

Ethiopia

Dinknesh Ethiopia

offbeat-meruDinknesh Ethiopia:
Ethiopia offers travelers unique experiences in History, Culture and Nature. Dinknesh Ethiopia is an in-bound ground operator focused exclusively on Ethiopia.


Why we love Dinknesh Ethiopia: This father and son team understand clearly what U.S. travelers are looking for and deliver well-paced itineraries with some of the best guides in the country. Recently they built the first eco lodge in southern Ethiopia to offer comfortable accommodations where previously there were none.