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8 Luxury Hotels in Laikipia Worth Visiting in 2023

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Are you craving a quick getaway to Laikipia but need to know the luxury hotels where you can spend your nights? Well, no need to worry because you’re at the right place.

Laikipia, a cosmopolitan county with two major urban centres, is one of the places you must explore in Kenya in 2023.

There are several points of interest in the county, which is home to endangered species such as Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Striped Hyena. Laikipia is undoubtedly one of the best counties in Kenya to enjoy wilderness and wildlife.

Due to the fact that Laikipia draws a large number of tourists every year, there are many hotels and lodges here. In no particular order, here are eight luxury hotels in Laikipia worth spending a night in.

1. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club 

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is a five-star hotel located in Nanyuki town. It boasts 110 luxury rooms elegantly designed and furnished to provide comfort to visitors.  The prestigious main structure is set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens and reflects the 1950’s colonial architectural design with a luxury country club feel.

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Photo/ Kenyan Wallstreet.

Some of the activities that can be done at the luxurious hotel include nature walks, horse riding and game drives. Fairmont is the perfect place to sample your ideal delicacies and cuisines. 

2. Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp 

Elewana Loisaba

Elewana Loisaba tented camp. Photo/Art of Safari

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp is one of the luxury hotels in Nanyuki. Perched on the edge of an escarpment, it is designed to capitalize on unhindered views across Laikipia’s mottled landscape. 

The tents in the camp are African-themed and built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows. The main areas of the hotel include a large decking area for outside dining, an open lounge and a bar, and one of the best swimming pools in Africa. 

3. Kicheche Laikipia Camp 

Kicheche Laikipia Camp, an eco-award-winning small luxury, is located in the shadows of Mount Kenya at the foot of an indigenous forest.

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Inside Kicheche Laikipia Camp. Photo/ Kicheche Camps.

The hotel boasts squeaky green safari chic, which marries beautifully with the natural highs of her surrounding. 

Kicheche Laikipia Camp offers a wide range of activities, including lion tracking, mountain biking safaris, canoeing and game viewing. 

4. Lewa Safari Camp 

Lewa Safari Camp, one of the leading luxury hotels in Laikipia, is located within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. 

The hotel boasts 65,000 acres of land where activities such as bush walks, horse riding and game drives can be done. 

The central area of the Lewa Safari Camp has gardens, a pool, cosy log fires and dining rooms.

Lewa Safari Camp

Sitting area at Lewa Safari Camp. Photo/ andBeyond.

5. Jambo Mutara Camp 

Jambo Mutara enjoys a panoramic view of the raw and uninterrupted wilderness in Mutara conservancy, where it is located. 

The hotel boasts enormous canvas tents decorated with large four-poster beds, an en-suite bathroom and world-class furnishings. 

Jambo Mutara Camp offers helicopter safaris to see Mutara Conservancy and Mount Kenya from above. Other activities here include personally organized trips to Ol Pejeta and bushwalks led by guides. 

6. Sweetwaters Serena Camp 

Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located within the sprawling Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Offering a holiday experience unlike any other, it is one of the luxury hotels in Laikipia worth visiting in 2023.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Sweetwaters Serena Camp. Photo/ Serena Hotels.

Some of the features you can enjoy at the hotel include day and night game drives, a private waterhole and night viewing bar, a honeymoon venue and tented accommodation. 

7. Soame’s Hotel and Jack’s Bar 

Soame’s Hotel and Jack’s Bar is located 2 km from Nanyuki Airstrip, on the Nanyuki-Naro Moru highway. It is set on a 100-acre property with acacia trees and grass fields.

The hotel has 12 double en-suite rooms in six cottages set within a magnificent garden.

Soame's Hotel and Jack's Bar

Soame’s Hotel and Jack’s Bar is one of the luxury hotels in Laikipia. Photo/ Booking.com.

Each room has a sunrise view of Mount Kenya, with natural landscapes in the foreground. Besides that, the rooms have double bed configuration, coffee facilities, modern bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. 

8. Le Rustique Hotel 

Le Rustique Hotel, one of the luxury hotels in Laikipia, is located in a zen garden atmosphere 44 km from Solio Game Reserve. 

Here, the cottages offer a luxurious stay on a reasonable budget. The hotel rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower.  The rooms also have bed linens, free toiletries and hair dryers. 

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Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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