Best of the Best 2018 - 45
FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB
MA A SA I MA R A , KEN YA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Foot of the Aitong Hills
Rustic adventure doesn't get any more glamorous than at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Set
along the banks of the hippo-favored Mara River in the heart of Africa's most cherished wildlife
reserve, its 51 tents feature four-poster beds and expansive decks; a number have outdoor
showers. In addition to taking daily game drives, guests can join walking safaris, visit a local
Maasai community, go birding, ride BMW bikes or swim in the pool. Definitely plan a hot-air
balloon ride over the Mara plains. Evenings are spent over African feasts served in a traditional
boma, complete with dancing and music.
Meet and greet by Maasai dancers at the
plane; exotic fruit basket; locally handcrafted
art pieces; visit to Rhino Sanctuary; and
dinner for two at Hippo Deck, once per stay.
Ask about the Duma Family Suite, with a
balcony that runs the length of the three
tents overlooking the hippo-filled river.
Distance from Ngerende Airstrip: 15 minutes
MA A SA I MA R A , KEN YA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Maasai Mara Reserve
Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan safari camp, Mahali Mzuri, opened in 2013 and offers an unforgettable safari experience in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Each of the 12 luxury tented suites
sits on a raised platform and includes a spacious bedroom with an en suite bathroom, sitting
area and deck overlooking the pristine landscape. The camp is located in the path of the great
migration - on a typical game drive you'll spot wildebeests, elephants, zebras, lions, buffalo,
topi, hippopotamuses and more! The impressive dining options include a wide selection of
African and international dishes served in the main dining tent or out in the bush.
$100 value gift shop or spa services credit
Immerse yourself in the local culture with a
day trip to a Masai village and take a basic
lesson in Maa (the Masai language).
Distance from Nairobi Airport (WIL): 60 minutes by plane
Size: 12 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual
FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK
N A IR OB I, KEN YA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Nairobi City Center
Founded in 1904 and still the traditional starting point for safaris, Fairmont The Norfolk has
been host to European colonists, heads of state, dukes and other royalty through the years.
Indeed, modern Nairobi has grown up and around The Norfolk, whose 170 guestrooms and
suites provide a well-appointed base from which its guests explore city sights, such as the Elephant Orphanage or the Giraffe Center in nearby Langata. Three hotel restaurants offer dining diversity - try a prized vintage on the cozy terrace of Cin Cin Wine Bar, then head to Tatu
Restaurant for premium Kenyan Angus beef.
A DV I S O R T I P
Access to Aspire lounge upon departure;
50-minute massage for two, once per stay;
and locally handcrafted art pieces.
The hotel is close to the National Museum of
Kenya, as well as to numerous restaurants
and bars, proving a great opportunity to
interact with locals.
Distance from Nairobi Airport (NBO): 12 miles/18 km
Size: 170 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Zen
A FRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Size: 51 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual