Travel with Family: Kenya's Private Bush Homes

Stay in fully-staffed private villas and enjoy exclusive experiences on this luxury Kenya safari designed to suit all generations

A private Kenya safari is the perfect opportunity for extended families, who sometimes live far apart, to spend quality time together in a magical setting. We recommend staying in a fully-staffed, exclusive-use property if you’re a group because it allows you to set your own schedule without having to worry about the details.

This itinerary overnights in Nairobi and then stays in two spectacular properties. Arijiju Retreat is a private home in Laikipia that’s been called the most beautiful safari lodge in Africa. Situated in a private conservancy, you can drive off-road, and go on night drives and bush walks. Cottar’s Bush Villa has breathtaking views of the Maasai Mara savanna, where the annual Great Migration takes place.

Travel with Family: Kenya's Private Bush Homes: 9 days/8 nights

Day 1:

Arrival Nairobi, Hemingways

DAYS 2, 3 & 4:

Fly to Borana Conservancy, Arijiju Retreat

DAYS 5, 6, 7 & 8:

Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Cottar’s Bush Villa

DAY 9:

Return to Wilson Airport in Nairobi and on to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Travel with Family: Kenya's Private Bush Homes trip highlights

  • This 9-day fly-in Kenya safari begins with an overnight at Hemingways in Nairobi.
  • Fly to Arijiju Retreat in Borana Conservancy, Laikipia, a contemporary retreat inspired by Ethiopian monasteries and hand-crafted from Meru stone.
  • While Big Five wildlife viewing and bush walks are the main focus here, fun activities that will appeal to younger generations include helicopter flights, quad bike safaris, rappelling, and horseback riding.
  • Next on your luxury Kenya safari, fly from Laikipia to the Maasai Mara. Retreat to Cottar’s Bush Villa where legendary guide, Calvin Cottar, may be available to personally guide your stay. In addition to off-road game drives, night drives, and bush walks in the private conservancy, try your hand at catch-and-release fishing in the afternoon or have a splash in waterfalls.
  • The Maasai Mara is famed for its abundance of wildlife, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, giraffe, and hippo, as well as 500+ resident bird species. The Mara plays hosts the world-famous spectacle of the annual migration, where up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra, and other antelope, plus a host of predators, trek north in search of greener pastures.


$16,250 - $28,550 based on 6 adults sharing

$12,500 - $21,800 based on 10 people sharing (6 adults + 4 kids under 12)

For travel in 2024

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Hemingways Nairobi

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Arijiju Retreat

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Cottar's 1920s Camp

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Easy extensions

Your luxury safari adventure doesn’t have to end here. Fly to the beach. The Kenyan Coast (Lamu Island), Zanzibar, and the Seychelles are all within easy reach. Or, cozy up in a private villa in Cape Town before continuing your journey in southern Africa.

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