Kenya has hotels catering to all tastes and budgets, ranging from slick skyscrapers in Nairobi to villages of thatched huts on Diani beach.
Hotels are graded on facilities, which in Kenya often misses the point; especially in the game reserves. Take 'Treetops' in the Abadares National Park as an example; this arboreal abode is set above a water-hole and salt-lick and provides some of the best night time wildlife viewing in Kenya. However, because the hotel has remained relatively unchanged since Queen Elizabeth II famously visited in 1952(she came as a Princess and left as Queen) the hotel doesn't score well on Kenya 's star system.despite the fact that it's often the highlight of many a safari.
Kenya does luxury very well indeed, but it doesn't come cheap. Most of the national park lodges start at £100.00 per night and work their way upwards. However, they are certainly worth the splurge; expect acres of white cotton, to be waited on hand and foot and a refreshing pool or two(just what you need after a day bumping around in a 4x4).
Mid range accommodation in Kenya is something of a lottery, if you do your homework you can get great value for money; get it wrong and it's easy to feel that you have been short-changed.
Budget travellers won't have any trouble finding a bed for a few shillings a night, especially along the coast. In Nairobi head for Latema Road ; where you'll find most of the capital's cheap beds. If you are hoping to organise a DIY safari; most of the cheaper accommodation is located near the entrances to the National Parks. You'll miss out on Mother Nature's night-time chorus, but it's a small price to pay for what you stand to save. Most hoteliers will be happy to organise day-trips into the parks.
Tented accommodation is available in some reserves. Note that this isn't the same as camping, which isn't a good idea owing to the animals and local 'bandits'(shifta). One notable exception is camping on the shores of Lake Niavasha ; which is highly recommended.
For more information contact: Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, PO Box 46406, Nairobi. Tel: 2 726 642.