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Michael Cottam   Meet Michael, one of our travel experts for Kenya.


In 2001, Michael co-founded TheBigDay honeymoon registry and travel company. Through that experience, he learned a lot about interesting ways to use the web to showcase resorts, destinations, and travel experiences to prospective clients. Michael's traveled throughout Kenya and the Seychelles, and is an avid scuba diver. He's also spent time in Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawaii France, England, and various islands in the Caribbean.




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Michael's Favorite Resorts in Kenya

Michael's Favorite Resorts in Kenya

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Elsa's Kopje

This is where they filmed the classic movie "Born Free". It's a rocky hill overlooking the Meru Nation Park. Villas are perched around the hillside, with stunning views. The honeymoon villa where we stayed has its bathtub outside, cut into the hill, maybe 20 steps down from the villa (see the photos...it's incredible).

The main pool is amazing as well, and the restaurant offers a choice of dining under thatched cover or under the stars. Pretty romantic!

Game drives are pretty special--just you and your guide all day. We did a hot breakfast in the rhino sanctuary (watching the rhinos maybe 300-400 yards away); sundowner cocktails watching giraffe and elephants and gazelles at the end of the day.

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  Elsa's Kopje

House of Waine

Fabulous accommodations in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi. Family-owned, and you'll likely get to know Eric and Angela while you're there. Just a handful of rooms, and beautiful grounds and pool.

They set a table for us up out in the gardens for our lunch--amazingly romantic. Dinner was spectacular as well, indoors next to the fireplace.

Incredible rooms: we had the big suite with hand-laid parquet floors, high ceilings, enormous bathroom, and a deck. See the photos--it's amazing.

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  House of Waine

Loisaba

Enormous private acreage. The lodge and cottages overlook a watering hole, perched on a horseshoe-shaped plateau. Sip your cocktail or morning coffee and watch elephants, giraffe, gazelle, etc. The kudu are fearless, wandering into the gardens amongst the cottages during the day, and eating the carefully planted foliage...really pissing off the gardener!

The Star Beds are a must-do experience. They're half covered platforms next to the river, so you sleep outside in a four-poster bed under mosquito netting if it's clear, and they roll you back under the thatched cover if it rains. Samburu warriors stand guard a dozen yards away all night with their spears. They also cook you dinner over an open fire (and it was fantastic!). Rumor has it they can actually make a souffle in a tin box over that open fire.

Learn more about Loisaba
  Loisaba

Elephant Pepper Camp

A great option in the Masai Mara. Fantastic meals, great camaraderie with the other dozen or so guests. The tents are really nice, with big proper beds and a bathroom area--they heat water over a fire to fill buckets to make your shower in the morning.

The game drives are incredible here during the migration: you'll see literally thousands of animals at once, and a huge variety. At one moment it's common to be able to see wildebeest, zebra, warthog, gazelle, impala, ostrich, and baboons. With giraffe and elephants in the distance. You'll see crocodiles, hippos, lions and cheetahs as well.

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  Elephant Pepper Camp



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