Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya

Guide to Eco Hotels in Kenya ( 2022 Updated)

n eco hotel, or a green hotel, is an environmentally sustainable hotel or accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the natural environment and eco friendly hotels Kenya are considered excellent place to hang out for a couple of nights in Nairobi and then beyond in Kenya.

Kenya owes its status as an eco-destination to its fauna, which includes a group of mammals known as the “Big Five” — elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard. Kenya is also home to approximately 11 percent of the world’s avian species.

Sustainability – The tourism sector in Kenya will adopt global best standards for sustainable tourism practices that uphold ecological integrity, promote economic development, and respect local cultural values of the people of Kenya. This Strategy is a roadmap for transforming wildlife conservation in Kenya.

 

1. Wayando Beach Eco Lodge – Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya

Wayando Beach Eco Lodge
Wayando Beach Eco Lodge

Situated in Mbita, 8 km from Tom Mboya Museum, Wayando Beach Eco Lodge features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Boasting room service, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. The hotel has family rooms.

Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also boast free WiFi.

Wayando Beach Eco Lodge offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Mbita, like hiking and fishing.

Wayando Beach Eco Lodge is a Friendly and Intimate Eco Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria. Come rest under the trees or swing in a hammock. We are practicing permaculture and organic gardening and serving our guests wholesome and local meals. Often it is eclectic. Boat tours are easy with our new boat and engine. Guests enjoy bird watching, hiking and cultural exploration.

Eco Lodge” is a new experience for us, and other than pooping into a bucket of sawdust and then covering in more sawdust, “the happy crappy” that’s about as “Eco” as we got.
That’s not a negative comment, just don’t assume “Eco” means going without, as everything runs perfectly well.

Sam made us extremely welcome, and along with Blasto, Winnie and Elizabeth we felt at home.
The Kitchen is amazing, the Fish, the Waffles, the Chips, The Soup, the list goes on, all meals were delicious.

There was no beach, the lake is high so no sand, but there is a lovely embankment to take in the beautiful view of Lake Victoria.

The bird life is amazing and is a real reminder of how loud birds can be, this is a good thing.

The eco lodges as so well designed that they were a pleasure to stay in and made me smile every morning as the sunrise shone through the coloured glass in the walls.
The property is located in a lovely garden with nature fruit trees that attract a multitude of colourful birds – a paradise for bird watchers, you can sit from your hammock and listen to them tweeting away.

The ethos of the eco lodge is fantastic and shows how easily small changes to everyday life can make a big impact. I even really enjoyed the compost toilets!

A wonderful place if you are looking for relaxation.

? This place is simply magnificent. It’s a mixture of everything really eco-friendly, local food and vegetables from the garden, serene beauty with small and cosy simple cabins, each individually furnished and magnificent Lake Victoria view. And the hosts, so informative, welcoming, friendly and hospitable, like anything you could ever dream of if you want to go somewhere and experience something completely uniquely kenyan, both with a touch of history and cultural insight.

You could lie in the hammock all day, sip to a Tusker and read Lindas book about the Rusinga Island, you could play football with the dogs Alika and Rafiki, you could take a boat ride with Sam on the lake, you take a moped ride to Mbita or get some delicious food served by the always pleasant Blasto with the elegant and butler like demeanour, or you could take a hike up to one of the hills through Luo homesteads with one of the locals our watch them catch fish from the lake. The rooms are always clean, the air is fresh and the atmosphere very refreshing.

And the food! Every meal something new, either local fish dishes served with ugali (with an ugali-eating crash course) or a pasta made from the vegetables in Linda’s garden or delicious banana pancakes.

Very relaxing. Very welcoming and homey. Very much The Right Place To Be.

Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya
Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya

How much does a room costs at Wayando Beach Eco Lodge?

Prices start 105$/night for Double Room. The Double Room with Lake View is 110$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.

This twin/double room features a chair.

Where to book online – Wayando Beach Eco Lodge – Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Kenya during Lamu Cultural Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kenya on Booking.com or Agoda.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill 4* – Eco Friendly Hotels Nairobi Kenya

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill

Set in the business district, this upscale, contemporary hotel is 4.8 km from Nairobi Arboretum and 17 km from Nairobi National Park.

Warm rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms and suites provide access to a lounge with free breakfast, drinks and snacks. Room service is available 24/7.

Dining options include a restaurant with an open kitchen serving modern African cuisine, an all-day eatery offering international fare, and a poolside grill. There’s an outdoor pool, a sauna and a fitness room, as well as a business center and 12 meeting rooms. Spa services are available.

Located just 20 minutes’ drive from both Nairobi National Park and the airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel – a five star hotel – in the heart of the fast-growing business district of Upper Hill is the perfect base for a Kenyan safari or business trip. Discover Nairobi National Park—a well-known wildlife preserve with herds of zebras, wildebeests and giraffes—right on your doorstep.
Our 271 luxurious rooms and suites come complete with free Wi-Fi and a minibar, along with lovely city or park views. Offering you the best value for your money. Our nutritious breakfast buffet includes excellent hot and cold drinks, fresh baked goods, cereals, an egg and pancake station, our signature “Morning Mary” and much more. It’s a great way to kick start your day. Dine on international classics and Kenyan dishes all day in the Larder restaurant, or savor haute cuisine at Chop House, its fine dining restaurant.
You can also enjoy food and glass of wine at the Humidor Bar & Lounge. Stay in shape on your Nairobi trip at our state-of-the art gym, before relaxing in the spa.
Our scenic swimming pool lets you bask in the warm African sun or cool off with a refreshing dip. Get spoiled by our warm, friendly and professional staff, who will ensure you have a meaningful and memorable experience. You can rest easy knowing you are safe with us, we were recently awarded with a Safehotel Certification, Executive Level – the highest attainment in the industry.
Additionally very impressed with how eco friendly this hotel was. Water in glass bottles, use or paper straws. Wonderful to see an establishment that cares about the environment.

The brightest spot on Elgon Road is definitely the elegant edifice of Radisson Blu. Once you enter the facility, your rights as a royal is activated right from the receptionist/concierge to your room. Radisson Blu’s attention to details and high concern for security from the entrance of the hotel through the elevator and to your room is par excellence.

The room is very spacious, comfortable and very neat and clean;with state of the art interior design and fittings – smoke detectors, full bouquets DSTV, king-sized bed, free wifi, beautiful lighting and importantly eco-friendly windows (ability to draw curtains for sunlight) and with a beautiful view.

Meals at the Ladder and the chop house offers a blend of great continental and local dishes that gives you a sense of home away from home.

Eco Friendly Hotels Nairobi
Eco Friendly Hotels Nairobi

How much does a room costs at Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill?

Prices start 110$/night for Double Room.

Where to book online – Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill- Eco Friendly Hotels Nairobi you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Kenya during Lamu Cultural Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kenya on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Tawi Lodge 5* – Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya

Tawi Lodge
Tawi Lodge

With mountain views, Tawi Lodge is set in Amboseli and has a restaurant, a concierge service, bar, garden, outdoor pool and children’s playground. Free WiFi is offered.

There is a fully equipped private bathroom with hot tub and a hairdryer.

The lodge offers a buffet or Full English/Irish breakfast.

Tawi Lodge offers a terrace.

The lodge is an eco-friendly operation, which takes maximum care of the environment and its people. It consists of 13 cottages ideally located on bush land facing Kilimanjaro. Each cottage has its own wooden-deck veranda and a fabulous view of the highest mountain in Africa, even from the comfort of your bed or your bathtub. Double or twin cottages, all have en suite bathrooms fitted with both a bath and shower.
Each cottage has its own fireplace. Lighting and water systems are solar powered. A charging facility for cell phones and camera batteries is available. The style of the lodge is a harmonious combination of modern (for your comfort) and traditional (to remind you that you are in Africa).
The ECO Lodge is well designed an very serene. The Elephant watering hole is strategically located.Food is amazing.Staff very friendly.Bathing while gazing at Mt.Kilimanjaro was spectacular.Definitely coming back.
 The eco-lodge is without parallel: 13 luxurious, private bungalows scattered throughout the grounds, each with decks and furniture from which to view the magnificent Kilimanjaro and the wildlife that is teeming throughout the property.
Because it is a small boutique lodge, there are no large tour groups, which makes for a sophisticated and calm experience. The pool and open-air dining room are divine and provide the ultimate luxury on safari: a front-seat view of the adjacent watering hole where the animals come to you! You can see elephants, zebras and monkeys frolicking while you lay poolside sipping your cocktail or while you are enjoying one of the many varied and plentiful gourmet meals.
The advantage of the Conservancy (which has porous borders with Amboseli National Park) cannot be denied. In the bigger picture, it is an important relationship between the neighboring Masai community and the lodge owners and gives the wildlife an even greater area to roam. In the smaller picture, for tourists, it affords up close glimpses of the amazing scenery and wildlife-there are no ‘roads’ one must stick to (as there are in the national parks), so driving straight into the bush to get a closer look at the shy Warthog or the baby Giraffe is not only allowed but encouraged.
Rooms are huge, amazing bathrooms with both baths, toilets and showers with a view of Kilimanjaro. Rooms aren’t really tents, but more like luxury cottages and the staff and attention to detail makes this a luxurious place to stay. Their eco– approach also means that unlike other lodges there is water available all the time and refillable water bottles so you aren’t spending lots on water.
The food is pretty good for a safari lodge and very accommodating for dietary requirements and the packed lunches come complete with hot coffee and tea. It is also a lovely place to just hang out if the weather isn’t playing ball.
The property itself is beautiful with gorgeous gardens and each cottage is stunning with fabulous, eco-friendly products throughout. The conservancy is full of amazing wildlife and offers a fun alternative to Amboseli if you’re staying for a while.
Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya
Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya

How much does a room costs at Tawi Lodge?

Prices start 720$/night for Double Room with Mountain View.

This double room features a balcony, private entrance and fireplace.

Where to book online– Tawi Lodge – Eco Friendly Hotels Kenya you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Kenya during Lamu Cultural Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kenya on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

4. Sweetwaters Serena Camp 4* – Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya

Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Set in Nanyuki within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers free WiFi and free private parking on site. The property boasts a garden and bar.

The units in the lodge are fitted with a wardrobe, desk, electric kettle and coffee maker. Each tent has a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.

Guests can enjoy breakfast at the property and also have a meal at the onsite restaurant. The accommodation also offers BBQ facilities and business facilities to its guests.

Relaxed all-inclusive resort with tent-style quarters & free Wi-Fi, plus a restaurant & a bar.

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury.

 The camp itself is very well maintained and equipped. These are luxury tents with a fully equipped bathroom. The beds and furnishing were clean and comfortable. There is a basket near the sink in the bathroom that is full of eco friendly shampoo, shower gel and lotion. I was excited to see insect repellent wipes as well that actually worked. The room comes with free bottles of water (save these for when you go to the restaurant because they charge you for water there), an electric kettle and coffees and teas. The best part of the room was the turn down service. They leave a hot water bottle inside the covers to warm you up. It’s fantastic, especially since temps at night can go down quite a bit. I would ask for a camp facing the watering hole.

The restaurant was decent and the serving staff (Ann, Phillip, Edwin and Mathias) were very gracious. All meals are buffet style with hot stations. In the morning, eggs are made to order and at lunch and dinner, there is a pasta station. Vegetarians are well catered for and the desserts are good. Do not miss the ratatouille in the mornings. It is simple delicious.

The watering hole is pretty cool to see and is floodlit at night. The property is fenced but it’s not obvious. We saw elephants, Elands and a rhino at the watering hole but they were some distance away. However, if you are about to do game drives, you will see plenty of animals anyway.

If you want to get up close and personal with the animals then night time is the time to see them – there is literally only a foot wide ditch outside your tent separating you from the watering hole and its wealth of visitors.

Being under a moonlit star-studded sky with families of elephants, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, giraffes, buffalos and impalas is an unforgettable, and truly humbling, experience – one which you cannot get on a game drive, not even a night game drive. The tents are wonderful – very Out of Africa – with some of the best showers we have ever had in Kenya! There is nothing they haven’t thought of , and although luxurious they do actually feel eco-friendly.

The food is excellent, as in other Serenas we have stayed in, and caters for all palettes. The park itself is home to more rhinos than we’ve ever seen in Kenya – black and white – and of course Baraka, the blind rhino who you can pet and feed.

The camp is situated close to the Conservancy gates and is very well maintained. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. We were pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary wine bottle! A special mention about the food and restaurant ambiance. Plenty of cuisine options were available and Indian travelers who cannot get enough of Indian food, worry not! You’ll be sufficiently satisfied with the array of Indian dishes on offer.

The tent itself is minimal and cosy. The hot water bottles provided in the late evenings served to keep the bed cosy and comfortable through the cold night. The camp is very eco-friendly and promotes energy conservation through minimal lighting and plug points.

The Conservancy offers a wholesome game experience. The highlight of our trip, in fact in our very last game drive in Kenya, we got to see a Cheetah attempt to hunt down a baby Zebra. The majesty of seeing over 200 zebra and gazelle flee on seeing the run of the Cheetah was exhilarating and was a fitting end to a fantastic honeymoon.

Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya
Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya

How much does a room costs at Sweetwaters Serena Camp?

Prices start 474$/night for Standard Double Room. The Deluxe Double or Twin Room
is 565$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for couples.

This deluxe double tent features a king-sized double bed or 2 twin beds. An extra bed can be provided upon request. Mosquito nets are provided, as are hot water bottles at night.

Where to book online – Sweetwaters Serena Camp – Eco Friendly Lodges Kenya you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Kenya during Lamu Cultural Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kenya on Booking.com or Trip.com or Expedia.com see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

5. Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp 5* – Eco Lodges Kenya

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is situated in Elmenteita, 41 km from Naivasha. Nakuru is 24 km from the property. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The accommodation has a seating area. There is a private bathroom with slippers and a hairdryer in each unit. Towels are provided.

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp also includes an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar.

On the banks of Lake Elmenteita in the Soysambu Conservancy, this upscale safari camp is 26 km from the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy and 58 km from Mt Kipipiri Forest Reserve.

Featuring verandas with lake views, the polished luxury tents come with free Wi-Fi, safes and minibars. An upgraded tent includes a whirlpool tub and a separate living room. Room service is available.

All meals are included and served in an informal restaurant/bar tent. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a beauty parlour and massage services. The camp offers day- and night-time game drives.

The tents are the most spacious and luxurious I’ve ever stayed in, with a large dressing area and bathroom with double sinks and even a double shower plus beautiful view of the lake. The food was very good with lots of choices and multiple courses. Good cocktail menu, although on the pricey side. Great inclusive activities for Easter including archery, nature walks and traditional dancers. Lovely swimming pool and very friendly staff who did their best to accommodate any special requests.

From the minute we entered the reception area we were made to feel relaxed and as if we could make ourselves at home. Yes we got the virgin fruit champagne. Then we were told about all the activities and spa options including the game drives.

Each “tent” is almost an enormous suite. The bathroom is huge and it has windows everywhere making it brighter than most hotel rooms. Always important to have a his and hers sink!! And the two showers are so good. What was surprising was how quickly you got hot water after turning on the tap – usually doesn’t even happen in good hotels. Most importantly the tent is a tent and a room with the best of both. Lovely. There is a patio which overlooks the lake. Perfect place to relax with a drink and observe lake life. We saw a couple of hippos which is not usual on lake Elementaita. So much space….and privacy.

Food: It was so refreshing not to have the standard buffet style lunch and dinner but have a proper three/four course meal served to you in peace. It was also really nice to have lunch in the open air without being out on the lawn. Ample choice for veggies with adequate portions.

The staff are all super attentive without hovering. You can easily feel spoilt here.

We went on an early morning game drive – didn’t really expect to see big game but it was breathtaking to get really close to the flamingos and pelicans as well as numerous other birds. Our guide Richard was incredibly knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the whole Ecosystem within the conservancy as well as getting to know the various flora and fauna.

Definitely coming back here – well worth the rather high price compared to all other Elementaita accommodation.

Eco Lodges Kenya
Eco Lodges Kenya

How much does a room costs at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp?

Prices start 479$/night for Deluxe Double Room.

Featuring lake views, the deluxe double tent comes with a tea-and-coffee-making facility, free WiFi access, a mosquito net and a seating area.

Where to book online – Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp – Eco Lodges Kenya you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Kenya during Lamu Cultural Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kenya on Booking.com or Trip.com or Expedia.com see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.