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Top 5 Christmas destinations in Kenya

Finding a unique and creative way of celebrating Christmas holidays can be challenging. Most Kenyans spend Christmas eve at either at home, their parents home or grand parents home. In Nairobi it’s business as usual, most shops are open, public transport functions and apart from a few mentions from vendors wearing Santa costumes, the Christmas spirit is generally muted.

If you are visiting Kenya during Christmas, or you’re a Kenyan family looking for new ideas to spend the holidays this year, here are 5 top destinations that guarantee an unforgettable experience.


Probably the most common destination for Kenyan residents in December, Mombasa offers beautiful vast white beaches along the Indian ocean with Diani beach on the south as it’s crown jewel. There are tens of hotels bordering the beach and hundreds more a walking distance away. You’ll have plenty of water based sports and other activities to chose from, and get ready to witness a sunset like no other. It doesn’t snow, if there’s a Santa he’s probably black and gift giving is more of a courtesy than an obligation, other than that, Mombasa is a top choice.

Lantana Galu Resort

Image Credit: Lantana Galu Resort


This hidden gem on the slopes of Mt. Kenya is a perfect choice for a foreign family stuck in Kenya during christmas. It can also be a worthy choice for a Kenyan family seeking an alternative choice.

Rutundu log cabins are set off the beaten track on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya in an area of pure wilderness and breathtaking beauty. These cozy cabins are the perfect destination for an adventurous rough-luxe getaway. Enjoy hiking in the incredibly fresh mountain air or try your hand at trout fishing in the well stocked nearby Lake Rutundu, or at Lake Alice an hours hike away. You can bring your catch back to cook and enjoy the tranquility of this exclusive and remote destination. From your balcony you have an incredible view of the open tundra with some unique local flora and fauna. Bigger game like buffalo, leopard and zebra can also be seen.

Camp Carnelley’s Naivasha

Beautiful spot with one of the “coziest” dining areas I have ever seen in the country, the staff are friendly and the entire compound retains an aura of relaxation and serenity. There is a camping ground available for fathers looking to toughen the young ones, careful though, the camping ground is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha which is home to hundreds of Hippos. There is however an electric fence securing the camp and a guard always on standby. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you are guaranteed to see the hippos as they often step out of water onto the land to feed.
Camp Carnelleys

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

Recommended to those who have exhausted other safari destination in Kenya, or, anyone who wants some peace and quiet in the bush and thinks Masai Mara is too mainstream.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

Image credit: The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed houses for the discerning few.   The Chief’s House has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck.  The Sultan’s House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room and a kitchen. The space of this house is such that it can be converted to a two bedroom house if you prefer. The Colonel’s House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge-pool.  Finally, The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished and perfect for honeymooners.

Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara

Arguably the best lodge in the whole Masai Mara, the rooms are fantastic, the service is exceptionally professional, the food is yummy and everything shouts Africa. The comment below from TripAdvisor sums this up pretty well.


 If your excuse for not visiting this amazing resort is price, this guys have an offer of only KES 20,000 for 3 days.

Hope you benefited from this post, from us here at Dandiaa, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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