Kenya Wildlife Service

Kenya Wildlife Service| Self-catering Bandas

Eat, Drink, Sleep in the Bush

The beauty of safaris in Kenya is the chance to sleep in the bush, close to wildlife. Some national parks and reserves have limited accommodation within, but in parks and reserves under the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), you can always find a comfortable self-catering banda (cabin).

This state corporation manages over 30 parks and reserves. These attractions include famous places of interest such as Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park, Meru National Park, Tsavo National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park.  The list also includes Watamu Marine National Reserve, Malindi Marine National Park and Mombasa Marine Reserve.

Where to Get KWS Self-catering Accommodation

Aberdare National Park

 The Fishing Lodge Guest House is accessible from Nyeri and Naivasha. It sits on the moorland of the Aberdare Ranges and offers two three bedrooms timber cabins.  Each cabin has two bedrooms with a double and single bed, and one bedroom with a single bed. Two bedrooms are ensuite, with hot water showers. These cabins have a sitting room, dining area and a fully furnished kitchen. Additionally, the self-catering cabins have a caretaker and beddings are provided.

Tusk Camp Banda is accessible from Ruhuruini Gate. It is about 2k from this gate. There are two cabins; one cabin has four single beds and the other has two double beds. The cabins have a sitting room, a furnished kitchen and a dining area. The washrooms are outside.

Tsavo West National Park

The self-catering cabins in this attraction are Kamboyo Guest House and Lake Jipe Bandas. Kamboyo Guest House was the warden’s house before it was turned into a self-catering lodge.  Animals frequent the watering hole outside this lodge, which makes an ideal accommodation spot for game lovers. It has four bedrooms, a sitting room, a dining area and a furnished kitchen.

Lake Jipe Bandas occupy a prime spot beside the lake, and there are three cabins.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi Tented Camp is the only tented camp within the national park, and the first tented lodge in the capital city. It sits on a beautiful spot in the bush.

Sibiloi National Park

Allia Bay Guesthouse is a three bedrooms lodge on the shores of the stunning Lake Turkana. It has one bathroom, a dining area, sitting room and an equipped kitchen.

Mt. Kenya National Park

When exploring Mount Kenya, get self-catering accommodation in cottages on this mountain. Batian Guest House, built in 1972, is one such lodge offering four bedrooms, a sitting room, an open-plan dining area and a furnished kitchen. It is accessible by road from Narumoru or by air through Nanyuki Airstrip. Sirimon Bandas are next to Sirimon Gate, which is in Meru Central District. It has two cabins, each offering a bathroom with hot water, a sitting room dining area and a kitchen.

Other self-catering cabins are Sabuk Guest House in Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Tree Top House in Saiwa Swamp National Park, Sahle Bandas in Shimba Hills National  Reserve, Kapkuro Bandas and Koitoboss Guest House in Mount Elgon National Park.

 There are self-catering cabins in Ruma National Park, Meru National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and Kakamega Forest National Reserve.  Now, explore this magical country.

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on Jul 14, 2014

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