“We want guests to feel like the original explorers who came with their butlers, their linens, and their gramophones, with 50 people carrying their gear." - Robert Glenie, Ngerende in the Wild
Kenya may be famous for its safaris, but Barbara Walshe discovered a seriously luxe location that's also worth hunting down. Here, she tells us why Ngerende Island Lodge is a roaring success. It’s 4am and I’m jolted awake by an animal roaring outside my door. It’s my first night at the five-star Ngerende Island Lodge in Kenya, and I am about to be eaten by a… well, I’m not quite sure what.
At this time of year Kenya's great plain is packed with animals – and they put on a real-life horror show. If I were a lion I'd be worried. At least a dozen Maasai warriors in battledress are bearing down on us, armed with sticks.
You & Your Wedding
If you and your partner want to go on safari for your honeymoon, why not do it in style at one of Kenya’s newest five-star luxury lodges? Ngerende Island Lodge is a truly magical destination and one of Kenya’s best kept secrets. The beautiful boutique overlooks the Mara River and borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Over 40 lions, five leopards, five cheetahs, 23 hyenas, 18 jackals, five bat-eared foxes and 60-plus mongooses – not bad for 12 days on safari. We’ve just returned from Kenya where numbers dominated the thoughts of our nine-year-old son, Joe. In fact, Joe himself discovered that he was worth two cattle or 10 goats, although we never got round to sealing the deal with our Maasai guide.