Unique and Fabulous Airbnb Rentals in Kenya
Kenya is a majestic country, with an incomparable natural aesthetic but if you think you have really experienced all Kenya has to offer, think again. Airbnb, the online marketplace for homes, allows travellers to experience people’s private homes- places we would never have had access to in years past.
Here are a few ideas for your next jaunt around Kenya.
The Brandy Bus, located in the suburbs of Karen, is an old-school bus that’s been revamped into an Airbnb home. The bus includes 2 bedrooms with two beds and a bathroom, accommodating up to six guests. The home also includes extra amenities like Wi-Fi, free parking and a pool. To sweeten the deal, the owner of the home is rarely in the area, so guests get the luxury to enjoy the home and grounds all to themselves. The Brandy Bus goes for a minimum $80 USD (8,291 KES) a night*, a steal for this comfortably rustic experience.
Feeling nostalgic for childhood adventures? Up the ante by staying at Harper Bazaar’s proclaimed world’s best treehouse hotel. Watamu Treehouse is a unique property situated on one of the most picturesque stretches of Watamu beach. The Treehouse, which accommodates 14 people, is built high in the trees, and guests can enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the Indian Ocean coastline and forest unique to Watamu. Not only is this property’s exterior unparalleled, the home’s interior is dream-like, integrating the colors of the area making guests feel one with the ocean. Enjoy this transcendent tree-top, show-stopping Watamu property at $350 USD (36,295 KES) a night.
Olomayiana Bush Camp is another unusual Airbnb that lets guests be one with the invigorating Kenyan sunshine. The private, self-catering bush camp is located in Maparasha Hills, 90 minutes from Nairobi Airport and 1.5 hours from Amboseli National Park. The camp accommodates up to 12, with multiple beds and bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The owners provide staff to help with clean up and for an extra cost, they can bring in someone who gives massages, facials and other spa treatments by the pool. Olomayiana Bush Camp goes for $70 USD (7,257 KES) a night.
These spectacular properties may seem pricey, but splitting them with friends or family cuts down the price dramatically. All of them accommodate multiple people/families, and the quoted costs are for the whole accommodation, not per person. So, gather some friends or family and rope them into your rare adventure in a Kenyan bus, treehouse, or a bush camp. It’s a win-win!
*Airbnb prices are subject to change. Prices quoted for this article were searched on August 15, 2017.