Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Samburu and Masai Mara in August

Jump to last reply

This is our initial plan for Kenya in the first week of August -

Amboseli Porini Camp (2N)
Samburu - Larsens Camp or Elephant Bedroom Camp (2N)
Masai Mara - Mara Intrepids, Karen Blixen or perhaps Royal Mara (a bit above budget) (3N)

Our criteria for choosing regions and camps has been Samburu - for contrast of wildlife, particularly gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and grevy zebra. Camp with comfort and wildlife view from camp

Amboseli Porini Camp. Authentic experience, Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as village visits and walking tours in a conservancy.

Masai Mara - Mara Intrepids (larger camp (30) but better location for migration, river and wildlife views from camp)
Karen Blixen (smaller camp, (22), looks very nice and comfortable, better wildlife in conservancy for walks, night drives etc., river and wildlife views from tent
Royal Mara - the most expensive, small camp (8),lovely tents and camp, good wildlife in conservancy, river and wildlife views

I have had some advice from an African tour operator saying that Samburu was not good for wildlife (he had stayed at Elephant Bedroom) and that it would probably be too early to experience the migration in early August, what do you think? Is it a disadvantage staying in the Mara North Conservancy for viewing the migration?
Also, I have found it difficult finding many reviews for Karen Blixen on the forums, is there a reason for this? We do not like super big camps/lodges. What do you think of my options?

15 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Small Tented Camp under $350USD in Kenya??
  2. 2 Child friendly holiday house or apartment in Cape Town (repeat request)
  3. 3 Trip Report 2 Weeks In Iran: So Far Away From The Clichés!
  4. 4 Nairobi Airport Layover
  5. 5 Trip Report Just back from our Chobe and Delta trip-WOW,WOW, WOW!
  6. 6 Looking for a travel partner for photography trip to Africa
  7. 7 Morocco and Algeria or Tunisia
  8. 8 Tour to Morocco
  9. 9 Around Morocco - Lahcen Boujouija
  10. 10 Camping in Erg Chebbi -- are there bathrooms???
  11. 11 Where should one seek adventure in Jerusalem?
  12. 12 Value for money, must eat restaurant in Tel Aviv?
  13. 13 Trip Report Safari in Kenya & Tanzania - A report on Camps, Parks, Tips, Packing, Photo, Money & more.
  14. 14 Photographic Magazine's Top 10 Tips For Shooting On Safari...
  15. 15 Has anyone used "toursbylocals.com"?
  16. 16 Uganda again
  17. 17 November at victoria falls
  18. 18 Embarrassing question about gorilla tracking
  19. 19 Best tour guides in Jerusalem
  20. 20 Climb Kilimanjaro advice
  21. 21 Trip Report NEVER travel with Grande Navi Veloci
  22. 22 Advice: soft luggage for S. Africa safari w/small planes
  23. 23 Royal Jordanian or El Al: For Tel Aviv with Petra Side-trip
  24. 24 What is a normal price for driver from Amman airport to Petra
  25. 25 Trip Report Kenya - July 2014 - Acacia House in Masai Mara area
View next 25 » Back to the top