Fig Tree Camp
Masai Mara Reserve, Narok, Kenya
This budget option on the banks of the Talek River overlooks the plains and its location on the northeastern boundary of the reserve gives it easy access to all the game areas. You'll stay in a safari tent or stone-and-thatch chalet, both furnished in African ethnic themes, but you should try for a tent with a river view; be sure to have taken your malaria muti (muti is the generic African word for medicine). Both tents and chalets are en suite and have small verandas or balconies. There are two bars, an indoor and outdoor eating area, and a treehouse coffee deck where you can watch the passing animal show. Don't expect the ultimate in luxury, but you'll get good value for your money and also get to meet lots of international visitors. There's electricity only from 4 to 9 am, noon to 3 pm, and 6 pm to midnight. If you want more luxury and exclusivity, go for one of the Ngaboli tents, where you'll sleep in a four-poster bed and have lots more room. Bonuses for camp guests include lectures, a resident nurse, and an in-house medical clinic. Activities are extra: night safaris, bush walks, champagne breakfasts, and bush dinners range in price from US$55 to US$100.
- there is a lovely pool area
- there's evening entertainment with Maasai dancers or music
- hot showers are available only at certain times
- tents are located close to each other so can be noisy
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