Ol Seki Hemingways Mara
Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara Reserve, Narok, Kenya
This eco-friendly camp is named after the olseki or sandpaper tree, which is a Maasai symbol of peace, harmony, and wealth. Set on round wooden platforms on a rocky outcrop surrounded by bird-filled trees, the 12-sided tents look as if they are sailing through the bush. Inside, it's all space and light, with simple, stylish furnishings: a double and single bed, cream and earth-tone soft furnishings, straw mats, carefully planned lighting, and en-suite toilet and shower. The lean, clean effect is carried through to the attractive dining tent and library, which has a fireplace. The tents have been refurbished, and two new suites (with two bedrooms each) have private living and dining areas, as well as their own kitchens, ensuring the ultimate in privacy. There's a full range of activities, including morning and night game drives with lots of game—you might get one of Kenya's few women guides—bush picnics, star-gazer walks, botanical walks, and visits to authentic, nontouristy Maasai villages, where you might be lucky enough to witness a genuine betrothal or postinitiation ceremony.
- flights from Nairobi are included, and there's a private airstrip 10 minutes away from teh camp
- there's power supply 24 hours a day and Internet and telephone on request
- it's located outside the reserve so you'll need to enter the reserve to see the migration
- game might not be as dense (but you won't encounter other vehicles)
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