Fodor's Expert Review Naboisho Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Narok, Kenya Fodor's Choice

Quite possibly the best camp in all of the Mara area, Naboisho Camp is in the 210-sq-km (82-squar-mile) Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which has exclusive use for only those guests staying at the handful of lodges there—there are no hordes of safari vehicles here. According to the camp's manager, the density of wildlife increases every year. While you take your breakfast under the shade of an acacia tree, you're likely to see herds of antelope grazing the plains, a handful of giraffes nibbling at the trees, and numerous zebras mingling between wildebeest, impala, and buffalo. Along with all the big game, the Mara Nabiosho Conservancy has also become home to a large pride of lions, as well as the rare wild dog. Naboisho Camp is exceptionally well designed, and each of the nine spacious tents are set well apart from one another, giving you that beautiful sense of having the bush entirely to yourself. Tents are tastefully decorated and all have en suite bathrooms and outdoor double rainfall showers. The comfortable thatched dining and lounge areas extend out onto a wooden deck, where you can while away your time in comfortable couches, G&T in hand, viewing game at the nearby waterhole. Many activities, including game walks and drives, are included in the price, while extras include horse-riding and the Mara balloon flight. Children over five are welcome and there's a kids' safari program with the entertaining Maasai guides, which might be identifying animal tracks or visiting a local school.

PROS

  • the guides at this camp are excellent
  • the conservancy is very exclusive, allowing for uninterrupted game drives
  • high level of personalized service

CONS

  • Wi-Fi but mobile phone reception is poor
  • need to allow for a full day to do a game drive into the Mara proper
  • the camp is unfenced, so kids' supervision is essential at all times

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-232–4904-reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

9 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed April

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