This tented camp was run like a military operation. Your Driver was intent on the £5 tip if he found you the Big Five, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Buffalo and Rhino. People got you up and you stumbled to the vehicles to go on the early morning game drive. This was the best time to see animals and birds, trying to get their breakfast, it was a buggery bollix pity I hadn't had mine. One thing you have to remember about the Mara is that although you are on the Equator, it is bloody cold in the mornings. In an opensided vehicle open to the winds, dressed in piddly thin tropical clothes, you damn near freeze to death in the fresh breeze. Fortunately, the Kichwo Tembo people had blankets on board. There were welcome cups of hot tea upon return to the Camp.
The Camp was the Rolls Royce of service. Although in a tent, with a bonfire driven hot water system, the water was in an old oil drum with a small pump to transport it to your Masaai shower, the hot water bottles in the beds was an amazing comfort. The Masaai warriors were there to chase the wild animals away despite the fact that the warthog crept underneath the electrified wire.
I loved the small birds and pygmy mongoose vistitors to the camp in the morning. The trick was NOT to let the monkeys know you had food in the tent or else they would wreck it!
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Unique Quality: SO close to the animals. Hearing the lions roaring in the night was amazing. The giggling of the hyenas and the zebras sounding late at night, you could only imagine the dramas going on in the Mara as you tried to sleep in your amazingly comfortable tent beds.
I loved the paraffin lamps and the mosquito killer incense sticks. It made me imagine that I could actually live in the wild and get back to my origins in Africa, except for the sad fact that I am pale skinned, red haired and would burn to a crisp. Kudos my brothers and sisters in Africa.
Part of the CC Africa Lodges and Camps.
Incredible 4 days in Masai Mara, as the first part of our combined safari-beach trip.
Very comfortable spacious tents, very good food, nice cheerful staff... we even joined some of them for a football match in the staff cafeteria, as this was the only TV in the entire camp.
Great feeling of outdoors with all the luxuries of a top hotel. This is the opinion of someone who is very used to camping and sleeping on the floor.
Unique Quality: Great tents, I never expected to have duck-feather pillows and such a comfortable matress!
The only catch was the stone shower in the "built-in tent bathroom", the water just spills all over the place.
Even has a pool.
Woke up every morning with views to the giraffes and buffalos in the park.
Directions: Every camp has a private airstrip to where you get by regular flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
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Address: C12 Keekorok, Kenya