Mara Timbo Camp

Masai Mara, Triangle, near Olololo-Gate, 00621, Kenya

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  • One of the best Camps in Masai Mara

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    Luxury Mara Timbo Camp is as far as we experienced it a real little treasure in Masai Mara, which is the by far most beautiful and famous national park in Kenya. The Mara known for its great density and variety of wildlife.

    My wife and me have been there as part of our honeymoon and we really have to say, it was fantastic.

    Mara Timbo Camp has only seven cosy bush pavillons, huge, very beautiful furnished, with an outdoor bathtub on the big terrace, from where you can watch Mara river and the hippos in it.

    The camp is doing a personal butler service. During our whole stay we had with Stella a waiter who was just there for us, whatever we wanted.

    The cuisine was awesome. We always had the choice between three menus with three courses, one of them vegetarian. Tasty, nicely decorated. International food as well as african meals, very good.

    We were dining always outdoors at the riverbanks under the open African sky in a very romantic setting at the fireplace. The crew was gorgeous in making our honeymoon an unforgettable experience, they are all very friendly, they were singing for us, we got cakes, bush-flowers, they had so many small little surprises for us, ... ah, I almost forgot the hotwater bottle in the bed every night.

    We were on Safari with the most funny and entertaining guide we met all over Kenya, named Kinanta. He is the camps naturalist, a crazy masai, very much knowledgable about animals and the park.

    At night we once went for a spectacular night game drives, which is possbile at Mara Timbo Camp because the camp lays outside the game reserve. Very much to recommend. As well as the nature walk with two or three masai guides for a walk through the bush, where again Kinanta showed us how to read fauna and footprints.

    So finally, ... YES!!! we do recommend this camp. It is definitely worth to visit. We will come back for sure.

    Unique Quality: The most beautiful thing at Mara Timbo Camp are for sure their bush pavillons. We have been at other camps in Amboseli and Tsavo afterwards, but Mara Timbo Camps "tents" tops them all.

    These are not "tents" these are houses, they call them "pavillons". Beautiful, huge, in the colours of Masai Mara and equipped with nice furniture, a king size bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, hot water, flushing toilet and AC-power. The spacious terrace has a low bed and even a swing!! One night of our 3 night stay, we had a private candle light dinner on our own terrace, very private, discrete service, ... great.

    The second extraordinary thing is: the camp is located directly at Mara River. And in front of the camp there are two big hippo families living in the water in front of the camp. They are max. 60ft away from your breakfast table. We almost forgot to eat while watching whats going on inside the water, unbelievable.

    Last but not least: my wife took a massage done by an obviously permanent masseuse. The massage was great and very much professional, my wife said. Even fgrom the massage tree house you can watch the hippos in the river. A 10minute massage is even included in the rates.

    Directions: Transmara, roughly Mara Triangle, 35 minutes from Kichwa Tembo Airstrip and Oloololo Gate

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One of the best Camps in Masai Mara

by Hansdampf03 about Mara Timbo Camp

Luxury Mara Timbo Camp is as far as we experienced it a real little treasure in Masai Mara, which is the by far most beautiful and famous national park in Kenya. The Mara known for its great density and variety of wildlife.

My wife and me have been there as part of our honeymoon and we really have to say, it was fantastic.

Mara Timbo Camp has only seven cosy bush pavillons, huge, very beautiful furnished, with an outdoor bathtub on the big terrace, from where you can watch Mara river and the hippos in it.

The camp is doing a personal butler service. During our whole stay we had with Stella a waiter who was just there for us, whatever we wanted.

The cuisine was awesome. We always had the choice between three menus with three courses, one of them vegetarian. Tasty, nicely decorated. International food as well as african meals, very good.

We were dining always outdoors at the riverbanks under the open African sky in a very romantic setting at the fireplace. The crew was gorgeous in making our honeymoon an unforgettable experience, they are all very friendly, they were singing for us, we got cakes, bush-flowers, they had so many small little surprises for us, ... ah, I almost forgot the hotwater bottle in the bed every night.

We were on Safari with the most funny and entertaining guide we met all over Kenya, named Kinanta. He is the camps naturalist, a crazy masai, very much knowledgable about animals and the park.

At night we once went for a spectacular night game drives, which is possbile at Mara Timbo Camp because the camp lays outside the game reserve. Very much to recommend. As well as the nature walk with two or three masai guides for a walk through the bush, where again Kinanta showed us how to read fauna and footprints.

So finally, ... YES!!! we do recommend this camp. It is definitely worth to visit. We will come back for sure. The most beautiful thing at Mara Timbo Camp are for sure their bush pavillons. We have been at other camps in Amboseli and Tsavo afterwards, but Mara Timbo Camps "tents" tops them all.

These are not "tents" these are houses, they call them "pavillons". Beautiful, huge, in the colours of Masai Mara and equipped with nice furniture, a king size bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, hot water, flushing toilet and AC-power. The spacious terrace has a low bed and even a swing!! One night of our 3 night stay, we had a private candle light dinner on our own terrace, very private, discrete service, ... great.

The second extraordinary thing is: the camp is located directly at Mara River. And in front of the camp there are two big hippo families living in the water in front of the camp. They are max. 60ft away from your breakfast table. We almost forgot to eat while watching whats going on inside the water, unbelievable.

Last but not least: my wife took a massage done by an obviously permanent masseuse. The massage was great and very much professional, my wife said. Even fgrom the massage tree house you can watch the hippos in the river. A 10minute massage is even included in the rates.

Photos

bathroom at Mara Timbo Campbathroom at Mara Timbo Camp

The bush pavillons at Mara Timbo CampThe bush pavillons at Mara Timbo Camp

hippos in front of Mara Timbo Camphippos in front of Mara Timbo Camp

Outdoor breakfast at Mara River at Mara Timbo CampOutdoor breakfast at Mara River at Mara Timbo Camp

Forum Posts

Oloolaimutia village

by Bubfn

I have seen photos taken of a Masai village, Oloolaimutia village, in the Masai Mara Resrve. Does anyone know the location of this village? The siaze of the village?

Re: Oloolaimutia village

by leics

Have you seen the photographs and info about Oloolaimutia on this VT page?

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/ada3c/

Or perhaps you have seen photos of the Sopa Lodge resort in Oloolaimutia Valley, which is built to look like a traditional village?

http://www.sopalodges.com/masai-mara/gallery.html

Re: Oloolaimutia village

by Odinnthor

Hi and sopa (welcome in Masai) to VT
The links above pretty much tell the story. Although the village is the largest in the Masai, it is not really that big. In addition, it does not look anything like the images one sees of an African plains village, as the photos in the above link will tell you. The rural villages is where the people live in the traditional "enkangs".

I can confirm Leics statement about the Sopa Lodge. It is one of the first ones built in the Masai, and it tried to emulate a village atmosphere. I can personally tell you that the Sopa is a very nice place to stay in the Masai. So are most of the other Sopa lodges for that matter. Good luck!

Re: Oloolaimutia village

by njerisimon

Hi there,
I am glad that you are interested in the Masai Mara.

The Oloolaimuitia gate is a traditional Masai village that has retained the culture of this tribe of the Masai without any external influence throughout the Masai life.

It is located on the South Eastern side of the Masai mara national reserve and is about 1 kilometer square and bordering the reserve itself. A stone throw distance is the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, which is the oldest and 5 star lodge on this side of the Oloolaimuitia gate, and is located on the same hill where the village derives its name from.

Want to know more about the same??
Please contact in case of more queries.

Travel Tips for Masai Mara Game Reserve

Lions

by georeiser

The male lion is recognized by his mane, and can weigh up to 250 kg, the females weigh up to 150 kg. In the wild lions live for around 10-14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. The lions are hunting in teams to surround and kill. Lion kills with a neck bite to break the neck or by covering the throat, preventing breathing. The lion lacks the stamina for a sustained chase, and is a bad hunter on long distance.

Cheetahs

by grets

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to the Masai Mara for a safari, was because of its high concentration of cheetahs. We have been on many safaris in the past, in many different parks in many different countries, and never yet seen a cheetah. So this was my goal for this trip. The moment I spotted my first cheetah was absolutely magical. We saw a congregation of vehicles on our very first game drive, and the driver explained that this is cheetah country. I didn't believe I would be so lucky as to see a cheetah withing a couple of hours of arriving at the camp, but there, on the plains, were three beautiful cheetahs! I couldn't get my eyes off them, they were just so amazing!

SOME BLACK n WHITE!!

by safardreams

Catch some of the wildlife on some BLACK n WHITE film! It gives things a different look!
I like that old-look. Bring a roll or two for each area. Use your own judgement when you want to put the film in! I made some mistakes
in 2001. But I learned for 2002! The CHEETAH CUBS, playing with the TREE-
BARK! My ELEPHANTS near by.
Always cool to see HYENA carrying something between the teeth!!!!! Do you know
what the animal is in the bottom right photo?
It's called: "TOPI". Beautiful in color, I will put
some those in here also. Looks like the other baby TOPI, wants some milk too! That won't happen.

You WILL find another!

by Homanded

We're overwhelmed when we first find ourselves in our dream destination: Kenya, with hordes of Masai and herds of animals all around us. All set against that dreamy Kenya panorama we've only dreamed about.
It happened to us, it'll happen to you. Touts, vendors and aggressive sellers all bank on this to make their living.
Here's the most important thing to remember:

That "One of a kind" necklace you saw back there but didn't have time to bargain for? Another just like it is waiting for you down the road...
That "Special hand hewn giraffe carving" you're sure will look good over your fireplace mantle so, in order to snatch it up you are willing to pay overly inflated prices for? There's a twin about 3 blocks away!

Bid your time, shop around, you'll have plenty of opportunity for it! Even the gift shops at the lodges and hotels will often have the same item selling for the same or just cheaper than what you were able to bargain down for.

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 Mara Timbo Camp

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Mara Timbo Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve

Address: Masai Mara, Triangle, near Olololo-Gate, 00621, Kenya