We stayed at the Flamingo Tented Camp two weeks ago. As there is more than one accommodation that uses the name Flamingo, this review describes the camp located near the Oloolamutia township/Oloolamutia entrance to the Masai Mara park. I would have liked to know more about this camp before we got there, but there were no reviews at the time. I hope this review will be useful to other travelers.
The camp consists of semi-permanent canvas tents that are located within asbestos roof structures that keep out the rain. It rained heavily one night during our stay but our tent stayed dry.
The camp offers both shared bath and private bath facilities. Our tent had a private bath enclosed within. There was a wooden door to the bath from the sleeping area that remained ajar and lacked a bolt or door handle. There were no hooks to hang a towel inside the bathroom. The toilet was missing a seat. There was a small window with a ledge on which we placed our soap and shampoo. The floor sloped away from the shower area and the bath water appeared to get absorbed by the soil and rocks. We had carried flip-flops that were useful in the shower.
The toilet did have a working flush. There was a sink next to the bed with a cold water faucet and running water. There was a shower head in the bathroom with cold and hot water controls. The supply of hot water began in the evenings around 6 p.m, and again in the mornings around 6 a.m. Electricity was somewhat erratic as their generator was undergoing repairs. Sometimes it came on at 6 a.m, sometimes later. In the evenings it usually came on around 6 p.m. and went out by 9 p.m. If the generator worked, then we could re-charge batteries in the tent. When the hot water did begin to run, we got plenty of hot water for a good shower.
The tents are located close to each other. Even the smallest of sounds carries, including coughs and sneezes from the neighboring tent in the night.
Cots made of wooden planks, mosquito nets, cotton mattresses, basic bed linens, pillows and towels were provided. They were all clean. The tents had window flaps that could be closed with zippers and velcro to keep out the cold and light. There were occasional visitors - a large spider on the ceiling, and a 5 inch long slug which was quite pretty, but they kept their distance from us - and they left by dawn without bothering us.
The furniture consisted of two beds, and they filled up the tent. There was just enough room on the floor beside our beds to open our two 22 inch suitcases.
Our tent had a passion fruit vine growing outside that was very pretty. The fruit is popular with the monkeys. The tents had double zippers on the front that were effective in keeping out the monkeys.
The people managing the camp were very helpful and cheerful. The manager of the camp lives on-site and is available at all times. Laundry services were available for a fee, and the laundered clothes were delivered by the end of the day. The meals were simple but freshly cooked and served hot in the dining room. With a day's advance notice, the kitchen staff supplied us with box lunches (sandwiches) the next day for our game drive to the Mara river.
We heard the lions roaring early in the morning (their sound carries about 3 miles) and hyenas howling in the evening - this was the best part of the "camp experience".
It is not possible to view sunset or sunrise from this camp because of its location. The camp offers (for a fee) nature walks with a Masai resident (we did not have time to use the service).
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