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Enkewa Mara Camp
4.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Masai Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve 49500100, Kenya   |  
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“Better than excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

As we did, you will be gawping at the review statistics above and thinking wow – is this for real? Yep, this is the real deal.

As a reasonably well-travelled young couple we could not have been more impressed by the experience offered by Enkewa Mara Camp. For having travelled to many countries and stayed at some fantastic hotels, you will note that we have written a shameful two reviews before this one. However, there was no way that we could keep quiet about Enkewa!

Before we arrived in Kenya, Jose and Marta could not have been more helpful in preparing us for our trip. They answered our queries by email and took all the hassle away from booking a nice hotel in Nairobi and return flights to the Mara.

Enkewa genuinely offers a personalised safari – 5 luxury tents in the most peaceful setting, private 4 x 4 with an extremely knowledgeable Maasai guide and two Maasai spotters, a tailored itinerary of game drives and cultural experiences and five star hotel standard food and service. Every aspect of the work of the camp is meticulously planned by Jose and Marta and their Maasai team.

We were lucky to see the beginning of the great migration including two Mara River crossings, which involved a crocodile kill. Aside from that we saw so much on every drive - different animals in different situations. The area of the park used by Enkewa is far away from the crowds (and literally off the beaten track - sometimes to the park rangers' annoyance!) and it is uncommon to meet any other vehicles when moving around the spectacular landscape, except for at the Mara River when you see the fleet of minivans used by other tour companies and realise how lucky you are.

Most memorable experiences of our trip:

- Watching a leopard sleeping in a tree whilst eating a delicious full English breakfast in silence (us, not the leopard).

- Teaching an impromptu maths lesson at the local school, to which Enkewa provides substantial financial support and teachers (and seeing how much Jose cared about the children, showing that the support is totally genuine).

- Anticipating a river crossing of wildebeest and then rushing forward to the edge of the riverbank as the herds started running.

- Visiting a local village at 1am in the morning with Jose and some of the Maasai to watch the Spain vs Brazil Confederations Cup final in a friendly bar called "Dreamland".

- Stopping for a sundowner drink on the Kenya/Tanzania border under a savanna tree looking over to Serengeti.

- Getting up very early in the morning for a drive and realising that fresh hot water bottles had been placed on our seats in the vehicle.

- Playing football with Jose and his team and realising that it is not a myth that Kenyan's are very good at running.

Enkewa Mara Camp is a very special place. We had a wonderful holiday and will be coming back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Enkewa was our first stay during a 10 day intense safari vacation with my husband and all of his Colombian family and without exaggerating it was most certainly a highlight of the trip. Jose and Marta's OUTSTANDING customer service in conjunction with their Massai staff left all 14 of us (ages 7-70) longing for more days in Maasai Mara. The tents are spacious and comfortable. The chef cooks a delicious and diverse menu -consisting of continental foods.They have a good supply and selection of good wines. The local staff added a special experience to our stay since they are all extremely professional and were all willing to share their culture with us. The safari guides were very knowledgeable and knew the terrain like the back of their hand. I can't recommend this Camp enough. Book your reservations today!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We just got back from a wonderful 3 days at Enkewa Mara Camp. I've never wanted to give a vacation 6 stars before. The site itself is beautifully done. Jose and Marta, who run the camp, and the Maasai staff made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. We had relayed a number of requests through a travel agent (Love Live Africa), and Marta rattled them off when we arrived, making it clear that they were going to send us hiking (instead of spending most of our time in the jeeps) and accommodate our dietary concerns (which they did perfectly). The hiking was really good and the wildlife was great. Our guide had a wide range of knowledge which he delivered skillfully. The food was shocking. Meal after meal, the Enkewa staff delivered 3 courses that could easily compete with the top-of-the-line restaurants we occasionally patronize in Manhattan. I wouldn't have thought that would matter, but after a long hike, coming home to a great dinner turns out to be a wonderful thing. The camp sponsors the local Maasai school and, and while we got the sense that some things we were shown and told about the Maasai were carefully crafted for effect, the mutual appreciation and respect between the European owners and the Maasai staff, and the pride the Maasai demonstrated in their culture and in their skill in making visitors appreciate the Mara-- those all seemed very real. This was a great vacation.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I live in Kenya and can easily say this is the best wildlife safari experience in East Africa, it is not all vans and jams by the animals, it is about truly finding them with a real masai spotting them with unparalleled talent and using all his senses. A truly spectacular experience.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I could write pages about Enkewa, and it wouldn't do justice to how amazing the camp and the owners/hosts (Jose & Marta) are. The Masai staff are also incredibly friendly- and the Masai spotters on safari ridiculously talented.

I can't even believe some of what I've seen actually happened. Thanks to Jose and the Masai spotters, I was able to witness 5 black rhinos shortly after my arrival. We also took a night safari where I saw an actual honey badger. And how could I forget the herd of water buffalo fending off a lioness going after a water buffalo giving birth. Jose and Marta accommodated my schedule and ensured that I was able to pack in as much as possible during my trip.

Accommodations are top notch and the company is unmatched. If you want a unique experience and to come back with new friends, Enkewa is for you. I look forward to going back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Even though is not the most luxurious camp, the environment and friendly staff make you want to be there and not anywhere else, because what they offer is not something you can buy. The quality and authenticity of the people is unforgettable. Martha and Jose, the owners of the camp, treat you like their family, and their relations with the Masai people is so good they offer you a cultural interaction I didn´t see in any other camp (And I visited about 5 in the Masai Mara).
The tents are very comfortable and clean, I really had a great sleep there. I recommend to ask them for the butternut soup, one of the best I have tried in my life.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We have stayed at Marta's and Jose's Enkewa "paradise" in January 2013 and it has been the highlight of the entire trip to Kenia visiting the Samburu, the Masai Mara and Malindi. Everything went so smooth, from the booking and during our stay.

The team at the Enkewa Mara is extremely warm and friendly, the game drives in their open safari jeeps had been simply amazing. We also spent one full day in the wild, having breakfast and lunch in the bush, which was truly wonderful. Most of the time we've been off the beaten tracks and away from the minivan crowds. Jose and the Masai spotter were very knowledgable and fun, and were very lucky to see even hard to see animals.

The camp is located in beautiful nature and it is equipped and furnished very tastefully. The tents are luxurious and very spacy, each with an enclosed bathroom with warm bucket shower and private terrace. But what really impressed us the most, is how Marta and Jose are involved with the local Masai people and their level of support towards them.

During our stay we felt more like friends than just guests and I recommend this place to everyone who want's to have an unforgettable safari experience away from large and mostly impersonal lodges or being stuck in minivans following only the beaten paths.

We will definitely return!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Masai Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve 49500100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #3 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Enkewa Mara Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accomodation and full ecosustainable Tented Camp. South East. Enkewa Bush Camp is located inside the Masai Mara National Reserve in a very private area with a great location for game drive. Almost absolute privacy on gamedrives in the best big5 territory, only 20 minutes drive from Keekorok Airstrip. Enkewa Mara Camp is in a private concession of 36 hectares in the Southeastern border of Masai Mara National Reserve, and to Serengeti N.P. Arrangement of safaris and travel circuits through Kenya and Tanzania combined with the accommodation in Enkewa Camps. Karibuni Kenya! ... more   less 
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