My husband and I decided to book 5 nights at Cheetah Tented Camp for our Safari honeymoon. We have travelled all over the world. Cheetah Tented Camp is our most memorable stay to date. The owners, Jorge and Mariola, are the most hospitable of hosts. We really enjoyed our time staying with them. We enjoyed our conversations with them. They are so easy to talk and so kind. The staff employed was all native Masai people. They are friendly and attentive. We gave every bit of money left on us as tip for the staff. We left feeling that we wished we could've given more tip. That was how much we enjoyed our time at Cheetah Tented Camp.
We stayed in the Mara River View Suite for all 5 nights. It was incredibly spacious, airy, with a huge balcony overlooking the Mara River where a ton of hippos reside. We even saw hippos mating in the river! We were served coffee in our rooms every morning so we can enjoy it on our balcony. It was a nice touch. Breakfast was served in the dining area also overlooking the Mara River. Every night during dinner we had beautiful live music by a guitarist. It soothing and such nice ambience! There's even a fireplace. Truly, Cheetah Tented Camp felt like a home away from home.
We went on safari drives everyday and also went on night drives. The Masai guides that work at Cheetah Tented Camp seriously have eagle eyes. We even spotted a aardvark at night which is incredibly difficult to spot in general (day or night... or ever!). Naturalists would absolutely die to see one. We got very lucky and it was only possible with our Masai guide who was able to spot one in pitch black darkness! Amazing! We saw many big cats, saw bush babies, 2 river crossings (wildebeest got taken down by croc!), and a ton of other animals. Nothing is ever guaranteed on safari drives but with good guides, the odds are much better. We are lucky to have seen what we saw thanks to our Cheetah Tented Camp guide.
Jorge arranged for us to visit a Masai village which we highly recommend if you have some time. You see how the people live. It is truly a humbling experience. Bring some cash as you can buy some souvenirs made by the people of the village!
On our last night of our stay, before dinner, we did a traditional Masai dance with the staff. The most touching part was the beautiful farewell songs they sang the afternoon we left. It was a sad goodbye for sure and it was the first time I actually started crying leaving a place!
What good memories ... we hope we can return someday soon.
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve