Prepare for an incredibly high level of service from this small and intimate camp. Jorge and Mariola definitely have a passion for Africa - they will entertain you with great tales of animal encounters and they are realy willing to share their great knowledge of the area. In addition, they are incredibly generous - where some so-called "all inclusives" will offer beer or wine, Jorge will keep you glass topped up with 12 year old single malt whiskey (if that is your preference!) or other top quality drinks from all over the world. The food is generally excellent - particularly if you like meat as the quality of the local produce is superb. I would say that Jorge and Mariola have focused on the important things - great service, beautiful setting, memorable experiences and a chance to really make friends with people in the Mara.
We particularly loved the pre-arranged wake up calls, when a masai staff member would quietly come in with tea or coffee and unzip the tented walls to allow us to wake up to views over the mara river. Sensational! We also had Lions, Baboon and Hippo wondering around the camp at night, leading to an incredible feeling of wild africa. The night safari is highly recommended to see the Lions and Hippos on the move. The only slight disappointment I had was the walking safari, which I felt could have been longer and more involved - we didn't really see much more than we could see from our balcony (which, to be honest is still incredible!!).
I definitely recommend the Cheetah Tented Camp for anyone who is looking for full flexibility, incredible location and unbeatable hospitality. Any trip to the Masai Mara is expensive, but if we can save up again we will for sure be back! If only all "all-inclusives" were as great as this place!
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve