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Enkerende Tented Camp
3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Masai Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This trip was our first to Africa, and we chose Enkerende as it was a small camp promising lots of wildlife rather than a pool and several restaurants. We were not disappointed.
We were picked up from the airport in a land rover (defender so could go over anything) and saw our first animals enroute to the camp. Never having done a safari before just to see Zebra, and the graceful Giraffe, and gazelles and antelope was exciting. The setting was fabulous. Wart hogs are also lovely funny littel things (with tales upright!). David, our Masai driver and guide pointed out animals as we drove. We also did a short detour and saw a lion pouncing.
We arrived at the camp to a 'Hippo Lunch'... not to eat hippo, but the table was just outside the camp on the river bank overlooking a pod of Hippo. Wonderful. A safari followed once it cooled down a little, and this time we saw a lion family with 2 youngsters, about 1 year old. And buffalo.And more of all the other animals. It is just so beautiful. Supper was overlooking the river nearer the camp. The stars were so clear as no light pollution. The food was good, but I hadn't mentioned in advance that I was wheat intolerant, which caused a few problems as they serve up lovely food, but can't just nip out to buy in something else. They check in the morning about the menu for the day, and you can say if you would prefer something else. I think it is worth mentioning before you go if there is something you don't eat. Better all round.
The following morning was an early start. Cup of tea than off 6.30 to catch the very early light. We saw a hippo returning to the river (where they spend the day) and then.... David has excellent eyesight, and inted out a dot in the distance. It turned out to be a Leopard! Very rare to see them. We followed in along one side of a small ditch for quite a way and could really watch it ... it moved so beautifully. After breakfast we had the day to chill before the evening safari. We didn't see elephant on our stay, in spite of David's best efforts. The followinf morning we took a packed breakfast and headed for the hills. We ate breakfast overlooking the Mara from the hills. It was beautiful. David then saw another small dot, and I squinted through my binoculars. It was Rhino. The only 2 remaining white Rhino on the Mara. (The rest have been poached)They are now guarded 24/7 by a team of armed rangers. As David knew them we went down to the plain, and were allowed up close. At one point one of them was just a few feet away (I moved pretty fast when I saw he had crept up on me!) We also saw a pair of cheetah, secretary birds, eagles, vultures, and many beautiful but unidentified birds. We also did a short walking safari, being taught by Francis (the other English speaking Masai, who runs the camp mostly but knows the Mara well too) about some of the plants and seeing a pod of 100 hippo. The tent was definitely glamping. It had a bathroom with flushing loo and a shower (a bit slow and not always warm but perfectly ok). The tent overlooked the river, and whilst we had supper hot water bottles were placed in our comfy bed. Christine, the owner was always willing to talk, and we learnt a lot about the area, and the Masai people. We also did a visit to a local village, for which the villagers are paid, I believe it helps pay for children's school fees. As we were the only guests that week (low season) we did all our safaris on our own. We were looked after like royalty, and doubt we could have had a more perfect experience of safari.

Room Tip: The slightly more expensive tents with river view are worth the extra.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My husband and I were in Kenya for 8 days. We stay 5 days in Enkerene. The camp offers 5 star facilities in a spectacular location close to the River Mara. We felt like at home while staying there. Service is very good and are always willing to help. Also Cristina, one of the owners. All the camp has been environmental friendly design and with a lot of taste. Tents are very clean and netting to prevent insects. Food is beautiful and very different to other lodges, and you get plenty of it! Really enjoyed the game drives and the walking safari. We saw the big five and we could see them very very close! We also enjoyed some of the activities offer as the local market, the church, a Maasai village, etc/ What it was also an amazing experience was having the hippos so close to the camp!!! we could hear all at night! pretty impressive! We really love this place and definitively would come back!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A truly incredible experience ! We felt at home from the moment we set foot in the camp.The Maasais are lovely people and really go out of their way to make sure you´re comfortable and have everything you need ,as does Raúl ,the owner ,too.The setting is awesome ,right on the river Mara and the tents ,either the river ones or the bush ones are so comfortable and stylishly done with all you need to make your stay perfect ,you can quite easily just spend a day in the camp without feeling the need to go out. There´s so much to do ,I´m really glad we were there 5 nights ,anything less wouldn´t have been enough ,as the more we saw the more we got into it.Apart from safaris both by jeep and on foot at different times of day ,we also visited the local community ,school ,health centre etc.Another must is to fly over Masai Mara in a hot air balloon followed by a champagne breakfast. Talking of which the food is really good and plentiful and if you want to burn off extra calories you can take on the Masais at football !Hearing the animals around me at night was really thrilling ,especially the hippos and hyenas. I definitely want to go back ,please don´t change anything at all and thank you again for my time with you.

  • Stayed September 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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Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The camp offers 5 star facilities in a spectacular location at the Maasai Mara Reserve. The tents are clean and netting prevents insects from coming in. Tents also have a private bathroom. The food is excellent. Breakfast by the river in full view of hippos is highly recomended.
The staff belong to the Maasai tribe and are very friendly and eager to help. A 24-hr guard keeps any unwanted animals off the camp's grounds. The "walking safari" accompanied by an English-speaking Maasai tribesman is a fantastic experience. One can see a great variety of animals starting right at the front gate. The safaris offered by the resort are unforgettable. We managed to see "The Big Five" in one day, and whilst this is also a matter of luck, it would have been impossible without good knowledge of the area and planning by the guide.
The camp's owners, Christina and Raul, make sure you feel 100% comfortable and at home. I would have gladly spent more time there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Hello

My husband and I were in Kenya for part of our honeymoon and after safaris in other parks we went to the Masai Mara.
Though we were expecting something more comfortable, and after a first impact, the truth is that we couldn't have had a better experience at this park if we went to other camp or lodge.
Cristina is absolutely lovely, she received us as family and shared some beautiful moments.
The employees were true Masais, very nice and helpful.
I truly recommend this place! It made our experience in Kenya even more amazing.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Beautiful, relaxing and amazing in the photographic safaris. The camp is in the middle of a beautiful forest where you can "touch" the Mara river and 1 minute walking from the sabana. All rooms are tents with a wonderful bed and private bathroom. Very comfortable and with all facilities. Raoul and Cristina (the owners) are really nice and they will make you feel like being at home.
All people working there are masai people. They are very nice, efficient and really interesting. For sure that you will learn many things and have much fun chatting with them.
In Masai Mara during the daily photographic safaris we found hundreds of animals of many species. People from this camp really know the land and they take you to the most interesting places and animals. The good thing in this Masai Mara area/national park is that there are very few cars/vans in the sabana. Some days our car was the only one hanging around there…
I recommend this camp to everybody who wants to experience the real African experience without giving up the occidental comfort.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012 via mobile

Increible lugar para pasar y sentir lo que es un verdadero safari en perfecta comunion con la naturaleza tanto de animales como con los nativos del lugar, los guerreros Massais. Si podeis y teneis la oportunidad no dejeis de ir a conocer Enkerende Tented Camp para disfrutar del exquisito trato de sus gerentes como de su servicio con los autenticos Massais. Yo estuve en Julio de 2011 y pasé la mejor experiencia de mi vida.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Masai Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Enkerende Tented Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco Camp in front Mara River where you will enjoy the Real Masai Mara ! ... more   less 
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