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Basecamp Masai Mara
Talek, C14, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya   |  
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Oslo, Norway
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“Truly exceptional: What an experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We experienced closer contact with all the animals we hoped to see than what we have dreamed. With experienced and knowledgeable Masai guides we felt safe, though we were only 3-4 meters away from elephants, lions and leopards. A cheetah on the roof, touching us, added to the experience. So did a cheetah hunting and killing, lions mating, elephants playing an giraffes fighting. Beautiful savannahs, thousands of wildbeasts, zebras and antelopes and much, much more. Walking safaris, breakfast on the savannah and bush camping were exciting. But a great safari has to be put into context, to make the experience complete. Great food, personal and friendly service and very convenient and spacious cottages and facilities. Both Basecamp Talek and Eagle View included a private deck with a magnificent view and the outdoor shower was fun and added to the experience. Eagle View was brand new and luxurious. Basecamp has successfully made the experience complete, balancing very high standard camps, wilderness, eco tourism and safari with close contact with Masai culture and people. A holistic experience. Truly exceptional! We enjoyed every minute of almost 40 hours of safaris divided on 7 days. 3 days at the main camp at Talek, one night at the bush camp and two nights at Eagle View was perfect. We enjoyed the variation, which added to the experience. Not one dull moment. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The permanent tents are spacious, clean and surrounded by beauty! We went when there were no mosquitoes so the outdoor bathrooms were not a problem. The private, outdoor shower was amazing. The food was excellent and the staff was helpful, attentive and knowledgeable. There were many options for the safari and we saw plenty of animals. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

In late August we had an amazing experience at Basecamp Masai Mara, and at Eagle View, Kenya. Safari every day for 7 days, even 2 times a day.

Regarding Masai Mara: The experience of the ecotourism way. The Foundation where the women make and sell handy crafts of recirculated materials. The location where the camp was with 12 very special and great tents. It makes you think back to the nature. Beautiful view against the savannah, where the gnus migration, zebras, antelopes and other animals coming down to drink water in the little river near by. The sounds from the animals in the night, makes it so unbelievable fantastic. The great safari games at the savannah with our Masai host Moses. Regarding the safari; so lots of animals, the migration of wildebeest and zebras were moving, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo and all other kinds of animals that could be got to take part in their own area. Leopard was the only one of the big five who hid for us. It was probably to get us back again.
Everyone at the camp made these days unforgettable and beautiful.

Eagle View at 1600 meter was the next camp for 3 days: Here you meet the luxury in an other way. An amazing place with 9 luxury tents and still it was the ecotourism way. Two beautiful eagles welcoming us. The experience at the savannah with great safari games with our Masai host Derek whom showed us an elephant family, 3 lion families, hyena mother with her children. It was incredibly amazing. We had a walking safari for 2 hours and that was also fantastic experience. All the sounds in the night when you hear lions and hyenas having a kill. It makes you pinch you arm and asking, am I dreaming.

We felt it all. We wish every single person could experience this together with Basecamp Masai Mara and Eagle. And the very best to the owners with their way of helping the Masai people and all the animals.
Amazing experience. Hope we get back to Basecamp

  • Stayed August 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A family of 5, we started of a Basecamp for two nights, two nights at Dorado Bush camp and finishing the week with two nights at the newly renovated "Eagle View". Basecamp gave us an introduction to Kenya, the area with all its exciting wildlife and the Maasai culture. Staff were friendly, food were excellent and the guides very professional. At the Bush camp "Dorobo" we lived as one with the nature, more simple living but still excellent food and service. We kept the same guides who now became more like friends. The best thing in Dorobo was the "walking safaris" were we the local Maasai guides shared their knowledge about the wildlife and suddenly you were in the wildlife( A bit scary at the start). We finished off at "Eagle view"...what a place!!
The newly renovated Eagle view took our breath away....new tents (if you can call it tents:-), friendly people and you guessed it, the same guides. The food was even better and we truly enjoyed the stay, all of us.

In one way we were lucky and I believe did the camps in the correct order finishing off with Eagle View. The other way around had not been as good. If you cannot stay at all three places I’d go for “Eagle view” maybe three nights with one to two days in the bush camp.

I had this Safari on my bucket list...I had high expectations and Basecamp delivered more than I had hoped for.

Thomas, Marit, Frida, Malin & Ellie

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Just stayed there one night. Entrance is kind of bushy, but rooms are very nice, outdoor showers are outstanding. Rooms are quite large, with separate toilet, urinal, and sink areas. Clean and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. Sat with one for 1 hr and learned much about the local people and their culture. Meals were excellent, most had prepared standard breakfast but I had cook for order. Close proximity to park edge, and our game drive at 630am was amazing: life and death on the Mara observed firsthand. I wasn't supposed to stay here (was bait and switched by my travel agent Sardius Tours and Safaris (Nairobi)), but I would return and recommend strongly this place to others.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Having worked for some weeks with one of the Maasai educational projects Basecamp supports at Koiyake Guiding School, I had the amazing good fortune to spend three nights at Basecamp Masai Mara. Having come to know the Maasai people a little better it was wonderful to see their industry and experience their kindness and care in this glorious spot by the Talek river with views across the savannah. This is a most understated and luxurious camp, yet totally eco-friendly and ethically run. Game drives were amazing, and food and comfort was exceptional. I would highly recommend a stay here, or at their sister camp Eagle's View : it must rank as the experience of a lifetime.

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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Basecamp Masai Mara is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever visited. I felt like home as soon as I entered the area. I concept is brilliant, and it feels very up to date, as well as traditional. Masai Mara is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and to me it doesn't seem more then fair to encourage eco-friendly initiatives like Basecamp, in my opinion all the lodges should replicate this concept. I had a wonderful time!!

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Talek, C14, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp Masai Mara provides 12 spacious and luxurious tents, bordering the Masai Mara National reserve, on a lush peninsula in the Talek River, with spectacular views of the savannah. You have your own veranda overlooking the river, bathroom en-suite with a hot solar heated shower open to the sky. Enjoy the amazing wildlife from your tent, the fig-tree platform, or in the open-air bar - a responsible approach to the classic safari ... more   less 
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