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Basecamp Masai Mara
Talek, C14, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya   |  
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“great place for unforgettable holidays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Loved it. great location, attention to guests, delicious food and excellent management. we had a couple of requests and the manager accommodated immediately. Tents were comfy and felt good to know that we were staying in one of the only two Gold standard eco lodges in the masai mara. We booked two nights at the base camp and two at the eagle's view. Our guide/driver Agnes, one of the only five female masai women trained as guides, was outstanding. she really helped made our trip memorable. Highly recommended. The masai mara is a seriously great experience.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The tents are great and service very friendly. Special praise to our Massai guide, Anthony, who was very knowledgeable about the animals and life in the park. Employees of the restaurant were also great.

Two remarks:
For ecological reasons the toilets in the tents have no flush, so be prepared!
Also, as a family of 5 we were supposed to be in one big tent, but once we arrived, we were placed in two separate tents. Make sure to confirm many times that you have the family tent (it was in our reservations) to avoid disappointments!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

All AAA here, perfect location to go on game drives. Just be prepared that you are not the only only one out there.

Tents are great, food and service perfect. Manager Saif a really nice guy who will do anything to make you feel even more comfortable. Relocated us to a nicer tent upon request. No 16,15 and 5 are the best tents BTW.

Beware of the "Masai village visit". Entrance fee 20$, ok so far, nice dance and talk. However, in the end they get a little pushy trying to sell you 2$ jewelry for 50$ upwards.

Other than that a place in paradise.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at the Masai Mara Basecamp! Loved the privacy the "tents" offered and the silence and wild life there. The staff were super friendly, making us feel very welcome and happy. This place really opened my eyes for Eco-tourism and will make me think twice before booking other holidays around the world. I have recommended this to many people and might even return one day! :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We just arrived to Nairobi after a fantastic three night stay at the lodge. Everything has been so nice, and everything from gourmet meals, children activities, friendly staff and not least the Eco based and sustainable travel, giving back to the Masai society, exceeds all our expectations.
We also wants to tell how satisfied we have been with our guide, Agnes. She has so much knowledge about the animals, the nature and what to do and not to do to preserve the delicate ecosystem. In addition she was fantastic with our to kids, and showed us so many unforgettable scenes. We will return as soon as possible!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Worked out absolutely perfect for our Honeymoon. Only stayed a couple of nights, which is fine, but could have easily stayed more. Basecamp is a really special place. Not only is it luxurious and secluded, but it is eco-friendly and run by local Maasai people. Amazing attention to detail. Beautiful safari tents. Views overlooking Maasai Mara. Really feel in the heart of the wild. Food 5*. Completely flexible around us, things ran like clockwork and even without us having to ask - just like they were psychic! I priced up about 20 of the best rated camps in the Masai Mara and this was the best value. But I can't see what more we could have had! We will still remember this place on our 50th Wedding anniversary and I expect will have been back a few times since as well!

We went on Safari in Zambia and Tanzania, before coming to Kenya. The Masai Mara was our absolute favourite, no competition. We saw more animals up close and beautiful scenery than in any other National Park. Amazing.

  • Stayed September 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
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Basecamp with its location in Talek is the ideal starting point for safari in Masai Mara, located next to the river and with the national park on the other side. The Masai guides were outstanding, and guided us to all the big five, and most often we were there well ahead of other vehicles. Of special note was a female lion playing with her two cubbs, and following a cheeta on a succesful hunt. Being located next to a Masai village we also got to experience some of the local culture, and see how the community programs initiated and managed by the Basecamp Foundation is helping the local school and the local women. We enjoyed the food very much, well prepared and served.
We also spent three days at Basecamp Eagleview in the nearby Naiboisho Wildlife Conservancy, where the wildlife is as amazing as Masai Mara, but there are less camps and tourists. A fantastic view of the savannah from the terrace of our cottage, we could overlook the wildlife even from our bed in the luxurious tent. Again the food was great, and the facilities overall were brand new and with the best standard. We also enjoyed two walking safaries with the Masai guides, a unique experience being part of it all on foot!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
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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 #31 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 12
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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Basecamp Masai Mara Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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