As part of a week-plus-long game safari, my wife and I spent two days and nights at the Siana Springs Intrepids camp in late August. Located about 10 miles from one of the main gates to the famous Masai Mara Nature Reserve, the Intrepids offers visitors nearly all the "comforts of home" and more. The individual tents were comfortable, the food at the dining area good if not great, and the overall setting restful. Though the road into the camp from the main road from Nairobi is among the worst that we have ever encountered -- unpaved, rutty, dusty in the extreme -- once one arrives, one finds a secluded natural setting teeming with birds and wildlife. We spotted no less than 20 different species of birds within a few steps from our tent, Bushbucks browsed the grassy areas next to our tent, and even lots of beautiful Colobos monkeys were in the trees only a few yards in front of us.
One of the biggest "negatives" about the camp is its decision to cancel electrical service for more than half of the day. That can create a very awkward situation if, as we did, one checks in a time when there were no lights in our darkened tent and we were forced to stumble around in the dark, flashlight in one hand, trying to unpack. Getting up early in the morning can also be a problem. It is easy to understand the camp's reasons for their decision but in doing so, the owners seem to have adopted a policy that is "pound wise and penny foolish."
The food in the open-to-the-air dining room was adequate but, other than an absolutely scrumptious Indian curry the first day that we were there, only that. Indeed, of the four different camps and/or hotels where we stayed while in Kenya this trip, the food at Siana Springs was the least appealing. Part of that, of course, could have been that the dining hall was so dark that it was hard to know beforehand exactly what one was selecting from the buffet tables. The staff in the room, it should be noted, were efficient but, like the food, just "so-so." They never went out of their way to be welcoming or cheerful or helpful. That is a problem that the management ought to correct quickly.
But did we enjoy our stay at the Siana Springs Intrepids? You bet! In contrast to the waitstaff, the camp's young Masai naturalist was a treasure, knowledgeable, helpful, and outgoing. The same could be said for the young men who run the front desk. There are closer lodges and camps to the heart of the spectacular Masai Mara Reserve than Siana Springs but If one can "bite the bullet" and somehow ignore the abysmal roads both into the camp and from the camp to the reserve, the stay here will not disappoint.
- Also Known As:
- Siana Springs Hotel
- Siana Springs Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Siana Springs Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve