The Fig Tree Camp is a haven of tranquillity and nature of which I doubt I will ever find an equivalent. Nestled in the middle of the Maasai Mara, it is not only an excellent location in the grand scheme of things but it has an amazing U-Bend river locale; ensuring that every tent overlooks the river Talek.
The Fig Tree Camp offers superlative tents, which provide a little luxury but still don't take away from the feeling of sleeping outside with the zipper acting as a gateway between the sanctuary of your bed and the hippos, crocodiles, zebras, hornbills, parrots and colobus- all outside :)
Food and service at the camp is second to none. Meals are all freshly prepared and unlike many beachside hotels the food is seasoned and flavoured well. Pineapple crumble being a treat like nothing I had ever had before! Our waiter Joseph was extreme attentive and a credit to the camp. Each night there is a toasty camp fire and on one of the nights was traditional maasai dancing/jumping, which was fantastic. How they act as DJ, music creator and dancers simultaneously without the technological wonders we have was astonishing.
The overall experience at this camp was undoubtedly enhanced by both our game driver - Sami - and the amazing game drives we had. We saw everything except from Rhino and the feeling of seeing two cheetah brothers, a family of lions and a leopard up a tree with a kill will stay with me forever. Sami was knowledgeable, friendly and a joy to be around - we looked forward to the game drives with him to the point that we were genuinely sad to say good bye to him when we left. A stand out example of him being the epitome of ace is that he arranged for us to have a long game drive with a "bush" breakfast on the last day. Meaning that whilst we ate our breakfast on the banks of the Talek river, Hippos, Giraffes, Egyptian Geese were all in plain sight.
Mada Hotels has a huge asset in Sami and he is certainly one of the reasons I will be visiting Fig Tree Camp again soon.
As well as the game drives, we had a hot air balloon flight and absolutely loved it! I cannot put into words the awesome feeling of floating along at sunrise over the Maasai Mara, with no sound other than the animals below. To then have the surreal experience of landing in the midst of all of nature and having a full English breakfast washed down with champagne cocktails; it was simply mind blowing.
We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights and even though we were already on holiday in Diani, we felt as though this was an inception style holiday within a holiday - it really is that good!
John & Claire McMahon
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- Also Known As:
- Fig Tree Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Fig Tree Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve