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“Our favorite camp in Kenya and Tanzania” 5 of 5 stars
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Nashville, Tn
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“Our favorite camp in Kenya and Tanzania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Naibor Camp in February as part of a 5 camp 14 night trip to Kenya and Tanzania. This was our favorite camp. The camp is set in a grove of trees overlooking a bend in the Talek River. The lunch/cocktail area overlooks a pool with a large number of hippos that provide great entertainment. The food at Naibor was especially good. All the camps have good food that is well prepared but often times not very imaginative. Not so with Naibor. We enjoyed the variety and the creativity (and the spices). Our favorite experience was during a drive south to the Mara River. We had our breakfast on a bluff overlooking a bend in the river that was full of hippos and crocodiles. (We were too early for the migration but the hippos and crocs were entertainment enough). Our guide and the camp managers were both professional and friendly. This is a mobile camp so you have bucket showers and solar powered lighting. Be sure to bring your own flashlight as the interior of the tents can be dim after sunset.

  • Stayed February 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I visited Naibor Camp with my girlfriend and three friends on the 5th & 6th of January 2013. Her friends, who live and work in Nairobi, had recommended Naibor to us and the place lived up to their descriptions of it, it was a plus to have them along on the trip. Right from the pick up at the Olkiombo Airstrip the service was top class. The vehicles were well serviced and comfortable and our assigned Maasai driver, Sammi, was friendly and extremely knowledgable - keen to get us sightings of animals but also able to talk readily about their habits and ecology. The camp managers, Ivan & Kim were great hosts, eager to please and available from early morning til lights out.
We lived like kings in the amazingly well kitted out tents (seems a shame to call such luxury "tents"), I couldn't believe that they had flushing toilets! In a camp in the bush! The tents had good showers, mosquito nets and the beds were clean and comfortable. We had a sitting area outside the tent overlooking the river, from where we could watch hippos swimming by. I am not a birdwatcher but even I started to use up a major amount of camera memory just on the birdlife outside the tent. Oh, and we found that the tents are waterproof, it rained a bit during our visit, but no leaks.
The food and drink were superb, the food would be difficult to beat in many a city. The mess tent with its candles, hurricane lamps and such just added to the atmosphere, it was most enjoyable and not all the winged visitors were mozzies, we had moths which in turn attracted bats - all good fun, well I thought so.....
During mealtimes in camp we were serenaded by hippos from the nearby Talek river, so close that their calls could be felt as well as heard.
During the hours of darkness it is camp policy for guests to be escorted around camp by Maasai warriors, this is not for show, unlike other camps Naibor is unfenced - animals can and do wander through the camp, ok if they're small antelope or mongoose but having a Maasai close by is very reassuring when you can hear larger animals on the move.
On the game drives Sammi our guide found lions, cheetahs (mum and her 3 cubs), a leopard and her cubs, hyena, bat-eared foxes plus elephants, buffalo and giraffe. We saw loads of game, the Maasai Mara is amazing in terms of the amount and variety of game, absolutely amazing. I was pleased to see just a few other vehicles about, it seems the Mara only really gets crowded around the main wildebeest migrations.The whole game-viewing experience is lifted even further for Naibor clients by the provision of bush breakfasts in the morning and stops for sundowners during the evening drives. Sitting watching lions only meters from the vehicle, camera in one hand - glass of chilled white wine in the other is surreal and highly enjoyable.
Naibor Camp was recommended to my girfriend and I by friends of hers and we were not disappointed by our time there, the time flew by and I wish that we could have stayed for a week or more. If you are seriously considering a trip to the Masai Mara I can and will heartily recommend that you consider staying at Naibor or Little Naibor (they are side by side) - I don't believe that you will be disappointed by the place, the people or the Mara itself.

Room Tip: Tent #1 is closest to the hippo pool on the Talek, don't worry, it's on a small bluff overlo...
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  • Stayed January 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed at The Naibor Camp for three nights in December, 2012. For the first two nights we shared the entire camp with only one other couple and the camp managers Ivan and Kim. we felt very welcome and enjoyed our meals together as the other couple were a great chat and we all got along really well. We had the entire camp to ourselves on the last night of our stay. To say we were spoilt is an understatement.

Ivan and Kim are doing a great job of running this camp. They are both very engaging in their guests and share a lot of knowledge about the Mara and will even offer you a few home made chili sauces for your meal....It a shame you can't buy Ivan's sauces in the supermarket!

Everything about Naibor was well above our expectations, including the delicious and carefully prepared meals, the outstanding service from all the staff and the overall organisation and attention to detail of the entire camp.

Our guide Daudi was full of knowledge and provided us with an experience we'll never forget. We saw so many animals right from the moment we left camp and his ability to spot animals from miles away was nothing less than amazing.

This is a great camp and certainly recommended for those looking to travel in style in the heart of the Mara National Reserve with wildlife at your doorstep. They even had 32 hippos living in the river which is looked over during breakfast and lunch! There is also a family of dwarf mongoose living in the camp which are great fun to watch whilst eating your gourmet lunches and breakfasts!

Well done Naibor.

Room Tip: Naibor Wilderness tents is a little further away from the main camp. I would recommend it for larger...
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  • Stayed December 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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Thank you so much for your positive response, we are so glad you enjoyed your time and will share your comments with all at Naibor.
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This camp (Little Naibor) was recommended to us by friends who live and work in Nairobi. An excellent recommendation! The location is fantastic, situated on the bend of a river where many hippos and crocodiles spend their days. It is also in the middle of the Kenya Masai Mara so safaris really did start as you left the camp. The camp is ran by Ivan and Kim who are excellent hosts who know how to make you feel very welcome. They are also very knowledgeable on the wildlife and environment having worked in this field for many years. The rest of the staff, from cooks to guides are all extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable which made our stay that much more enjoyable. The accommodation is excellent. We stayed in a luxury tent which had a massive bed, excellent warm bucket shower and all the facilities you need (and more). The food was fantastic. Fresh, wholesome and plentiful. My wife is vegetarian and the staff provided beautiful vegetarian meals. We stayed during the off peak period and there was only one other couple staying. We were given the opportunity of having evening meals alone, next to our tent. However, the company (staff and the other two guests) were excellent company so we decided to eat in the communal area - large open fire overlooking the river under a large star studded sky. Again the food and drink was top notch. The guide, 'Daudi' (apologies if I spelled the name wrong) is an excellent guide and knows the area very well, leading us to several encounters with leopards, lions and cheetahs (with their young). We also enjoyed sundowners to the envy of many of the other tour groups. The staff at Little Naibor seem to go the extra mile compared to other companies - stay with them and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 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 November 12, 2012 via mobile

Arriving at Naibor Camp was an experience in itself. We were greeted by our guide/driver Jackson who is a charismatic, warm hearted Masai Mara warrior. Upon our 20min drive from the airport to the campsite we came across the beautiful wildlife that is Kenya. The actual campsite is simply stunning but what made it such a memorable experience was the service. The friendly staff & their warm & accommodating nature to ensure your experience is second to none.
Naibor Camp is situated in the Masai Mara. You're in the heart of it all. The facilities at Naibor are first class, the bed, shower, the tents and not to forget the food. Be warned, its impossible not to indulge! The food is delicious.
I cannot recommend Naibor highly enough. It's a must do visit if you're in Kenya. Kim & Ivan run an amazing campsite! Hats off to you guys. Thank you for making my stay so memorable.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Everything was just perfect and we didn't want to leave! We loved the camp managers, Ivan & Kim, who have created the perfect combo of comfort and wildlife. Naibor has the best vehicles for game drives - open tops for maximum viewing, cool boxes for a nice cold glass of wine at sunset while watching lions wake up from their nap. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and fantastic at spotting some very rare and well-camouflaged animals. We saw black rhino 3 times, a leopard hunting, the big 5 on countless occasions, a wildebeest river crossing, and all sorts of baby animals.

The "glamping" was very comfortable but still offered the close proximity to wildlife - we fell asleep each night listening to hippos and hyenas. We loved the family-style dinners at night. And Anne gives great massages (and I am a massage snob). Everyone at camp clearly has a passion and respect for the environment and wildlife.

  • 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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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

What an amazing experience. Ivan and Kim and all their staff couldn't do enough for you. Everyone was so friendly. Location stunning, sitting by the river watching the hippos playing, swimming and sunbathing. Also having one walk by us as we were being guided back to our luxury tent after our evening meal. Unforgettable. The meals were superb. The bucket showers hot and welcome after our afternoon drives. Our guide Lolo was the best and his knowledge of the Mara is immense.Our breakfast picnic on a hill early one morning was unbelievable, looking round the landscape for miles. If anyone is thinking of a safari, go to this camp. You won't regret it. Our only regret was not stopping longer.

  • 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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Address: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Naibor, set in the heart of the Mara Reserve on the Talek River, offers a standard of comfort and personal attention that brings “camping” into a new dimension! Minutes from the famed migration crossings and completely surrounded by game, Naibor is luxury and relaxation. 7 tents in Main Naibor and 2 Little Naibor suites are complemented by the spa, fine dining, and a high standard of service. ... more   less 
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