This was my second trip to Entim! Last year in August we spent 4 nights at Entim to see the migration and we enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go back this year and take my girlfriends to witness it!
I had requested Henry as our guide as my family loved having him last year and I was happy to see his smiling face when we exited the plane from Nairobi. We spent a bit of time on game drive before arriving at camp for lunch. On the way to camp I was a bit worried because I saw no Wildebeest in sight and I inquired as to their location in the Mara. We were told that most of the herds were in the Mara Triangle north near Governors on the opposite side of the Confluence area. Fortunately, the rains began and we were hopeful that the herds would be coming our way and come they did!! For the next two days we were fortunate to see a great crossing at the Serena crossing and 3 wonderful crossings right in camp! It's fantastic to wait on the porch at Entim while they gather on the plains and then run down to the bank to capture the experience!! Our last crossing on the morning we left was at least 20,000+ Wildebeest and Zebras!
As last year, all the staff in the camp were friendly and tried to see that our needs were met. The new camp manager, Kat, was a gracious host while Mike in the dining room kept us entertained with his light hearted demeanor at meal times. One of the Maasai men at camp, Solyo, was especially attentive and always had a smile on his face making sure that we had the best viewing spots for the crossings at camp! Our guide, Henry, was as wonderful as he was last year and worked hard to give us the best experience possible, even with the rain. A big thank you again to him!
We only have a few suggestions that would have made our experience better and they are minor. First, one in our party must have a gluten free diet and it was disappointing at times the choice or lack thereof for her, especially at dessert time. Offering a fruit plate instead of our desserts isn't a good choice. Also, Entim needs to update all the tents to be equal and get rid of the older design with the draping fabric and old showers. The two women that shared tent #3 couldn't even stand up straight due to the overhead fabric and the shower leaked out everywhere causing issues. Lastly, we asked to have white wine brought on our game drives for the sundowner time and were not told that it wasn't included in the all inclusive beverage package. It was later explained that it is only "by the glass" at camp. We had all been to many other safari camps all over Africa and wine or other alcoholic drinks have always been provided in the vehicles. Just suggestions to think about.
All in all, a wonderful, memorable trip and a great place to stay in the Mara to be centrally located. The chance to have a crossing as you sit in camp watching makes this a great option when visiting during the migration time! I'll upload photos and some video soon. Thanks again Entim for all the memories!!