it was not my first safari at the Mara but this time , travelling with family four in total , I pointed the top and joined the Muthaiga Black Leopard .
It was excellent every promise was respected .
A short flight of about 40 minutes from Wilson Nairobi on a four seats plane took us in the midle of the Mara , during the flight you can start enjoing your holiday , the sightseen the colors fill your eyes .
We landed at Kekorock Air Strip and our car with personal driver and personal trucker , part of the Muthaiga ospitality , was there waiting for us . The Safari can start .
Both of them gave us a warm welcome and asked us if we want to go directly to the Camp or take it easy and spend some time in the Reserve loking for animal .
Obviously the second was our choice .
Later in the afternoon we arrived at the Muthaiga and <Mama Betty> was ther waiting for us , with a very gentle welcome we received a drink and from that time to the end of our stay we felt Home , they know what you need and they are ready for it .
The Camp is fashinating every tend is perfectly positioned and furnished as a 5 Stars deserve , all services are perfectly running .
We spent two more days and every morning at 6.30am our car was ready for us , with cold drinks available for the day and lunch box ready for us when necessary .
Driver and trucker , were well trained and they explain many things to my daugthers about animals and Mara life .
In the eve returning to the camp we always found a fireplace burning with seats around it and the aperitive served with Hot Samosa .
Dinner is served in the main tend and the food shows the Italian managment , Mama betty proudly explain us what has been prepared for dinner , what is the choice and which wine will be served with the food .
The camp is just seven double tends plus one suite tend and one Villa Tend .
The Villa is incredible , it is the largest Tend in the Mara , about 250 square meters of elegance lux but in a perfect Safari style . two large rooms with private shower and tub bath a fantastic living with a breathless view , Dining room with a table that in the warm evening is moved in the patio and you can have dinner under billions of stars .
At the Mara any mosquitos wil disturb you .
Time to leave the Mara arrives always too fast , our hearts full of incredibles pictures !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Black Leopard Retreat is your home away from home in the Maasai Mara. The camp offers you a unique personalized experience, in one of the last remaining unspoilt areas of the Mara. The camp is situated in 380 acres of our private leased land, nestled on the side of a hill with magnificent views over one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world. The lush woodlands, hills and two fresh water springs on our site, offer a unique experience of total privacy, away from the busy Masai Mara minibus's. Located in the Olderkesey Conservancy, the camp can be reached from the Keekorok airstrip served by scheduled flights from Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi & Diani. The drive from Keekorok takes you through valleys and plains, across seasonal rivers and over hills, made famous by "Out of Africa". An experience that will stay with you for many years to come. As you approach the camp you will encounter roaming Masai Morans, dense woodlandsland with lush vegetation, fresh water springs, sweeping views, and grassy hills. The camp is located at an altitude of 1800 Mts, malaria free with no required vaccinations. The Mara is world famous for its abundat wildlife; Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Gazelles, Lions and Wildebeests live undisturbed following the rhythm of nature. Buffalo, Zebra & Impala regularly visit the camp's fresh water hole at night. The camp consists of seven luxury safari tents (each one is dedicated to a famous person who has lived in Kenya : Karen Blixen, Beryl Markam, J. Alexander Hunter, F. Courtney Selous, Philip Percival, Denys Finch Hatton and Roy) and two safari villa (dedicated to the famous hunter Berkeley Cole and to Lord Delamere). The safari villas have two en-suite bedrooms respectively 180 and 205 sq. m., with comfortable colonial furniture and a personal butler.The cuisine is a highlight of Black Leopard Retreat. We are proud of our home made Italian food, served with good Italian , South African and French wines.For the the more dynamic the first safari starts at dawn, the best time to view the animals. Guests can wake up with a cup of coffee or tea served on the tent veranda. Breakfast consists of a rich buffet with cakes, croissants, sandwiches, toasts, cornflakes and accompanied by coffee, tea & fresh fruits. Lunch is served at 1.pm, but clients can choose to have a bush lunch served on along the river banks, on top of hill overlooking the Masai mara and Serengeti, or simply on teh wide open plains. Tea time at five o’clock is a ritual with homebaked cakes. If you wish, you can go for a safari at dusk, exactly when the lion starts hunting. Appetizers with ‘pizzette’, ‘samosa’ and ‘bruschette’ wine and beer is served around the fire at sunset. Candle light dinner is generally served at eight thirty p.m. consiting of two first courses of your choice, two second courses, several side dishes, dessert. Coffee or spirits are served around the fire, in the starlight. This is the magic time of Maasai story tales : legend tells about a big black leopard that lurks near the camp, difficult to see in the dark but always present and heard. The safari villa, with a surface of about 185sq.ft., is located in a wonderful area surrounded by a luxurious woodland served by natural fresh water source. ... more less