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#56 of 166 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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With 10 luxury en suite tents including 2 family rooms, Speke's Camp is one of the more affordable camps within the Maasai Mara. Aside from sundowners, picnics and wildlife spotting whilst on game drives in this fabulous wildlife location.
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Ali C wrote a review Jun 2020
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We stayed at Speke's for 4 nights in October - husband, 2 teens and I. Half of us have been to Kenya before and are very well travelled. This is likely the best place I have stayed in the world. The accommodation, setting, the people, the atmosphere were faultless. Food for even a fussy veggie was spectacular. Would highly recommend and would return in a heartbeat (as long as we could have Lecko and Benson for our safari team as they were just brilliant). Staff arranged hot air ballon trip for us and anticipated our every need. Leaky and Fred were terrific. It was quiet, atmospheric and our animal viewing way exceeded expectations. It is described as basic but was extremely comfortable and really beautiful. Also felt safe despite the lack of fences. Wonderful sounds of nature through the night. Masai askari (guards) were appreciated for night safety. Don't be put off by it being outside the national park as the viewing starts from the tents all the way to the park (you don't know when you actually enter the park anyway). Had worried about our 2 teens being bored, but they were both thrilled by it all - didn't even discover the Wifi tent until our last night. Oh, and the safari vehicles were very comfy and it really was a good idea to have them private - especially when stopping in the wilderness for picnic lunch or breakfast, or sundowners - so special!! Hope to return!!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: As a family we had 2 tents close together. The tents are huge so if you had little kids you...
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John Kubacki wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakville, Canada11 contributions6 helpful votes
Spekes Camp is described as “basic.” That probably is based on not having hot and cold running water for sinks in the tents, nor permanent buildings for eating and lounging. We loved it! The staff were engaging and helpful at every turn, and brought water to the tent early in the morning, so it was just fine. The tents were spacious and comfortable, and even though the water was brought to the tent for the sinks, there were flush toilets and showers that made it very comfortable. The food and wine were absolutely first class, as was the service. The big plus was the ambiance. Lounge areas, the library, and dining were all in various tents, and the furnishings were warm and comfortable, even a bit eclectic in places. We felt like we had a glimpse of what a luxury safari would look like 50 years ago, and it was delightful. The owner, Adrian, took care to speak to his guests and make them feel welcome, on top of the work of his excellent staff. While the feeling was from a previous era, there was a Wi-Fi tent if you felt the need. All very well done. Having a dedicated guide and spotter in our own vehicle was nice, and they were very adept at spotting game even if very far away. It might have been enjoyable to occasionally eat in a group setting rather than on our own in one of several dining tents, but that was balanced by the elegant settings, including candelabras (real candles) to light our table. We would go back to Spekes in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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LynnWColchester wrote a review Mar 2020
Colchester, United Kingdom395 contributions62 helpful votes
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We have never done anything like this before and weren’t too sure what to expect. This is a fantastic camp. Everyone made us feel so welcome and we were looked after extremely well from start to finish. Our driver Ambrose and Masai spotter James were incredible and can spot lions from what seemed like miles away. They kept us fed and watered whilst out on the road. I’m the camp Gordon always welcomed us ‘home’, provided plenty of food and drinks and always a huge smile. Our room boy Leeky made sure we got our morning coffee, bucket shower (which is much better than it sounds) and hot water bottle at night. The animals come so close to the camp but not in a way that would cause concern. I still can’t believe the animals we saw and how close we got to them. If you have time, a visit to the local school and a Masai village were unforgettable.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from AfricanTerritories, Speke's Camp at Speke's Camp
Responded May 4, 2020
A big thank you for your lovely kind words of your stay with us at Speke's! We've shared your kind words with all the team and they are so happy you had such a good time! We hope you are keeping safe and hope to see you back at Speke's soon!
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Kim wrote a review Feb 2020
Teaneck, New Jersey110 contributions24 helpful votes
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We just returned from a 2-night stay at Speke's Camp and everything was perfect. Every member of the hotel staff went out of their way to make sure we were happy, and George and Hamish (the lodge managers) pampered us and made us feel special. Many people come here for 2 nights while on safari, but I would recommend staying 3-4 nights so you can really get to know the Masai Mara. Our Maasai driver (Leko) and tracker (Benson), were so knowledgeable and taught us new and interesting information about the animals we saw. They treated us to perfect game drives every day, and also prepared for us a great lunch and "sundowner" in the bush. Back at camp, the tents were clean and spacious, and we always enjoyed fantastic food. This place is a little slice of heaven!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from AfricanTerritories, Speke's Camp at Speke's Camp
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Thank you for your kind words about our lovely little camp :) We are so lucky to have such a great team and be in such a great location in the Mara! Yes, always best to stay for longer, it gives you the chance to really settle into the safari lifestyle, getting to the area and the people. We have passed on your kind words to everyone at camp. Thanks again and hope to see you back soon!
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Keentraveller1985 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sheffield51 contributions15 helpful votes
Outstanding lodge. Well We just loved this camp. We were met by our driver James and guide Leander at the air strip and asked if we wanted to do a safari or go straight to camp. We decided to do a safari on route as wanted to freshen up and eat. The boys were amazing and so knowledgable. All the Masai staff had the traditional outfits on. The camp is sensational, the tents are 5* and so clean but rustic at the same time. Your room boy is always nearby and ready to heat up your bucket shower for you. The beds are really comfy and the facilities in tent (plug sockets/ torch/ hanging and shelving space and a trunk that locks for valuables) was great. Out front you have a little seating area with hammock and ours overlooked the river. The toilet is fully plumbed, the sinks are plumed but have jugs for the water. We were brought coffee every morning. There is a WiFi tent, much to my partners relief and my displeasure! The mess tent was lovely, tables were set up to give privacy. Dennis on the bar is so lovely and professional.The food was stunning and there was so much of it. The safaris were fabulous, we were right in the Mara and were not disappointed by what we saw. Lions were the main attraction for us and we saw cubs which was amazing. We even saw a leopard and a fresh kill with hyenas converging. It was so surreal. We were asked where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see and spent as long or as little as we wished in one place. Some great off roading. Picnic lunches were nice and the boys set up and cleared away everything. Sundowners were fantastic and the spot chosen by us. We got some ace shots of Lions. We did a balloon ride while there and the camp organised it well. The camp has no fences. The animals are nearby but stay away from people. The staff know where the animals are and shine their torch on them. Highly recommmed this camp and would definitely return. Loved it. We wish to return with our godchildren.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from AfricanTerritories, Speke's Camp at Speke's Camp
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write in such detail about your safari with us! That's the best thing about having a private vehicle for your safari - you have complete freedom to explore further afield, stay as long as you like in one spot or decide to stay at camp - the choice is yours. Our guides and spotters are so fantastic, we are very lucky to have them on the team, all being from the local area, they know the Mara like the back of their hand. Once again, a big thank you for taking the time to review us and coming to stay! We really hope to see you back soon.
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Speke's Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Speke's Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Speke's Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Speke's Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Speke's Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Speke's Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.