I'd really appreciate some advice on where to stay for an all-too-brief safari in the Mara in November.
My fiance and I will be in western Kenya volunteering in a rural clinic for 2 weeks in late October-early November (Bware). This is our first trip to Kenya and we are very honored and excited to be able to have this opportunity. At the end of the trip we will only have 2 or 3 days of sightseeing (traveling from Bware to Kisumu on a Friday, then to the Masai Mara- not sure how yet but hopefully by plane). We will need to leave on a plane from Nairobi back to the states on Monday, so getting back to Nairobi Sat night or early Sun morn. I haven't figured out how to arrange that yet but figure I'll sort it out after settling on a camp for the safari.
With so little time, not sure where to stay, especiially since it's after migration in the rainy season. We don't want to stay anywhere too over-the-top luxe (i.e. no pools) as this will feel too weird after volunteering for people who don't have enough water on a regular basis. The Rough Guide recommends Basecamp Explorer because it's eco-friendly but I was wondering if being outside of the reserve means we'll spend more of the day driving than a different location?
Would really appreciate any advice. Thanks so much.