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siana springs tented camp or entumoto camp?

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siana springs tented camp or entumoto camp?

travelling as a family of 8 with 3 kids and 1 grandmother inJuly. both of these look great and am having trouble choosing.the siana tents look very nice and i like that a tribe comes and we will get to see them dance and visit. the other seems to have this too.As far as i can tell it seems they both have very good game watching and scenery, can anyone provide any inside details on either to help me choose? i heard one may have a very very bumpy road? Thanks

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1. Re: siana springs tented camp or entumoto camp?

Zoe, I've responded to your other message, which answers some of this. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Entumoto as it's extremely high-end, but seems to lack the touch of expertise and experience that you need. It's a Swedish-Maasai collaboration, and much as it's all very beautiful, it doesn't have any atmosphere. Nice pool, which is rare, and very good food.

As for Siana Springs, this is quite an old camp, with a really good feel, in an unusually wooded densely wooded area, with some wildlife in camp (colobus monkeys, surprisingly, and hyrax and bushbuck). BUT, it was part of the Heritage group (Voyager, Intrepids, Explorer), and they've now parted ways. I don't know why. The other thing to consider is that Siana Springs Group Ranch is not a proper conservancy, so there's a good deal of grazing going on all around, and you'll see Maasai on their motorbikes bombing about, that kind of thing. We saw a large herd of elephants in Siana (from another camp, Leleshwa, in April this year) and plenty of buffalo and giraffe and other plains game. Nice jackal pair (they'd just killed a Thommie fawn…). But no big cats.

Anyay, I'd just be a *little* cautious about charging ahead and booking SS. But it might be great - as I say, it had a good feel when I visited in 2009. I think if I was considering it now, I'd want a full report from someone I trusted on a recent overnight stay.

Whatever you decide, have a great trip!


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Pair of jackals having taken down a tommie... darn those jackals who always work together as I can't tell how often I've come upon this scene and hear that poor tommie yapping... not yet dead! Sorry to be so descriptive, but that's the wilderness.

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