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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I visited Maasai Simba Camp by chance while looking for a nice and good place to have breakfast, and guess what I was greatly impressed by the natural environs and good accommodation it has. It is quite cool and the atmosphere is most refreshing, if you really want to feel the real rich natural African adventure then visit the camp, you won't regret it.

Room Tip: The double rooms (ensuite) are very good
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I stayed in Simba camp for 5 days in late September 2013.
This is not about the accommodation but the entire experience!
The accommodations are very clean, simple and give a true sense of authentic. It's like being in a countryside cottage. All beds have mosquito nets.

In the trees surrounding the rooms there are curious monkeys jumping around in the afternoon.

While staying in the camp we went for early morning walks with Maasai warriors where we learned about animals, trees, etc. They can spot an animal miles away and are completely knowledge of wildlife.

The food at the camp was great and always more that we could ever eat!

Also included in the stay is a visit to local school where we talked to the 350 kids, they asked questions about our culture and countries, etc. A true inspiring experience.
We were very pleased to know that our accommodation money is being used to help develop the local Maasai community, developing the local school and supporting the wildlife protection on the region.

The people at the camp were amazingly friendly and always ready to help in every detail.

Maybe one of the most impressing features was the fact that nothing failed during the entire time! Being in Africa for some time this is huge! Everything runs smoothly, they are really well organized and all pick ups, tours time, etc works like a charm.

We also had the time to speak with local woman and discuss the differences in our cultures one evening.

This package is much more than accommodation, it's a really personal and intimate experience.

Room Tip: All rooms re great!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

It already start wit the arrival, away from the busy Nairobi Mombassa road the first beautiful giraffes can be spotted from the road in the direction of Amboselli Park. This was a unique journey. If you go for an authentic local cultural and safari experience, go for staying with the amazing friendly people of the Merrueshi Group Ranch. dont expect a luxury lodge but the pretty rocky cabins were perfect for me and provided with a separate bathroom. the food was lovely and the people were heartwarming. two local guides took me on a memorable walking safari at sunset and visit the local villagers with their cattle. in the evening benefit from the amazing stars and relax with the local villagers around a bonfire. had an amazing wildlife experience the next morning with a breakfast view on hippos and elephants in the early morning sun. the is a great community based initiative. Due to business travel i could not stay longer but i would recommend at least 2 nights, defintely come back again when visiting Kenya.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Visited in June 2013 with a business associate and friend. The entire experience was amazing. We didn't feel like we were given a "packaged experience"... instead, we were given the opportunity to reach across cultures and spend time with some really exceptional people in an exceptional part of the world. Animals of all kinds everywhere, and the camp itself was in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I can't speak highly enough of the staff, the food, the entire experience. Not for the traveler that insists on hot showers and a full drink menu at all times... but if you want a truly unique cross-cultural experience, you can't do any better than this.

Be patient when setting up your stay! The camp is very remote, and it sometimes takes a little time for the caretakers to respond to emails. I promise you it's well worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were a group of 14 of family members and friends who had the good fortune to stay at the Maasai Simba Camp as our last stop on a 2 week tour of Rwanda,Tanzania and Kenya. The driving force behind this effort is a Maasai named Kakuta Ole Maimai, who went to Evergreen College in Olympia, WA, on a scholarship, did graduate work in Vermont, met and married an American woman and started a foundation, the Maasai Association, to help build schools and a health center in their area of Kenya, which is not far from Amboseli National Park and Mt.Kilimanjaro (which is in Tanzania). The camp itself consists of sturdy huts, a few with en-suite bathrooms (the others share a very nice common facility), and a central meeting facility where delicious meals are served. We were treated to a Maasai wedding. Our group leader and his wife were the ones being married. It is a bit jarring to see a Maasai warrior talking on his cell phone, but that is an example of the meeting of cultures at the Maasai Simba camp. Stay there if you can arrange it. It is an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We were in a group and while on safari they put up all our tents. It was nice to come back after a long day and not have to worry about that. They put on a great meal for us and made a huge campfire to sit around in the evening.
I dropped a point on my review only because they had cold showers - but hey in Africa that is pretty well the norm.
At night we woke up to hear animals chewing the grass around our tents - we believe they were zebras.

Room Tip: Tenting so the room is only as clean as you keep it - LOL...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

A group of friends and I recently returned from a week long stay at Maasai Simba camp. It was one of the best vacation experiences of my life.
Our guide was named Kakuta and he is a Maasai warrior that was educated in the US. He’s a great guide and has a wonderful and unique perspective on Maasai life and how the rapidly changing world is impacting it.
The best part of the trip was the interaction with the Maasai people. We went on photo safaris with Massai warriors as our guides and animal spotters. They were able to spot animals hidden in the bush or far, far off on the horizon. The warriors also led us on morning walks on the savannah to get an up close experience with the land and some of the local animals. We visited residents in their traditional Maasai huts made of mud and cow dung. It was incredible to see families living in these tiny dwellings. We were also able to spend some time with a group of Maasai women to ask them questions about their culture and lives from a woman’s perspective.
The accommodations at the camp were rustic but actually much nicer than I had expected. There were flush toilets and showers with hot water (heated by a wood burning fire). The meals they prepared for us were excellent and I actually gained a little weight while I was there. Their cook prepared a variety of delicious meals for us which used local ingredients and combined western and local dishes.
This is not the experience for someone needing a five star hotel. However, if you’re interested in learning about the Maasai culture and getting a glimpse into their daily lives I would highly recommend a stay at the Maasai Simba Camp.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Merrueshi Ranch, Amboseli National Park 90121, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system > Amboseli National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Amboseli National Park
Price Range: $158 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maasai Simba Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maasai Simba Camp is in the heart of the Maasai country. The camp is 100% owned and managed by the Maasai tribe. The camp is built by hand, authentic with a rustic charm unlike any other average safari camp or lodge in Kenya. The camp has been designed to give guests the feel that it is part of the Maasai homestead. The camp offers 10 cottages and 2 Hemingway style tents - each with its own private veranda. Each tent is beautifully furnished with all the usual amenities; it's simple and elegant at the same time. The camp offers clients the most authentic cultural and safari experience in Kenya. Activities include daily walking safari lead by the Maasai warriors, excursion to Amboseli National Park, meeting with Maasai elders and the women cooperative. Your stay at the camp brings tangible benefits to the Maasai community. The camp operates a local school, health center, and clean water project for the village. This is one of the most remarkable-and unique-journeys you'll ever take to Kenya. ... more   less 
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