I just got back to Nairobi from Sekenani Camp. I was so impressed by the whole experience that I wanted to write a review right away. This was my first ever Safari, and boy was I blown away!
I was picked up by one of the camp drivers in a Land Cruiser (you will see why this is important later) from our apartment in Nairobi. The drive was scenic, especially the view of the rift valley and mount Longonut. The last leg of the trip (entering the Maasai Mara) area was very bumpy and rugged, but the Land Cruiser handled it without any issues – think of it as an off-roading/ 4-wheeling and Safari all in one package!
Once we got to the camp, we were greeted by all the staff and the head of the camp, Kapur. For context, the camp is run by the Maasai people – I believe it is a collaboration between 26 families or something like that; so they have a family like dynamic which creates a comfortable feel. As soon as we entered the reception area, we were given hot towels to freshen up, and apple juice.
We soon realized we were the only group at the camp; so we really got spoiled with the staff catering to our individual needs and even having the chef come by each morning to discuss the menu with us and take orders. I am vegetarian and this wasn’t an issue at all. The food was incredibly tasty! I would like to add that the camp grows its own organic fruits and vegetables (you can ask for a tour of the garden if you like) so you are getting super fresh, high quality food.
The tent was large and spacious, with an ultra-comfortable bed, modern flushing toilet, sink, and even a bathtub! Shampoo, soap and lotion were provided, as well as fresh towels daily.
Since it was chilly outside, the staff put covered hot water packs under our blankets while we were at dinner, so when it was time to go to sleep the bed was nice and toasty, which was a thoughtful touch on their behalf
The Land Cruiser provided by the camp was able to tackle all road conditions; and as such wandering off the main road was key to maximizing our experience. Also, as compared to all the other bus-like vehicles we saw, we were able sit on the roof of the car and snap photos as there was no awning covering the top. The other vehicles weren’t able and probably weren’t willing to go on the rougher terrain.
Even though it was low season, the migration started early and we saw thousands upon thousands of wildebeest! We also saw the big 5 of the Mara, including the rare black rhino, a leopard eating its kill in a tree, a cheetah, three families of elephants with newborns, zebras, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, impalas, gazelles, dikdiks, wild boars, ostriches, spotted hyena, and the list goes on and on. This would not have been at all possible without the expertise and determination of Jeff, our driver, which we all unanimously recommend to others!
Currently, there is no wifi available to guests at the camp. I think this is something they are working on as they may already have a wifi hotspot for the staff – I am not sure though so it’s worth asking.
There are two sources of electricity – one is the generator that kicks off in the evening for a few hours which allows you to charge your electronics during dinner – two adapters are provided; the other is solar which allows you to turn the lamps on in the tent, but is not strong enough to charge devices during the day. As a side note, if you are a Safaricom customer, there is no service at the camp, but once you enter the park the full service is restored.
I felt very safe at the camp. The trail to the tents is lit and lightly armed Maasai always escort you to the tent after sun-set. They keep watch over the camp overnight.
Overall, it was a relaxing and wonderful experience! I highly recommend Sekenani Camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sekenani Camp offers an authentic bush experience for visitors wishing to get close to nature. Set at the source of Sekenani River, The camp offers a serene environment in which to relax, unwind and enjoy all the Mara has to offer. It comprises fifteen exceptionally well-designed tents set well apart for ensure maximum privacy. Each tent has a wooden floor and en-suite bathroom complete with full-length bathtub. The camp is accessible in five hours by road or a 45minute flight from Nairobi. Custom safari Vehicles are available by reservation. In addition to game drives in the reserve, guest may walk along the river or over the hills behind the camp escorted by Masai guides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sekenani Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Sekenani Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve