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“Wow! Incredible Experience...Cozy, Comfortable, Safe, Totally Pampered...” 5 of 5 stars
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Sekenani Camp
6 km from the Sekenanai gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Wow! Incredible Experience...Cozy, Comfortable, Safe, Totally Pampered...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was our first safari in Kenya and we squeezed it in during a work trip...so we were not quite sure what to expect. Friends told us to come here and they were not mistaken. The camp is extremely comfortable and generally pretty laid back. The tents are huge and very well appointed, with a bath tub and all (had not expected this). I don't have much to compare this with, safari wise, but generally it was a lovely lovely place. Super friendly staff and it felt very secure despite the fact that animals are able to roam about in here because unlike other camps, they don't use electric fencing. There seems to be a tame zebra hanging about and you're bound to see him and creatures like monkeys. The tents are quite far apart from one another so privacy is guaranteed. The pool was awesome and would have loved to stay longer and just relax here in the grounds (we spent most of our time driving around on safari). Have to say that the food wasn't what you'd call gourmet but it was totally palatable. I loved the relaxed atmosphere most.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A rough road in, but well worth it! As we turned into the camp we were met by a herd of elephants! The tents are very comfortable and private and security is tight with Masai present throughout the night and always available--suddenly at your side whenever you leave your tent at night--so quietly it is almost scarey! Meals are excellent, the campfire in the evening fun to sit around and talk with other visitors. The Camp's efforts at low impact on the environment are impressive.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My friends and I went to Kenya for the Beest Migration this Aug. We loved the animals and places there, but not the Sekenani Camp.

We planned to stay in Masaai Mara for 4 nights and didn't intend to stay in Sekenani in our trip. However, since it came to our attention a few days before our departure that the lodge we intended to stay was overbooked on the second night, our local travel agent booked the Sekenani Camp as a work around.

The environment of Sekenani Camp is ok and the tents are located very far apart from each other. It's good for people who love privacy and quietness. However, it also provides very good opportunities for thievery to be happened.

During our 1 night stay there, the laptop of one of my friends was being stolen while she was sleeping. Seemed the thief knew very well in the tent layout and where the laptop was located before the light was being shut down suddenly at 10pm, while we were being told that light is on for 24 hours. Since my friend stayed very far apart from reception and we were advised not to go out at night, she didn't report the sudden cut of light in the absence of a phone in the tent and went to sleep.

At 1ish am, she heard some noise and woke up. Light was still not working and she found the part of the tent near her bed has been cut and her laptop was gone!!!

She rushed to reception with her room mate and reported the loss immediately. Hotel staff had guided them to report the loss with police, and they were struggling through the reporting and searching processes till morning. And of course, the laptop was still not found.

We were being told by the manager that it's the first instance for thievery in the Camp. But what I can see in Tripadvisor here that 2 thieveries of cash happened in the camp in 2011. Seems the security has not been improved since those incidents, which made us very disappointed.

We will definitely not return to Sekenani Camp in future!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Corona , California USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Sent here by another chain after showing up there and told that they were overbooked and hence could not accommodate us.
Arrived at Sekenani full of anger and trepidation. Set in the thick of the Masai Mara several Eco -friendly cabins with the amenities one would expect from a 5 star resort. A swimming pool fed by a natural spring, solar power for the emergency lighting and water heating. Paul the Italian who was the resident advisor to the Lodge, took us on a walk of the premises. We were impressed at their attempt at self sufficiency on table vegetables, grown on the premises and the lodges concern for the environment .Our brief stay was very comfortable , the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Unlike most lodges meals were a la carte and not a buffet. The chef gave us a choice of what was on the menu that day and prepared them with flair.
We left hoping to return someday and spend a little more time at he heart of the wonderful Masai country.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

For purposes of rating i clicked May 2012 but travelled May 2009. Nick (Owner) made the trip memorable all the way from Nairobi to the Mara and back. Great holiday with random, interesting strangers. the Bush Breakfast was simply well set, delicious as a pack of Buffaloes watched closely by.

the chef can spin a mean chocolate mousse:-).. The tents are private with a balcony set up in a way that you really do not need to go to the main lounge unless for meals.
The bush fires were warm cozy with the camp staff telling tales of great maasai escapades.

I have to mention though, the pool, extremely cold hahahhahah. but that was a while back.

Kapur's famous vegetable garden.... came out with lovely well rounded tomatoes!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Living in Kenya has given us the opportunity to enjoy many camps around the country. But Sekenani, a quiet paradise.in the Masai Mara, is special. Wildlife is abundant in the area, the raised sleeping places are lovely and comfortable. The food is great. A suggestion: Ask manager Kapur to show you his vegetable garden. Not only impressive what can be grown in the Maasai Mara but you will see love in his eyes.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sekenani Camp
Address: 6 km from the Sekenanai gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 15
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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