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Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“The best safari camp I've ever stayed in!”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

This by far the best lodge i have ever stayed in. The tents, if that's what you want to call them are absolutely superb. They all look out into the plans which are filled with zebras, gazelles and wildebeests. From time to time you'll see some lions and elephants out in the hills, but don't worry you'll get nice and close to them on your drives. The bedroom, bath and sitting area are all tastefully designed, as well as the outside shower area was my favorite place to visit. Especially when we arrived back at camp. Some folks may look at bucket showers as a negative, but I loved it! In all my days, I never once ran out of water. Of course if you ever did, they have a person standing by to add more water immediately.

The Staff, Do Do and Jono (Lodge Managers) these two make this property run as smooth as silk. When you're here, you feel like you're staying in there home. As for our conversation and entertainment. I can say I never had so much fun at a lodge before, from our silly lunch conversations under the trees, to our discussions of the daily sightings by the fire/fireplace (depending on the weather of course), to our in depth conversations at dinner. These two will make you feel like you're staying at your good friends vacation home. I have to say it was sad to leave this camp, which is a first for me.

As for the game, you'll see some great lion prides. Who are still a little shy, since this is a new conservatory. All the animals here are still getting used to the visitors and vehicles. I would say in a few more months the guides and trackers will have this placed nailed down. However, with that being said, I can honestly say you won't be disappointed in any of the game. We saw cheetahs, lions, wildebeests, zebras, advark wolf (very rare), elephants, buffalo, hyena, and so much more.

The food at Naboisho, which I'm a huge foodie. Was absolutely top notch! I would put there chef up against some of the great chefs here in Scottsdale. Before my stay, I spent a couple of days at the Rekero Tent Camp (RTC), the food at RTC was really good. However, the presentation along with the small additions of spices and other items made Naboisho's food a step above RTC. Just to clarify, both camps had very good food, but I was more impressed with Naboisho's.

I hope this helps in planning your trip, this was another great trip planned by Jay. Thank you Jay, I hope to book another trip with you soon!

Jason

Room Tip: I stayed in tent #4, which was very nice.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We loved this camp. Very chic, contemporary style, but still retaining a tented camp feel. It has been well thought out and executed and is in areally stunning location. The staff are lovely and the managers are excellent hosts. Lunch was eaten "in the garden" and dinner in the boma by candlelight. Food was excellent and abundant. But down to the real purpose of our stay - the wildlife! Excellent game viewing with the animals feeling more 'wild' than in the reserve and far fewer vehicles. Definitely a good idea to combine a conservancy stay with the Mara Reserve. At night we heard lion and hyena and during the day the wildebeest wandered through the camp. Accompanied by our Maasai guide, we visited a Maasai village for tea and the nearby guiding school, both of which were truly memorable experiences. I have already recommended this camp to a friend. I'm sure it will be booked up early for next season.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We stayed for three nights at Naboisho Camp, about an hour from the Masai Mara reserve. It's a beautiful area with plenty of wildlife, including cheetah, elephants, lions... We counted 30 giraffes on our way home one afternoon. Plus you can easily access the Mara to see the migration. The Naboisho conservancy is much less touristed than the Mara which made it a great place to "come home" to and we only ever saw one other 4x4 on our game drives.

The camp itself is brand new and beautifully designed. The tents are luxurious - we particularly liked the dry stone walled open air showers (indoor shower for wimps also available!). You could lie in bed listening to the lions and hyenas at night or, if you weren't already out and about, watching the sun rise in the morning.

Jono and Dudu made every effort to make us and our 3 kids (14,12 & 8 yrs) welcome and the attention to detail was impressive - hot water bottles in our beds when the temperature dropped, cool flannels all round whenever we got in from a drive and all the bar and serving staff knew our names. Afternoon cake and bush breakfasts were particularly good - try the safari drops!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights at the new Naboisho camp. The tents are beautifully presented with a lounge area well furnished, a spacious bedroom and bathroom. Nothing is too much trouble for your hosts. Food great, mess area very relaxing, the scenery in the conservancy was special with big open plains and acacia woodland. Guides very good and most importantly very few other vehicles to be seen. Variety of animals we saw was very wide ranging and as these animals remain wary of vehicles and so still wild, it makes for great photography. Did not try walking or night driving but suspect it is good.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Last weekend I and my boyfriend visited Naboisho Camp and we had our most wonderful safari-experience ever. We went on a 'night game drive' (this is not allowed in the national reserves. That it is possible here is wonderful and has to be part of your safari experience because at night you see different things).

Just before the sunset we were suddenly surrounded by a pride of 18 lions! Really amazing! But it became better when all these 18 lions started to roar, all together at the same time. That sound, that vibration, Wow I will never forget it, so intense.

In the dark we drove back to the camp, still thrilled and amazed by this experience, and saw some night animals which we had never seen before ( because they hide themselves during the day).

In the camp we had a 'Masaai BBQ'. Excellent tasteful beef roasted on sticks around the campfire. To make the safari experience complete.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

This is a new camp built by the same people who have been running the Rekero camp within the actual Masai Mara reserve for quite a few years. They have put all the best of their knowledge and learning from the first camp into this one so everything works as it should, it has a real designer flair and flavour, but still feels like a (top end) safari camp.

We saw loads of game with the help of a brilliant spotter (imported from the original camp and of "stealing the lion's kill" youtube video fame), and a fantastic guide who spoke great English, and knew his animals and birds really well. We went out early morning and evening, One of the advantages of the Conservancy (the joint venture with the locals who own the land and have agreed not to graze it) is that there are far fewer camps and vehicles. You can also go offroad in a considerate manner and do night drives (neither of which is possible inside the main reserve). We saw Leopard, Cheetah, a hyena den, wildebeest, impala and kudu, monkeys and baboons, zebra and giraffe, lions (sat amongst them at night listening to them roar) and lots more. The main reserve is less than an hour's drive away and we spent the last day there on our way to the reserve and saw a mini-wildebeest river crossing, lots of crocs and of course lots of game.

A great place to chill out and see the game and also be on hand for the Mara (an hour or so's drive away). however, if weyou really want to be sure of seeing the main crossing of the Mara by the migration, it would probably be worth spending two or three nigths at their other camp as well as at this one

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the 210 km² private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Naboisho Camp offers spectacular game viewing, from the herds of antelope that dot the plains of this wilderness corridor throughout the year to the high concentrations of predators, including lion and cheetah. But the real magic of Naboisho is its sheer exclusivity - you'll experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves. With just nine spacious tented suites, Naboisho is an intimate and elegant safari camp that balances your wilderness experience with discreet creature comforts. Even better, it is one of just two Asilia camps where you have the option of fly camping. If you have a truly adventurous spirit, don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of the African bush. ... more   less 
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