I stayed at Naboisho for just two nights in late March 2012, and it simply wasn't long enough! The camp is beautiful, and the tents are probably the best safari tents I have ever seen (and I've stayed in quite a few!)
The outdoor showers were AMAZING - there is nothing like enjoying a hot shower under the African sky with noting but the crisp air and sounds of the African bush to distract you... It's moments like these where you have to pinch yourself and see if you're awake or dreaming!
The other really impressive thing about Naboisho was that the small things were always taken care of and at a very high standard. I was really impressed with the packed breakfast - complete with table-cloth and all. Most other camps just throw food into a cooler-box and send you on your way, but not at Naboisho. It was impressive and was one of the things that really made me realise that these guys care about their guests! (wow, that sounds cheesy, but it's true!)
Also, Roelof was a great guide - we went for a short walk from the camp into the Conservancy and it was brilliant! It's hard to describe the feeling one has when they are walking in the African bush, knowing that there could be elephant or lion around the next corner... Roelof was really knowledgable but not patronising when you ask questions (I can somewhat understand why some guides can get sick of answering the same questions after a while, but then again, it is their job!). Anyway, it seemed as though Roelof was really proud showing off the African bush and sharing it with guests.
The camp itself is located in the middle of nowhere in the Naboisho conservancy, just north of the actual Mara reserve. I was somewhat hesitant staying in a conservancy rather than in the reserve, but trust me, after experiencing both, I would stay in the conservancies EVERY TIME from now on. The wildlife and game viewing is exactly the same (if not better), but the best thing is you do not have to share your sightings with another 30-40 vehicles like you have to do in the Mara. At one stage in the Mara there were over 40 vehicles around 2 male cheetah who were just walking (not on a kill or anything!).
You can also do day trips from the conservancy into the Mara (which is only about 1.5hrs away anyway).
I strongly recommend looking at staying in the conservancy and venturing into the Mara for short trips...
Thanks to Roelof and Helen - great camp, great hosts, great game viewing, great activities and THE BEST SHOWERS IN AFRICA!
(I know this sounds like it's too good to be true... but trust me, I pinched myself and know I wasn't dreaming!)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve