We spent 3 nights at Naboisho last 23rd August and the entire experience was great; we had been on many safaris before and we had been in Masai Mara last December ; this time we were interested in the migration as well as in something different. We turned to Planet Africa Safaris that proved to be a very professional tour operator: Willow, the agent who planned our safari, realized exactly what we wanted and she definitely met all our requests. She suggested us to stay in Naboisho conservancy and she couldn’t have suggested a nicer place.
We agree with all the other reviews: it is a very intimate camp in a beautiful location
the tent is really comfortable , clean( there were no insects and no mosquitoes) and furnished with just the right things and the right colour shades : the outside bucket shower was fantastic and the whole tent design, with the nice veranda overlooking the bush gives the real idea of a safari experience.
When, one evening it rained , we could use the umbrella and boots we had in the room : very comfortable. And ,as we were travelling light , laundry was a nice facility to take advantage of.
The common area reflects the same feeling of intimacy with the bush and I must say that the table laid for lunch under a tree overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the conservancy was incomparable .
Helen and her husband manage the camp just to make you feel part of a big family inviting guests to relate one another and they themselves joined all guests having dinner and lunch with us . It was very nice to seat in the cosy common area around the fireplace before dinner , drinking a glass of wine sharing the day experiences and then enjoying meal together at a candlelit table . Food was excellent! the couple who manage this camp is really doing a great job
This was the first time we stayed in an unfenced camp and I was quite frightened but I must say that in some way it was fascinating to hear the lions roaring and the hyenas at night.
It was a relief to know that, in case of emergency, a sort of trumpet we had on the table could have been used to ask for help!!. Anyway I never felt unsafe .
Just outside the main area there was one tree under which the mobile signal was perfect: this was a great help to us because we needed to call our old parents at home.
Anyway I think that what really makes the difference with Naboisho is the fact that the conservancy has stunning sceneries , plenty of animals and above all very few vehicles : throughout our stay we met no more than 3 . The day we went to Masai Mara to see the crossing (which we were lucky to see), there were more that 100 land rovers and mini buses waiting for the wildebeest crossing: even though the crossing was amazing it was not nice to see all those cars and we appreciated so much to be back in the conservancy.
I really suggest staying at Naboisho instead of in the busy Mara : in any case they take to Mara for one entire day so you don’t miss the reserve. In addition, in Naboisho, you can be driven off the path and so you can approach animals closer. They also offer night safaris which again are not possible in national parks.
Ben, the Masai guide was very knowledgeable and happy to communicate to you what he knew.Very nice also Wilson, the spotter. They were both very caring.
Actually all the staff was really lovely.
As I said we saw plenty of animals and for the fist time in many years we have seen a lioness hunting and killing a wildebeest: really thrilling.
Another thing not to be missed is the Masai village very different from the ones we had in the past: not touristic at all but authentic. Nobody asks for money , nobody wants to sell anything !
As I am not very brave I skipped the walking safari but all the guests that did it said it was fantastic.
So thanks again to Helen and Reloef for the wonderful staying we had there!
And thanks to you , Willow, for the very good suggestion you gave us!
Anna and Francesco from Italy
- 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
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