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“Best kept secret of Masai Mara”

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Cheetah Tented Camp
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“Best kept secret of Masai Mara”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

I have asked quotes from more than 20 camps, and theirs was just too good. They exceeded my expectation in every single way. I am particularly impressed with their attention to details. The owner has his own safari philosophy and he blocked the whole camp just for us 2. Using them is my wisest travel decision ever, by a mile.

Prime. It is right by the Mara river and only 30m from the main river crossing point. It is next to Karen Blixon, near government camp.

All inclusive. Laundry? Free. Alcohol drinks? Red wine, scotch, rum, whiskey? Free. Unlimited private game drives? Included. Going to both the reserve and NP (2 fees) on the same day? Covered.

Private breakfast either at the terrace of each tent or at the grass area by the river. Either case, there is a chef and 2 waiters just serving you. Or do both. We had wakeup coffee and tea at our own terrace and later we would walk to the grass area for breakfast.

We would start every evening zipping wine with the owners and our guides. 6 of us would then enjoy our 3-course dinner by a big fireplace served by a waiter. No dish was repeated during our stay. There was live music throughout - the owner hired a Kenya musician!

The tent:
Huge. See pictures attached. Just one point. Plenty of sockets for me to charge 3 cameras and my laptop. Kinda important for me.

The safaris:
This is arguably the most important thing, but also one you have little control over. With a small camp like cheetah, you are more likely to get consistent quality. The same 2 local Masai guides, dressed in Masai traditional clothing, accompanied us for all 4 days. Game drive started the moment we were picked up from the airstrip, and within 3 hours, we witnessed the river crossing. We would easily have missed it if we have gone with other camps. We went back to the same leopard 3 times same day so I could get the best shot of it feeding. At one point, passengers from a government camp jeep were taking pictures of our guides, saying, “Look. Masai can drive!” That made my day (plus seeing lion mating).

Other free perks which we enjoyed thoroughly:
- safari walk along the bank of the Mara river.
- night game drive
- evening cocktail party with owners and along Mara river with campfire and bbq fish freshly caught from the river.
- see a real Masai dance with the dancers actually enjoying it
- visit a local Masai village whom the owner has personal relationship with. Not those you need to pay 20USD to enter. We were the only ones there.
- exclusiveness. I felt being treated like a royal couple when the whole camp operated just for us.
- feel more connected to the local community as the almost all camp staff (except chef and musician?) are directly from the local villages. Your tip (optional) will also directly benefit local villages.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cheetah Tented Camp

Property: Cheetah Tented Camp
Address: Masai Mara National Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Cheetah Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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