My husband and I stayed at Cheetah Tented Camp for 3 nights during our honeymoon in late-December 2013 and our time there was by far the highlight of our trip! As many others have already mentioned, Jorge and Mariola are incredibly hospitable hosts. My husband and I were blown away by their generosity throughout our stay- our wine glasses were never empty : ) The Masai staff that work at Cheetah Tented Camp provide tremendous service and are just all-around great guys. We loved talking with them before and after our safaris and getting to learn about their lives outside of the Camp. If you're considering a stay at Cheetah Tented Camp, here are a few Pros and Cons to consider:
-Cheetah Tented Camp is the only TRULY all-inclusive camp around Masai Mara and it's a great value, at that. Game drives, fishing, walking safaris, laundry, snacks, appetizers, meals, desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages...at most safari camps, you pay for a lot of these things once you're on-the-ground, which can leave you feeling nickel and dimed by the end of your trip. At Cheetah Tented Camp, this is not the case- everything is included. This made the trip so much more delightful, as every little surprise Jorge, Mariola, and the rest of the staff had for us (like the New Years Eve celebration, wine and fresh fruit in our room) felt like such a gift!
-Unlimited game drives in your own 4X4. Unlike at other camps, at Cheetah Tented Camp you can set-off on your safari at any time you please throughout the day- no 5:30am wake-up calls or getting sandwiched between strangers during your safari drive!
-There's a Masai guide and 4X4 assigned to each tent, so guests can do their safari on their own terms. All of the guides have in-depth knowledge of the local wildlife and animal behavior, thus increasing your odds of seeing rare animals and catching some amazing action during your safari (and decreasing your odds of just seeing crowds of other 4X4's). If you weren't a naturalist before visiting to Cheetah Tented Camp, you definitely will be before you leave!
-The service is impeccable. Coffee and tea on the balcony in the morning, laundry is washed, folded, and left in your room for you each evening, candlelight and warm water bottles in bed each night, breakfast on-demand, wonderful picnic lunches during each safari...the list goes on and on. My husband and I have never felt so pampered!
-Last but not least, Jorge and Mariola were very responsive and provided us with a lot of assistance in booking our flights to and from Masai Mara and sorting out the details of our stay- this gave us a lot of confidence in booking our trip.
-The rest of your time in Kenya/East Africa will pale in comparison to your stay at Cheetah Tented Camp. My husband and I traveled to Zanzibar after our stay here and, in hindsight, we wished we had just stayed at Cheetah Tented Camp for a few more days. Definitely stay for at least 5 nights if your budget will allow it. We're already planning our next visit- can't wait to return!
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve