Going to the Maasai Mara it is very important which camp you pick. There are a lot of camps in this area and not all of them have a good location. A lot of camps are outside the gate. Of course you will see a lot of animals in these areas but the best changes of seeing the big cats and the wildebeest migration is inside the park. If you’re out of the park it can take you a long time to get to the river to see the migration which means that you have to leave early in the afternoon again to be on time at the gate. The gates opens and closes at 6:30. We stayed in several camps in de Mara and all were inside the gates which will give you the best changes of seeing what you wanted to.
The location of the camp is one of the best in the Mara, it is right at the river side were the Mara and the Talek join each other. If you have seen African Cats, the film of Walt Disney you will recognize the palm tree in the river that is close to camp. For the people that are interested in the wildebeest migration: There is a crossing point at the camp but we haven’t seen the wildebeest cross there. The camp is very close to the main crossing points so you’re right in the middle of all the action and you can be there before it gets crowded.
This is the most exclusive camp with the most beautiful tents we have ever stayed in. It is small and intimate with just 6 tents. The tents are just breathtaking! The tents are huge with a wonderful bed and pillows, a nice corner for relaxing which chairs and a table. A nice bathroom with two sinks a bathtub and an outdoor shower. The tents are very clean as well as the rest of the camp, they maintain it very well. The room has a lot of power sockets so you can charge all the batteries. Power is on 24/7. The nice thing about the camp is that everything is solar powered so good for the environment too.
The food is just amazing! The best we had in the Mara! The chef is a nice men who comes to dinner and check if everything is OK. He also asks you what you want for the day after in case of breakfast time and lunchboxes. They prepare amazing lunches, it isn’t a box but just a whole meal that they bring in boxes that keep the lunch warm. They have 4 choices at dinner, which I think is amazing since they only have 6 tents. They have 4 courses and all are very good, you will need to exercise at home if you stay here too long. Soda’s and water as well as several alcoholic drinks are included. You can make your own plan for the day, so go out first and come back for breakfast or have breakfast first and come back for lunch etc. This is nice since some of the camps have their own program that cannot be changed.
The staff is super friendly and amazing in what they do, they give you a warm feeling. The Masaai guards that escort you to your tent at night are the only ones that we had real faith in. In most camps you will be escorted but they mostly only carry a torch and that’s it. The Masaai at the Ngenche camp are real warrior’s and look fears. They are very nice and appreciate it if you learn some Masaai words.
We didn’t use the driver/ guides from the camp since we had our own driver but the guides of the camp seemed to be very good and knew what there were doing. What we thought was extremely kind was the fact that we had left the camp already for a few days and stayed somewhere else but they called our guide to tell him they spotted a leopard. We believe that was very thoughtful and gives a good idea how the camp works.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp. Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp offers panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful large animals with crocodiles always in close proximity. The 10 spacious well appointed tents are en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in its own "Boma." has a large four poster king size bed or two queen size beds, offers wonderful view on the river and is equipped with a large bath tub and outside shower. Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. In addition each tent has its own private plunge pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mara Ngenche Safari Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve