This trip was our first to Africa, and we chose Enkerende as it was a small camp promising lots of wildlife rather than a pool and several restaurants. We were not disappointed.
We were picked up from the airport in a land rover (defender so could go over anything) and saw our first animals enroute to the camp. Never having done a safari before just to see Zebra, and the graceful Giraffe, and gazelles and antelope was exciting. The setting was fabulous. Wart hogs are also lovely funny littel things (with tales upright!). David, our Masai driver and guide pointed out animals as we drove. We also did a short detour and saw a lion pouncing.
We arrived at the camp to a 'Hippo Lunch'... not to eat hippo, but the table was just outside the camp on the river bank overlooking a pod of Hippo. Wonderful. A safari followed once it cooled down a little, and this time we saw a lion family with 2 youngsters, about 1 year old. And buffalo.And more of all the other animals. It is just so beautiful. Supper was overlooking the river nearer the camp. The stars were so clear as no light pollution. The food was good, but I hadn't mentioned in advance that I was wheat intolerant, which caused a few problems as they serve up lovely food, but can't just nip out to buy in something else. They check in the morning about the menu for the day, and you can say if you would prefer something else. I think it is worth mentioning before you go if there is something you don't eat. Better all round.
The following morning was an early start. Cup of tea than off 6.30 to catch the very early light. We saw a hippo returning to the river (where they spend the day) and then.... David has excellent eyesight, and inted out a dot in the distance. It turned out to be a Leopard! Very rare to see them. We followed in along one side of a small ditch for quite a way and could really watch it ... it moved so beautifully. After breakfast we had the day to chill before the evening safari. We didn't see elephant on our stay, in spite of David's best efforts. The followinf morning we took a packed breakfast and headed for the hills. We ate breakfast overlooking the Mara from the hills. It was beautiful. David then saw another small dot, and I squinted through my binoculars. It was Rhino. The only 2 remaining white Rhino on the Mara. (The rest have been poached)They are now guarded 24/7 by a team of armed rangers. As David knew them we went down to the plain, and were allowed up close. At one point one of them was just a few feet away (I moved pretty fast when I saw he had crept up on me!) We also saw a pair of cheetah, secretary birds, eagles, vultures, and many beautiful but unidentified birds. We also did a short walking safari, being taught by Francis (the other English speaking Masai, who runs the camp mostly but knows the Mara well too) about some of the plants and seeing a pod of 100 hippo. The tent was definitely glamping. It had a bathroom with flushing loo and a shower (a bit slow and not always warm but perfectly ok). The tent overlooked the river, and whilst we had supper hot water bottles were placed in our comfy bed. Christine, the owner was always willing to talk, and we learnt a lot about the area, and the Masai people. We also did a visit to a local village, for which the villagers are paid, I believe it helps pay for children's school fees. As we were the only guests that week (low season) we did all our safaris on our own. We were looked after like royalty, and doubt we could have had a more perfect experience of safari.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco Camp in front Mara River where you will enjoy the Real Masai Mara ! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Enkerende Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve