The Intrepids tented camps in Samburu and Maasai Mara are an outstanding, luxury experience. The tents combine the comfort of a 5 star hotel with the experience of living close to the nature, in the middle of great natural parks. Especially in Mara I could hear lions roaring during the night and in both camps you'll wake up with the most exotic bird chirping sounds.
The services are first class, all employees are keen to make your stay a memorable, pleasant experience. The food was remarkable in both camps. I've never expected such a variety and such exquisite food on a safari. The General Managers of both camps get personally involved, from greeting you when you arrive to asking you at dinner, or lunch if everything is ok, or if there is anything you might need. This very personal, carrying service is something I have not experienced before and I've travelled a lot through Europe, Middle East and the Americas.
The game drives are very well organised and we've seen more than we expected. Samburu has very special animals you can only see there, but in Maasai Mara you can be sure to see many big cats. We've seen in 3 days more than 30 lions in Mara, a leopard and a few cheetahs, one with a wonderful baby. Silas, our guide in Mara is a great person and a knowledgable naturalist. I can warmly recommend him. In Mara you get 3 game drives a day and in Samburu 2. I think 3 is better, but depending on how tired you are, 2 is also a good choice. In the end you can swim in the pool and relax a bit too.
Finally I would like to recommend some of the extra activities. Very pleasant are the bush breakfast and the sundowner. Make these as a surprise to your partner or family! Absolutely remarkable and a lifetime experience is the hot air balloon trip, which is available only in the Mara. Most of the time the ballons fly just 10-50m above the ground and we've seen lions eating and wildebeest running below us. It was sensational!
Also, do not miss the evening presentations of the naturalist in Samburu and the Samburu dancers! If nothing changes, you can skip the visit of the Maasai village.
My last tip, be generous when you tip. Tip is at your discretion, but will be very welcome.
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- Also Known As:
- Mara Intrepids Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve