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Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We don't camp but the 5 of us were warm and comfortable in our sleeping bags and roomy tents. The food was great and plentiful. The wildlife was stunning and the guides did everything they could to track down everything we wanted to see. The early starts were no problem although it was a little chilly at first. We would totally recommend this site and we would say that you don't need more expensive or up-market accommodation.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just been from a 6 nights Gamewatchers Safari trip ... 3 nights in Ambesoli (Selenki Conservancy) and 3 nights here in Mara Oi Kinyei conservancy and what an experience .. Amazing!

The camps are brilliant ... toilet/shower facilities are surprisingly clean with flush toilets n hot showers. The tents area is all properly fenced so no security risk of unwanted wild visitors in the night. Staff is very good and takes care of all your needs and the food is lovely .. they really take care of you!

Guides - probably the best safari guides in the world! Simon and Jeffrey - they know their business very well .. where to spot wildlife and how to give you the best experience. Very flexible according to your needs and very pleasant people both of them - we saw lions, cheetas - everything. They know Mara very well too - they know how to keep you away from the crowds but still find the best of the wildlife in the reserve.

A small note on the comparison between Ambesoli and Mara Adventure camps (both from Gamewatchers) - Mara camp has slightly better facility than Ambesoli probably because its a bit older whereas the service and staff in Ambesoli was a bit better than here. There is no problem with Mara but in Ambesoli, staff was everywhere and just always there to attend you .. in Mara we felt at a few occasions that they've less people than Ambesoli and they are busy in themselves. But again this comparison is also because we visited Ambesoli first so may be we were kind of spoiled there... otherwise we'd not even have noticed it.

All in all great - we'll go again and are highly recommending them to all out friends. And the same recommendation goes to all the TA readers - a must do - it may be a bit expensive than the ordinary safari - but the experience I think outweighs in multitudes!

Take Care!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ItsPD
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

It may be dome tents but that is as far as 'roughing it' goes.

You get a mattress to sleep on (bring your own sleeping bag or hire one), a pillow, ensuite shower and toilet, charging facilities for laptops and batteries, superb food, comfy chairs, hammocks................. and then there is the main reason you go, the wildlife.

Games drives in 4x4 open sided vehicles in a private conservancy that directly benefits he locals. The manger, Jackson, is superb as are all the staff from water carries to guides..... they are all I would say, better than anything you will get in a lodge.

We have stayed both here and at the camp in Amboseli and to show how good it is as I type this next years trip is already booked.

Simply fantastic.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mattyc1965
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I was travelling with 3 kids and wanted three things to work out on a safari trip...1) see a good variety of animals 2) be with guides who can spare time to talk and explain the landscape and animal behaviour 3) not have a load of other characters exclaiming 'Oh My God' every 10 seconds in the same vehicle.
And what a winner this place is....first of all, the drive from the airstrip to the camp is about 30 mins, and you'll see plenty of game straight away to whet the appetite. As it was mid-day, there was a take it easy approach until time to do the 4 pm to sundown drive...and it was then that I realised we had hit the spot. We were in our own truck with Jesphat and Tipa and I can tell you that is a team to be with...they tootled around, and then within a little while J said 'Listen' and sure enough you could hear some gazelle 'coughing'...and your man T starts figuring out where the cheetah/leopard/lion was likely to be. We found the cheetah shortly afterwards, 3 of them padding gently through the bush..and J eased the landrover to have a decent watch. My kids were fascinated, and I realised that my love of Africa was being passed on...with the help of J and T.
That same evening we drove around seeing lions, more cheetah and a whole host of other animals. Then stopped for a sundowner and saw the clearest views of Venus I can recall. It was a grand evening...we returned back to the camp and met the other people for dinner. Mixture of Brits, Italians, very easy company. The next day we went into the Mara proper, and it is there you realise what you'd get if you were based there. Frankly, stacks of vehicles seemed to be roaming around...full of Chinese with telephoto lenses that stuck out a yard or two. Makes you wonder why they don't simply line up on a hill and snap away from there. But we ducked and dived a bit with J telling us more and more, and T working his way down and through river crossings that looked 100% impassable. We saw the lot...wildebeest doing their swim with death across the Mara river, crocs looking lazily on..leopard, lions..and so on. It was as if the J and T team were on a mission to show us the best of the park in one day...and they gave it 100%...just rhino to see close-up next time.

We had a bit of a ear-flapping experience with an elephant...causing T to use the reverse gear for the first time that day...but as the tusker was making it clear that we should shove off...we wisely did so. It is a wonderful place to spend a day, the wide open savannah is as you'd expect, and it is the right way to see wildlife.
So you return...back to the camp, tired, and full of what you've seen..swapping stories with others there around the campfire.
The camp is perfect..the tents are just what you'd want, with two comfortable mattresses. Food was excellent, and the camp manager (Johnathan) has it all running smoothly. My three kids will not forget the experience, and the icing on the cake was that they all got up early (6ish) to see animals AND had a shower. Now you try getting that to happen with 16 and 13 year olds....
I'd definitely recommend the camp to those who don't want the whole rose-petal strewn bed malarky...but want a base, friendly staff, and plenty of animal viewing. And if you get that team of J and T assigned to you..you'll not go wrong. Jesphat has excellent English, is extremely knowledgable on the wildlife and is a massively interesting person to talk to about Maasai customs and practices. Tipa too, and his expertise with the driving was something to behold.

I've been to a fair few places in Africa, and I'm putting this one high up there...I like the proximity of the animals, simplicity of the camp, the quality of the staff/guides, the organisation (which was faultless), and the care and attention that was given to us...even though we passed through for just 2 nights. My kids said the whole 2 days was 'rad..sick' and so on. And were smiling big time when saying so.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Topofkilimanjaro
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This camp is brilliantly run, friendly and focused on ensuring it's guests have a great time. The staff seem to genuinely love what they do and share their enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the animals - and the local community benefits. A slight blip with transfers was sorted out swiftly at some cost to Gamewatchers (who had to pay for a plane just for us)- demonstrating the excellent calibre of the company and the people who work there. The camping was actually very comfortable - with proper mattresses, clean bathrooms and the food great. This is a great option for families where you get the benefit of expert guides, without having to pay for "luxury" accommodation. We would love to return

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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