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Basecamp Masai Mara
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Gunnison, Colorado
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30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Breathtaking & Unforgettable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

My Dad and I enjoyed three nights at Basecamp Eagle View. Walking into the camp takes your breath away when you realize you overlook the Mara. It's nestled in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The views, staff, food, wildlife, rooms were all five star--pretty spectacular place. Was impressed by everything and I hope to go back to experience all three camps in one stay. Visited the Basecamp in Talek for the day and it was fabulous as well. Cannot say enough good things about this place. Love and if you have the opportunity you should visit !

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Doha, Qatar
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16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Spent four wonderful days on safari. One night at Basecamp Explorer and two nights at Eagle View. This was an all around incredible experience. The accommodations make you feel a part of nature while catering to your personal needs. It was great to go to sleep listening to all the animals at night in a bed you would find in a luxury hotel. Both locations have fabulous views. At Eagle View your accommodation has a breath taking view of the reserve. The main lodge has a large viewing area where you can spend hours watching animals while relaxing and dining. The food is exceptional. The staff prepare delicious meals and present them with flare. The staff at both locations provide the highest level of service. From the moment you arrive at camp they are there to meet your needs. Our guide, Steve, spent four days with us. Every game drive was an adventure. He knew exactly where to go to show us all the animals. It was amazing how he could drive and still see the smallest animal in the distance to show us. We learned so much about the "Circle of Life". Steve was knowledgeable about the animals, insects, plants and weather. He shared his knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. This trip was a blessing not only because of the animals we saw but because of the people with Basecamp. Highly recommend for families and couples!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

What an experience! A total concept bundling Basecamp Masai Mara, Dorobo and Eagle View made this the perfect inline safari tour for us all. Thanks a million to Ton Kay, Dorobo and all the professional staff who made this an unforgettable visit to masai- country!

Tone & Jan Christophersen

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

The eco camp of Basecamp is a very special experience. Amazing settings with tents overlooking a crocodile-river with the game reserve but meters away from the tent's terrace allows for viewing animals coming down to drink with a cocktail in your hand. One night we even saw an elephant just across!

The camp is run by local Masai who are extremely friendly and helpful. The work they do for the local community, in terms of employing women for beadwork and supporting schools and other projects, gives the feel-good factor to a night's price which could feed a minor village. In addition, they do everything eco which is nice. My girlfriend did not approve of the outdoor eco-toilet's quite strong smell though, this they promised was being replaced.

The local masai guides they have are also great for game drives. We booked with travel agency Basecamp Explorers (who runs the place) who sent a guy they claimed was a Silver guide with us, but really didn't know anything (beware using that company for guides), but the local guides complemented with excellent knowledge and guiding ability.

The only improvement suggestion we have is to improve the food a bit. It's nice home-cooked meals, but not up to par with other lodges of same price.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kakamega, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

The accommodation and game drives offered by Basecamp are world class. Staying here allowed us to be close to the action of the Mara while still getting good nights rest. The staff know your name, are very welcoming, and go the extra mile to make the stay memorable and safe. It is a fair bit out of the way (especially by matatu), but this is as much a pro as a con. Definitely recommend staying here. Will be coming back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank ChaseN180
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Excellent accommodation and wonderful staff. The fact it is a luxury eco lodge is also worth mentioning, as it is the only hotel of its kind in Masai Mara. As for the game reserve, you are sure to see all sorts of animals. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wollongong, Australia
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669 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is an ecolodge tented camp. Our previous three nights were spent in typical lodges but this had the WOW! factor. Established and operated by Masai who are forsaking traditional pastoral roles after receiving education, 95% of staff are Masai. This story is one you can learn more about during your stay.
Accommodation consisted of a large tent with bath and shower annex. Power is solar in keeping with the ethos of the place. Charging electricals is done at the office. It was comfortable and the beds were fantastic.

The food was five star quality unlike buffets provided by other lodges. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Movement at night is by escort with a Masai warrior with spear just in case of wild beasts.

There is an ambience in the environment which caused us to cut short day two of our safari and just sit on the porch with a glass of wine, a good book and the river in the background. The place is immaculately spotless and toilet ting facilities are exceptional for an ecolodge. You would not know it is a long drop as there is no odour.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Basecamp Masai Mara

Property: Basecamp Masai Mara
Address: Talek, C14, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Basecamp Masai Mara 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp Masai Mara provides 12 spacious and luxurious tents, bordering the Masai Mara National reserve, on a lush peninsula in the Talek River, with spectacular views of the savannah. You have your own veranda overlooking the river, bathroom en-suite with a hot solar heated shower open to the sky. Enjoy the amazing wildlife from your tent, the fig-tree platform, or in the open-air bar - a responsible approach to the classic safari ... more   less 
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