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Basecamp Masai Mara
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We stayed here for three nights as part of our honeymoon - absolutely wonderful experience! Do take the time to go on the tour of the camp itself as it is fascinating to learn about the ways the camp is innovating around conservation issues. At night you can hear baboons calling to one another and we even heard a leopard!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2009

I just returned from my first visit to the Masai Mara, where I stayed at Basecamp Explorer (formerly known just as Basecamp). I didn't really know what to expect but was more than pleasantly surprised by the experience. The camp tents were spacious and comfortable, everything is run on solar power and the food and service were wonderful.

The Masai who run and guard the camp were so kind, thoughtful and friendly, they felt like family by the time we had to leave. Our guide, George, was patient and interesting and just an all-around wonderful guy who made sure we got to see everything we wanted to see but never pushed us. The mornings start early with a game drive followed by breakfast overlooking the savannah. Afternoons provide some time to relax, listen to the baboons play in the trees, visit the Masai women whose beading project is supported by Basecamp or chat with the Masai warriors who look over the camp and the guests. (At night, they escort you to and from your tent as the camp is not fenced.)

Each night, we sat out under the amazingly bright stars, sipping wine, listening to the nightsong of birds and frogs and were simply awed by the vastness of the Mara. The bush dinner organised by the camp cost extra but was definitely worth it. We felt like royalty. We stayed three nights and four days.... I wish we had planned a couple of days longer just to be able to really relax and spend some time in the camp reading and sleeping. It's such a peaceful place.

The road up to the Mara is quite bumpy so the trip isn't for everyone. You can wind up with a quite a sore rear end. Also, it's a truly eco-friendly place, which means there are no flushing toilets, the showers are heated by the power of the sun and there is no electricity (apart from solar power) in the camp -- also no TV, internet or phones (although there is cell coverage). That said, the bathrooms were amazingly clean and not at all like a portable experience... you simply don't flush and the waste is cleaned up and recycled in different ways daily. (Take a head flashlight to make things easier brushing your teeth at night -- also, don't drink or use the "tap" water for brushing. They provide you with clean water for that purpose.)

What's nice is that you are in this amazing setting, being treated like a member of the family rather than a stranger, and it's really very comfortable.... yet you don't leave much of a negative footprint, which makes everything even nicer. I cried when I left and will go back the next time I get a chance. I heard similar things from colleagues in Nairobi, who say it's one of the best places to visit in Kenya. It also seems to be much cheaper and fairer price-wise than other places I looked at on-line.

I would recommend it to couples looking for a magical getaway, families with children looking for adventure (but the kids need to be prepared to ride in the van for several hours looking for lions, etc.) and friends wanting to spend a memorable few days together.

Here's the website: http://www.basecampexplorer.com/our_destinations/masai_mara

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2008

We came intending to have drinks for the afternoon, and checked in an hour later! This place is such an inspriation for eco-tourism. They have made the eco/green part of the camp so integrated into your stay there, that you can leave feeling educated and appreciative.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2007

Base Camp is truely heavenly. The tents are large & comfortable, the outdoor showers very romantic. O.K the toilets are a shock to the system but you soon get use to them. the food was average, but they have limited facilities due to the nature of the eco-camp.We never had any problems with getting drinks during the day & the Masai Guides & all the staff are very friendly & knowledgable.
The luxuries you lose from not booking a large lodge you gain from having a real relaxing back to nature experience, where you can get to know the real Masai, & do your bit for eco-tourism.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2007

We visited Base Camp expecting a luxury accomodation as advertised!
It was NOT luxury. I chose it because it was an eco camp and had awards for its Eco tourism status.
It was fantastic being in an open camp on the Masai Mara and being protected by our masai warriers who guarded the camp all night and escorted you from your tent to the eating area. The tents were good and spread out to give you loads of privacy. You could sit on your terrace and watch the monkeys and babboons and hear the animal noises from the Mara only being seperated from them by a small river which had crocodiles lazing on the banks The safari was fantastic and the guides and vehicles top class.
BUT! The following things spoilt the stay and I would not go back there or recommend it to anyone until they sort these problems out
There was no hot water for a shower. The toilets were like a throne leading to a hole in the floor. I never dared look down.
The food and restaurant were awful.The food was served in a really unappetising way. If we hadn't been in the middle of nowhere I would have chosen not to eat any of it but there was no other option Also If you were slightly late they would run out of food
There was not a proper bar service and you would be lucky if you got a chilled beer. I then tried a bottle of wine which was well overpriced.
During the day there was no one serving in the bar to get a drink of either tea coffee etc
All in all this made our stay at the camp uncomfortable
Finally the flight from Malindi to the landing strip was like something out of Indiana Jones. I didn't realise flying could be so scary. Just make sure you go with a reputable company

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2007

We went to Basecamp in early July and had a fantastic time. We were picked up at the 'airport' by our guide, Kim. Although quiet natured, Kim was an excellent guide answering our questions and he had a great sense of humor. A Maasai, Kim also answered cultural questions, which was really interesting. Throughout the three day safari, he was able to find all the animals we were interesting seeing, including two kills! We definitely felt that we had a talented guide. In 1 full day and two half days, we went on 4 drives. We felt that we got our moneys worth by far.

The accommodations were also really nice. The tents are covered by thatched roofs, and each one overlooks a pond. For tents, we felt that we were living in luxury. The rooms were comfortable and romantic. You shower outside facing the pond, but don't worry no one but the crocodiles or monkeys would see you! It was so refreshing to shower outside! Be sure you are patient with the water, it is heated by solar panels and takes sometime to get the warm water to the shower--- but do not worry it happens! The tents circle a main area where food is served, which is a hot buffet and yummy. After dinner we watched a traditional Maasai dance and listened to some songs.

As advertised, the camp is an eco-friendly lodge. They are able to master this through solar electricity and relying on nature. If you are going to the Mara and expect to stay in luxurious hotels, this is not the place for you. However, if you are nervous it is too roughing it, it is not. This was nicer then many American hotels. It proves that eco-friendly can be comfortable.

We really loved Basecamp.. We are even looking to staying at their other lodges across the world.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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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
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Ranked #12 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $283 - $471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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