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Review of Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa

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Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reading, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Camping at it's Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of my 50th Birthday treat - I have always wanted to do a safari in the Masai Mara and promised myself I would do it right when I did it. And this place truely fitted the bill. I loved the fact that the hot water in the bathroom was in a flask and cold water in a jug. And the bucket shower was an experience I will never forget - always a perfect temperature and plenty of water. And it is there for you on arrival back from safari as the guides ask if you want one them call ahead to let them know. Thankfully, there was a flushing toilet and the view outside the tent of the river was fab. The first night we woke in the middle of the night hearing a large animal right outside the tent eating which scared us a bit but at the same time was amazing to hear. We hadn't expected the animals to come so close and in the morning when I asked I was told there were 4 elephants walking around the camp but I was also told that there is no danger and the place has guards out all night. All the staff were great and couldn't do enough for us. The food was excellent - in particular the lunches sat by the river and we would love some of those recipes. Everyone eats dinner together on one big table inside the communal tent and the seating plan means you sit next to different people each evening although people come and go a lot even in 3 days. Our guide Lenny was great and found almost every animal we wanted to see - I still don't know how he saw the cheetah under the tree in the distance !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

The was the third camp my daughter and I stayed in in Kenya and was completely different from the other two. The setting is right in the middle of the Masai Mara National Reserve and is truly a bush camp. The rooms are still luxury by any standard , but more "natural" and fit in perfectly with the river side setting. Meals are all communal and the food is varied and delicious. Clea and Conway are perfect hosts and mix with the guests at every opportunity. The Masai Mara is filled with game and our guide Sammy made sure we were treated to unforgettable experiences.
This camp is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

While you may think this camp is pricey you definitely get what you pay for. It is not a lodge so you don't have to worry about lots of people. You are attended to at all times, the food is great, you will pretty much get a safari truck with guide just for your party and the guides are very knowledgeable and flexible. This is once in a life time experience and worth every penny!!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Westport, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had an amazing time at Rekero during our trip to Africa in July. The staff, the accommodations, the food and the guides were absolutely incredible. If we are fortunate enough to make a second trip to Africa in the future we will without a doubt weave Rekero Camp into that trip as well! Truly one of the most memorable trips we've ever taken!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

A trip of a lifetime made even better by the stay @ Rekero. From the moment we arrived the staff welcomed us into their "family" and took care us with the upmost attention to detail. The accommodations, food and guides were excellent...making for a truly authentic Kenyan experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying 4 nights at Rekero. We were met at the airstrip my Moses who took us on a mini game drive on our way back to the camp- we were lucky enough to see 2 adolescent male lions immediately following a kill- what a great start!
ON arrival at the camp Clea & staff greeted us- and boy did we appreciate the refreshing towels after every game drive!
We had Onesmus as our guide who did an outstanding job. His passion for photography also meant he went out of his way to ensure we got as close as we could to the animals and had great light!!
On our first afternoon game drive we were lucky enough to see the rhino (of which there are only 4 on that side of the reserve)- so that was pretty special. We also saw plenty of lions ( 15 in one day!!), baboons, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephants, serval cat, leopard, cheetah, mongoose, buffalo, hippos & more.
The camp itself is quite spacious- the "tents" are seriously impressive. Ours had a siting room, bedroom with King Bed, and a bathroom (with proper flushing toilet) - not sure i'll ever be able to go camping again without expecting this level of luxury.
Showers can be arranged for anytime, however most people take them after the afternoon game drive, they're bucket showers so the staff fill the buckets and wait to ensure you have enough- you can request a refill- however we found the amount to be sufficient.
Meal times are quite social- with drinks around the fire before a communal meal in the main tent. Clea, Conway & Marianna are present at all meals & have done a great job at ensuring everyone feels at home.. all other staff are attentive and ensure you have everything you need. .
We weren't lucky enough to see the migration, but we did see a few mini crossings at camp which was great fun.

All tents face along the Talek River, with tents 8 & 9 in the most active area for the big animals- as they are a 3-5 minute walk from the main camp. Sleep quality depends on how active the animals are- the hippos can be very noisy (and smelly) - but hey.. it just adds to the experience! Staff turn down your bed in the evening and even supply hot water bottles which is a nice touch on cold nights!

All in all we loved every minute of our stay at Rekero and highly recommend it to anyone heading to the Mara

Room Tip: Tents 8 & 9 have the most animal activity at night as they are closest to the hippo pool. They a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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portsmouth
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

We were celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary. Upon arrival the team made us so welcome. The chilled fragranced towels were most appreciated and we were fed with the most fantastic home made breads, tasty salads and meats. Within an hour, William, the Masai 'butler' came running to our tent( we use this term loosely as it was beyond 'glamping') with news of a potential cheetah kill just off camp. We witnessed the chase from the camp whilst our fantastic guide Daniel came rushing with the safari vehicle to run us to the kill spot. And so the excitement of the stay continued. Met every morning promptly (with a bush breakfast to enjoy on the Mara plain) , we were out on the road with the guide (the fantastic Masai warrior guide Dan) who did his very upmost to ensure we saw everything - even placing the vehicle was to enhance photography shots -.what really amazed us, was how close to the wildlife you were - so please - take a good camera.
Whilst travelling our guide even gave us a fascinating insight into the Masai way of life (which was so interesting). Returning to camp at lunch, we were met with a splendid lunch - and a cold beer/wine if required. We then had a few hours to sit at the banks of the river watching the camp mascot George the Hippo or reading some of the lovely books placed in the lounge tent (complete with snug sofas etc.).
Later we would then take another drive with the lovely surprise of sun downers before heading to what quickly became 'home'. A lovely HOT shower awaited and pre dinner drinks around the camp fire, then for a feast of a meal that you would expect from a 5 star hotel (how did the chef do it?). After a dreamless sleep (subject to your reaction to your Malaria prophylactics) listening to the wildlife that stroll around the campsite, you were then brought hot drinks and homemade biscuits to ease you into the first game drive of the day.

Conway, Clea, Dan and the rest of the family made us feel so special and part of the Mara Family.
We will be forever indebted to the whole team for making our celebration something we will never EVER forget.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper bring some ear plugs: most beautiful natural sounds of the animals but on...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: C14, Keekorok (Talek River), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep within Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, Rekero offers a spectacular location from which to watch the Great Migration as the wildebeest thunder across the river just outside camp. This traditional East African camp evokes the romance of safaris from a bygone era. The elegant tents form a tranquil oasis perched stategically above the mighty Talek River. The sweeping views from camp take in the surrounding plains, which support some of the greatest concentrations and diversity of wildlife in Africa. The cherry on top is the warm hospitality of our team and our world-renowned game-viewing guides with years of expertise - in such good hands you are ensured an incomparable Maasai Mara safari experience. ... more   less 
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