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“Never Again !!!” 2 of 5 stars
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Fig Tree Camp
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Never Again !!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We went to the Fig Tree 25th November for the third year in a row and as usual the tents were lovely and clean. It is a nice setting.
Safari was really good.
BUT the food was terrible. There were only a few people at the camp so instead of a buffet they served a meal at the table. On the first day I was offered beef or lamb. I explained that I didn't eat red meat so the waiter said he would get the beef dish !!! I ordered two cheeses salads which was O.K. In the evening chicken or beef was offered. I had the chicken and was offered rice or potatoes. I explained that I didn't eat rice but the meal came with rice and potatoes which was terrible !! I could not eat the potatoes or the vegtables, they were re heated and horrible.
Second day I was offered pork or beef. My husband had the pork. The meal again came out looking exactley the same as the evening meal - potatoes and rice and a small amount of carrots. The pork was deep fried and you could not get it off the stick !! I had a cheese salad. Our evening meal was a cheese salald as we were once again offered beef or lamb.
Third day we were leaving we lost the will to live and did not have lunch before our flight. A few other people didn't eat lunch for the same reason.
When we got the coast we got talking to someone who once worked at the Fig Tree. They told us that their hygiene was not the best in the world. They store raw meat on top of cooked meat. They weighed raw and cooked meat and CHEESE on the same scales without washing anything !! I am surpised we did not get food posoning.
Never ever again will I go to this lodge !!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The Fig Tree Camp is a haven of tranquillity and nature of which I doubt I will ever find an equivalent. Nestled in the middle of the Maasai Mara, it is not only an excellent location in the grand scheme of things but it has an amazing U-Bend river locale; ensuring that every tent overlooks the river Talek.

The Fig Tree Camp offers superlative tents, which provide a little luxury but still don't take away from the feeling of sleeping outside with the zipper acting as a gateway between the sanctuary of your bed and the hippos, crocodiles, zebras, hornbills, parrots and colobus- all outside :)

Food and service at the camp is second to none. Meals are all freshly prepared and unlike many beachside hotels the food is seasoned and flavoured well. Pineapple crumble being a treat like nothing I had ever had before! Our waiter Joseph was extreme attentive and a credit to the camp. Each night there is a toasty camp fire and on one of the nights was traditional maasai dancing/jumping, which was fantastic. How they act as DJ, music creator and dancers simultaneously without the technological wonders we have was astonishing.

The overall experience at this camp was undoubtedly enhanced by both our game driver - Sami - and the amazing game drives we had. We saw everything except from Rhino and the feeling of seeing two cheetah brothers, a family of lions and a leopard up a tree with a kill will stay with me forever. Sami was knowledgeable, friendly and a joy to be around - we looked forward to the game drives with him to the point that we were genuinely sad to say good bye to him when we left. A stand out example of him being the epitome of ace is that he arranged for us to have a long game drive with a "bush" breakfast on the last day. Meaning that whilst we ate our breakfast on the banks of the Talek river, Hippos, Giraffes, Egyptian Geese were all in plain sight.

Mada Hotels has a huge asset in Sami and he is certainly one of the reasons I will be visiting Fig Tree Camp again soon.

As well as the game drives, we had a hot air balloon flight and absolutely loved it! I cannot put into words the awesome feeling of floating along at sunrise over the Maasai Mara, with no sound other than the animals below. To then have the surreal experience of landing in the midst of all of nature and having a full English breakfast washed down with champagne cocktails; it was simply mind blowing.

We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights and even though we were already on holiday in Diani, we felt as though this was an inception style holiday within a holiday - it really is that good!

John & Claire McMahon

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Svedala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was the final lodge on our week long safari, and once again we weren't disappointed. The rooms (or "tents") were spacious and clean and the food was good. We had a room overlooking the river, where is was cozy to sit when the sun set and just look out over the river.

The game drives in Masai Mara were the best of our trip. Plenty of lions, a cheetah, hippos, large birds of prey and much, much more.

The only negative was that on one occation our room cleaners didn't replace the lock for our tent, so it was open for anyone to enter. Nothing happened though, and as I understood it not all tents had locks at all.

The camp is quite large, so to some rooms there's a long walk from the restaurant to your room, and to the cars. We had such a room, but it didn't bother us much.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Arrived to a refreshing drink and refreshing towel wipes. The place is set in beautiful grounds and environment. Comfortable and friendly accommodation. Excellent food and service. Dishes are cooked fresh and the staff were all very friendly. The tents were very comfortable and we celebrated my boyfriends 30th birthday there. The game drives from fig tree were also good and the guide very knowledgeable and keen to show us many animals.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Golden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Our Safari's were incredible! We traveled to the camp with friends from England and stayed 3 days/2 nights. Masai Warrior William, our guide, and Daniel, our driver, made sure we had a great experience. We watched a pair of hunting cheetahs and saw a rhino with her baby.

We could have stayed in their "N" tents (the best level), but opted for their standard rooms. Our tent rooms overlooking the river were quite luxurious and we sat on our balcony and watched crocs and hippos in the water. On the opposite bank was a tree with a colony of beautiful yellow weaver birds, weaving their hanging nests from the grasses they harvested.

The staff was very courteous, the beds comfortable, the safari's unforgettable, but the food made the experience much less enjoyable than it should have been. The quality was good, but the only way you could get a hot meal was if you chose something that was cooked on the spot. Everything else was either luke warm or cold, even the soups and gravies! Potatoes were tough and rubbery as if they had been in the fridge overnight and then reheated. We speculated that perhaps it was a cultural belief that we were unaware of, or perhaps they were cooking everything over a candle. In only 3 days I found myself eating only the salads and deserts, rather than have another unenjoyable meal, and it takes a lot to spoil my appetite!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Booked fig tree camp because Mara Serena, Keerobok which were our choice was full. The only good thing about this camp was that first day we checked in at 4, got late for lunch, informed them and they kept the entire buffet on for us. That was like really good as we had missed breakfast also that day and were supper hungry after long 6 hours on Masai roads. But that's about it. Rest of the 2 nights were disappointing. First of all it is built in such a way that walk from van to room is like a km. We had tents on talek river and walk is pretty long. We went for game drive then at 4:30 pm, and there was not many animals in the area. 2 hrs were not enough to go far off. Then for dinner variety was just about average. The good thing was this was only camp we stayed at had a vegetarian live counter. But variety was limited. Once I went at live counter and chef told me he will get me noodles on the table. But they never arrived. Then there was no one to escort us to the room in the night and light was very dim. Next day we took packed lunch and went for full day game drive. Variety at dinner was much less as what we got at other camps/lodges.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We spent 2 nights in a luxurious tent overlooking the river where we had a hippo outside our tent in the evening the Safari was fantastic we had a Masai Warrior Thomas as our guide and Dan was our driver we had an early morning balloon ride over the Masai Mara ending in a champagne breakfast and experience never to be forgotten we had three 3 course meals a day and would highly recommend this resort to everyone

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fig Tree Camp
Address: C14, Keekorok | Talek river area, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fig Tree Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fig Tree Camp, located in the prestigious Masai Mara National Reserve, is a luxurious lodge with top-class amenities and service. You have a reason to adventure, we give you the hospitality to go with it. This 72 roomed property is ideal for game drives and nature walks. Our rooms comprise of the superior Ngaboli tents, executive standard tents and lodge rooms, all fitted with facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The Talek River also snakes its way around the camp, to give you that serene and tranquil feel from the hustle and bustle of the city. We do hope you enjoy your stay with us. Welcome to Fig Tree Camp. ... more   less 
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