I stayed at Fig Tree Camp with my parents and my fiancé for three nights in August 2012. It was our first stop on an 11-day safari. We requested tents facing the river and they were great. Very clean and comfortable. They were close to other tents, but because you looked out on the river, it felt very private. Great bird and wildlife watching along the river - we saw many bird species, hippos, crocs, and warthogs and such coming to drink. To go on game drives you cross the river on a footbridge (very cool!) to meet your driver on the other side. There is a tree-house type area to have drinks and watch the sun go down, and a bar area with fire pits to keep you warm. Nice atmosphere.
I took one star off the review because the food was only okay. Not awful, and there were a variety of offerings on the buffet, so you could always find something good to eat, but there were a lot of disappointing options as well. Also, if you plan to spend the whole day out game-driving they send you with a packed lunch that was, well, pretty bad. We did an all-day game drive one of our days trying to see a wildebeest river crossing, which we finally did - after 3 hours of sitting still in the windless heat. Lunch was going to be the high point of our wait, but it was a piece of cold, dry fried chicken, a dry toasted sandwich of some sort, a banana (the best part), some potato chips - basically all foods that were pretty unappetizing and made us incredibly thirsty out in the heat.
Another thing I will say is that for our first two nights the camp was relatively empty, but on the third night a large group of tourists came in and filled the camp to capacity. Things were a lot louder on the third night since this group insisted on tramping by in front of our tent, stopping there to converse loudly with each other or yell at people in other tents. We even had one guy come out at 5 in the morning and do a Tarzan yell at the top of his lungs. Basically, this place is great if it's not full or if the other guests are quiet and considerate. If that group had been there for our whole trip, I think my memories of Fig Tree camp would be far more negative.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fig Tree Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Fig Tree Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve