I stayed at Fig Tree Camp for 3 days and 2 nights in March 2013. It was my first time in a tented lodging and it exceeded my expectations. March is not the high season for the Mara and the camp was so peaceful.
The location was ideal - only about 11 km. from the Olkiombo air strip, and right on the Talek River. My tent faced the river and I enjoyed having an area to chill in front of my tent just to enjoy the nature, e.g. spotting a crocodile and warthogs. On my last night I even heard hippos mating!
I find the tent to be spacious and comfortable. I was by myself, but had one double bed and one single bed. Both of the beds were four-posters with a mosquito net. My tent was also bug-free. I was a bit paranoid about getting bitten by mosquitoes, but I didn't get any bites at all.The only thing I didn't like about the tents is that they don't have keys, so I felt a bit strange not being able to 'lock' my room when I sleep. This also meant I couldn't leave any valuables behind. I had an expensive camera and had to carry it around even when I go eat. I would recommend bringing your own padlock, so that you can use it to secure the zippers of the tent.
I also like how they organize guests into groups for the game drives. Since I was alone, I had to join two families (father & son; plus father & daughter ). There were five people on our jeep and when the two families departed, the Camp didn't put me in another group, so I had the same driver and Masai guide to myself. Hiram was my driver and William was my guide. Both speak great English and are very knowledgeable about the area and the animals.
The staff were super friendly and helpful. My needs are always met and my questions answered.
They even have wi-fi service for unlimited use at only 500 KSC, which I think was reasonable. The drinks (which were extras for my package) were also reasonably priced. The food at the buffet was ok. I'm not crazy about buffets anyway, so I wasn't that excited about the food, but for what I ate, it was alright.
I already miss my stay there and want to go back again!
- 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