Booked this a bit blind as an additional overnight safari during a stay at the coast and when I learned we were staying in tents wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Not like any tent I remember from my scouting days. Yes, it had canvas sides and front with a zip and velcro closure but that's where the similarities end. Then tents were erected under a permanent structure as protection from the weather but had mains electricity (not 24/7 as it is off overnight and when everyone is out on drives but there is a rechargeable lamp in each tent), proper beds and furniture and, most importantly, a door at the back which leads to your individual brick built, fully tiled en-suite bathroom. The tents are all located on the top of the bank of the meandering river and during the course of stay we had hippos, a crocodile, and a large group of baboons either in or across the river from my tent. Also a group of smaller monkeys ran straight past the tents in the evening (warning - keep tent zipped up!)
The staff were very friendly and they are clearly very proud of the food they serve with some lovely presentation. The camp was very quiet when we were there as it was the end of the season and the choice was a bit limited but what there served was very good although they did struggle a bit with one of my travelling companions who is vegan. In addition to the restaurant there is a separate bar area though only being there for one night and with a 5:30 call for a sunrise drive the following morning didn't really get a chance to sample it. The camp also has a swimming pool although it looked a little tired but we didn't have time to try it.
Our drives were organised by the camp and the driver was also accompanied by a genuine Masai who was very informative and had amazing eyesight for spotting game. The game we saw was amazing, 4 of the big 5 (no leopard unfortunately but up close and personal with a cheetah instead), wildebeest (unusual in April), hyenas etc etc, the highlights being the lions and the rhino, the latter being increasingly rare even in the Masai Mara. With an overnight stay we had a sunset drive, a sunrise drive and a further drive after breakfast before being transferred back to the airstrip. The primary reason for booking this 'extra safari' was that we hadn't seen any big cats in either Tsavo East or Shimba Hills and we were certainly not disappointing. The only regret was we only stayed one night as you can see so little of the Masai Mara in a 2 hour drive, with 2 nights we could have done a full day drive.
All in all a fantastic camp in a fantastic location
- 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