I visited Naibor Camp with my girlfriend and three friends on the 5th & 6th of January 2013. Her friends, who live and work in Nairobi, had recommended Naibor to us and the place lived up to their descriptions of it, it was a plus to have them along on the trip. Right from the pick up at the Olkiombo Airstrip the service was top class. The vehicles were well serviced and comfortable and our assigned Maasai driver, Sammi, was friendly and extremely knowledgable - keen to get us sightings of animals but also able to talk readily about their habits and ecology. The camp managers, Ivan & Kim were great hosts, eager to please and available from early morning til lights out.
We lived like kings in the amazingly well kitted out tents (seems a shame to call such luxury "tents"), I couldn't believe that they had flushing toilets! In a camp in the bush! The tents had good showers, mosquito nets and the beds were clean and comfortable. We had a sitting area outside the tent overlooking the river, from where we could watch hippos swimming by. I am not a birdwatcher but even I started to use up a major amount of camera memory just on the birdlife outside the tent. Oh, and we found that the tents are waterproof, it rained a bit during our visit, but no leaks.
The food and drink were superb, the food would be difficult to beat in many a city. The mess tent with its candles, hurricane lamps and such just added to the atmosphere, it was most enjoyable and not all the winged visitors were mozzies, we had moths which in turn attracted bats - all good fun, well I thought so.....
During mealtimes in camp we were serenaded by hippos from the nearby Talek river, so close that their calls could be felt as well as heard.
During the hours of darkness it is camp policy for guests to be escorted around camp by Maasai warriors, this is not for show, unlike other camps Naibor is unfenced - animals can and do wander through the camp, ok if they're small antelope or mongoose but having a Maasai close by is very reassuring when you can hear larger animals on the move.
On the game drives Sammi our guide found lions, cheetahs (mum and her 3 cubs), a leopard and her cubs, hyena, bat-eared foxes plus elephants, buffalo and giraffe. We saw loads of game, the Maasai Mara is amazing in terms of the amount and variety of game, absolutely amazing. I was pleased to see just a few other vehicles about, it seems the Mara only really gets crowded around the main wildebeest migrations.The whole game-viewing experience is lifted even further for Naibor clients by the provision of bush breakfasts in the morning and stops for sundowners during the evening drives. Sitting watching lions only meters from the vehicle, camera in one hand - glass of chilled white wine in the other is surreal and highly enjoyable.
Naibor Camp was recommended to my girfriend and I by friends of hers and we were not disappointed by our time there, the time flew by and I wish that we could have stayed for a week or more. If you are seriously considering a trip to the Masai Mara I can and will heartily recommend that you consider staying at Naibor or Little Naibor (they are side by side) - I don't believe that you will be disappointed by the place, the people or the Mara itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naibor, set in the heart of the Mara Reserve on the Talek River, offers a standard of comfort and personal attention that brings “camping” into a new dimension! Minutes from the famed migration crossings and completely surrounded by game, Naibor is luxury and relaxation. 7 tents in Main Naibor and 2 Little Naibor suites are complemented by the spa, fine dining, and a high standard of service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Naibor Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Naibor Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve