So many things to share about Entim! I chose this camp for our migration safari primarily for it's location after reading so much here and in other blogs online even though my travel agent knew nothing about it. I'm so glad I followed my instinct and after finishing our 9 night safari, I only wished I had booked longer than 4 nights!
Our guide, Henry, met us at the Ol Kiombo airstrip after our one night stay in Nairobi and we started back to the camp with a short game drive on the way. We were greeted upon arrival by several Maasai and Lexy, the camp manager. It was very welcoming and after a cool towel, a cold drink and a run down on camp life, we were shown to our tents, #1 and #6. I wasn't pleased with the location of #1 as it's only a few feet from the dining tent which means it has more noise and less privacy. I mentioned this to Lexy, but the camp was completely booked. We were very pleased the following morning when Lexy shared that our daughter and her husband could switch to tent #5 since those guests were leaving and we agreed to the move. The location of #5 and #6 offered more privacy as they are at the end of the row.
The tents are a nice size with en suite facilities and it was very nice to have hot water available at any time without needing to call for a bucket shower. One thing you should know before going it that the mattresses are extremely hard and I like a hard mattress but even these were somewhat uncomfortable. We had the same at another camp, so it seems that many camps use the same vendors. Just a heads up. Our other concern revolved around children at Entim. I normally look for camps that are adult only or at least not for very young children and their website states that they don't have children under the age of 8. Therefore, we were quite surprised when 2 or 3 different families arrived with very young children who made meal times and afternoons at camp not quite as peaceful as we would have liked. Some honeymoon couples made the same observation and Lexy is aware that the website needs to be changed to let people make their choice based on fact. It didn't ruin our experience at Entim, but it would have been better without 4 yr olds running around.
We have been to many safari camps and lodges over the last 4 years and Entim had the BEST food ever! We always enjoyed having choices and the quality and quantity were perfect. The service was always friendly and professional and everyone went out of there way to make us feel at home.
The best for last, our guide Henry. A guide can make or break a safari experience as we've had both! Henry has an innate ability to know what the animals are going to do and when they're going to do it! Since he also has worked with and guided many professional photography groups through the Mara, he always sets up the shot for lighting and angle without being asked. It was wonderful. Knowing that this was not our first safari, he worked very hard to give us experiences and chances to observe wildlife behavior. We experienced 4 crossings at close proximity but also saw at least 3 Wildebeest crossings a bit further while sitting on the porch of the tent!
We will highly recommend Entim to our friends who will be visiting the Mara for the migration in August. They have the perfect location at this time to keep from driving long distances to see river crossings. At the end of our 9 nights at 3 different camps, it was unanimous that Entim was everyone's favorite! Thank you Lexy, John, Jonathan, Barnabas and especially Henry for an unforgettable safari we will treasure forever!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Entim is located inside the the Masai Mara game reserve and overlooks the mara river One of the migration crossing points is in front of the camp and guests are privileged to enjoy a private crossings in season. The camp is ideal for photographers and private game viewing in our panoramic location.The camp has a private wing that is ideal for photographers. It offers a Photographic tent that is fully equipped with i mac computers and projectors. The camp has new land cruisers customised for game viewing ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Entim Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Entim Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve