I stayed at Eagle View with my 22-year-old daughter. We were there for three days/nights at the end of July as part of our larger trip through Kenya and Tanzania. This camp was my all time favorite. To start, the view is exceptional. The camp is aptly named for its stunning vista that makes you feel as though you've stepped into a painting. It is truly remarkable to look out over the winding stream, and expansive savannah as hundreds of animals come to your "doorstep" to drink and graze. We even watch the wildebeest migration from this vantage point.
The staff was so friendly, helpful, and even nurturing during our stay. It felt like we were visiting with friends and it was emotional to leave these people after our time there. They were so genuine in getting to know us and interact with us as individuals.
The tents are breezy, clean, and modern in design. I believe there are nine tents and each boasts a stunning overlook of the savannah. The beds are quite firm but still comfortable. The tents have two showers - 1 indoor/1 outdoor. The outdoor shower is private on three sides...the open side overlooks the savannah, so you're outdoors, but it's still private. It's built onto the deck that crosses the front of the tent and wraps around the side. Anyhow, it's worth trying...I loved it! Also worth mentioning, there's hot water 24/7 and the water pressure is good.
The food was delicious, varied, and (lunch/dinner) consisted of a soup/bread course, entree, and dessert. Breakfast consisted of a fruit/bread course, entree of eggs, meat, potatoes or similar, and fresh juice. There was soooo much food provided...you will not go hungry here. Additionally, there is coffee and a really nice tea selection available at all times.
Our safari guide was Derrick, a senior guide with Basecamp. He is extremely knowledgeable and rooted out a different and equally impressive experience each day. The highlight, however, was the walking safari he convinced us to do on our last full day there. We were nervous about being on foot in the bush but the promise of a private walk accompanied by four Maasai (no added change) was enough to tip the scales. As it turned out we felt so safe and the walk enabled us to see detail and literally be in touch with the land. While I cannot pinpoint a specific reason, it was a life-changing experience that made me feel empowered and deepened my respect for the indigenous people and animals. At bare minimum, it's great exercise in a stunning location...take advantage of the opportunity and do it.
I'm sure I've left out a lot, but you can't go wrong with this camp. I would return in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eagle View is set on a spectacular escarpment overlooking the Koiyaki River, in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Here guests experience exclusivity, privacy and abundant wildlife, while enjoying one of the best safari experiences in the Savannah. Eagle View is Silver Eco rated camp and recognized as one of the Top 25 best Eco Lodges in the World by National Geographic Traveler 2013. Marvel at the abundance of wildlife in Mara Naboisho Conservancy as you enjoy day or night game drives with our Maasai guides. The camp overlooks a natural waterhole where the unexpected interaction between the predators and their prey provides constant entertainment to our guests. ... more less
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