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Basecamp Masai Mara
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Reviewed 19 April 2015

A safari with Basecamp Explorer has got to be the ultimate safari experience in our time. Seeing hoards of animals, lion cubs playing, cheetahs on the hunt, hyenas on the prowl, baboons picking lice off each other, crocodiles warming up in the sunlight and all kinds of other sights is an incredible experience. The amazing thing about a safari is that you get to see wild animals in their natural habitat, doing exactly what they do without the presence of people – this is something you can never get close to in a zoo or even a natural reserve that feeds or otherwise interferes with the wildlife. With Basecamp you get to go right out in the wilderness, with amazingly knowledgeable Maasai guides/drivers, and not only see but also learn about all the animals and their place in the system. Basecamp’s concept of renting local farmers’ soil for the Naboisho conservancy is also very interesting, and it secures an important income for the locals, as well as protecting the area from further expansion of non-ecological tourism – and, of course, making for exceptional experiences for the tourists. The Naboisho conservancy has the world’s most concentrated lion population, and one can safely say that you’ll notice. Basecamp Explorer may not be cheap, but it offers high quality on all areas, from the staff, cars and tents to the food and service. Every meal is an absolute pleasure, the tents have modern bathrooms and they have managed to find well thought-through eco-friendly solutions for everything. I would recommend this 100%, and I hope that people are not frightened by the news of terrorism in Kenya – though this is terrible, it is far from Maasai Mara, which continues to be a safe place to travel to.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

A fantastic camp where we couldn't really have asked for more. We stayed here during our safari and are so pleased (we knew nothing about it before arrival...had no idea what to expect).
The camp overlooks the Masai Mara and is wonderfully peaceful. All the staff were really helpful and the food was incredible. Stories around the fire in the evening and really worth going on the camp tour to hear about how Eco friendly the camp is...great to see how little impact they are able to have on the environment.

The tents are really well equipped with a really comfortable bed and the outdoor shower was fantastic!

Will definitely return if I come back to Masai Mara!

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
Thank Elspeth C
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

What an amazing experience!!! We were picked up by our lovely safari guide, Agnes, at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip. On the drive into Basecamp, she pointed out lots of animals grazing in the area. The drives each morning and afternoon were wonderful...never missed seeing animals. Agnes was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and was never bothered by our request to stop and take photos or enjoy watching them in their natural habitat. The food was awesome, very tasty and beautifully presented. The staff at the camp were very accommodating and so enjoyable to talk with. We were even able to get one of the staff to join us in a game of UNO for a little bit. I was most impressed that there are guards on duty to walk you from one area to the other after dark. Basecamp truly knows how to take care of their guests. I will definitely recommend this camp to anyone I know traveling to the area for safari. It was an incredible experience!!!

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2015

We stayed 2 nights at Basecamp and the one night at Wilderness camp. This was my first safari experience and I was blown away! Our lovely Masai guide Steve was as knowledgeable as as he was enthusiastic about the wildlife and the environment. Although it was low season we had a great safari and saw lots of wildlife, many of which were known personally to Steve! The camps were very comfortable and the staff unstintingly helpful and friendly. The chefs catered for my vegetarian meals with great flare and I had some of the best meals of our trip to Kenya in the middle of nowhere, I particularly enjoyed the remoteness of Wilderness camp. It was lovely to sit by the camp fire at night and then to lie in bed in the morning watching the wildlife in the distance.

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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Basecamp. From the 5am coffee delivery to our room before our game drives, to the superb food and amazing staff. We had a wonderful stay and would absolutely recommend Basecamp Explorerer.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Basecamp Masai Mara

Address: Talek, C14, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: R 3 287 - R 5 677 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Basecamp Masai Mara 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp Masai Mara provides 12 spacious and luxurious tents, bordering the Masai Mara National reserve, on a lush peninsula in the Talek River, with spectacular views of the savannah. You have your own veranda overlooking the river, bathroom en-suite with a hot solar heated shower open to the sky. Enjoy the amazing wildlife from your tent, the fig-tree platform, or in the open-air bar - a responsible approach to the classic safari ... more   less 
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