Just back from 2 weeks in Kenya. We started our trip with a safari to the Masai Mara, which we had booked with Steenbok Safaris. Before departing for Kenya George from Steenboks had been in constant contact and was very helpful with all of my questions.
Our safari was booked for 2 nights/3 days. It cost $465 per person and there were 2 of us. We were picked up at the airport in Nairobi and met by our driver Daniel who would be our guide for the 3 days. He was very friendly. We had trouble getting cash out of all the ATMs in the airport, so Daniel drove us right into Nairobi to get to another Barclays where we were able to get out KSH. We already had USD for paying the balance of our safari.
So we set out to drive from Nairobi to the Mara. It is a very long drive, we were told 4 hours, with a scenic stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint. It actually took more like 6 hours, with the last 90 minutes being a very bumpy dirt track from the town of Narok to our camp - the Mara Sidai Camp. The drive was ok, it was very hot, and towards the end it was pretty uncomfortable, but we did get to see lots of countryside and towns along the way which was good.
The tents at the camp were fine, very basic but pretty good. The beds were nice and really comfortable, and there is a small bathroom at the back of the tent, with a shower and flush toilet. Electricity is only on between 6 and 10.30pm. We had a mosquito net, but we really didnt have any problems with mosquitos. We didnt even use our spray at all.
There were a good few people staying at the camp, one large group of young people, aged 18/19, a few couples late 20s, one couple with their son who is working in Kenya for a year, other middle aged couples... we were the only 2 with Steenbok safaris, but others who were there seemed to have exactly the same deal as us, same no of drives per day etc. We saw most of them at some point on our drives in the Mara so it was comforting to know we were all pretty much doing the same thing. The food at the camp was ok, again pretty basic, but you get what you pay for! We had variations of rice, vegetables, lentils, chicken & pasta most days. Perfectly edible! There is a bar too, where drinks are really cheap. A bottle of coke & a bottle of Tusker beer was 270 KSH, approx €2. There was no real nightlife or anything happening after dinner. Most people went to bed early enough.
Our game drives were good. The camp is located right beside a gate, so the drive in is like 5 minutes. We had one afternoon drive the first day, which was awesome as it was our first, so we were really excited! The second day was a full day game drive, so we set out at 8am, and got home around 5.30/6pm. We were given a packed lunch to bring. The last day we had one early morning drive at 6.30am. We saw almost everything we hoped for, the only thing we did not witness was the crossing at the river, which I had really wanted to see. I dont know if this was because of the distance from our camp to the river, we were only at the river once on the full day drive, and it was at lunchtime, and i think the crossings happen at morning/evening.. We didnt see a kill either, but i gather this is pretty rare. We loved the safari, and our driver was so knowledgable and friendly.
All in all our safari was great & Steenbok was a great company. The Mara Sidai Camp is ok, I am still wondering if we should have paid a bit more to stay somewhere nicer, but so little time is spent at the camp that it really didnt matter too much. If you like your luxuries then its not for you, but for 2 nights we found it perfect!
Sorry for the long post! If anyone has any questions please let me know....