I absolutely loved this visit to Sala's! I've been back for 2 weeks and this longing I have to return is hard to shake. It's quite hard to describe but the tranquility, the wonder, the animals and, most of all, the people made our experience unforgettable.
The minute we stepped off the plane I could feel an energy and calm that was almost palpable. We were greeted by our guide Alex and spotter Maseck and drove through the plains for about 2 or 3 hours before we got to camp. My eyes could not see enough of what was around me; I felt like a child, overwhelmed with excitement. When we arrived at camp, there was Sissa and a few staff with cold cloths for our face and ice cold drinks. I felt like royalty.
Being a non-camper and bug phobic person, I was nervous but had already prepared myself for the challenge. Little did I know how luxurious and virtually bug free the camp was. We entered the mess tent and lounging area and I was completely blown away. Just across the Sand River ravine was a vast span of gorgeous trees and bush and, further beyond, a mountain range that almost looked fake because it was so perfectly set into the scenery.
We got to our tent, #3, and it was fantastic. Private bath, beautiful pedestal sink and comfy little table for our meals set in front for perfect viewing. There were hammocks and swinging chairs and even a big, four poster bed set in the grass just beside the main tent.
Our daily routine was up and out by 6:30 AM in the truck. Alex was an expert guide and took us to these remote areas where there were no other safari trucks. You could tell the bush is part of him. He and Maseck are a great team. I swear they have laser eyes. We'd stop and I'd be looking for something, only to miss that what they saw was a mile or 2 away. Simply amazing. I think we saw 1 or 2 other vehicles the whole 4 days we were there given that we were really off the beaten path of dirt roads. We saw so many amazing and beautiful animals and birds. And the TREES! OMG, the acacia, fig and "sausage" trees are so majestic. I just loved them.
Breakfast at the hippo pool was just crazy. We had fresh fruit and bred, yogurt and granola ... and then we were asked how we wanted our eggs and I said "ha, ha ... very funny Alex." He said, no really, how would you like your eggs. So he showed us the little burner that is attached to the back of the truck and my jaw dropped. So we had scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage with fresh, hot coffee each morning. Amazing.
We saw 4 of the big 5. The elusive rhino escaped us. Not surprising given I was told there are only about 45 or so in the Masai region of the Mara. Had I been there longer we would have found them, no doubt. If I had known when I booked this trip what I do now about safari, I would have stayed for far longer.
Hard to explain how the experience has effected me internally, at my core, but it has changed me. In a way that I have been very calm in a fast-paced work environment and things are just in perspective.
Big hugs and many thanks to Sissa, Sala's camp manager. She is an AMAZING young woman,worldy beyond her years with fantastic camp fire, story-telling skills. Her sense of humor is perfection and she knows how to make each guest feel like they're the only one there.
One last thing ... the food. A-MA-zing! Here we are in the middle of the brush and for dessert one night we had a gorgeous souffle. I am a bit of a food snob and I will tell you, this is 5 star cuisine. Thank you Moses for an amazing food experience as well.
Sala's should be on your agenda for sure. An astonishing experience awaits you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the less known southern area of the renowned Masai Mara, Sala’s Camp rests on the banks of the Sand and Keekorok rivers looking into Tanzania’s Serengeti on the opposite side. Sala’s Camp is nestled amongst an indigenous forest with views into the Northern Corridor, which is the route taken by the million wildebeest whose famous migration takes place annually. This makes Sala’s Camp the perfect spot to watch the Great Migration unfold. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sala`s Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Sala's Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve