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Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

The accommodations at Naboisho are extremely comfortable and beyond any expectation. The tents are spacious, beautifully appointed with magnificent fabrics, a very comfortable king sized bed, more than adequate storage space, double sinks and a fabulous, oversized outdoor shower complex, including an indoor option for those that do not appreciate looking up at the deep, star studded African sky. Although it would have been nice to have more privacy for the toilet and a small table by the lounge on the veranda, compared to the numerous impressive aspects of the “tent”, those issues are minor! No one could be disappointed with any detail of the beautifully designed tents or the exquisite guest lounge and dining area. Throughout our stay at Naboisho, service was attentive and friendly. Everyone on the staff from our articulate guide, Tim, to Maryanna, to Johnson to our askari Joseph, could not have been more welcoming or accommodating. 5-Stars to all! Evaluating the food, I compared Naboisho to Kicheche Laikipia and Lewa Safari Camp, where we stayed prior to arriving in the Mara. At Naboisho the bush breakfast and lunch are certainly adequate but not memorable. After the second bush breakfast, my husband requested a picnic breakfast that included an egg. Cleverly, the chef encased a hard boiled egg and condiments in a delicious pastry! Fabulous! Note that the chef at Naboisho is an amazing baker. Following a late afternoon safari and a shower under the stars, each day we joined other guests around the camp fire to share stories, a fabulous glass of South African wine, followed by an elegant candlelit dinner. Although at the time I did not think of doing this, the Askari escort could be scheduled for 7:45P, allowing a few more minutes to relax around the fire before adjourning to the dining table. Each night the dining table was beautifully arranged and creative. I particularly appreciated the place cards and my husband had such fun learning how to make the napkin birds! Food was plentiful, prepared and presented nicely and everything delicious. Dinners were close to a 5-Star. An ingenious touch, the Weber grill is used to warm the plates!
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the remoteness of Naboisho. Every day we had the opportunity to see lions, cheetah, topi, elephants, beautiful birds and other wildlife, but the animals are skittish, unused to hundreds of safari vehicles. For those of us that have been fortunate to be on safari numerous times, being “off the beaten track” is splendid but first-time travelers would no doubt wonder where the animals went! Yes, we did choose to spend a day in the Mara, with hours spent looking at leopards with a kill, but there were also at least 12 vehicles constantly struggling for position! Of course Tim always had us in perfect view of the cats! Frankly, if we had been fortunate enough to see a leopard during our two week safari in Kenya, we would not have taken a full day trip to the busy Mara. When I think of our stay at Naboisho, the night noises around tent six are unforgettable! This camp is in a truly a wild place that hopefully never changes.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

July 2011 we went to the Masai Mara game reserve and we stayed in two tented camps, Rekero and Naibosiho. Naibosiho is a conservancy just outside the Mara. It has a very different scenery compared to the Mara, it has some open plains but is mainly populated with wonderful acacia trees. The wild life is truly exceptional, night drives are available and gives an extra dimension to a safari. Obviously the Mara is a wonderful place to visit but visiting Naibosiho is a highly recommended as well. It is still unspoiled territory and has a unique feel to it. The camp is perfectly organized, luxurious with an eye for detail. A great host welcomes you and all of the staff is marvelous. The chef was very well trained and the food was fantastic, a healthy kids meal was made for our 5 and 8 year old daughters. Lunch is served outside overlooking the acacia trees, dinner is served inside a truly unique open structure. The tents are perfect, an open air shower is waiting for you when you arrive back to camp after a day of game watching.
The guides are well trained, they have great knowledge about the area. They know the animals and their behavior and therefore you are very likely to see a lot of wild life. We got a private guide, every day we had either a great breakfast with us or lunch depending on the plan for the day. All was very well looked after. We had a great time and we cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We were picked up by our guide Dickson at Ol Kiombo airstrip and witnessed two cheetahs stalking and killing a wildebeest on the drive back to the camp so we arrived at Naboisho on an absolute high. But we were not to be disappointed by anything at this new and extremely well-run camp during the next 4 days. The game drives were excellent with expert guiding and thrilling animal sightings of all the big cats and much more. The tents are the ultimate in luxury with large comfortable beds, crisp sheets, fluffy towels, flush toilets, outside and inside bucket showers and beautiful furnishings. The food is thoughtfully prepared and delicious whether it's an al fresco lunch at camp, a picnic on safari or a dinner around the communal dining table in the wonderful and atmospheric mess tent. The friendly welcome and brilliant service from all the waiters, askaris, and camp managers, Mariana, Jo and Rob could not have been better. It was a truly memorable stay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

We spent 2 nights at Naboisha camp for my husbands 70th Birthday, he had no idea that we were going there, it was perfect. DuDu, Mariana, Joe and all of the staff could not have done any better for us, they produced a wonderful Birthday dinner complete with elephant dung birthday cake!! After Ian got over his embarrasment of being suckered into cutting the cake a "proper" birthday cake was produced. THe tented camp is extremely luxurious with wonderful king size beds, flush toilets and indoor and outdoor showers, there is a sitting area with views over the conservancy and you could watch animals passing by. Hot water bottles were provided for those who required them as the evenings can be a little cool. The reserve is ideal for game driving, lions, elephants etc. and nothing was too much trouble. Meals were eaten outdoors as the weather was good and evenings spent round the camp fire after dinner. Plenty to eat and drink!! Would certainly go there again

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

My husband and I traveled to Kenya and Tanzania for a classic East African Safari. Our last stop was Masai Mara. However, because we booked our trip really late, we couldn't get any camps inside the game reserve. Our travel agent recommended Naboisho Camp in a conservancy of the same name east of the Masai Mara game reserve. It is a bit of a distance to get to the game reserve from there, but we are so very glad that we stayed at Naboisho Camp. We stayed there for three nights and we still relish every moment we spent there.

First of all, the camp is new. Everything at the camp was in mint condition. The interior of the tents was very tastefully design and very spacious. It provided the level of comfort almost like that of a hotel. Yet, we still felt like we blended in with nature rather well because of the earth tone colors and African motifs they used. And we were very much in the wild - we saw a lot of animals around the camp every day! The mess tent resembles a nice country home with fluffy sofas, a fireplace and a sweetly decorated dining area. I felt like I was at Christmas dinner every night! There were a couple of days when we weren't well, so we slept in. This was the only camp we stayed at that could make a afternoon nap feel truly relaxing. Design-wise, Naboisho is almost flawless in achieving the balance between being part of nature and ensuring luxurious comfort.

Second, the camp is located in a new conservancy. There were a lot fewer tourists. So we never saw many cars at any animal sightings. More than that, conservancies help generate an income for the Masai people and provide a safety zone surrounding the game reserve for animals to roam, graze and hunt. We were told that a lot of animals have come to Naboisho since it was set up. The Masai people originally living there with their livestock had moved out to make room for the animals and to secure an income for themselves. It felt great to know that the money we spent staying at the camp would indirectly contribute to the welfare of the Masai and to the wildlife in the area. If the management of the conservancy keeps up with their good work, it will be a destination on its own, hopefully still minus the crowds.

The service at the camp was impeccable. From the camp manager, Dudu, temporary host, Joe, to-be camp manager, Mariana, to the servers, Jackson and Johnson, to our super guide, Benjamin, every one was very attentive, friendly and helpful. Every evening, the hosts would sit together with all their guests to relax and chat with wine in hands and the fireplace going. This provided an opportunity for travelers to meet and exchange safari stories. When the weather allowed, we would have our drinks and meals outside of the mess tent with the bush as the backdrop. The dinner table would still be beautifully set up with candles lit. It sure improved my appetite. Because the camp wasn't full at the time we were there, we didn't have to share the game drive with others. On a couple occasions, we had to make ad hoc changes because we weren't feeling well. They were very accommodating and ensured every comfort possible.

Last but not least, when it came to food, even our picnic lunch was brilliant (delicious frittatas, pasta salad and coleslaw with bread), let alone our proper sit down dinners. Dudu ensured that there was a lot of vegetables on the menu which suited us perfectly as my husband doesn't eat any meat or poultry and I love my veggies. Sundowners were less impressive as only chips were served, but nothing could prepare us for the sunsets in Naboisho Conservancy. Cocktails in hand, we just sat and admired the 360 degree beauty of the endless plains as the sun retired. And it was brilliant that they accommodated our request to have a taste of Kenyan food by having Ugali and cabbage as options for lunch one day.

As for our guide, Benjamin, a young father of a 1-month old child, he was knowledgeable, smart, funny and a Masai with pride. We liked him a lot. He drove us to the game reserve every day and we saw many lions, cheetahs, and lots and lots of wildebeests. We also ran into the biggest family of giraffes we had seen - 19 of them in Naboisho. Benjamin also shared with us the lifestyle of the Masai people and the history of the guiding school that he studied in. He had actually guided the Obama family a few years back when Obama was still a Chicago senator. Pretty cool!

All in all, we loved everything about Naboisho. The most memorable moment of the stay was a visit by topis and impalas in the middle of the night right outside our tent. We could only hear the strange but rather loud sounds they made, so we were imagining they were buffaloes coming to tear down our tent and get us! Simply exhilarating! This was the closest the wildlife had got to us the whole trip. Beautiful!

Naboisho camp, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

Our time at Naboisho was as perfect as we could imagine. Not only was the food excellent, the accommodations impeccable as well as beautiful..luxurious bedding etc., but the staff could not have been more welcoming or intent on making our stay exceptional.
The laid back, quiet beauty of this camp in this beautiful conservancy is something we will never forget. Their style, elegant but understated, makes me dream of an evening sitting outside having cocktails around a fire under the stars of Kenya!
And please don't let me forget the animals! We were guided through the conservancy and saw it all!
Betsy R

Room Tip: There isn't a "bad tent" in the camp!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

this was sent earlier and got attached to Basecamp. I wrote and advised this was not correct and have not heard.
I am resending the review with a couple of minor changes.


Mara Naboisho Conservancy....Naboisho Camp

Recently I spent some time in the Masa Mara at several camps and ended my stay at the new Naboisho Camp which opened this summer.

This year the rain in the Mara region has been plentiful, the Red Oat Grass is high and the feeding chain of zebra, wildebeeste and Thompson gazelle is enjoying the season. Thus the cats and other animals of prey are also fat and happy.

As is known with the wildebeeste they are totally unpredictable so when you are in groups of them you are happy and we were very happy!!! Thousands!

As we moved toward the Naboisho Conservancy we began to see fewer herds of animals and the terrain changed from high open grass to one with more volcanic rock and compact soil.

The first feeling was one of disappointment but this did not last long. We arrived at Naboisho in the late afternoon and were welcomed by the camp staff with cold towels, a cool drink and warm smiles. It is difficult to decide which was the highlight - the camp/staff or animals.

Soon we were on a game drive with our Maasai driver/guide. Within minutes we were greeted by four cheetahs about eight months old. Various gazelles and antelopes were in the general area but they did not show any interest.

A sundowner and we were back to camp. Our guide asked if we’d like to have a shower when we arrived in camp and if there was any beverage we would like delivered to our tent! What could be better?!

Naboisho Camp tents provide space for privacy between accommodations. The eight tents, one being a family tent, are elegant, modern, comfortable and spacious. Bucket showers provide ample warm water for hair washing and showering. Here you can elect to take your show in the tent or outside the tent in the private stone area.

Breakfast and lunch are served outside (weather permitting). Lunch and dinner has set times but the staff will accommodate you if you want tent or other dining. Dinner is ‘family style” where everyone joins together. Food is varied and great.

There is electricity in the tents and low voltage lighting. At this time there is no internet connection but you can use the camp site if needed. An area for charging all electronics is available in the main lodge.

Due to the wonderful game drives and great service we wanted to tip and it’s great the way it’s done here. You can tip the driver/guide direct and there is a box in the main lodge for any tips you want to go to the staff. The staff council decides on how the tips will be divided.

The next few days of game drives were the most exciting of the entire trip. “Big Cats”, the Disney Earth Day movie was filmed in this area and we saw lots of big cats. You’ve got to get up early to see them active since they hunt at night and sleep most of the day.

Maasai must have X-ray eyes! All that was visible from the leopard in the tree was his tail hanging just below a limb. They like to hide but our guide got us some good views.

One day a large herd of giraffes came thought the camp! Such beautiful and graceful animals. Before we left the guide took us to see a herd of about 20!

And elephants! It must have been a family reunion. About 60+ were enjoying the day. All sizes. Some clashing tusks with each other, a couple digging in the dirt with their tusks and a some eating the trees. The entire tree was down before we left.

Our hearts and camera cards were full and it was about time to return to camp for our farewell dinner when six larger cheetahs were spotted. They played and strolled around for some time and then decided to cross the road in front of our Land Rover.

YES, I would go again and stay at Naboisho!!! It’s a wonderful new eco resort for Kenya and the preservation of the animals and all the needs of the area.

Reservation are made through www.asiliaafrica.com

Room Tip: They are all excellent and similar except for the larger family tent.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #2 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £620 - £1,574 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the 210 km² private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Naboisho Camp offers spectacular game viewing, from the herds of antelope that dot the plains of this wilderness corridor throughout the year to the high concentrations of predators, including lion and cheetah. But the real magic of Naboisho is its sheer exclusivity - you'll experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves. With just nine spacious tented suites, Naboisho is an intimate and elegant safari camp that balances your wilderness experience with discreet creature comforts. Even better, it is one of just two Asilia camps where you have the option of fly camping. If you have a truly adventurous spirit, don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of the African bush. ... more   less 
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