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“Naboisho Camp - July 2012” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
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Somerton, United Kingdom
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“Naboisho Camp - July 2012”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

Our daughter lives in Nairobi so we have been very fortunate to have experienced a number of game drive holidays in Kenya, staying at different camps. Our 3 night stay at Naboisho Camp has to have been one of the best with excellent tent accommodation and food! The staff couldn't have made our stay more enjoyable, in particular Mariana, Dudu and Ben, Dickson and Daniel were great guides. It was great getting to know them all. It was a little early to see the migration but to see 6 lion feasting on a hippo, a leopard stalking antelope, a cheetah and her cubs as well as lunch by the hippo pool was certainly an experience. Thank you all so very much.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Undoubtedly one of the best vacation of our lives. We love the Naboisho Camp and all its staff. All are very nice and polite. Our guides, Ben and Wilson, and the managers, Roelof and Helen, were extremely attentive and made ​​our stay even more enjoyable. The structure could not be better and the food was excellent. We were delighted and recommend to all.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

We had the pleasure of 3 nights/4 days with the team at Rekero Naboisho Camp. From the moment we were met at the airport by our guide Dickson- we were impressed with the strong customer focus, passion for wildlife and sharing the best of this region with guests. Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and he ensured we had an enjoyable time. We had the unexpected pleasure of seeing a Cheetah on our way in from the airport and a diverse collection of other wildlife. The fun had just begun. When we arrived at the camp we were met by the onsite managers and other staff and immediately felt welcomed. We enjoyed a delicious lunch outdoors before being taken to our room/luxury tent. We were delighted with our accommodation - comfortable, clean, attention to detail, and indoor and outdoor shower, day bed and arm chairs to relax and take in the views. We enjoyed morning and night time safaris over a number of days. Other highlights included the evening meals - delicious 3 courses served in a dinning room with quality wines, candlelight and great conversations and sharing of stories with fellow guests and the camp managers. At the end of our meal each night we were escorted back to our room by one of the male Masai staff - offering an escorted passage through the darkness to our room. Staff were always available to attend to any questions or requests we had and nothing was too much trouble. We were even able to arrange sundowner drinks with friends who were staying at another camp. The vehicles used for the safari were well maintained, comfortable and each day we were provided with cold drinks and a Masai blanket to keep warm during the early morning and later night chill.

There were many highlights including seeing a pride of lions (3 male and 3 female) and 4 lion cubs, two black rhinos, hippos. giraffes and baby giraffes. We also really enjoyed our visit to a local Masai village where we had the pleasure of meeting with women, children and some of the men from the village. This was at a small additional cost ($20 USD each) and proceeds went to the village.

On our last morning we awoke to the sound of the lions roaring close to the camp. Thankfully we were tucked up safely in bed and once again our Masai attendant was there to walk us safely from accommodation to our vehicle for our early morning safari.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Utrecht
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Naboisho Camp in May 2012. The camp itself is close to perfection, with great food and service. The tents make you feel like you are out there with animals and the views (even lying on your bed watching the sun go down!) are stunning.

We had some drives with Roeloff who is very enthousiastic and has great knowledge. Tip: try the nightdrives or the walk in the bush, it is amazing. There is plenty of wildlife around, so each and every drive out there was worth it.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aspen, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Having spent much time in East Africa in various reserves, conservancies, and parks it was refreshing to be in Naboisho. Not only is the wildlife plentiful and diverse, but the behind the scene's efforts in sustainable tourism put the cherry on top for this location. Naboisho of Asilia Africa is at the forefront of addressing conversation's tough questions and providing five star service in the process.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

I stayed at Naboisho for just two nights in late March 2012, and it simply wasn't long enough! The camp is beautiful, and the tents are probably the best safari tents I have ever seen (and I've stayed in quite a few!)

The outdoor showers were AMAZING - there is nothing like enjoying a hot shower under the African sky with noting but the crisp air and sounds of the African bush to distract you... It's moments like these where you have to pinch yourself and see if you're awake or dreaming!

The other really impressive thing about Naboisho was that the small things were always taken care of and at a very high standard. I was really impressed with the packed breakfast - complete with table-cloth and all. Most other camps just throw food into a cooler-box and send you on your way, but not at Naboisho. It was impressive and was one of the things that really made me realise that these guys care about their guests! (wow, that sounds cheesy, but it's true!)

Also, Roelof was a great guide - we went for a short walk from the camp into the Conservancy and it was brilliant! It's hard to describe the feeling one has when they are walking in the African bush, knowing that there could be elephant or lion around the next corner... Roelof was really knowledgable but not patronising when you ask questions (I can somewhat understand why some guides can get sick of answering the same questions after a while, but then again, it is their job!). Anyway, it seemed as though Roelof was really proud showing off the African bush and sharing it with guests.

The camp itself is located in the middle of nowhere in the Naboisho conservancy, just north of the actual Mara reserve. I was somewhat hesitant staying in a conservancy rather than in the reserve, but trust me, after experiencing both, I would stay in the conservancies EVERY TIME from now on. The wildlife and game viewing is exactly the same (if not better), but the best thing is you do not have to share your sightings with another 30-40 vehicles like you have to do in the Mara. At one stage in the Mara there were over 40 vehicles around 2 male cheetah who were just walking (not on a kill or anything!).
You can also do day trips from the conservancy into the Mara (which is only about 1.5hrs away anyway).
I strongly recommend looking at staying in the conservancy and venturing into the Mara for short trips...

Thanks to Roelof and Helen - great camp, great hosts, great game viewing, great activities and THE BEST SHOWERS IN AFRICA!
:)

(I know this sounds like it's too good to be true... but trust me, I pinched myself and know I wasn't dreaming!)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

A short 5 day safari staying at these two camps and being guided by Jackson and Mbtinga, just doesn't get much better!
We had our annual "fix" at Rekero, hosted this time by Clea, Conway and their great team...this is a stunning camp on the river with game activities going on day and night...and followed by exciting morning and evening game drives, ending with an African sunset holding a glass of chilled wine or a cold beer...this is paradise!!
.All the tents are very comfortable, totally private with a lovely view cross the river and any amount of game on the far bank.
The friendly service and meals could not be faulted...we shall return again!

Next stop, Naboisho Camp, that only opened last year, and managed by Helen and Roeloff, who we first met in 2006 at a camp in Zambia...a pleasant surprise to find them here. These two are wonderful hosts and Roeloff's knowledge of the bush and wildlife is amazing...he's your man for walks!
We saw plenty of game, 4 lion kills, elephant and thousands of wilderbeast (about 400,000) according to Jackson, on a "mini" migration, a lot of bird life and those wonderful African noises throughout the night from our tent. Cheetah and leopard unfortunately went AWOL, but were around.
This is a great camp with wonderful views from all the tents, which are the nicest and most comfortable we have ever stayed in, but certainly not "over the top". It never fails to amaze, that from some fairly basic facilities such wonderful meals are produced, with serevice to match! Sadly our stay was all too short ...but we shall be back and look forward to seeing the change when the water hole in front of the camp is in action!!
Thank you Helen, Roeloff, Jackson and all the team for making our stay as good as ever.
Liza and Mike, Stamford Lincs UK
PS, We have been fortunate over the years to "safari" in 7 other African countries, but for the past 5 years have returned to Kenya and the Mara...boring? no, never, when you are being looked after and guided by some of the best in the business.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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