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Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

What can one say after an experience like this? Naboisho camp was simply amazing. From the moment we arrived we felt at home, with Helen and Roelof as welcoming hosts making sure everything was just right. The tents are the most comfortable I have stayed in in East Africa, a perfect mix between luxury (those outside showers are awesome!) and remote bush-feel. Then there's the food. How on earth they cook up those sophisticated creations in the middle of nowhere is a mystery to me, but what a treat it was.

That said, the thing that made it truly outstanding for me was the wildlife and wilderness. Outside the sometimes hectic Masai Mara, Naboisho feels like an undiscovered patch of African savannah. The game drives with Dixon were a highlight in itself, the amount of game and cats is astonishing, but only a prelude for what was the highlight of my wildlife spotting: walking with Roelof. His intimate knowledge of the ecosystem is inspiring and the feeling you get up close and personal to a herd of buffalo or elephants beats any driving I have ever done. Another highlight was our visit to the Masai homestead with Dixon, which was an intimate and authentic experience, showing us the reality of daily life in a demanding environment.

All in all, highly recommended. I wish I could go back tomorrow.

Room Tip: I stayed in tent number 5, peaceful and prime view of the sunrise from your tent
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

I really can't say enough good things about this camp. The location is excellent, away from the heavy traffic of the Massi Mara, but close enough to make a day trip there as well. I would recommend staying in this camp, but splitting your safari time between the Naboisho and the Massi Mara. We spend one day driving in each location. The camp itself is five star accommodation. Extremely clean, and well taken care of. One of the best aspects is that they only have 9 tents, so your trip is catered to you and personal. The managers, Roelof and Helen are extremely attentive and hands on. Both have an excellent knowledge of the surrounding area and animals. The guides are all exceptional and know exactly where the animals are and can tell you everything about them. One of the best aspects are the dinners held in the dining tent. Everyone comes together in the evening and shares their experiences. The food is also excellent. I am extremely critical when I travel and will usually have at least one thing that I feel could be improved upon. I am also a stickler for clenliness. In this case, I have no comments or suggested improvements. I would highly recommend this camp and am so happy with the experience.

Room Tip: No tip. They are all equally as good.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

First a little about the Naboisho conservancy. The conservancy is fairly new having been officially created in spring/summer 2010. Naboisho is bordered by the OOC on the west, and Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the east. The main park is about 45 minutes to the south west to the Talek gate but there is a buffer Masai land and village between. Naboisho is home to two research projects- the Big Cat project and the Elephant project, the latter has a small yellow plane that flies around daily and one we encountered on several occasions. The Big Cat project documents each big cat and every/many safari vehicle in the conservancy is given. It is impressive as when we saw a lion or cheetah we were able to check the binder and know all about that particular cat. Naboisho has three large lion prides in the conservancy and one of them, the KGS pride for Koiyaki Guiding School has 22 lions (Incl. cubs) and this particular pride often hung out right in Naboisho camp. The conservancy also has 16 cheetahs and at least 9 leopards.


The camp itself is very nice. It’s situated on a beautiful part of the conservancy and is quite large in terms of land, with fairly long walks from the tents to the main area and the vehicle pick-up area, depending upon which tent you are in. The common area is beautiful with a large, separate dining area and spacious sitting areas, an elevated wooden deck with chairs overlooking a large grassy area, from where large amounts of game are visible at about 200m. On the grounds there is a fire pit with chairs set for bonfire evenings. The whole area is upscale and has a great look and feel. The tents were very nice with everything you could want with one important exception- there is no charging facility in-tent and all electronics have to be lugged to the common area to charge. The bathroom is integrated into the single tent and has indoor and outdoor (bucket) showers and good lighting. Hot water flasks and mineral water are set at each sink and we were told to only use mineral water in the mouth). The front area of the tent has a bench and chairs overlooking the conservancy but is inside the tent. There is no seating area outside the tent. Morning tea/coffee is served at wake up. We had a chance to visit Rekero camp one day and Roulef, who was there, gave me a tour- the Naboisho tents are a definitely more upscale than Rekero’s tents, but the rest of that camp is beautiful and has a stunning location. Food was three courses at dinner and very good. Lunch and breakfast were sent/taken to us and were also very good, and they accommodated any requests.

Our guide Benjamin was superb and we enjoyed his expert guiding during our three nights at the camp.
I have posted a detailed photographic trip report of our entire safari including Naboisho camp here:
http://safaritalk.net/topic/10324-eight-glorious-days-in-the-mara-a-new-appreciation-for-a-quintessential-safari-destination/

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Our excellent Travel Agent (Original Travel) strongly recommended this camp and it was an outstanding 3 days for the 6 of us. Our whole holiday was made for us by the great people and especially so at this camp - Helen and Roelof make one so welcome and our walking safari was fascinating - Roelof's knowledge of how nature works together was exceptional. We loved lunch under the trees at the camp whilst watching the elephants drink at the water hole; sitting around the camp fire in the evenings being waited on hand and foot; our safari to the Mara with a picnic breakfast in the plain and lunch beside the wallowing hippos. The tents were complete luxury without losing the camping experience. Very thoughtful touches like hot water bottles in our beds and being woken up in the morning with cups of coffee and biscuits. We made real friends with our guides, Wilson, Dickson and Christine, and the trip to the Masai village was very un-touristy and special. Extraordinary high standard of food. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

It took me years to persuade my husband to go on a safari holiday because he was convinced it could not be an intimate experience. He was so wrong!
Naboisho Camp has just 8 beautifully appointed tents, all well separated for privacy, and the management and staff take pains to make guests feel comfortable - nothing is too much trouble. On two of our five night's stay we were the only guests and Dudu (standing in for regular managers Helen & Roelof) had a small dinner table laid in the lounge area in front of an open fire instead of the larger dining room. Very cosy and intimate. Other evenings were shared with lovely fellow guests - equally enjoyable.

The game drives were thrilling because we had the wonderful Jackson as our guide ably assisted by Christine - a rare female Maasai guide. They were great company and their knowledge ensured that we had some thrilling encounters with lion, elephant, cheetah, giraffe and much more. We were almost always the only vehicle at sitings - except on the day we drove into the reserve -which demonstrated the benefits of staying at a camp in a small conversancy just outside the reserve.

The staff at Naboisho Camp must also be commended for their efforts to conserve the natural life of The Mara whilst having the interest of the Maasai people at the heart of any developments in tourism.

Our stay at Naboisho far exceeded our expectations and gave us a truly memorable experience which we will never forget.

Jonathan and Trish Barr

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

A fantasic place to end a safari. Lions galore, great guides and drivers and Helen and Roelof can't do enough for you. Really comfortable accomodation and delicious food and a very different habitat to their sister Rekero camp which made it even more special. It was our 4th trip to Kenya and we would go again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

My husband and I spent our last 3 nights of a 10 day Kenyan safari here in Naboisho Camp.
Out of the 3 camps we stayed at this one truly felt like we were integrated into nature. The tents we slept in were very clean, well equipped, super comfortable and completely safe. At night we could hear lions and other wildlife outside our tents which was fantastic!
The food served was high quality and our guides were professional, easy to understand and great at their jobs.
A highlight was our walking tour with Roelof who is obviously very passionate about the wildlife.
I highly recommend the Naboisho 'glamping' experience!

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Additional Information about Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa

Address: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £758 - £1,580 (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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