All of the wonderful people working at Encounter Mara camp sure know how to treat all of their customers and yet make them not feel like customers at all, but rather family! Everything from their accommodation for allowing me to change my safari date at the last minute with no extra charge to the accommodations at camp was amazing.
I wasn't accompanied by any family or friends so I had a tent completely to myself. I had heard some horror stories about other camps saying a 1 person party would have a tent to themself but ended up putting you in with another single, but that wasn't the case here. The experience of having my own tent was not only enjoyable but worked perfectly. I was scared that I would be isolated and have to do everything on my own, but I was together with the 4 people that I flew in with for all of the game drives and for every meal. The meals, steak one night and chicken the next were absolutely fabulous!! That may partially have been because I hadn't had any meat for 2 months prior because of working at an orphanage but the food was absolutely glorious!! Encounter also has a partnership with ACTS Africa through which they give a discount (actually quite good) to volunteers and missionaries in Kenya.
My guide, Daniel - whom you should request for sure - was absolutely amazing. He was so knowledgeable about all of the animals, could answer any question and seem to find any animal that we wanted to find! He even once had a feeling that there was a cheetah about a half mile+ over to our left so we went hightailing across the plain to our left and sure enough there was a cheetah just relaxing under a few trees!
If anyone is trying to decide whether or not to use Encounter, I would say that you would certainly be silly to not use Encounter. Being in the conservancy is a HUGE PLUS - over my 3 days there I think we only saw 3 other vehicles which made for wonderful game viewing and not having the animals be surrounded by other vehicles. Encounter Mara should no way be rated the #5 camp in the Mara but rather #1!! I for sure hope to be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the sought-after Mara Naboisho Conservancy, award-winning Encounter Mara is the stuff safari dreams are made of. Enjoy some of the best game viewing in Africa all year round from the low-key yet lavish comfort of this superb eco-camp. Shaded by a thick acacia forest, Encounter Mara enjoys glorious views of the surrounding savannah, while closer at hand a salt lick attracts a range of animals throughout the day, from plains game to big cats. The sheer comfort of the traditional-style safari camp combined with the opportunity for bush walks and night drives mean that there are few more rewarding places from which to experience this slice of wild Africa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve