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“Not what I expected”
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Nyumbu Camp
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Not what I expected”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Well the trip was long( 6 hrs ) when we reached( a group of ten ) we saw a shady sign written NYUMBU CAMP but the reception was amazing when they give you a glass of juice. The thing that pulled me down was that they only had one AC point that was in the reception area. We ate our lunch and went to our tents. You are not allowed to go for dinner without a maasai warrior because of the animals, mainly Zebra and the Wildebeest. If you are going to bed you will have to lock the tent with a padlock. All in all it was average and dont go there if ur going to maasai mara dont choose nyumbu but the food was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: the outermost tents are the less secure choose the ones close to the main reception
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Initially this was the place we were most apprehensive about staying in, but we needn't have been. The hotel staff here were incredibly welcoming and helpful. They couldn't do enough for us and the food was delicious! The staff were around at all times if we needed anything and were very protective of us. We saw lots of animals on our game drives, including elephants, lions, hyenas, leopards, crocodiles and more.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2013

We loved this camp. This is about as close as you can get to Kenya's Wildlife. My youngest and I shared one tent, my husband and our eldest another. I had the outermost tent, which had the best view. Food is very nice. The staff is 80 pc Maasai, which is very special as there is some evening entertainment and also a very interesting lecture and nature walk with James Somione, known for facing a lion at the age of 13. We had power and hot water in our tent. However, there are no mains in the tent, but you can very safely power your mobile or camera battery in the bar. I charged both and it was perfectly safe. Not enough power to run a hairdryer but hey, you are in the bush and no one is looking at you anyway, the lions are far more interesting!

Our first night we heard hyenas, the second night was quiet, and the third was the best, lions roaring all night. If you want to see the 'Real Africa' this is your place. There is no electric fence so you may wake up to an eland grazing outside your tent. Maasai guides will escort you from dinner to your tent for the night. We loved the place and staff bends over backwards to accommodate. We highly recommend for anyone interested in a nature experience or eco-camping. Tents and showers are solar powered.

Room Tip: We stayed in Number 14, Kobe (tortoise) tent, which I feel had the best view in the whole camp.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

We head to the Nyumbu Tented Camp, located just outside the park’s Talek Gate, and arrive just in time to have a catered lunch.

Our tented camp is a collection of 16 permanent residence tents on stonemason slabs. The camp is powered by large solar cells, and sits within the wildlife area. We no sooner finish lunch, and three Zebra wander through camp, and from our front porch seats, we spot a group of Wildebeest and a family of six elephants. The camp has a large and helpful staff, and its food is spectacular.

At 4:00pm, we leave for a dusk game drive through the park. We are accompanied by a Maasai Guide, Edward, who guides us through the park to the Talek River, passing more Wildebeest, Zebras, Gazelles, Antelope, and Giraffe until we happen upon a pack of Hyena who have obviously just eaten, with distended stomachs, and lack of vigor. We spot a majestic Martial Eagle, and a snake-eating Secretary Bird, a 3-foot tall stork-looking creature with tufted crests upon his head.

Our first major highlight of the evening, however, was as at the top of the river’s embankment, where we came across a pride of six Lions, napping and resting in the grass. From our open, exposed vehicle, not 5 meters away, we watched the 3 adult females, and the other 3 young adult Lions for nearly one-half hour, at which point we started to draw a crowd, and so we moved on. However, just 10 minutes ahead, we came across another female adult lion, up and searching for her next meal.

Our second highlight came soon afterwards, as on a mound, 60 meters away, sitting tall was a king of land speed, an adult Cheetah. He sat attentively, watching a Servel Cat who was entering his territory. When the Cat approached too close, the Cheetah let out with a tremendous burst of speed, sending the Cat scurrying for its life. With the problem resolved, the Cheetah returned to his throne and took up his surveying of the plains below.

By now, the sun was setting, and we started the journey back to the Camp. In the distance, translucent veils of showers played with the setting sun to cast an orange brilliance on the horizon.

We arrived back at camp at 7:00pm, and after shooing the Zebra grazing away from our tent door, we washed, changed, and headed to dinner.

On this night, we are sharing the Camp with only 7 other guests, also from the United States, but having travelled from a previous Safari in Tanzania. We share a pre-dinner campfire with all, listening to Maasai childhood animal stories told by James, our Maasai host and expert Camp Guide. Dinner is served at 8:00pm in the Dining Tent, and is enjoyed by all, as a brief thunderstorm rolls past. 9:00pm calls for bedtime as we have a long day of game rides tomorrow.

With Zebras and Wildebeest around the tent all night, it was not unusual to wake to snorts and grunts, and the sound of hooves on the ground around us. We rose with the sun, showered and made our way to breakfast, looking out over the river bottom at the foot of the camp, and the antelope covered plains beyond. We left for a day of Game Drive in Maasai Mara Park with our driver, Samuel, at 8:0am, and we were not disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

My daughter at 14 and I spent 3 nights at Nyumbu camp and it was by far the highlight of our two week trip through Kenya. Our friend James, the take care of everything Masai hospitality coordinator, was excellent and catered to our every wish. Very entertaining, great hospitality, and great food & drink. "Everything" was perfect and beyond our expectations. While staying in a tent (5 star tent by the way) on the open plains of Africa is probably not for everybody. It was truly one of the highlights of my 35 years of extensive travel.

There are photo's in my office of my daughter and James together standing on a large termite mound.... On my coffee table is the Masai Weapon crafted from wood I was given. Our memories will truly last our life time. I simply would not go back to the continent of Africa and not go back for a visit.

My advise for the traveler who ventures to Nyumbu.... On the first evening as you lie awake in your tent with the sounds of lion, hyena and zebra so close you think they will trample your tent...Don't be afraid...inhale deeply and experience a rare treat.... You are safe with the protection of the Masai on guard.... But I can tell you it will get your heart racing! After calming yourself with the thoughts of this rare experiance, you will sleep like a baby in exotic comfort!!!

Room Tip: A tent close to the main hospitality area for the faint of heart....lol
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Manama
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Eco Camp! Solar powered, spacious tents, Masai warrior guards the tents during night! You'll need to wave solar powered torch light in case wish to move out of tent during night (even for going to dinner hall for dinner), quite an experience; during night one can hear animals moving around the tents (didn't have the courage to venture out at night though); Food variety needs improvement, very little choice - though they make all efforts to have the food of your choice; staff pretty helpful and warm; overall average

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Nyumbu Camp
Address: Masai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nyumbu Camp is located in the Ngila Plains at the edge of Maasai Mara Game Reserve overlooking magnificent view of hills and plains in a prime wildlife area (near Talek Gate). Game viewing starts right from the camp itself and the location is ideal to experience the wildebeest migration.Description & Accommodation: The camp is intimate, and completely unfenced, accommodating a maximum of only 32 guests under Canvas - medium sized, fully equipped insect-proof custom designed tents. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot shower and flushing toilets. The camp is fully hosted by trained professionals from local community. ... more   less 
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Nyumbu Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve

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