I have just spent 7 days in the adventure Camp at Ol Kinyei and had the most fantastic time. Thanks to Jackson and his team the camp is a wonderful and friendly place to be.
If I had to list the three best things about my holiday the staff would be top - friendly welcoming gentle and knowledgeable. Always willing to help or even just chat, sharing their knowledge of the animals and the area. Wilson and George our guide and spotter fired us all up with their enthusiasm showing us this beautiful Conservancy and also taking us into the Mara. We learnt so much - not just about the animals but also the vegetation and birds. Richard and Stanley looked after us in camp - again always friendly and happy, Fanuels cooking was amazing, and of course all the other staff around in the background played their part too.
The second would be the setting. The conservancy is a beautiful area, without the vast plains of the Mara but with all the same animals and varied vegetation. I thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Mara but would not have been disappointed if I'd had to spend another day in the Conservancy. We saw fantastic animals and also birds, which sometimes get overshadowed by the large animals. Our guides did not tire explaining names, behaviour and sharing their vast knowledge of the whole ecosystem with us. Fantastic'! The hunt for the leopard lasted all week and meant a couple of really early mornings. Sunrise is as good as sunset and we were rewarded not just by seeing the elusive animal on our last morning, but also by seeing other tremendous things on the way.
Thirdly the accommodation. I slept well on the comfortable mattresses in spacious tents. Stanley looked after this area, lighting the way and our tents and shower rooms for us every evening with really efficient solar lights, sorting out hot showers when needed etc. The bathrooms with flushing toilet and working showers were great. Waking up to the dawn chorus made getting up early in the morning easy, and knowing there was a fence made lying in bed listening to the different noises entertaining! The central area with the dining tent and fire were really sociable, encouraging guests to mingle. We had some lovely evenings with the other guests, reliving our days safari and sharing experiences. The company was good, lively and entertaining and often shared with staff too.
A great experience and definitely to be repeated Thankyou!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei is sited in Ol Kinyei Wildife Conservancy in the Maasai Mara. For those for whom the wildlife safari experience is more important than the accommodation, and who are prepared to sleep in small tents in sleeping bags with an element of “roughing it”, this gives an opportunity for an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience with high quality guiding but at a much lower price than expensive up-market safari lodges. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve