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“Amazing local experience”
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Wajee Mara Camp
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“Amazing local experience”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I had a wonderful time at the Wajee Mara Camp in April 2014. I spent 3 nights there and stayed in a standard tent for 2 nights and a luxury tent for 1 night. Both were very comfortable. The luxury tents are great, because they are ensuite, which I think is worthwhile especially if you are travelling with children. The food at the camp is really great and they put on a big nyama choma (barbecue) for us, which went down really well! The camp is situated just a 10 minute drive from the Mara park entrance. The guides used by the Camp are really great and I did a one day safari and managed to see all the big 5 animals except Rhinos which are rare in the park. I think this is a great safari holiday for those who are on a budget.

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Our first trip to the Mara and Wajee Mara camp was awesome. Very clean and friendly environment. Sleeping in the wilderness and yet you feel safe and secure. The kids had a lovely time running around the spacious compound. We'll definitely go back there!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Ngong, Kenya
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Wajee camp is situated at a very serene place, even though outside the park, it offers some of the best amenities Mara has to offer.
I loved the excellent service, the good food, comfortable facilities, would recommend the deluxe tents any time. And i would return there any chance I have. And the host, Eric, the most welcoming and accommodating dude ever. My family and I totally loved the experience.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

I'm going to start this review with the positives; and there are many. We (4 adults) were collected from our hotel in Nairobi by Solomon, who was to be our driver and guide for the duration of our trip. The drive was about 4.5 hours (this will depend on the volume of traffic in Nairobi), with about 2 hours spent on an unpaved road which could lead some people to be car sick. We arrived at the camp shortly before sunset to find we were the only guests - great! Our welcome was incredibly warm and friendly, and the atmosphere was such that the tensions of the journey melted away immediately. We had booked deluxe tents (60 USD per person/ night), which have 2 or 3 comfortable beds, en-suite fully tiled bathrooms and space for luggage, hanging clothes etc. One drawback was the lack of light in the middle section of the tent, so take a flashlight.
We were served with tea and biscuits to keep us going until dinner, which is served in an open structure in the middle of the camp. The food was well beyond our expectations. During the night the camp is guarded by members of the nearby Maasai community, which adds an additional sense of excitement. We were awoken several times by animal sounds which we learned were baboons, hyenas and one night a lion (he was in the park but could be heard in the camp!!).
We had two full days at the camp so decided to do a full-day drive on day 1 and a half day drive on day 2. Entry to the park is 80 USD per person PER ENTRY, so separate morning and evening drives will cost you 160 USD per person - worth knowing if you are in a strict budget. So, Day 1 we took a picnic lunch and set off at 6.30am. What a day - we saw everything except a cheetah. Being somewhat off season the park was not full of vehicles, and we often went some time without seeing anyone else. We left the park at about 4pm, making a long but unforgettable day. Day 2 we did 6.30am to midday, returning to camp for lunch. During the afternoon we witnessed the raid of the garbage cans by a group of local monkeys, which was hilarious.
All in all an incredible experience at affordable prices that is down to earth, no frills and…real. (I have been on safari in South Africa and found the luxury of that camp to be stifling and out of place.)

A few things to watch our for, but which should in no way put you off Wajee Mara. A number of things cropped up during our stay that would have been nice to have known before we arrived.
- Although prices are quoted on the website in US dollars, when paying in cash they ask for at least 50% of the money in schillings. No problem as long as you are prepared for that.
- Attempts will be made to enhance your experience with a hot air balloon ride or a visit to a Maasai village for a "cultural experience". Fine - you have a choice. If you decide no, be firm. The village will cost 30 USD per person, and you will be given traditional song and dance greetings, shown a Maasai home and have aspects of the culture explained to you. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but decide ahead of time what your budget is and how you would like to spend it.
- Also, your driver will encourage you to buy souvenirs at specific shops, one of which is in Narok on the way from Nairobi. BE CAREFUL!! The prices in that shop are extortionate - my friend was quoted 18,000 Kenyan schillings for a handful of small souvenirs, which she eventually found and paid 3000 schillings for in our Nairobi hotel gift shop! He wanted to sell me a small wooden mask for 19,000 schillings which I needed up paying 700 schillings for at the camp. Shop around. You have been warned.

That said - go to Wajee Mara. It is fantastic!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Nyeri, Kenya
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

A TRIP TO MAASAI MARA.
It was one sunny morning when we all met at the Nairobi National Museum at eight o’clock . We went with Miss Otieno and Mr. Chege . We left at nine thirty and arrived at six thirty in the evening .
We saw various animals such as lions , wildebeests , zebras etc.
At the camping site we slept four to six members in a tent .We went for a few game drives in the mornings and in the evenings we went for a swim at a different camp site . On our way back from swimming we went by foot back to the camp site . We enjoyed our trip and we would like to go again .
BY: Annmarie and Delores.
STD 6


A TRIP TO MAASAI MARA.
We went to the museum early in the morning and started our journey. When we reached we went to the supermarket in Narok .
When we finished we went to the camping site.
The next day we went for a safari drive.In Masaai Mara .We saw elephants , lions ,wild beast , warthog. The best part of it when we went to the Maasai village .They taught us their culture .We went back to the campsite .On the following Day went to see the Mara river. We had so much fun we would want to go back.

BY:MARYANN AND STACY.
CLASS:6 MARA AND ATHI.



THE MAASAI MARA TRIP

I was so excited when I heard I was going to the MAASAI MARA . We were told to go to the Nairobi National Museum . When we arrived I saw some friends who had already got there.
When we were on the road we sang songs .When we got to Narok we bought a few items. From then on the road was dusty and rough ,we were tired and sleepy.
We were so exausted and happy that we reached. We unpacked and slept. On the next day , we woke up early and went to look at the animals.It was very fun at the Maasai Mara , I wish I could go again.

Henry and Jesse – Std 6


THE MAASAI MARA TRIP: 2013.


It was on a chilly Friday morning at the Nairobi Museum. We left for the Mara game reserve at nine o clock. People had many snacks and foods as sweet as honey. At 9:04 am we finally hit the road. We were travelling on a tour bus from the Kenya Wildlife Service. We saw many sign boards and posters every where. There was even some graffiti on the walls of the Nairobi streets.
Suddenly, the bus came to a halt at a KenolKobil petrol station. While there we refueled the bus. We also helped our selves with some few bites for lunch. We relived ourselves.
We sang gospel songs all the way to the Mara. At four o clock we arrived to our destination, the Olok Camping site. We secured our tents, got our nice cold as ice shower.
The next day we woke up at day break. We had a game drive through the Mara reserve. At that time our cameras were very busy taking photos of the scenery. We saw many animals that we had never dreamt of.
On the third and last day, we mainly focused on the Mara river and the wild beasts migration. I think we arrived there a bit too early because they were just grouping up to cross the river. We ate lunch at the beautiful scenery. But I was gloomy we were going back home. I have hope that one day I will go back there.

By Lewis and Elvis-Std 6


THE TRIP TO MAASAI MARA

It was on a Friday morning, we reported to the museum early in the morning and started our journey. By noon we had reached Narok town we stopped at Naivas Supermarket.We had reached the camping site by six thirty.We unparked our things,and put them in tents.
After that we went to eat supper.We went and slept in our respective tents.We woke up early in the morning,ate breakfast and went for a safari drive.We saw lions,thousands of wilder beasts,zebras and we also saw River mara.We enjoyed our trip.

By Lewis and Robert – Std 6


During the August Holiday the school prepared a fun-filled trip to the Mara for the class fives and sixes. The journey was quite long and tiring but the activities brought life back to earth. The aroma of the food could be smelt from a far. We took a stroll after arriving. The thing that caught our eye was the tented camp. It was as good as gold. We had our supper and we waited for the following day with eager and expecting new fun sites. The following day words could not explain the sites, their amazing culture and the wonderful seventh world wonder. Seeing the wilder beasts migrate pleased both our hearts and souls. Some of us even wished to migrate with them. And think that some say they have gone abroad we reached a place that curved and we could see the beautiful Serengeti plains. Our cell service changed from safaricom to fodacom. Lions were roaming up and about and so were the giraffes. They were very beautiful. The glamorous calm River Mara gracefully flowed calming our hearts. We later on enjoyed ourselves with a mouth-watering meal. We had some few minutes to swim and relax. It was getting dark so we decided to go back to the tents. The day finally for to say farewell to this beautiful place but for us not to fill blue we visited the Maasai Land and got to know more about their culture. We bought ornaments at a reasonable price. We learnt one of the most fascinating things about the way of using nature like use of dung and a special tree to make fire. All in all it was a magnificent trip. Wajir tented camp [Mara] is definitely the place to be. We thank the Mount Kenya junior for one of the best trips ever!

By Grace and Ivy M.M.



A TRIP TO MAASAI MARA

It started when we were at the Nairobi National Museum waiting for our bus to arrive. As we were waiting, we played games with some of our friends.

Some of us used our binoculars to look at a nearby construction site and what was happening in it.

Later on the bus arrived and we left at 7:30 a.m. The journey was long but we managed to arrive safely at the Maasai Mara. We had arrived at our campsite by 6:30 p.m. We went into the tents as 4 groups of six people each.

We showered and went for dinner at 7:20 p.m. There were professional chefs who cooked for us a very nice dinner. In the morning we woke up early, had our breakfast and packed our cameras and swimming costumes.

We entered the bus and went for a game drive. We saw a lot of different animals, but our main point of interest was the River Mara. We saw hippos basking down near the river.

The trip was very enjoyable and we would love to do it again.

By Albert and Benson-Std 6

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We spend our summer holiday on Diani beach, Mombasa, Kenyan coast (600 km far from Masai Mara). WE really wanted to go to Masai Mara because that there are you can see many animals and we very interested to see 1 Masai viliage, but when we looked for offers, that was a really cold shower for us! But, over inernet, we found Eric Cagume from Wajee Mara Camp, near Sekenani gate, and his offer (price) was like a miracle! And over mails 3-4 months we looked together with Eric what would be best for us (date etc...) Price include transfer from Nairobi to Camp, visiting Masai Mara by vehicle, Masai guide, 3 meals, coffe, water, juices...We traveled from Mombasa to Nairobi by night luxcury oxygen bus over Modern Coast Express agency (20e ticket for first class) and you need about 8 hours to reech Nairobi. Tend is big, beds comfortable. You have a warm water in the bathroom, towels and electricity. There is a lot of monkeys and they are thievs, specually bananas etc...Camp is in one beautiful wood, sometimes elephants pass near by. And, in the evening you can see thousands stars (different than on europian sky). Most beautiful for us were family and friendly atmosphere, and with Eric, and with Masai gardians, and with kenyian people. In the night was beautiful to sit around the fire and talk with people. We recomanded you to visit Masai village (10 e per person) because that is anforgetable experience!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

My favorite campfire in the world. Comfortable lodgings, fantastic food, great accessibility to the park gate. A truly organic experience for those wishing to see the Mara on a more than reasonable budget.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Wajee Mara Camp
Address: Sekenani Gate, Masai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #68 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wajee Mara Camp is situated in a very good camouflaged and forested area, offering an authentic African experience without sacrificing safety or comfort. Simply designed and built with wood and canvas, the large campfire area and dining area of the camp overlook the surrounding lush forest. The camp comprises 13 standard tents and 6 deluxe self-contained tents furnished in a contemporary yet comfortable style. A private outdoor seating area in front of each tent allows guests to relax and take in sights and sounds of the bush. The camp also features a dining area, kitchen with a professional chef, a shower block with flushing toilets and hot running water; among a host of many other amenities. The camp welcomes adults as well as children of all ages. Our full-board rates include accommodation, all meals and beverages. ... more   less 
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