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Basecamp Masai Mara
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
“I would do it all over again”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Excellent accommodation and wonderful staff. The fact it is a luxury eco lodge is also worth mentioning, as it is the only hotel of its kind in Masai Mara. As for the game reserve, you are sure to see all sorts of animals. You won't be disappointed!

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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

This is an ecolodge tented camp. Our previous three nights were spent in typical lodges but this had the WOW! factor. Established and operated by Masai who are forsaking traditional pastoral roles after receiving education, 95% of staff are Masai. This story is one you can learn more about during your stay.
Accommodation consisted of a large tent with bath and shower annex. Power is solar in keeping with the ethos of the place. Charging electricals is done at the office. It was comfortable and the beds were fantastic.

The food was five star quality unlike buffets provided by other lodges. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Movement at night is by escort with a Masai warrior with spear just in case of wild beasts.

There is an ambience in the environment which caused us to cut short day two of our safari and just sit on the porch with a glass of wine, a good book and the river in the background. The place is immaculately spotless and toilet ting facilities are exceptional for an ecolodge. You would not know it is a long drop as there is no odour.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

As a first experience of safari, I can't see how this may be beaten! We were received in the most friendly and at the same time professional way and saw all the great animals of Africa - save for the rhino. The facilities and the hospitality were outstanding. The way the camp and the concervancy builds on local partnership with smallholder Masai farmers and local employeed is particularly impressive.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Basecamp Masai Mara is something special. Wonderful safaris walking and in open cars With skilled Masai guides in an area With an extremely high density of Mammals. In two days, we saw lion, leopard, Cheetah, elefants, giraffes, hippos and loads of antilopes and zebras. The staff at Basecamp are friendly and all smiles, and the Eagle View camp that we stayed in is just wonderful. Thanks to Basecamp for a great experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Me and my "kids" (33 + 18) spend 6 lovely christmasdays in all the three Basecamp -camps (2+2+1). We loved it! Excellent locations, spacious and very comfortable tents, deliscious food, outstanding service and friendliness from everybody - from the managers to the cooks and waiters and to the guards and guides. This is really a once in a lifetime experience! The very competent guides made us see all there was to see : lots of lions, gepards, lepard, hippos and even a rhino ++ all the zebras, giraffes and antelopes. So great and so exciting. And the thought that these camps are driven in a very admirable and sustainable way just add to the great experience. We were overwelmed and will most certainly be back! Thank you for the most wonderful Christmas.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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New York City
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We spent two nights at Basecamp, in a luxury tent. This provided a separate bathroom and an eco toilet which was quite acceptable to the non camper in our family. The setting here, on the river, is very special and we had loads of monkeys and baboons at hand so the advise that we accept a security guard to accompany us after dark was well taken.
Service here is outstanding. Like other camps in the Mara there is a set menu but it was quite good and the extras (wine & soft drinks) were reasonably priced. The camp is well located for forays into the game preserve. One fun feature is the group of trees planted by a U.S. Senator from Illinois who later became President, who visited here with his family while still a Senator. This is a well-located, well-run, smallish camp with great food and service. Definitely worth its rating, or even more.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Not only is Basecamp Explorer a comfortable place to stay with super friendly staff and delicious food it also makes good sense. Basecamp has 3 properties in the Mara and they are all founded upon the principles of sustainablity which are ultimately the best for the environment and the community without asking the guest to sacrifice on quality.

Our group of 4 had a wonderful experience. Our Masai guide, Moses (who is THE BEST) picked us up at the Olkiombo airstrip and began showing us the amazing breadth of wildlife in the Mara on the drive back to Basecamp Explorer. The guides on these properties are Masai and the Mara is their backyard. They are highly experienced and qualified, but as I said, we think we got the best of the bunch, so go ahead and ask for Moses and tell him Staci Summers sent you.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Solomon k, Manager at Basecamp Masai Mara, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Dear Staci S,

Thank you staying with us at Basecamp Masai Mara and for your positive feedback.

At Basecamp Explorer, we are committed to responsible and sustainable tourism which are our core pillars for our existence and this has attracted recognitions and awards both locally and internationally.

We work very closely and in partnership with the local communities in the areas we operate in and without a doubt, this has left a positive foot print over the years.

Thank you for the special mention of our staff who ensured you had a wonderful experience and we have recognized their efforts in customer service.

We look forward to hosting you again.

Warm regards
Eric Gaku
Operations Manager
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Property: Basecamp Masai Mara
Address: Talek, C14, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Basecamp Masai Mara 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp Masai Mara provides 12 spacious and luxurious tents, bordering the Masai Mara National reserve, on a lush peninsula in the Talek River, with spectacular views of the savannah. You have your own veranda overlooking the river, bathroom en-suite with a hot solar heated shower open to the sky. Enjoy the amazing wildlife from your tent, the fig-tree platform, or in the open-air bar - a responsible approach to the classic safari ... more   less 
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