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Fig Tree Camp
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

My husband, my daughters and I stayed at the Fig Tree Camp on the first leg of our trip through South Eastern Kenya over the holidays. The accommodations were amazing. Really an oasis better describes it. Every structure was a marvel of craft and creativity. Located in the Masai Mara Park the camp had an authentic Kenyan feel, yet the accommodations were as good as any 5 star hotel. With Masai performers and pleasant local staff who maintained the gorgeous gardens which attracted some of the most unusual birds, our in the camp was its own adventure. The pool was well maintained, which was a special treat and a great refreshment after our game drives. While at Fig Tree we went on two game drives. We saw what is referred to as the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos). In all we saw and photographed over 25 different animals. Our drivers from Fig Tree were respectful of the wildlife, unlike others we witnessed, but there skill and knowledge of the park was apparent by positioning us in such a way that we could really observe the animals. My husband and I were grateful for the heavy duty rovers that we toured in when we caught sight of other safari goers stuck in the mud as we motored across some pretty bumpy and muddy terrain. For me the high point was the hot air ballon ride over the Mara before dawn. We watch the sun rise from about 500 feet above the landscape in one of the most serene natural moments I have ever experienced. From lumbering elephant herds to leaping gazelle, we felt like silent birds as we sailed over the landscape watching the nature exist peacefully below. Totally unforgettable!!! Our ride ended with a soft landing into tall grass where we were welcomed by the ground crew with a champagne breakfast, complete with omelets made to order.

The staff attended to our every need from the moment we arrived until we left. I had no worries for letting the girls roam free. From assuring our safety by walking us to our rooms, to providing us with different choices of dishes and deserts to meet every special diet in the family at every meal, we were pampered. It was clear the operation involved many aspects, but the overall result was similar to visit with family where you could relax in a tree house like a kid or enjoy a few drinks after dinner knowing the children were safe and free to explore the camp without worry. We continued our trip through Kenya and our only regret is that we did not do all our shopping at the Fig Tree gift shop. The prices were far better there then the shops in town and definitely less stressful.

It took a lot to get us to Kenya, we are so glad the experience was beyond our expectations!

Room Tip: We thought the rooms were great. Rooms were stocked with bottled water every day. That was very ni...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The Fig Tree Camp was a wonderful base for our exploration of the Masai Mara. From arrival to departure, the staff was exceptionally friendly, courteous, welcoming and helpful. The accommodations were very comfortable and clean. The food was excellent. And the setting was magnificent, as well as very convenient for our game drives.

Room Tip: We preferred the tents to the cabins, which weren't on the river and seemed closed in. During o...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Fig Tree Camp's tents are thoughtfully sited to give visitors up-close views of wildlife and the river habitat. Tent 22 overlooks a favorite hangout for hippos, and the sound of hippos breathing and submerging 25 feet away is a memorable way to fall asleep. Paths among the mature trees on the grounds make for a rewarding morning hike for birdwatchers. FTC is generously staffed by well-trained, customer-oriented workers from across Kenya who are approachable and eager to answer questions. Tents with individual bathrooms are sized for comfort, and housekeeping services are prompt and thorough. The bar and dining room provide a wide selection of professionally prepared offerings. Game drives and balloon safaris led by knowledgeable guides leave daily from FTC, making the camp a gathering point for visitors from other camps in the park.

Room Tip: Tents overlook the Talek river, a highway for birds, babboons, and hippos. Cabins are set in mature...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at Fig Tree and I really enjoyed it again. The staff was wonderful, the game viewing was awesome, the accomodations were just fine for the price. The tents are great, not full luxury, but the we were more than comfortable and the price is great. We got the flying package, which included the room, flight airport transfer, game drives, full board...and it ended with the "bush breakfast" which was an awesome touch! The food was just okay, but not bad. My husband and I are "foodies", though, so we're picky. Most people would probably love the food. A highlight was two elephants that hung out outside our tent on the opposite side of the river one afternoon for about two hours. Also, a hippo hangs out in the river around the camp too. We had a wonderful time!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Don´t callenge to go to Masai Mara from Mombasa by road - it will take several days. The best way is to fly by a touroperator (African Memorable Safaris, Mombasa). Fig Tree Camp is a superb place to stay at, friendly and good service in a premium tent and a nice restaurant and bar + pool for them who want a relax between the safaris. Ballonn safaris are available next to the camp, but expensive. Noone can guarantee that you will have the chanse to see the Big5 - but we did.

Room Tip: All tents are on the edge to the Talek river. When it is dark a guard will escort you to your tent.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Tony E
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

nothing else to say.. we will be back.. :) grat rooms, nice waiter, hippo´s rigth outside your tent. the baboo, there is figthing in the nigth. just an amazing experence.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Spent three nights at Fig Tree Camp. We loved it here, it was our favorite of five camps on a 17 day safari, and we hope we will have the opportunity to return. We saw so many animals in the Masai Mara. It is such beautiful country we would return just for the views. We were greeted on arrival at Fig Tree with warm wet towels and juice. We were so pleased when led by one of the friendly attendants through the beautiful, lush trees and gardens to our tent. Beautiful birds were singing in the trees. The tent was right on the river and the location was perfect. It was very comfortable, with a big bathroom and porch with table and chairs. And we had what we called our own personal hippo, who resided down in the river directly in front of our tent. What a thrill to sit on our porch and watch him bob his head up for air, and then in the evenings climb out and up the opposite bank to graze. All the camp personnel were extremely friendly and helpful. The open air dining room and bar are on a beautiful patio area with a big fire pit and an observation tower among the huge trees. The buffet food was very good. Each table had a friendly server for drinks, etc. The gift shop was full of all sort of unique crafts from Kenya. One day we took a walking safari with William, a Masai gentleman, who taught us so much about the flora and fauna around the camp. Highly recommend Fig Tree Camp and the Masai Mara.

Room Tip: A tent on the river provides a beautiful view and is so peaceful.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: C14, Keekorok | Talek river area, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £118 - £411 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fig Tree Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fig Tree Camp, located in the prestigious Masai Mara National Reserve, is a luxurious lodge with top-class amenities and service. You have a reason to adventure, we give you the hospitality to go with it. This 72 roomed property is ideal for game drives and nature walks. Our rooms comprise of the superior Ngaboli tents, executive standard tents and lodge rooms, all fitted with facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The Talek River also snakes its way around the camp, to give you that serene and tranquil feel from the hustle and bustle of the city. We do hope you enjoy your stay with us. Welcome to Fig Tree Camp. ... more   less 
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