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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fig Tree Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Fig Tree Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve