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Elephant Pepper Camp
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

This was the first camp we visited on a 2-week safari. It set a high standard and we were very happy there. The game drives yielded terrific photo opportunities, and our driver/guide James was excellent. The tent/bed/accommodations were clean, comfortable, and bug-free. The food was maybe a half-notch below excellent - we learned that that main chef was away on holiday while we were there. Great to meet the other guests around the campfire and at dinner.

As an unfenced camp, animals occasionally roam between the tents during the night. It adds to the feel of being in the bush, but we never felt unsafe.

We were on safari to celebrate our anniversary, and Patrick, the camp manager, offered to arrange a private candlelight dinner for us at our tent on The Day. It was a very nice touch, unexpected, and added a special memory to an already unforgettable trip.

Three nights seems about right. Two would be rushing it, and four might produce some repeat visits to areas.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank poisson54
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We're a little late in writing this but the memories are still fresh. We stayed for 3 nights in mid-June. This camp was absolutely wonderful. You don't even know the camp is there until your guide drives down the hill and into a grove of trees. There, you're met by the hosts, Patrick and Sophie. They're very gracious and provide a relaxed atmosphere. Within a half-hour, we had a couple elephants walking in the distance outside the front of our tent. What welcoming party! Two nights later, we had some elephants having a midnight snack (actually 3 AM) right outside of our tent. Wow! The safari drives were amazing with the abundance and diversity of the wildlife. Our guide, James, was extremely knowledgeable and knew just where to go. Great guy! We loved the bush breakfasts and the lunch overlooking the hippos and crocodiles. Our sundowner next to a pride of lions was the perfect way to cap off a drive. Speaking of food, the cuisine at the camp was excellent. We ate very well, to say the least. The wait staff was very attentive and our guides to and from our tent were very nice. We stayed at three marvelous camps during our trip to Africa but there was something so special about Elephant Pepper Camp. It may not have had all of the amenities more exclusive camps have, but if you want to feel like you’re really in the bush from bucket shower to a real “bushman” for a host, then you will love Elephant Pepper Camp as much as we did. Thanks to all for the great experiences and memories. Don’t forget to take a walking safari!

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Elephant Pepper Camp is a fantastic experience. Not only do you get close to the animals (but you always feel 100% safe), but staff, management - in short everybody goes out of their way to give you a fantastic unique experience in the Masai Mara. The combination of a tented camp - "primitive" with the luxury feel of a hotel was unique and sublime.
The people at EPC made our Safari an outstandingly wonderful experience.
Thank you to everybody at EPC for making our safari experience the best.

Room Tip: All tents are fantastic, but having a tent further away from the Main reception area provides a little more wildlife close by.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Recommended by our travel agency, Pulse Africa, we were not disappointed with this experience.
Our drive to the camp was a game drive in itself and we saw 4 out of the "Big Five" animals that first day. The managers are a wonderful couple who treated us as family guests. The food was good, the outdoor eating pavilion under a canopy lovely, and the tent facilities inviting and comfortable. What a pleasure to have a hot shower after a game drive on the dirt roads and relax by the open pit fire with a glass of wine and appetizers served by gracious staff. We felt quite safe although the camp has no fencing and the animals can and do walk through the camp.The Masai security men are quite reassuring as they patrol the camp for safety.
Our first night we heard lions rustle past our tent as they pursued a zebra and proceeded to eat their dinner close to our tent. Our guide, James was outstanding in his eagerness to find new animals for us to photograph. His enthusiasm was catching and we were game to go where he suggested. He also set a lovely table for breakfast in the bush and talked about the various animal habits. For our first experience on a safari, this rates a 10+ out of 10!

Room Tip: All the tents are furnished comfortably with flooring, beds, showers and flush toilets!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

My husband and I visited Elephant Pepper on the recommendation of friends who had visited previously and told us 'we would not regret chosing this camp' and they were correct. The first amazing thing is that you could not even see the camp until you arrived it was so well disguised within the reserve. Elephant Pepper was an extremely relaxed place to stay which is great when you consider that you are often on quite a defined schedule when on safari. The tents are wonderful and boast beautiful serene views out over the Mara conservancy watching the game graze. We also saw a hippo and buffalo by our tent on our way to dinner one night. The whole experience is well thought out and therefore organised and efficient, from the Masai security who walk you from your tent to dinner and back again after dark and magically appear as soon as you shine your torch, to the warm bucket showers prepared by the unassuming staff, that always seem to be ready and waiting for you on your return from your evening game drive. Not to mention the bush breakfasts and indescribable sun downer locations. Our driver Francis was absolutely excellent, as was the Manager Barbara who quite literally couldn't have done anything more for us. The entire experience was so excellent we actually extended our stay by one night. This place is special for its simplicity and rustic nature and the migration itself - well what an experience!

Room Tip: The honeymoon tent is pretty amazing but is more expensive. All of the tents are great.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carly C
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