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Elephant Pepper Camp
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Get a real safari experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2010

What a great place. We were given the luxury of the honeymoon tent as it was our 5th wedding anniversary. The camp, host Barbara, staff and guide Francis were amazing. Wonderful food, amazing game drives and the peaceful setting that is Elephant pepper.
This was the last of three Cheli and peacock places we stayed and they were all spectacular and all very different.
Although Elephant pepper was the most basic in terms of services it was the best for game viewing. The drives made up for no running water and short buckets showers and we had the unusual experience of having the camp tp ourselves for 2 of the 3 nights we were there. On the second night i was frigthened by a herd of buffalo grazing on all sides of our tent. To be this close to the wild is remarkable. My wife was also only feet from a male lion as they set out for their evening meal which thankfully was not her.
Thanks for the effort. Well worth the money and an experience we will never forget.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2009

We absolutely loved this safari camp and we have been to several over the past 2 years. We were able to book the Honeymoon Tent because it was open during our stay and it was wonderful. I was a little weary of the "bucket showers" but the water was warm and there was plenty of it so it wasn't an issue at all. We had a lion pride and buffalo outside our tent but never felt unsafe. Our driver, George, knew a lot about the different wildlife and where to look for animals. He was very accomodating too. We went to visit a nearby village and he also took us to the rhino sanctuary upon our request. The Masai Mara has so much wildlife it is very impressive just landing at the airstrip. Overall it was a great stay and we enjoyed everyone we met at this camp.

Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

Sleeping in tents, complete with Masai guard, with full size beds that were very comfortable, and all bathroom facilities (shower was an ingenious one-bucket pipe mechanism). Very ecologically friendly camp - everything that could be was homemade, with memorable cheese! Very much in the style of old colonial hunting camp, but a tasteful and lovely camp, tucked in the trees.

Game was incredible - never been hunted in that area so animals are completely unafraid, got within 2 meters of a pride of lions. Great to have a chance to go bush walking as well.

Took a day trip into the National Park - saw cheetah kill, crocodile kill - having been on safari a few times before, I would say that our game viewing in the Masai Mara was unsurpassed.

Lovely couple run the camp, great atmosphere, very homely and friendly.

Cheli & Peacock are the company that own it - visit another of their camps which was superb [Elsa's Kopje in Meru]. Organised our whole trip and were very helpful and obliging.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2009

I cam in July with my two boys - and WOW - what a fabulous place. not only is the camp super luxurious - fantastic tent - highly recoment the "honeymoon" tent - it is divine - but the whole camp is furnished so stylishly and appropriately for place - very Out of Africa
Everyone on the staff is great - perfect everything - the food is sublime
the real treat is the couple running this camp - so beautifully - Calum adn Sophie - my children loved Calum and his encyclopedic knowledge of animals - great manner with kids
Sophie runs the place gracefully - and with her Kenyan background is a wealth of information on almost any topic in Africa! They are a delight to spend time with.
i have stayed at many camps - many much more expensive - this is one of my favorites - my children's favorite - even compared to MOMBO - which is fabulous. our guide was top notch - knew what he was doing.

What can I say we loved it and would love to go back. my children are vowing to.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

First so sorry for getting this posted so late but my views and memories have not dulled with time! We were here in early March of 2008. This was a turbulent time in Kenya with the political issues they were having at that time. Many people cancelled their reservations and as a result our original camp closed and we were upgraded to Elephant Pepper. Our lucky day. We arrived after a long flight from London. We overnighted in London which if you are coming from the States I highly recommend. We were greeted by our Guide Leng who had a jeep and drinks ready for us. The flight from Nairobi which has caused me concern, not liking small planes, was wonderful. Being able to see the landscape from the low flying plane was wonderful. On our drive to the camp it was an immediate landscape of animals. Hippos, Ostriches, Giraffes, Elephants. I could not believe what we saw just from the airport. After our short drive we were taken to the camp where we were greeted by the camp manager Topper. A wonderful young man with a great future ahead of him. He made us feel so at home and welcomed. We had the luck to be the only people in the camp for 2 nights. We had the jeep to ourselves the entire 3 days we were there and after seeing other vehicles from other camps that were packed with people we felt like the luckiest people in the world. Leng and Sedera were wonderful guides. Young Masai warriors. We had a wonderful time with them. Knowledgeable and lots of fun. You usually do 2 drives a day, early morning and late afternoon. The animals will amaze and humble you. They will stop in the evening and have cocktails. What a happy hour experience. Nothing like a drink while watching the sun go down on the plains. Our meals were outstanding and we had 2 meals, one breakfast and one lunch, on our drives - can't beat the views you will have eating those meals. You will eat the rest of your meals at a long table with the others in the camp. We were later joined by a group of Germans and the owner of the camp. Discussing politics around the camp fire was a hoot! I hope we made a good impression! As my husband had cigars to share with the other men I think we did. He called it cigar diplomacy! Our tent was extremely nice. As I have never even camped I was thrilled. Comfortable bed, a sink with running water that you can wash your hands and face with and a toilet! They will put out hot water in a thermos in the mornings to wash your face with through the zipper window in the back of the spacious tent. Water is always available in the room to drink . The bucket showers were nothing to worry about. Get wet, soap up, and rinse off. Your water will only last a couple of minutes, if that. But its enough to get you clean. Best memories? Taking a bubble bath our first night there in a huge tub under the stars, quite romantic even for the un-romantics. Magically coming upon a group of 30+ giraffes driving out of a clearing, meeting Leng, Sedera, Topper and the Masai people at a village we visited. I will tell you, we cried when we left....a trip of a lifetime.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights; the greeting from the staff was very welcoming.

The accommodation was in luxury tents overlooking the plains, the bucket showers were a new experience for us, but everything was explained perfectly you ordered the water on the way back from your safari and it was ready when you got in.

We were lucky enough to have a vehicle to ourselves and our driver was knowledgeable and happy to let us watch things for as long as we wanted. On the way to the camp we saw lions which was a great start, unfortunately the vehicle breaking down in the same area this next night was not so comforting, however they very swiftly go out to us with another vehicle and we carried on our journey of exploration. We were lucky with our game viewing for the duration of our stay seeing lion cubs, cheetah, buffalo, herds of wildebeest and a large pride of lion relaxing and playing.

Food was of a high standard and the breakfast on the plains watching the migration was very special.

Seeing some of the larger camps and the mini buses used for game viewing I was extremely glad to have chosen a small camp with open vehicles.

The one disappointment of our stay was that we were unfortunate enough to be there at the same time of a number of travel agent reps who were incredibly rude and arrogant and made other guests feel so uncomfortable they left the meals early, this placed our hosts in very difficult situation but they handled it extremely well. The reps took so little interest in the camp they really would have no idea what it had to offer and how good the guides and hosts were especially considering the amount they drank each night.

  • Liked — Small intimate camp with knowledgeable staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OxfordRicky
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london
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2008

We stayed in Elephant Pepper for three days during our honeymoon and i can honestly say this camp and the staff made our honeymoon. We stayed in two other camps (Joy`s camp & Tortillis) before Elephant Pepper and while they where great the highlight our our trip was definetly here

We arrived and were met at the airstrip by one of the camp staff who imediatelly served us two soft drinks (which was appreciated after two safari link flights) and then we took a leisurly drive to the camp taking a few detours to find some Giraffes and hyeneas. On arrival at the camp we where driven around to the front of the camp (not where you usually set off from which is at the back) and were met by the manager and staff with some ice cold juices and cold towls- after a little chat we were brought to out tent (we had been upgraded to the honeymoon tent) which was amazing

i thought we would struggle with no running water and electricity but we where more comfortable here and had better service than many 5* hotels we have stayed in. lighting in the tents are via low power Led lights charged from a small solar panel, and water is constanly available in the tent for washing with hot water delivered with your wake up call and in your tent when you return from your game drives and bucket showers are available when ever you want (altough one a day is more than adequate)

The food was amazing with dinner served a a large table where everyone mingles with a pre dinner drink served around the camp fire.the cheese soufle is particulary good and you will know when it is served when the cook gets on the radio and orders all the guides to have the guests back on time so it doesnt spoil.

Other highlights where the guided bush walk, sundowners with the most amazing views, breakfast along the river looking at Hippos and the animals we saw - amazing . We didnt manage to see any Cheetahs but on our last day on the way to the airstrip our guide Francis had gone out early and found a pair and brought us to them before our flight

on our last morning they set up a little table just for us at the front of the camp - a lovely way to say goodbye

This is a really special camp. with amaziing staff - and we will definetly go back

Cheili & Peacock and all the staff at Elephant Pepper have made a really special place here

  • Liked — falling asleep with the sounds of the bush
  • Disliked — nothing it was great
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Elephant Pepper Camp
Address: Mara North Conservancy | Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Elephant Pepper Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant Pepper Camp is situated within the Mara North Conservancy. Small and exclusive, the camp is located in the heart of the African Bush. Our spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature – no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush. ... more   less 
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