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“Naibor Wilderness lives up to its name”
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Naibor Camp
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Naibor Wilderness lives up to its name”
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We stayed at Naibor as part of our Imagine Africa-arranged safari. The camp is split into 3: suites and the main camp on one side, and the wilderness camp on the other. Wilderness camp is essentially its own place - only 3 tents, its own dining facilities. As it were, we were the only couple in the camp at the time, which made for the utmost in privacy. Service was excellent, and the camp is incredibly relaxing and quiet. Its location within the Mara is unparalleled - a hippo pool outside the main lodge and myriad animals just outside the camp, both during the day and at night. A wonderful place to stay to see the wildebeest migration.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

The camp was GREAT. The people were very friendly and helpful. The location and options with hippos in the river while you have lunch is hard to beat. The location is right in the middle of the action. Had a small mishap with a Landrover where it needed some maintenance and eventually went sideways. Wish I would have stayed longer. The game drives were very full, the balloon safari was breathtaking, the food was flavorful and fulfilling and everything was meticulously clean. And not to leave out Ann, what a fantastic masseuse!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

This camp is perfect! The location is right in the prime Maasai Mara area. The service is subtle and personal. The food is amazing. This was our first trip to Africa and we stayed in 4 locations in 2 countries. We will return to this camp. Ivan and Kim are wonderful hosts as camp managers. Davy was the best guide with incredible knowledge of animals, plants and birds. He knew the animal behaviors and frequently drove around crowds to get an ideal spot to be closer to lions, cheetah, etc. Our tents were very comfortable and clean. I can't think of anything we asked for that wasn't taken care of - including 3 trips they took to the local airport to try to track down luggage lost on our international flight from London to Nairobi. Small touches from Moses, our tent steward, may the "camping" experience great. We always had warm water for washing, etc. He was available for hot water at a moments notice and always kept our tent swept, cleaned and stocked. Ann runs a nice spa tent and gave a FANTASTIC massage after a long day in a Land Rover. I can't say enough about this team. They have been doing this for a long while and know what travelers need when out on safari. **Note - I booked through Ker and Downey who highly recommended Naibor. Great call!**

Room Tip: There are only 7 tents. My family had 3 of them and they were all ideal.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2012

If there is a better safari experience in East Africa, we'd be very surprised. The accommodation was superb, food excellent, staff very attentive and friendly, location great for taking trips, and the guide we had (Matthew) was fantastic!
I'd go on and on but the accumulated ratings here demonstrate how good this place is.

Room Tip: I doubt that it matters what room you take. I'd suggest at least 3 nights so you have plenty of...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

Naibor, from beginning to end, is spectacular. We have been on many different safaris before, but this one was crazy amazing. The camp itself is so perfect it is tempting to never leave! The people are so friendly and they create an enviornment that is warm and friendly without being fake in any way. It is great to sit around the fire in the evenings, having a sundowner, and talking to everyone about what they saw that day! We also had a private dinner one night and I felt like I was in a movie. The tents are luxious without being over the top, and the natural enviornment is very soothing. Our game driver was incredibly knowlegable of the Mara and was clearly a very experieced guide. I would say this is a once in a lifetime experience, but I am very tempted to go back as we just live in Nairobi!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Seattle
1 review
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

My friend and I came expecting to see some wildlife in the midst of rainy season. While our expectations were met and exceeded (including two leopard cubs and a mama feasting on a gazelle a few short meters away), our Mara adventure was a once in a lifetime experience thanks to our stay at Naibor. Having lived in Nairobi for a year, I've had the opportunity to visit a few parks and camps - and Naibor is by far the best. The staff was phenomenal, the food outstanding (coming from a foodie), the drinks wonderful, the atmosphere spectacular (hippos galore). And our guide Lolo, by far the best guide in Kenya. Entertaining, knowledgeable, and witty he provided a encyclopedia worth of information. Ivan, the camp manager, made sure all the extra countless details were set and was wonderful company. The three short days we stayed in Naibor made for memories to last a lifetime. I can not say enough about this camp. I can only hope to return again soon. Thank you for the wonderful stay! - Leila B

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Las Vegas
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205 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

This was a great place to end our trip to East Africa. The tents are very nice and the hot water bottle at night was surprisingly welcomed.

The staff is great and we can't tell you how wonderful it was to have a Masai Warrier as our guide/driver.

This was so nice and peaceful and to meet some great people from the UK who live in Nairobi and another family from Austrailia just made the trip even more meaningful.

The camp is more rustic than the other 2 camps we stayed out, but nothing was missing and food and staff were most excellent.

Great place to stay and the game drives were excellent, informative and just amazing.

Each safari ride we saw everything we wanted to see with the highlight for me to see cheetah cubs with their mom guarding a recent kill.

Lots of amazing sites and animals even without the migration in the area.

Room Tip: The showers were nice and hot and boy did I enjoy taking a couple of them a day.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Naibor Camp
Address: Masai Mara National Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
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Ranked #62 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Naibor, set in the heart of the Mara Reserve on the Talek River, offers a standard of comfort and personal attention that brings “camping” into a new dimension! Minutes from the famed migration crossings and completely surrounded by game, Naibor is luxury and relaxation. 7 tents in Main Naibor and 2 Little Naibor suites are complemented by the spa, fine dining, and a high standard of service. ... more   less 
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