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“A magical experience”
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Naibor Camp
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“A magical experience”
Reviewed 12 November 2008

This was our first ever safari and we weren’t sure what to expect - but from start to finish this was a truly magical experience.

After an overnight flight from London and a rather painful passage through immigration at Nairobi airport all we were set for on arrival was a nice big kip. But from the moment you land you’re blown away and sleep is the last thing on your mind (plus this is the most spectacular airport transfer you’ll ever experience!) The camp is fantastic – set in a small wooded area, right in the reserve and on the edge of a river that is home to a wonderful (if not somewhat noisy!) family of hippos. The tents are as luxurious as camping gets and the food and service are exceptional. Every need is catered for and you are made to feel so welcome (and totally safe) by all the staff - and Jamie and Sophie were exceptional hosts.

The animal viewing is spectacular and you won’t be disappointed – our guide was Francis and he was great at ensuring we got to see all the fantastic wildlife that the Masai Mara has to offer.

We treated ourselves and combined this with a few days in a luxury lodge (Shompole) and a 5* hotel in Zanzibar and without a doubt Naibor was the highlight of our trip.

There’s a big wide world out there and I never go back to the same place – but for Naibor I’d make an exception and I’m already plotting when I can return. You’ll love it.

  • Liked — Loved everything about the accomodation - although the hot water bottle was a bit of a winner!
  • Disliked — This is not the place where you pack a hair dryer and straighteners - but once you're there you really won't care!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2008


I have been on many safaris and this was the best yet!

My guide, David, picked up me and another couple from the airstrip. On the way to the camp we stopped to see 2 leopards sleeping in the bush. What a great start!

The camp was really lovely and peaceful (apart from the hippos and that alarm clock bird)! Jamie and Sophia made me feel very welcome. The tents and food were of a very high standard.

We were extraordinarily lucky with the game we saw. As is was tending to rain late afternoon we set off early in the mornings and stayed out until 3/4. On the first day we saw hyenas eating a wilderbeast, vultures eating a wilderbeast, jackals who had just killed a baby gazelle, Big Cat's famous Shakira and her cubs, mating lions, a serval cat, Big Cat's 3 male cheetahs, partial viewing of a small group of wilderbeast crossing the river and a 2 month old elephant..

Shakira was amazing. We first saw her in the shade with her cubs. We then watched her get up and look for prey. Before long she had caught a gazelle. We were watching her and the cubs eating it when I noticed a rabbit nearby. For some reason it ran directly towards them and made them all jump. Shakira then realised what it was chased it and caught it before bringing it back for them all to eat.

We thought the 2nd day could never compare but we were wrong. Within 10 minutes of leaving the camp David had found us a young female leopard, then a pride of 13 lions, another large pride of lions, Shakira and the cubs again, more lions, then a huge male leopard. On the way back to the camp I saw something small and catlike walking in the bushes and it was a young leopard of 5/6 months.

The next morning, before my flight, we saw more lions eating a wilderbeast and 2 male lions grooming each other.

What more could we have asked for?!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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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
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Ranked #62 of 140 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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