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Sekanani Camp
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

There were so many things about Sekenani that we loved. It's a
beautiful camp, the tents are clean, comfortable, cozy. The recycling
program is impressive to say the least. The concept of the camp (with
the money going back to the local Maasai community in concrete ways)
is very well considered. And the food was very good. (I'm not a fan of
the buffets at most Safari camps -- I've been to Kenya many times and
have been to most of the parks.)

My low rating comes from the lack of security:

1. Maasai Mara is the most corrupt park in Kenya. The costs at the
gate are about twice that of other parks, and the costs mysteriously
jump by $10 or $20 if you have white skin. Others we met on safari had
the same problems we had had at the gate. (A Kenyan lawyer told us
that most of the money keeps a few people in Narok, the closest city, wealthy.)
If you CAN go to a different park, do so.

2. (And this is more specific to Sekenani.) We were robbed of $500 USD
in the camp and management response was abysmal. Someone with a key
entered our tent (perhaps working in tandem with the fellows at the
gate who saw our hidden pouch of cash when they suddenly raised the
gate fees), rifled through our things, found the pouch with cash, and
took it, ignoring other things of value.

We informed the manager and his first response was "Oh, there's a new
Somali worker. Somalis are bad people. It must have been him." We
worried then that racism, instead of thievery, would do this Somali
guy out of a job. For a second, more considered response, management
simply said -- the robbery didn't happen! In fact, they blamed us,
said that we had "misplaced" the pouch, and implied that if we had
been more careful guests this wouldn't have happened.

Their flawed reasoning was a) that other valuable items had been
returned to guests before and therefore everyone who ever went through
that camp was entirely honest, b) that they hadn't had similar
robberies before and therefore there would never be a robbery in that
camp, c) that we could have put the pouch in the hotel safe. (If we
had known that the safe was an option, we would have used it. But no
safe was ever mentioned. Further, if there is a safe for guest use,
then clearly baboons are not the only security threat in the camp.)

We have lived in Nairobi for a long time and know not to keep valuables visible.
We never expected to get the cash back, but we did expect a more
reasonable response. We hoped the manager would consider altering the
welcome speech (that said baboons were the only security threat), and
perhaps the camp might even have offered a 10% discount on our next
visit or some token like that.

But to say that a robbery didn't happen, that the guests were simply
irresponsible, and that the opening speech would not be modified?
Unacceptable. Despite its beauty, I must then emphasize: avoid
Sekenani. Avoid Sekenani at all costs.

David, Canada (Review from Nairobi). BA, MA.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

Sekenani Camp offered a luxury tent camp setting with amazing hospitality by the camp owner, Nick, and his faithful sidekick, Festus. The luxury tents were great, the view was wonderful and the entire setting was peaceful, relaxing and very classy. The food was delicious and the safari experience they provided was amazing. The Sekenani guides made sure we had a great safari and worked hard to make our day great!

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

My young daughter and I have just returned from a great few days with the lovely Nick and his warm and friendly team at Sekanani Camp. I can't sing their praises loudly enough, genuine care and consideration of their guests in a breathtaking situation - there are huge baths with piping hot water!! Swimming pool, rude monkeys, Masai Warriors excort you to your super plush tents, The food is top notch and plentiful and lots of it home grown. Steve, our guide on the Mara was a treasure, very quietly informative and found 4 out of the Big 5 for us - only that pesky leopard remained invisible!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 October 2007

I recently stayed at Sekenani Camp and had the most amazing time. The camp is beautiful and the location is fabulous. All the tents are on raised platforms and set into the bush so you feel as though you are really in the heart of the game. A guard walked us back to our tent every evening after dinner. The camp was spotlessly clean and our room was tent was cleaned everyday. It had all the facilities that we could have wished for including an en-suite bathroom. The food and drink in the camp were superb and vegetarians were well catered for. The atmosphere was very friendly and the staff were great. There is a camp fire that you can have drinks around before having dinner. Everyday we were taken on game drives and we even went on a walking safari. Our guides were all very knowledgable and knew exactly were to take us to see some amazing things. The safari jeeps are all very new and well maintained. I had an excellent experience at Sekenani camp and would definately recommend it to everyone else!

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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