Kicheche Mara Camp
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Tented Camp
Found deep in the famed Mara North Conservancy, Kicheche Mara Camp boasts a Gold Ecotourism rating, so it is rightly regarded as one of the most ecologically friendly camps in Kenya. There are eight safari tents, including a family tent, all of which are spacious and comfortable with mosquito-proof gauze windows to allow a cooling breeze to blow through the tents during the day. The en-suite bathrooms have flush loos and bucket showers with hot water provided on request, although there is cold running water for the sinks. The rooms all have covered seating areas at the front which are great spots for afternoons with a good book. The main mess tent is the social hub of the lodge where guests can gather before game drives, to enjoy the superb food for which the camp is renowned and, in the evenings, to discuss their day’s adventures through the conservancy. Activities on offer include morning and afternoon game drives, guided bush walks, picnic lunches and sundowner drinks excursions. Visits to local Maasai villages, hot air balloon safaris and a visit to Mara Elephant Project are also possible at an additional cost.
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Nestled away beneath a grove of trees in the heart of the game-rich Mara North Conservancy, Offbeat Mara is a wonderfully traditional tented camp and a superb choice for anyone looking to enjoy the outstanding game viewing synonymous with the area. There are four safari tents and three family tents at the camp with a shaded veranda, all of which are nicely spread about the grounds of the camp. Inside they are spacious and comfortable with indoor sitting areas, writing desks and en-suite bathrooms boasting flush loos and hot safari bucket showers. The main area of the camp is made up of a large dining tent and a separate lounge and bar tent where guests are encouraged to relax during the afternoons. There is a campfire area in front of the camp, a popular spot to congregate before dinner and share tales of the day’s adventures. Day and nighttime game drives are the main activities here, but also possible are full day drives to the main Maasai Mara National Reserve, picnic lunches, guided walks, sundowner drinks and fishing excursions. Hot air ballooning can be arranged at an extra cost.
Serian The Original
Serian commands a truly stunning location overlooking the gently flowing Mara River, with views across to the Olololo Escarpment. With just five tents, including a spacious family tent, it is a very small camp allowing the hosts, guides and guests to build rapport and lasting memories. Each of the tents has an adjoining bathroom, beds draped in full-length mosquito nets and private shaded decks. The main mess area is equally stylish and comfortable with lots of sofas and a spectacular decking area for alfresco breakfasts and lunches. Serian harkens back to safaris from a gentler age and also has access to its own private conservation area and a sleepout treehouse known as “The Nest”.