Rating: Mid-range Price from: £60-£110 pp full board
Siana Springs Intrepids is situated at the base of the Ngama Hills, on the eastern edge of the Masai Mara Reserve. The camp occupies a lush indigenous forest watered by the largest natural spring in the Mara ecosystem. This location in the heart of the Siana Group Ranch offers guests opportunities for walking safaris, night drives and fly-camping along the seasonal streams beneath the local highlands. Hot air balloon safaris at dawn provide stunning panoramic views of the Masai Mara Reserve and need to be booked in advance.
The 38 comfortable, en suite tents are spread amongst the woodlands with private verandas watching over the grazing bushbuck that are resident in the camp. Also tucked away in a forest clearing is a sunbathing terrace and a swimming pool, which offers a soothing respite from the heat of the day. Siana Springs is centred round a large dining area with a beautiful open-air terrace that looks out across the camp's lush lawns. Meals can be taken in the dining room or on this terrace, where guests can watch bushbucks, vervet monkeys and tree hyraxes during the day and genet cats and mongooses at night.
A children's club provides a whole range of safari activities to keep young minds occupied between game drives. The clubs are fully supervised and include butterfly catching, making casts of big cat tracks and learning how to identify the 100 different species of birds that inhabit the area.
Open: Siana Springs Intrepids is open all year.
Location: The camp is 8kms from eastern edge of the Masai Mara Reserve, at the foot of the Ngama Hills. It is 240kms from Nairobo, which is a 4 hour drive or a 40 minute flight.
Rooms: There are 38 spacious tents in 3 separate wings in different locations in the camp. The bamboo Wing is nearest to the main camp, the Palm Wing overlooks ponds and forest and the Acacia Wing is in woodland near the camp boundary. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, showers and flush toilet and are equipped with closets and writing desks. They also have secluded verandas. Tents are supplied with complimentary bottled water and insect repellents. Snacks and drinks can be served to your tent.
Activities: Siana Springs offers game drives in the Masai Mara, walking safaris, guided walks and night drives outside the reserve. Guests can also watch bushbuck and monkeys in camp between activities. Bush breakfasts and dinners can be arranged. Siana Springs offers cultural tours to learn about the Maasai way of life. There are lectures and slide shows on culture and wildlife.
Facilities: There is a central dining tent and a terrace, so meals can be enjoyed al fresco by the campfire. The bar serves a wide range of drinks. There is a library stocked with reference books and board games. The outdoor swimming pool is ideal for cooling off and there is a pool terrace for sun seekers. Swedish massages can be arranged on request. The camp has a shop selling souvenirs and safari essentials. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The camp arranges special activities for children to help them make the most of their stay.
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Communication: There is internet access.
Siana Springs Camp supported the building of the local Nkoilale Primary School and is also helping to fund a second primary school at Empompongi. 60 percent of the camp workforce is made up of local Maasai people.
"Unfortunately it was very wet when we arrived. The guide was not at the airstrip to pick us up as we were a little early so we arrived at the camp very wet and miserable. It was very quiet with probably only 2-4 more people in camp at the same time. No atmosphere and the food was not great as the buffet was not served due to lack of numbers. Staff were plasant and helpful. David the guide and his trainee Bernard were fabulous and most accomodating "
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499