Entim, meaning 'forest' in Maasai, is hidden away in the riverine woodlands running along the Mara River in the Mara Game Reserve. There are only 12 tented rooms giving the camp a wonderfully quiet and intimate feeling.
Each tent is tastefully furnished, with chunky wooden bedsteads and storage chests and attractive wildlife prints. They are traditional canvas walk-in tents with gauze windows admitting natural light. All tents face the river and open on to a private veranda where you can relax, enjoy the view and watch wildlife by the river. Each one has an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, hand basin and a hot shower.
The camp has a cosy, open-fronted lounge tent with ample seating and a small library. The dining tent is also open allowing you to ejoy meals while watching the animals heading to the river to drink. The bar is located here, and meals can be complimented by the drink of your choice. The deck to the front has canvas awnings that provide welcome shade during the day, where you can rest between game drives.
The camp is designed to give guests the feel that it is part of the landscape, combined with hints of luxury. Staying at Entim Mara is all about being right in the hub of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world. Game drives take you into the heart of the action, enabling you to observe the full range of wildlife at your leisure and with the help of your expert guide. If you're here between July and October you have the added bonus of the annual migration, one of nature's most impressive spectacles. There's an opportunity to learn about the Maasai way of life, too, on a visit to local homestaed with a Maasai guide from the camp.
Open: Entim Mara Camp is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, near the Mara River and a short drive from the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers. The nearest airstrip is Ol Kiombo, a 25-minute drive away.
Rooms: There are 12 large guest tents, spaced well apart and facing the Mara River. All are en-suite with a hot water shower, hand basin and flush toilet. The tents have gauze windows along both sides and the flap at the front can be fully opened leading out to the private deck. Interiors have wooden furniture, armchairs and wildlife prints. Maasai watchmen (askaris) escort you between your tent and the main area after dark, to ensure safety.
Activities: Game drives in sturdy 4x4 vehicles are the main focus. These vary in duration and include refreshments. Longer drives may include a picnic lunch. During the annual wildebeest migration, usually from July to October, the game passes close by and can often be seen from the camp, even from your private tent deck. Your driver-guide plans the game viewing each day, based on wildlife sightings and local conditions. Bush breakfasts and sundowners served in a variety of locations near the camp and at the top of a nearby hill add to the variety. Visits to a Maasai homestead can be arranged. Entim Mara offers specialist photographic safaris and workshops, subject to availability, and you can download and edit phoots in the iMac Photo Studios on site.
Facilities: The lounge contains a small library of reference books, and plenty of comfy seating and coffee tables. It is decorated with wildlife paintings. The dining area and bar is an open-fronted tent overlooking the river. There is a deck to the front with chairs and canvas canopies providing shade.
Dining: Meals are served in the shaded dining area, usually at individual tables. Private dining on your veranda can be arranged. All meals, soft drinks, bottled water, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits are included in your stay.
Children: Children aged eight years and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There free Wi-Fi internet access.
"This is a small, 10-tent camp on the Mara River in the middle of the Mara Reserve. What a great position. Apparently, the section of river they overlook is often used by the wildebeest as a crossing point â€“ what a selling point to have a â€˜privateâ€™ view of a crossing point. Entim is not top luxury, but itâ€™s very comfortable, the vehicles are very good, and the guides have a very good reputation. They also have a neighbouring camp which is specifically for photography groups, so the guides are very clued in to the photography needs of their clients. "