Mara Intrepids is located at the confluence of the Masai Mara's 4 game-viewing areas, in one of the most spectacular locations in the Mara ecosystem.It consists of 30 guest tents, and communal areas including a large swimming pool and wildlife viewing deck. The camp is family-friendly, operates 2 children's clubs and is fully fenced to ensure guest safety.
The camp is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. The game viewing is excellent all year with large numbers of plains game and predators, and at Mara Intrepids you have 3 game drives a day to make the most of your time here. There are also opportunities for guided bush walks to gain a different perspective on the natural world.
Guest tents are comfy, with four poster beds, reproduction furniture, polished wooden floors and gauze windows. All are en-suite and have full running water, walk in shower, hand basin and vanity unit, and a separate flush toilet. Each has a private veranda. There are 2 family tents, each with 2 en-suite bedrooms and a lounge.
During your downtime at the camp as you rest between safaris you can enjoy tasty food, play board games, browse though naturalist reference books and chat to other guests. There's an attractive free form swimming pool and deck with sunny and shaded spots, and a viewing deck where you can watch.wildlife by the river as you sip a drink from the bar. Families can take advantage of the children's clubs (for ages 4 to 16), which operate between game drives.
Open: Mara Intrepids is open all year.
Location: The camp is in the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the banks of the Talek River and a short distance from the Mara River. It is just a 2-minute drive from Ol Kiombo airstrip. The flight from Nairobi takes 45 minutes.
Rooms: There are 30 tents comprising 16 queen size doubles, 12 twins and 2 family, arranged at varying distances from the central area. All are set on elevated decks, have 4 poster beds, wooden furniture and en-suite bathrooms with running hot and cold water. There are power points for charging batteries. Insect repellents are supplied. Every tent has a private veranda. The larger family tents have 2 en-suite bedrooms, 1 with a queen size bed and the other with 2 singles, and a lounge.
Activities: There are 3 daily game drives in custom-built, open-sided safari vehicles taking a maximum of 6 guests each. The annual wildebeest migration can be seen in July and August and there are river crossing points near the camp. There is a rope bridge over the Talek River which is used in rainy season to access safari vehicles. Guided nature walks are offered outside the reserve. Visits to Maasai communities can be arranged. Bush breakfasts, dinners and sundowners are all offered. Each evening a naturalist guide gives a nature talk near the bar. Guided star gazing is offered.
Facilities: There is a large dining area, bar, fire pit and raised viewing deck with bar service. There are board games and a reference library. Recreational facilities include a big outdoor swimming pool and a massage room. The camp includes conference room equipped with a TV, which can be used by guests when not booked for a conference. There is a shop on site selling safari gear and souvenirs. Safety deposit boxes are provided. There is a laundry service. The camp reception offers a foreign exchange service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables in the dining area and there are additional dining areas by the river for private meals.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The camp has 2 children's clubs: Young Rangers for ages 4 to 11, and Adventure Club for those aged 12 to 16. These operate from 10-12am and 2-3pm, between game drives, and feature activities such as obstacle courses. There are 2 family tents and the whole camp is fenced and there is round the clock security.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free wifi internet access in communal areas and a good mobile phone signal.
"This is a reasonably large, though not huge camp of 30 tents. I'd say it is particularly good for families (it has 2 kids clubs and is fenced), though certainly also worth considering for couples and friends. It's good quality, though not as exclusive as its sister camp (Mara Explorer) next door, and the tents are very well done. I didn't stay here, but I would happily do so. If you're looking at Governors Main Camp, which is just slightly bigger, this is another good option to consider."