Sand River Masai Mara, part of the Elewana Collection, overlooks the river from which it takes its name. It's located in a game rich area of natural beauty close to the border with Tanzania.
If you want to stay in luxurious surroundings then Sand River could be the one for you. There are 16 tents in total, these are split between two adjacent camps, one with ten tents and the other with six and each with its own main areas. The tents are beautifully decorated in an elegant style, paying homage to the luxury camping safaris of the 1920s. The interior design and decor is immaculate and elegant, including beautifully crafted antique furniture, Persian rugs and polished wooden floors. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with twin hand basins, a copper bathtub and an open air shower. The outdoor viewing deck continues the elegant styling. Overlooking the river, it's an ideal spot for an armchair safari, as you watch the world go by.
Each main area has a traditional mess tent. This is where delicious evening meals are served, the individual tables elegantly laid with white linen, silverware and candles for a romantic ambience. Breakfast and lunch often take place al fresco. There's a comfortable lounge here with large sofas, secluded seating spots and a selection of books for you to peruse. Outside the swimming pool overlooks the river.
Game viewing is good here at any time of year and the Mara is known for concentrations of big cats such as lion, leopard and cheetah. The arrival of the annual migration adds to the abundant wildlife, generally passing through this area from September to November (though this can vary according to the annual rains). Even when the migration is not here, the wildlife doesn't disappoint. Daily game drives are offered and private bush lunches can be arranged as well as bush dinners and romantic sundowner cocktails. Hot air balloon trips to see the Mara from above can be arranged (extra cost applies).
Open: Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is open all year.
Location: The camp is located within the Masai Mara Reserve on the banks of Sand River. It's close to the border with Tanzania. You can reach the camp by flying to Keekorok airstrip followed by a 45 minute drive.
Rooms: There are 16 luxury tents divided between two camps, one with ten tents (Sand River), the other with six (Little Sand River). The tents are spacious measuring 49sqm, en-suite with both bathtub and open air shower. Four tents contain a daybed that can be used an extra bed if needed. There is one family tent (87sqm) with a double and a twin room, each en-suite. All tents have private decks overlooking the river.
Activities: This camp is all about seeing the wildlife and wilderness of the Masai Mara. You will be able to take game drives. In addition, you can enjoy bush lunches and dinners and village and school visits. You may opt to see the Mara from a different angle and take a hot air balloon trip (extra). You can enjoy sundowners at specially chosen locations.
Facilities: Each camp has a lounge, library and dining area. You will find a selection of board games in the lounge too. There's a swimming pool for those hot afternoons. The camp provides a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at separate tables in the dining area
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though no baby-sitting services are available.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Wifi is available in the main areas of the camps free of charge.
This is a fantastic safari, a real trip of a lifetime. Stay in gorgeous lodges and safari camps and go on game drives in some of the best wildlife viewing spots in Kenya.
Sand River Masai Mara has been awarded the Gold-level Eco-rating Certificate by Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility and its dedication to the support and integration of local communities.
The Elewana Collection, who own Sand River Masai Mara, support the Land and Life Foundation, whose aim is to ensure that local communities receive revenues and tangible benefits from tourism.