Karen Blixen Camp

Kenya

  • Watch elephants by the river
  • Savour fine cuisine
  • Go for nature walks as well as game drives
  • Friendly, helpful staff
  • Indulge in spa treatments

Open: Open all year. 

Location: A lovely setting on the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy which is one of the private conservancies north of the Masai Mara National Reserve. It has a really high density of lions and cheetahs, a resident pod of about 40 hippos live in the river by the camp, and the wildlife in this area is superb. 

Rooms: There are 22 tented rooms which are on wooden platforms on short stilts and covered by a thatch roof. They can be configured as doubles or twins and can take an extra bed for a child aged 12 or under if needed. All have flush loos, a great outside shower (attached to the room), and 24 hour electricity and hot water provided by solar power. The decor is simple yet elegant. Each has a large veranda. There are 2 adjoining tents with a common veranda that make great family accommodation. 

Activities: Day and night game drives here are just amazing, with big cats being seen frequently plus diverse other species of wildlife and birds. You can also take game walks in the Mara North Conservancy or at Oloisuk, the camp's own concession, accompanied by an armed Maasai ranger. You can indulge is some bird watching in and around the camp. Hot air ballooning is an option from here, and if you're really looking for something special, they can also arrange helicopter safaris (be warned though, they cost an arm and a leg!). If you want to know more about the local Maasai culture you can visit a local community. The camp has its own tree nursery by the Mara River so you can also come and plant a tree or two if you fancy.  

Facilities: The mess incorporates the bar, lounge and reception, and leads out to the campfire. There is a separate restaurant. The camp has a small, freeform swimming pool and deck with sunshades and loungers. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your tent.

Dining: Meals are served in the restaurant for each party or couple, though private dinners in other areas such as the garden can be arranged. Bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners are also possible. 

Children: The camp accepts children of all ages. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times. As the rooms are large it is possible to fit up to 2 small children with two adults in one tent, but this would not be quite so good for older children. However they do also have a family tent where two tents are connected by one balcony. They are very good with children here, and will do special things for them such as take them 'hunting' with bows and arrows, and looking for animal tracks and so on. 

Health: This is a malarial area.  

Communication:
There is decent mobile reception and you can get Wi-Fi in the office and by reception. 

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Client Rating for Kenya 5/5 from 58 reviews

Superb guide. Delicious food. Excellent setting by the river and ,loved hearing the hippos talking to each other. Comfortable tented accommodation. Cosy log fire for chilly evening.

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