The Masai Mara in Kenya is a popular safari destination, but as with all Reserves there are a lot of necessary restrictions ensuring that you keep only to the roads and only do game drives during daylight hours.
Adjoining that Masai Mara, and with no fences between, is the Mara Naboisha safari camp; all the same animals as you would see in the Masai Mara but in a privately run conservancy where you can go off road and enjoy night game drives and bush walks with experienced guides.
The Mara Naboisho Lion Project is based here so it is no surprise that they are able to guarantee daily sightings of lions. There are currently 204 around the camp area. There are also regular sightings of elephant, buffalo, cheetah and the occasional leopard.
The camp have open sided 4×4 vehicles for improved game viewing, and if you want to get really close to the animals they have a hide very close the camp and overlooking a little river.
If that isn’t enough, the close proximity of the Masai Mara means that you can enjoy day trips into the Reserve – particularly popular during the mass migration that takes place from July to October – and then return to the conservancy at night.
They also offer day trips into authentic Masai villages, with the proceeds going back into the community.
Accommodation is in 12 traditional canvas safari tents, at a sensible price but with all the luxuries and comfort you might want.
They offer great cuisine and employ local chefs, and try to ensure that you eat dinner in a different place every night, in and around the camp, which is based in a forest with great views across the plains.
For those here on honeymoon, they offer a special discounted honeymoon package and lots of lovely romantic touches and can even organise a hot air balloon ride. This camp in included in our feature on great places to propose.
Mara Naboisho was awarded “Kenya’s Leading Tented Camp” for both 2012 and 2013.