Basecamp Masai Mara

Lodge location Near Talek Gate

The original Basecamp is a model in positive impact tourism.

Safaris are enjoying a real growth spurt. Exploring Africa’s vast savannahs has become a bucket list travel experience for many adventurous and spiritual souls across the globe. However, popularity can come at a cost to the destination. Basecamp Masai Mara is a model in how to develop a sustainable eco-tourism offering, which is a perfect balance of adventure, cultural authenticity and environmental sensitivity to the animals and wildlife that call this incredible space home.

At a glance

Nearest airport

Nearest airport

Easy access through Ol Kiombo Airstrip.
Safari game drive

Explore the Masai Mara

Exciting safari game drives are included.
Tented accommodation

Luxurious tented rooms

Just 17 luxury rooms at Basecamp Masai Mara.
Wildlife great migration

Great Migration

Prime migration location between July and September.
Hot air balloon

Catch a balloon

Hot air balloon safaris are available (additional cost).
Cultural excursion

Meet your hosts

Community experiences available.
Child friendly

Bring the family

Basecamp Masai Mara welcomes children of all ages.
Sensational wildlife viewing

Sensational wildlife viewing

Just a stone's throw away from the Mara.
Family rooms

Stay together

Basecamp has one family tent.

Stay connected

Wi-fi is available at Basecamp Masai Mara.

Down by the river... Your own slice of paradise

Arranged organically along the riverfront, each classically styled canvas tent benefits from its own perfect solitude and privacy, whilst also delivering breathtaking panoramic views of the Masai Mara National Reserve across the Talek River. The mornings at Masai Mara sing with the songs of over 250 different birds species, and the evening flickers warmly in the dancing light of an open fire. It’s a gorgeously inspiring environment and this unfussy camp is the ideal spot for all the excitement and adventure of an earthy safari. There’s no doubt that you’ve arrived in the bush, and this completely immersive environment enhances the senses for the overall experience. It’s clear that guests love the opportunity to be disconnected from the stresses of the modern world and embrace the “house rule” of keeping phones on silent and out of sight in communal areas. Nobody comes somewhere this spectacular to read a report from the Finance Department at work. That said, there is free Wi-Fi available should you need it, and the camp has reliable cell phone coverage too.

Each tent has use of its own private en-suite bathroom, which features two solar-heated showers - one inside the bathroom (as you’d expect), and the other one outside on the private deck, shielded from the view of others, yet offering you the most incredible view as you take your morning shower. Outdoor showers are the reserve of authentic, luxury safari camps and their clever design immerses you entirely in the splendor of the African bush, seemingly a world away from civilization… In the main living area, the tents can be arranged with either a king-size double or twin beds, and the family suite comprises two tents with a shared deck, allowing for a larger private space for the family to get together in the afternoon after a safari drive, or play games outside in the evening.

The two-storey communal lounge with its top-floor open-walled dining area is extremely popular with guests, and the Migration Bar - named after the great annual migration of wildebeest - offers a relaxed atmosphere to share stories with others staying at Masai Mara. The main lodge runs adjacent to the Talek river, and dinner is served amid the canopy level of the surrounding tropical forest. Alternatively, eat out on the grounds of this eco-camp, where the graciously welcoming staff will set up your table in beautiful spots, allowing views of the passing wildlife and a different perspective every evening. It is perhaps the tireless work of the team here in delivering sustainable tourism that ensures this area of natural beauty remains so idyllic for each new stream of guests - Basecamp Masai Mara is very much an example in delivering top quality, affordable, and environmentally responsible experiences in the heart of nature.

Activities at Basecamp Masai Mara

Of course, a highlight of any stay at Basecamp Masai Mara is heading out on a game drive in the Sekenani sector of the Masai Mara National Reserve, across the private bridge leading directly across the Talek River from the camp. Besides the typical driving safari, Basecamp Masai Mara also offers guests guided walking safaris (aged 15+) and a bird's-eye view of the park from the basket of a hot-air balloon (at an additional cost). Your photos will be out of this world. Catching the Great Migration in full swing is unlike any other wildlife-watching experience and, though the exact dates are difficult to predict, July through to September is the overarching period to witness this magnificent ballet of nature, with countless thousands of animals trooping across the plains as if one great choreographed movement. It’s no wonder they call it the seventh natural wonder of the world.

The camp offers visits to local schools for guests interested in understanding more about the local culture and economy. These trips can be especially meaningful for families, who can compare and contrast the experience with their own, helping children connect with both the community and the nature of Kenya. Besides these interesting and family friendly excursions, Basecamp Masai Mara is itself an ideal destination for families with children. Not only are the staff especially welcoming to families, they have their own kids’ club provision, called the Dorobo Club, where children can learn local crafts, such as making their own clothes and jewelry, and engaging in nature with a butterfly catching activity. Be prepared for some early starts - the early bird catches the worm, and that’s certainly true of Masai Mara. Safari drives and visits to the community are arranged for early mornings in order to make the most of the day before the temperatures climb and everyone (and everything) heads for shade and rehydration.

Tripadvisor comments Basecamp Masai Mara

We specifically wanted an authentic not "plastic" kind of holiday and we werent disappointed . From the moment we were picked up the airstrip we were blown away. We saw a giraffe with a calf that was right in front of us.

Helen H

The camp is simply stunning. A challenging walk across a slightly wobbly bridge over the river brings you into the camp. The tents are wonderfully appointed. Comfortable beds, indoor and outdoor showers, and with verandas overlooking the river where we saw all sorts of wildlife coming and going from the comfort of our swing chair.

Leejohn247 from Thornton, UK