Ideally situated on the banks of the Ntiakatek River and incredibly private, Richard’s River Camp is one of only eleven safari camps in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy. The camp’s surroundings are simply lovely. It overlooks Ngoyanai Springs, a permanent spring that attracts a steady stream of wildlife to the area and keeps the surroundings lush and green. Believe it or not, the camp even has its own resident pride of lions. You may spot them hunting out in front of the camp and after sunset you’ll hear their roars in the distance.
The camp only has seven tents (six regular tents and one family tent) and is perfect for both individuals, family gatherings or groups of friends travelling together. The income generated by the camp contributes to the conservation of this part of the Masai Mara. There are also a few benefits to staying here in the Mara North Conservancy instead of in the main Masai Mara National Reserve. For instance, you'll have an opportunity to go out on nightly game drives, head out on scenic bush walks and you can visit a nearby Masai village. Best of all, since there are only a limited number of safari travelers allowed in the Mara North Conservancy at any one time, you'll avoid the tourist throngs you could encounter in the National Reserve during peak travel periods.
Richard's River Camp is beautifully decorated with furnishings and fabrics collected by owner Liz during her travels. The overall feel is that of a very relaxing, casual yet luxurious tented camp. The use of light colours and airy materials makes for a clean, classy look. Each of the tents is spacious, warm, inviting and comfortable. The camp's family tent is even more spacious and perfect for a family safari holiday. All tents have outdoor showers, instantly hot running water and incredible water pressure. There’s plenty of privacy for guests and each of the tents is set up with plenty of space surrounding it. All energy at the safari camp is 100% solar powered which minimises the camp’s environmental footprint. The camp also has 24-hour security, battery charging facilities, complimentary Internet access, complimentary laundry service and a library. Children of all ages are welcome at the camp, but due to the wildlife roaming the area parents are urged to keep children under their supervision.
Richard's River Camp offers family-style communal dining, but the resident chefs will also cater for almost any food preferences. The camp’s chefs are well-versed in a wide range of culinary skills and cooking methods. Most nights, when the weather is nice, you'll dine outdoors at a beautiful candlelit table. If the weather isn’t as pleasant, the camp has an elegant mess tent with a long communal table lined with director’s chairs for guests to dine at. This tent also features a comfortable lounge with several comfy chairs and a coffee table. The mess tent is open fronted, so even while ‘indoors’ you can look out upon a stunning view of the wild. Other days you will enjoy bush dinners beneath a canopy of stars and breakfast buffets on the African plains. Unforgettable dining experiences. If you require a special diet, such as gluten-free or vegetarian, the safari camp's chefs will take this into account when preparing your meals. Just let us know when booking. Mineral water is provided in all tents in large recyclable containers.
Activities at Richard's River Camp
Richard's River Camp offers a wide range of adventurous activities to its guests. You can choose from game drives by day or night, scenic guided bush walks and walking safaris, birdwatching, sundowners, bush meals, visits to a rhino sanctuary and cultural visits to a local Masai village. For an even more spectacular means of going on safari, you can book a hot-air balloon safari at an additional cost or take a day trip to Lake Victoria. If you have any time to spare, you may also want to visit the Mara Elephant Project which strives to protect elephants in the Mara from poaching. There’s plenty to do and see in the area, but at the end of the day… you may just want to sit back in the swinging chairs hanging from the camp’s trees and watch the scenery before you.
Tripadvisor comments Richard's River Camp
What an amazing place to captivate your attention of the magic of nature. Each luxury tent is wonderfully appointed with yummy bedding, great outdoor private shower and more. The dining is great and the hosts and trackers are terrific. The Mara is a must and so is this camp.
Cheryl M from Santa Monica, CA
This is the place to stay in the Mara if you get the chance. It is a magical experience for the whole family, honeymooners and anyone travelling solo. Richard’s Camp’s understated and confident luxury means you can relax easily after a stunning game drive viewing wildlife with one of their hugely experienced guides. The beautiful and private Mara North Conservancy is a photographer’s and twitcher’s Eden and allows exclusive access to big skies and a forgotten ancient landscape with large numbers and dozens of species of wildlife and birds at very close quarters.
Parry from Oxford, United Kingdom