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Speke's Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Traditional small safari camp
- Very atmospheric
- Great location
- Good value

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Overview

Speke’s Camp is a small owner operated tented camp with a lovely colonial era feel and very personal service offering good value in a cracking location between Mara North Conservancy, Olare Orok Conservancy and the main Masai Mara Reserve. It is a set up as a traditional small atmospheric safari camp, fully inclusive with candlelit dinners, evening drinks around a big open fire and sundowners on game drives.

Speke’s Camp is the last camp on the Olare Orok River before it leaves Mara North and enters Mara Reserve. Game drives take place in the main Masai Mara Reserve.

There are eight tents in total, consisting of 4 doubles, 2 twins and 2 family tents (sleeping up to a family of four). The tents are situated within an area of light woodland and come elegantly furnished with a refreshingly light and airy feel. Tents all have ensuite bathrooms with sit down flush loo and bucket showers. Outside the tents have a small shaded veranda space with seating – most look onto or into woodland. There are plenty of shaded spots within the site.

The mess area containing a large communal dining table and lounge area is very elegantly done and is easily the equal of other camps which come at a much higher price tag.

Being a small camp, there is no formal timetable of game drives. Full day game drives in the reserve are possible, but morning game drives, lazy afternoons around the camp and a late drive with sundowner works better for families and those with a more relaxed agenda. In the evening, drinks are served around the camp fire and weather allowing candle-lit dinners are served outside.

We found the guides to be superb on our game drives at Speke's Camp (amongst the best we have come across in Kenya). The Camp shares guides with its sister company, a walking safari specialist, so the guides tend to have fantastic knowledge of the bush.

Speke's Camp can work well for families. There are a variety of tent sizes (sleeping upto a family of four, five at a squeeze) and guests get private vehicle and guide, which allows families to set the pace to suit the children. The communal mess area is a nice relaxed place to read and play games, but their is no swimming pool. It is important to note that the camp is not fenced and animals can wander through camp. Whilst it is true that the wildlife tends to stay away from humans and camps (they are very wary of the local Maasai people), parents will need to keep a close eye on children and not allow them to wander off or play independently.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 613 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
    Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

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