- Excellent wildlife
- Mara North Conservancy
- Swimming Pool
- Beautiful river-side location
STAY 3 PAY 2. Stay 3 nights and only Pay 2 (excludes Mara North Conservancy fees per person for the free night and entry fees to Masai Mara National Reserve)
FAMILY OFFER - Children less than 5 yrs free of charge ; 6-12 yrs pay 50% of child sharing rate; Teens 13-18 yrs pay 50% of pps rate; family of 4 get exclusive use of vehicle
Both offers valid from 5th Jan 2016 - 30th June 2016 & 15th Oct 2016 – 20th Dec 2016
Karen Blixen Camp is a good mid sized camp located in the Mara North Conservancy with a lovely setting on the bank of the Mara River. Wildlife in Mara North is excellent with excellent chances of seeing lion and leopard. The Camps location on the river means guests can enjoy views of the hippos from camp. Unusually for a smaller bush camp, Karen Blixen also has a swimming pool for down time between game drives.
Karen Blixen Camp has 22 large luxury canvas tents – each set on a wooden platform with a spacious verandah. Each tent is en-suite and furnished with a large comfortable bed, Persian rugs and a cozy armchair. The private bathroom has a flush toilet, twin wash hand basins and outside shower. Tents can be configured for either double or twin occupancy, where under prior arrangement a 3rd and even 4th bed can be added for children below the age of 12. The family unit consists of two tents with a shared verandah. The tents are strung along the banks of the river with undisturbed views of the river and Oloololo Escarpment beyond.
The heart of the camp is the open plan ‘mess’ area, built on a raised wooden deck, which overlooks a resident hippo pod in the Mara River. There is also a small pool in the garden with sun beds for downtime between game activities.
Activities center around the morning and afternoon game drives within Mara North Conservancy. Mara North Conservancy adjoins the Masai Mara Reserve (unfenced) and due to the lower vehicle density, usually has excellent game viewing. On request and during the migration, game drives can be organised into the Masai Mara National Reserve. Limited alternative activities are also available including, game walks, nature walks, balloon safaris (extra cost) and community visits to the local Maasai Manyatta (village), school, market and church.
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.
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.
pauline 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.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014