- Next to Meru National Park
- Off the beaten track
- Exceptional birding
- Traditional tented camp
The small, blissfully peaceful Meru Camp is alongside the Bisandi reserve next to Meru National Park in central Kenya. Game viewing may not be so intense here as in some other locations but the serenity of this location in the wonderful Meru National Park is very special.
We would usually use this property on a flying safari and combining with a good bush camp in the Masai Mara region. There are walking and hiking activities in Meru and Bisandi with very low vehicle traffic in both and opportunities to see some unusual wildlife including; Imperial Zebras, reticulated giraffes, Somali ostriches, gerenuks and over 230 species of bird. Only a short drive away is the rhino sanctuary, an 8o sq/km area in which 60 rhino (including 40 white rhino) roam free. Sightings are very good and you often have the opportunity to take pictures at close range. You can also take day trips to the Kora National Reserve located 125km east of Mount Kenya which has Tanzanian cheetah, Masai lion, african bush elephant, various antelope and hyenas wandering across it's plains.
The camp comprises of seven tents of which one is a 'family unit ( a connecting double twin with en suite bathroom) each tent has a large double bed with an ensuite bathroom complete with flushing loo. The camp is personally hosted and is located in the shade of mature trees by a small stream and offers traditional safari accommodation with splendid views and a small infinity pool which looks over the river below.
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