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Sand River Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Secluded Masai Mara location
- Luxury safari camp
- Elewana Portfolio

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Overview

Occupying a magical, secluded river bank location in the Mara confluence sector of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Sand River Masai Mara is high-end safari camp with an exclusive feel. Offering warm hospitality and a sociable atmosphere away from other camps, this wonderful Elewana Collection property boasts a superb combination of contemporary design and vintage décor evoking the classic safari expeditions of days gone by. The surrounding area is home to the Big Five, and the camp’s privileged location on the path of the wildebeest migration guarantees outstanding game viewing unhindered by other visitors.

The accommodation is split into two separate areas, with each group accessing its own communal spaces, heightening the general sense of privacy and exclusivity. Lounges are open-sided and covered by canvas, with large, comfortable sofas. The interior fixtures and furnishings denote the permanent tented camps of the early safari period, with exquisite fabrics, brass telescopes, and leather trunks dotted around. There’s a fabulous open-sided games tent with billiards and board games, a fairly small but delightful shared swimming pool, and Wi-Fi is available throughout. Meals are taken either in the formal dining area, or on the shady stone patio.

Accommodation consists of 16 elegant tents; 4 twins, 11 doubles, and 1 family tent containing a double and a twin room connected by a lounge. Each room has a four-poster bed, large ornamental rug, sumptuous seating area, and writing desk, and the sizeable ensuite bathrooms come equipped with running water, decadent free-standing bath tub, twin basins, and indulgent toiletries.

Activities naturally centre on exhilarating vehicle safaris, although in keeping with National Park restrictions, night drives are unfortunately not possible. The Masai Mara National Reserve is known for its prolific and diverse wildlife, including dense concentrations of leopard, cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino, with zebra, giraffe, and hippo also roaming freely. The Great Migration is a dramatic spectacle not to be missed, and a stay in the remote Sand River camp will facilitate superb wildlife sightings away from the crowds.

The camp welcomes children of all ages, and although there are no designated child activities, babysitting services are available. Parents should note that the camp is unfenced, and while it’s rare for animals to approach humans or tents, adult supervision is essential at all times.

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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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