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Karen Blixen Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Excellent wildlife
- Mara North Conservancy
- Swimming Pool
- Beautiful river-side location

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Overview

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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