Basecamp Masai Mara

At the doorstep of Masai Mara National Reserve, Basecamp Masai Mara is where our journey once began. This is why now it is much a home as it is a travel destination. Guests staying in our 17 tents become more than visitors, they become part of the Maasai community, who run the camp with passion and care. Situated along the Talek river in a lush forest, the camp has a serene atmosphere. Birds and monkeys live just outside the tents, all built along the banks of the river on the border with the National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the National Reserve. The team who manage Basecamp Masai Mara are from the local community and are the proud landowners who benefit from tourism and from conservation. The closeness to the community makes the camp different and special from other Masai Mara properties and represents an example of partnership and friendship between the community, and the investors and our visitors.

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Accommodation

Basecamp Masai Mara has 17 spacious river-view tents, including 2 family tents. Bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve and hidden away under thatched roofs on a lush peninsula along the Talek River, the tents offer great views of the savannah, always populated by wildlife. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom that includes a shower both inside and one open-air safari shower, in addition to a private terrace with views towards the Talek river bed and the Masai Mara National Reserve. From here, guests enjoy views of the Mara landscape and its animals from the comfort of their tents. The family tents have each two separate wings, each featuring a double bed with a shared bathroom area. The atmosphere of the tents is perfect for living the classic safari adventure.

Rates from US$130

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Activities & Experiences

  • Guided/shared day game drives
  • Picnics, bush meals & sundowners
  • The Enjoolata Educational Centre
  • Young Explorers Club – family activity
  • Maasai Women Arts & Crafts Centre
  • Tree Nursery Tour with tree planting
  • Tribal Story-Telling & Fireside Chats
  • Traditional ceremonies and blessings
  • Migration River Crossings
  • Local Talek market visit
  • Cultural walk through Talek town
  • Bird Walk
  • Nature Forest Walk
  • Local Maasai Village & Manyatta Visit
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari

Facilities

  • Communal bar, lounge & dining areas
  • Communal fireplace
  • Gift shop – supporting community groups & projects
  • Enjoolata Educational Centre
  • Organic vegetable garden & Tree Nursery

Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Indoor & outdoor shower
  • Fan
  • Mosquito net over bed
  • Private verandah & living area
  • In-room safe
  • Electricity

Basecamp Masai Mara is located at Talek River, Masai Mara

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Basecamp Masai Mara has long been considered a model for sustainability and a leading example of partnership between the local Maasai community and conservationists and investors.

Managed and staffed by members of the local community, the camp empowers the Maasai people by facilitating sustainable development on their land.

As a responsible tourism operator, we recycle the solid waste produced by our business. More importantly, we extend our program of waste collection, management and recycling to benefit the local communities.

Basecamp Masai Mara aims to implement tourism operations in a responsible way by creating positive impact in the regions where we are active. One of them is the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem, nowadays facing unprecedented environmental challenges. We have taken action to restore the biodiversity of one of the most important habitats left in the world and empower the community to become resilient towards the negative effects of climate change.

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Reasons to Visit Basecamp Masai Mara

There are many reasons to visit Basecamp Masai Mara and we have selected the six main ones to make it easier for you to feel the uniqueness of this safari lodge, where nature, wildlife and people connect in a special way.

Private Game Viewing

The Masai Mara is famous for its unique concentration of wildlife, birds, rich vegetation and open savannah. From July to October or November each year, the massed herds of the Great Wildebeest Migration pass through the Mara, with over two million animals making their way north towards the Mara River crossings, in search of water and grazing.

Exceptional Landscapes

Explore the Africa of your dreams, with endless oceans of golden grass, iconic lone acacia trees, rocky kopjes crowned with fig trees and silvery ribbons of water hidden by deep gullies. The Mara is quintessential Africa, and its terrain that would be equally familiar to our ancient ancestors. Welcome home.

A More Meaningful Safari

Our community initiatives are changing lives for the better – and could have the same impact on you. Visit the Enjoolata Centre to learn about Maasai culture and Mara wildlife, or meet the ladies from Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB), a community-based handicraft workshop, and discover their beautiful artisanal craft products. Explore our tree nursery and organic vegetable garden, and learn how our water project is supplying clean drinking water to nearly 2 000 local families.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Engage with the local culture, spend time with our Maasai guides and discover their history, their knowledge of the wildlife and their former nomadic way of life. Enjoy insightful game drives with local guides, share stories around the campfire, and be inspired by the dreams of young Maasai for their future.

100% Kenyan Team

Wherever possible, we recruit from the local community (including offering intern opportunities), and many of our team grew up not far from the camp. Today, they are creating better lives for themselves, their families, and their community. Many of the team at the camp have been there for over a decade.

Tangible Returns

Our projects are deigned to ensure tangible returns to the local community, the custodians of this beautiful land. We are committed to community-based ecotourism and building a sustainable future for the next generation. By staying at Basecamp Masai Mara, you’re contributing to a brighter future for local people.

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