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Masai Mara Safari Camps

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Karen Blixen Camp

LOCATION

The Camp is situated in southern Kenya on the north-western border of the famed Masai Mara Reserve in the Great Plains Masai Mara North Conservancy. Set on the banks of the Mara River on 700 Acres piece of private land leased from a Maasai Landlords. With the impressive escarpment in front of the Camp, and the great Mara plains behind the Camp where the Mara River provides the focal point – the location is spectacular. The river, runs the length of the property and provides a constant source of water for the thirsty plains game that come to drink throughout the course of the day including zebra, impala, elephant, giraffe and many more, whilst the resident hippo pod in front of the restaurant provide hours of entertainment as they spend their day frolicking in the river.

ACCOMMODATION

The Camp comprises 22 spacious en-suite tents (4.6m x 8m) set on large mahogany platforms (5m x 13m) – each with a spacious veranda complete with a cozy cushion filled day bed from which one can enjoy the perfect afternoon siesta or simply relax taking in the wonderful surroundings watching the throng of thirsty animals coming to the waters edge to drink as well as the spectacular scenery. Tents can be configured for either double or twin occupancy, where under prior arrangement 3rd and even 4th beds can be added for children/adults. Each of the tents is en-suite and has a w.c., twin wash hand basins and an outside starlit shower with hot and cold running water.

The tents have all been appointed with solid, comfortable furniture so that you have the ultimate in camping-luxury to come back to after exciting game drives or walks in the conservancy. 19 tents – including our family unit which comprises two tents with a shared balcony/veranda are placed along the river bank, whilst 3 tents are on raised platforms offering incredible views of the surrounding area. GUEST AREAS The open plan ‘mess’ area is beautifully located on the banks of the Mara river overlooking a resident hippo pod who definitely take center stage, providing our guests with endless entertainment.

Built on a raised mahogany deck the mess area has a reception area (decorated with accurate copies of Karen Blixen’s own furniture) as well as a lounge area with a home style bar, where the comfortable sofas provide a welcome retreat for the weary to relax and enjoy the sounds of the wilderness, whilst the camp fire in front of the mess provides an inviting spot for pre-dinner drinks in the evening where one can enjoy the incredible African starscape. The dining area also offers breathtaking views over the river, where the dramatic escarpment provides the perfect back drop. Meals are made from the finest fresh ingredients prepared by our experienced chefs, where we offer Pan-African, Italian and Asian fusion cuisine served alongside a comprehensive selection of wines.

Dinner is served either in the main mess area or under the stars, whilst breakfast and lunch may either be served in the Camp or as a picnic during a morning of game watching. For those that want a little exercise, or to simply relax there is a swimming pool with sun-beds and umbrellas which is located in a quiet corner behind the mess. Facts at a Glance Number of rooms 22 Children Allowed Triple and quarto Possible Minimum stay 2 nights Activities Day and night drives, nature walks and cultural visits. Massage Yes Air condition/room fans No Mosquito proof tents Yes Flush toilets Yes Shower Yes Hot water Yes Hair dryers Yes Safety box Yes Personal bar No, 24 hours room service Pool Yes Telephone Satellite phone Internet access Yes Suitable for disabled guests Yes Check out 11 am Power 240v AC (Solar) Private 4×4 vehicle At extra cost, subject to availability Credit card Visa/MasterCard .

KAREN BLIXEN TREATS

We have a resident masseuse in Camp at all times for those that wish to indulge in either a massage, facial, pedicure or manicure, where all treatments are carried out in the privacy of your own tent.

ACTIVITIES

The location of Karen Blixen Camp allows guests to experience wildlife from a prime position where this area is famed for the renowned migration of approximately 1 million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes on their annual trek between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of water and grazing. The migration is at its prime in this area between July and November, however being situated in one of the most densely populated wildlife areas in the world, the resident wildlife, including plains game, and the numerous carnivores who live in the area means that game viewing is never a disappointment. In order to optimize your visit, we suggest leaving the Camp early in the morning, returning for a hearty breakfast where one can then relax in the Camp before proceeding on an afternoon/evening drive, or for those that wish to venture further afield, then lavish picnic lunches can be provided where guests can then explore this vast and varied area for a full day returning in the late afternoon.

Walks with our knowledgeable and experienced guides and Maasai rangers are also very popular and allow for some really memorable moments and a chance to see the bush from a very different perspective. Animals often seen on game drives in the area include lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, giraffe, various antelopes, wildebeest, zebra, warthogs to name but a few. The birdlife is also excellent around the Camp and the surrounding environs. From Karen Blixen Camp we offer the unique opportunity to explore this quiet corner of the Mara ecosystem of the Great Plains Masai Mara North Conservancy which is also home to the famed Leopard Gorge which has provided the stage for numerous BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries including the Big Cat Diaries. Another ‘must do’ activity from Karen Blixen Camp is a night drive where we look for the less commonly seen nocturnal species, and maybe lucky to spot a lion or leopard hunting. Cultural visits to Maasai Village, school and/or church can also be arranged as can hot air balloon trips – where pre booking is advised due to limited availability.

CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY

With the utmost respect for this fragile environment, Karen Blixen Camp has been constructed in the most environmentally conscious manner. The Camp is fully powered through an elaborate solar system, water is heated using gas burners (in order to avoid burning fire wood or charcoal) and we have the latest zero waste water technology. All measures are taken to protect and conserve the invaluable wildlife of the Masai Mara and the Mara River, where Karen Blixen Camp also supports various local community projects and sponsors the local dispensary, as well as channeling part of the camp’s revenue to a maasai village. This support enables these rural populations to benefit from their natural resources in a sustainable and non-destructive way providing them with additional means to care for their families and improve their standard of living. As far as possible, we recruit camp staff from the immediate community and provide them with training and employment. In addition, we are hoping to be able to channel private investment and donations into micro-finance, health and education projects within the local area.

MASAI MARA NORTH CONSERVANCY

The world’s largest camp and community owned conservancy. Karen Blixen Camp is located in the Masai Mara North Conservancy, a conservancy, which has been created together with other camps in the area formerly known as Koyaiki Lemek Conservation Area. The conservation area covers more than 36,000 hectares and borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve – it stretches along the Mara River to Mara Safari Club across to Leopard Gorge and northwards to the Hills of Lemek. The main priorities of the Masai Mara North Conservancy are: to increase the protection of the Masai Mara Ecosystem with its vast and beautiful biodiversity and wildlife, increase direct and indirect benefits to the local community, implement a conservation plan for the area, establish a cattle grazing scheme, to implement a transparent ticket system and employ a professional management company. The 720 landlords of the area are from the 1st of January 2009 receiving a fixed income per hectares.

RECOMMENDED LENGTH OF STAY

To take full advantage of the different activities on offer, stays at Karen Blixen Camp should be a minimum of 3 nights.

GENERAL INFORMATION Climate:

The long rains generally start in mid-April and last till mid-June, whilst the short rains fall during the month of November. Even during these ‘green’ seasons it generally rains at night, with bright skies during the day. Temperatures: The hottest months tend to be October, January and February, whilst July and August can be quite cold – particularly during the evening and night when a warm sweater or jacket is required. Temperatures range from 15-35 C. Recommended equipment and attire: The Camp is informal so we recommend you pack for comfort. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera & extra film/, sandals and walking shoes are essential. The Mara can get cold in the night and in the early mornings and evenings so we recommend you dress in layers. A light waterproof jacket is advisable. Malaria: The risk of malaria is not high but we recommend you take the necessary precautions and consult your physician before traveling.

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