This coming June, Safarilink will start their scheduled flight from the Mara to Samburu! This is an exciting time for all of us all creating flexibility, variety and new opportunities that we have not been able to pursue before now! You can now visit the Ma asai Mara before ending your safari in Samburu.
Air Kenya Commences Service Into Ol Seki Airstrip
Effective February 15th, AirKenya will begin scheduled service into the Ol Seki Airstrip located in the Maasai Mara. This will provide service to a wide array of nearby camps, including Kicheche Valley Camp, Porini Mara Camp, Ol Seki Hemingways Camp, Encounter Mara Camp, Asilia Naboisho Camp, among others. AirKenya offers daily flights throughout various regions in Kenya and is one of the destination’s major air carriers.
New Camp Opening: Olare Mara Kempinski
Just last month, Kempinski Hotels opened the doors (or rather tent flaps) to its all -inclusive Olare Mara Kempinski Camp located in the Maasai Mara. As the company’s first property in Kenya, the camp is located in the Olare Orok Conservancy, just a short one -hour flight from Nairobi or 90 minutes from Mombasa. Olare Mara Kempinski is hidden in a grove of woodland on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River, complete with 12 furnished tents – five twin and seven double occupancy tents. Each tent is furnished in a classic African style with four -poster or twin beds and outdoor and indoor showers. The camp’s honeymoon suite even features its very own plunge pool with stunning views of the conservancy. Geared for active adult travelers, the camp presents a wide variety of activities including game drives, escorted bird, game and nature walks, Maasai village visits, bush breakfasts at the nearby hippo pool, as well as early morning balloon safaris over the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Implements New Anti-Poaching Efforts
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy recently announced that they have raised the funds to purchase a drone to monitor the conservancy and combat poaching in the area. The new drone underscores the conservancy’s commitment to protecting the wildlife population. The drone combined with a rapid deployment unit of rangers, security officers and volunteers, supported by Nanyuki -based Tropic Air’s helicopters, will assist greatly with preventing poaching that has been a concern in Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to over 13,000 animals, including over 300 elephants, 200 giraffes, 4,400 zebras, and 100 rhinos, including four prized Northern White Rhinos.
Basecamp Eagle’s View
Among the newest and most exclusive additions to the Basecamp Explorer group of properties is the Eagle View camp, located within the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The camp features nine tented suites with double beds, an elevated dining area, and viewing deck, as well as one of the most stunning views in Kenya, overlooking the Koiyaki River. Guests can also enjoy unique walking safaris with local Maasai warriors, game drives, and sundowners on the viewing deck.
Cheetah and Cub!
These two cheetahs were found having just killed a grant gazelle near Governor’s Camp . The mother and
her 16-month old son killed the gazelle at about 11 o’clock, and were done with it by 12, at which point a big group of vultures who had been waiting patiently for their turn descended on it.
All 270,000 Acres is OUR Stage! – Ol Donyo Lod ge, Kenya
And all the surrounding landscape merely a playground at ol Donyo Lodge the element of surprise’ is around every corner, and when a lodge is placed upon a 270,000 acre sanctuary, anything is possible
Last night we unveiled our newest secret Bush Dinner site, and it’s not so secret anymore. It is appropriately named the Cheetah Site in honor of the very cheetahs frequent this area. However, the only thing wild within this setting last night was the look upon the faces of our ten guests a s they arrived from their evening game drive only to discover this magical dining room laid out before them. With the warm glow of the lanterns dangling in the trees, the fiery blaze of the bonfire and just a sliver of a moon; it was the perfect lighting f or an unforgettable evening performance by the ol Donyo team. Although the curtain did not go down until an encore of Maasai dancers graced the stage with all their passionate energy and entrancing songs. Karibu!
It was an amazing trip! We lucked out with the weather – no rain. The other British couple (only 3 others in the group, the last a young German woman, all nice which made the trip enjoyable) had been on a similar tour with Letaka last...