3-Days Masai Mara Budget Camping Safari

For those looking to explore the Masai Mara on a budget safari, we offer a 3-day camping safari starting from Nairobi and heading into the wilderness of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. You'll stay at our Kambu Mara Camp, located close to the Mara’s main gate of Sekenani, offe...See more

For those looking to explore the Masai Mara on a budget safari, we offer a 3-day camping safari starting from Nairobi and heading into the wilderness of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. You’ll stay at our Kambu Mara Camp, located close to the Mara’s main gate of Sekenani, offering modern comforts amidst the wilderness. We have included prices for 2024-25 Season for private tours.

Our safari includes expertly guided game drives in 4WD vehicles, allowing you to get up close with Africa’s iconic wildlife. You can also enhance your adventure with optional activities such as hot air balloon rides, night game drives, and guided nature walks. Whether you’re an experienced safari-goer or on your first wildlife expedition, this Masai Mara Camping Safari promises unforgettable encounters and breathtaking natural beauty.

An Authentic Masai Mara Camping Experience

  • Discover the pulse of the wild with our Masai Mara Camping Safari, an adventure that brings you face-to-face with Africa’s majestic Big Five and the spectacle of the Great Migration. This immersive experience combines high-density wildlife viewing with an authentic stay at the Mara Kambu Camp, community engagement, and a visit to a unique botanical garden.

  • Wildlife Spectacle: Experience unparalleled game viewing in one of the most celebrated safari destinations in the world. The Masai Mara is home to the densest concentrations of wildlife, including the revered Big Five — lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo, and over 450 bird species. Witness the drama of survival and nature’s raw beauty as you encounter these magnificent animals up close. Each year, the Mara becomes the stage for the Great Migration, where 1.5 million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, traverse its plains in search of fresh pasture, offering a breathtaking spectacle of life on the move.

  • Authentic Camping Experience: Nestled next to two conservancies and the vast expanse of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Kambu Camp offers an intimate connection with nature. This camp provides a cozy yet adventurous lodging experience, allowing you to wake up to the sights and sounds of the savannah. From giraffes sauntering past your tent to the distant calls of wild beasts, each moment here enriches your connection to the wild.

  • Botanical Garden Visit: Venture into an unexpected oasis in the semi-arid terrain near the Masai Mara — a botanical garden showcasing all of Kenya’s fruits and an array of flora. This lush retreat not only offers a contrast to the savannah but also an educational glimpse into the region’s botanical diversity, illustrating the adaptive ecologies of Kenya.

  • Community Engagement: No experience in the Masai Mara is complete without connecting with the local Maasai community. Engage in culturally enriching sessions that include traditional Maasai dances, learning about their way of life, and participating in community activities. This interaction provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage that defines this region, making your safari experience not only a journey through nature but also a bridge to cultural discovery.

Our Masai Mara Camping Safari is more than just a trip; it’s an exploration of the natural world, a deep dive into cultural traditions, and a journey back to nature’s basics through authentic camping. Join us for an unforgettable adventure where wildlife roams free, the community welcomes you with open arms, and every sunset over the Mara feels like a return home.

What to Expect Camping at kambu Mara Camp

Experience the Masai Mara Camping Safari, bringing you close to Africa’s Big Five and the Great Migration. This tour combines wildlife viewing, an authentic stay at Mara Kambu Camp, community engagement, and a visit to a unique botanical garden.

  • Wildlife Viewing: Enjoy game drives in the Masai Mara, known for its dense concentrations of wildlife, including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, and over 450 bird species. Witness the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the plains in search of fresh pasture.
  • Camping Experience: Stay at Mara Kambu Camp, located near two conservancies and the Masai Mara National Reserve. This camp offers a cozy lodging experience, allowing you to wake up to the sights and sounds of the savannah.
  • Botanical Garden Visit: Explore a botanical garden in the semi-arid terrain near the Masai Mara, showcasing Kenya’s fruits and diverse flora. This visit offers an educational glimpse into the region’s botanical diversity.
  • Community Engagement: Connect with the local Maasai community through traditional dances, cultural lessons, and community activities. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Maasai way of life.
  • Join our Masai Mara Camping Safari for an unforgettable adventure where wildlife roams free, the community welcomes you, and every sunset over the Mara is a moment to remember

Shared Facilities

  • Our Kambu Mara Camp is designed with simplicity and sustainability at its core. By offering basic yet fully functional facilities, we keep costs down and minimize our environmental footprint in this pristine wildlife habitat. You’ll have access to shared amenities that evoke the spirit of a large, joyful camping family. With 5 toilets, and 5 hot showers our camp fosters a communal and environmentally conscious approach to safari camping. This arrangement not only makes your stay more affordable but also creates a warm, inclusive atmosphere where like-minded adventurers come together. Here, guests share stories and experiences in a setting that enhances connections and cultivates a deep respect for the natural world.

Kenya Travel Info

Kenya Travel Information: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

  • To travel to Kenya, visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before arrival, as eTAs are not issued on arrival. The application for the eTA can be completed online at www.etakenya.go.ke, with a processing fee of USD 30. It is highly recommended that travelers apply for the eTA at least three days prior to their travel to ensure adequate time for receiving authorization. Applications can be submitted up to three months before travel. It’s best to apply as soon as you have reserved your flight tickets and accommodations or tour packages in Kenya.

Required Information for an eTA Application:

  • Valid Passport: Must have at least two blank pages and six months’ validity from the date of entry.
  • Recent Passport Picture: Either a recent passport photo or a selfie taken during the application process.
  • Contact Details: Including home address, telephone number, and email.
  • Travel Information: Flight itinerary including the arrival flight number and date of departure for connecting flights.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Hotel booking confirmation or, if staying with friends, a letter of invitation.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: Required if traveling from a country where yellow fever is endemic. Check the WHO website for the updated list of countries.
  • Credit/Debit Card Information: For payment of the eTA processing fee.

Additional Requirements:

  • Yellow Fever Immunization Proof: You must provide proof of yellow fever immunizations if arriving from an endemic country. Failure to do so may result in being denied entry into Kenya.

By ensuring all required documentation and following the recommended application timeline, travelers can enjoy a smooth entry process into Kenya, ready to explore its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife.

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Duration

3 Days 2 Nights

Group Size

6

Tour Type

Budget Safari, Camping Safari

Language

English, Kiswahili

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Highlights

  • Scenic Viewpoint: Breathtaking panoramic view, ideal for photos, featuring stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity.
  • Big Five Sightings: Spot lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo in their natural habitat.
  • Diverse Wildlife: Includes cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and over 450 bird species.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Vast savannahs, rolling hills, and acacia-dotted plains.

Include/Exclude

  • Transport: Transfers in a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing.
  • Professional Guide: Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at Kambu Mara Camp.
  • Meals: Full board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) while on safari.
  • Game Drives: Daily game drives as per the itinerary.
  • Park Fees: All entry fees to Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Drinking Water: Bottled water during the safari.
  • Cultural Village Visit: Visit to a Masai Manyatta
  • Scenic Stops: Visit to Great Rift Valley viewpoint.
  • Free outdoor and indoor games
  • Visit the Masai Mara Botanical Garden to see a thriving fruit garden showcasing all the fruits of Kenya in a semi-arid environment.
  • Evening campfires
  • Fuel, driver and car park fees, driver's allowance
  • *Credit Card Surcharge of 5 to 7% will apply or Bank Transfer Fees of USD 50.
  • Optional Activities: Night game drive, hot air balloon safari, etc.
  • Gratuities: Tips for driver-guide, lodge staff, and any other service providers.

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Day 1 Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 2: Full Day in Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pack for the safari?
  • Recommended items include comfortable and lightweight clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera, binoculars, a flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, and a sweater or jacket for cool evenings and mornings. Don't forget personal toiletries and any necessary medications.
Is the safari suitable for children?
  • Yes, the Wilderness Whispers safari is family-friendly. However, it is recommended for children aged 6 and above due to the nature of the game drives and the environment.
What type of accommodation will I stay in?
  • You will stay at Kambu Tented Camp, which offers comfortable, well-appointed tents with modern amenities. The camp provides an authentic bush experience while ensuring comfort and convenience.
Are vegetarian or special dietary requirements catered for?
  • Yes, Kambu Tented Camp can cater to vegetarian and special dietary requirements. Please inform us in advance of any specific dietary needs to ensure they are accommodated.
What is the best time of year to go on this safari?
  • The Masai Mara is a year-round destination. However, the best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season from July to October, coinciding with the Great Migration. The months of December to February are also excellent for game viewing.
How many people will be in the safari vehicle?
  • Our safari vehicles are designed to offer comfort and space, typically accommodating 6-7 passengers. This ensures everyone has a window seat for optimal viewing and photography.

Our Tour Rates

Months Per Person Sharing (US $)
Number of Guests 2-3 People 4-5 People 6 People
04 Jan - 30 June 2024 450 400 385
01 July - 31 Oct 2024 550 500 450
01 Nov - 31 Dec 2024 515 450 400