If you are on a budget and want to explore Masai Mara’s abundant wildlife, then Kambu Campers offers an unbeatable camping safari at a great price. Their camping safari packages include three nights of luxury tent camping in the heart of the Masai Mara with all meals included. During your stay, you will enjoy personalized game drives and nature walks to explore some of the most stunning scenery and incredible wildlife that Africa has to offer.
Camping in Mara has been used to loosely translate to both luxury glamping accommodations and cheap non-permanent tent accommodations. With the privilege of owning and operating a camp in Masai Mara, we offer both mid-tier (not really luxury) glamping safari and also offer our campground for our guests to pitch their own tents.
Glamping vs Camping in Masai Mara; which is better?
That’s a very personal question and everyone will have their own opinion. Both options are incredibly rewarding for different reasons.
Glamping in Masai Mara offers the opportunity to experience nature but with all of the comforts of home. Our glamping package includes three nights of luxury tent camping in the heart of the Masai Mara with all meals included. The tents are equipped with comfortable beds in a spacious luxury ripstop canvas with top PVC roofing. Plus you can expect a sumptuous breakfast, a well-balanced lunch meal, and delicious three-course dinners each evening.
Camping on the other hand has its own unique charm that’s quite hard to beat; it allows you to feel truly in touch with the beauty of nature. Kambu Campers offer camping packages that provide a fully equipped campsite, including spacious tents and all necessary cooking utensils. We also provide experienced guides for game drives and walks through the stunning Masai Mara landscape, allowing you to experience one of Africa’s most iconic safari spots in an affordable way.
How much does a camping safari in Masai Mara Cost?
The cost of our camping safari with access to spacious glamping tents in our Kambu Masai Mara camp starts from only $90 per person per night and includes all meals. This is an unbeatable price when compared to other safaris of similar quality and duration. The $90 price tag excludes transport costs from Nairobi to Masai Mara. Our all-inclusive package ranges from $250 to $300 per person per day and includes transport, accommodation, and park fees. However, this package excludes ‘optional’ activities such as hot-air balloon rides or Masai village visits.
If you want to pitch your own tent in our campground, it costs $15 per person per day and this excludes meals. You’ll have to get your own transport from Nairobi to Masai Mara and will pay for your entrance fee to the Reserve. An all-inclusive package with transport options from Nairobi to the Mara with tent camping gear and game drives and Park fees is in the range of $150 to $200. You may be wondering why the regular tent camping package still exceeds $100 yet the camping fee is $15 per person. While Kambu Campers is able to significantly reduce the accommodation cost with the heavily subsidized campsite fees, the entrance fee to the Masai Mara Reserve is around $80 for non-residents which contributes significantly to the $150-$200 per day price tag. We strive to reduce costs by organizing shared transportation from Nairobi and game drives for groups. Please note that this option may not always be available, as it depends on the timing of your visit. Please indicate in advance if you’d like to opt for shared transport.
Where will I camp during the safari?
Kambu Mara Camp is situated around 2.4 kilometers north of Sekenani Gate and is only 400 meters away from Masai Mara National Reserve. Even though the camp is not located right at the gate, it is positioned beside the Park and is situated between Nashulai Conservancy and Masai Mara National Reserve.
You will be able to camp on a gentle slope overlooking the vast Nashulai Conservancy. Nashulai Conservancy is a 5000-acre conservation area set aside by the community – the only one founded and managed by the local Masai people. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded the Equator Prize to this conservancy in 2020. This prize was given in recognition of the Indigenous communities’ nature-based solutions that address climate change and biodiversity loss.
While our camp is located right between Nashulai and the National Reserve, you still have to go through Sekenani Main Gate to start your game drive.
What amenities can I expect at the Kambu Campsite?
Below are the basic amenities in our campsite accessible for all budget travelers;
- Running water – We supply clean water for drinking and for showers
- Hot showers in shared washrooms
- Safe campground with an electric fence around it
- Charging ports for electronics
- Shared kitchen and utensils
- Shared common area/working space
- Bar and lounge area
- Dedicated smoking area in the compound
- Comfortable canvas chairs and benches
- Wifi connectivity
- Fire pit
A few of our permanent glamping tents will have ensuite bathrooms and showers but most of them will have bathrooms and toilets outside the tents – shared bathrooms and toilets. As you make your booking, kindly indicate your accommodation preference and kindly ask any questions to avoid any surprises.
What does an all-inclusive camping package in the Mara include?
An all-inclusive package in our budget camping safari includes;
- 3 nights of accommodation in the Mara.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
- Game drives/walking safaris with experienced guides.
- Park fees into Masai Mara National Reserve.
- Transport from Nairobi to Masai Mara and back (shared option possible in case you opt for a shared transport option).
- A basic amenity package (as listed above).
- English-speaking guide-driver who will assist you throughout your safari.
- Air evacuation insurance with Flying Doctors
- Bottled drinking water
What your package excludes;
- Visa fees
- Flight cost
- Health-related costs such as COVID vaccination, Yellow Fever vaccination, among others
- Access to a swimming pool – We don’t have a swimming pool
- Access to optional activities such as hot air balloon rides
What’s a camping safari in the Mara like?
Our packages offer the perfect combination of wilderness and comfort. We have included several amenities to enhance your experience without increasing the cost. Feel free to enjoy the great outdoors while still having a stress-free and comfortable trip. Our experienced guides will ensure you get the most out of your safari, from game drives to walking safaris into the reserve.
You will also have a chance to see animals such as zebra, antelopes, and giraffes from the comfort of your tent. Our campsite is located near a major watering hole and you can expect to see animals quenching their thirst while grazing and drinking. Read more about camping in Kenya’s national Parks here.
Porini Lion Camp, Sand River Camp, Saruni Mara, Sala’s Camp, Governors Camp, and Kichwa Tembo Tented Camps are among the top-rated safari lodges and tented camps in the Mara according to various blogs. I have personally been to Governors Camp located in Mara North Conservancy within the Mara Triangle and I had the best experience with its wide variety of Big cats including the famous Pride of Marsh Lions.
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