Experience the Wild at Kambu Mara Camp

Location

Kambu Mara Camp is located next to two conservancies and the captivating Maasai Mara National Reserve. With Sekenani Gate only 8 kilometers away, a 14 minute drive is all it takes to begin an unforgettable safari adventure. We are situated at the border of Naboisho Conservancy to the North and Nashulai Conservancy to the West. From the camp, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the vast savannah landscape that stretches all the way to the Mara National Reserve.

The Experience

Kambu Mara Camp offers a relaxed and affordable gateway to the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve. We combine comfort and rustic simplicity to create an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes families, solo adventurers, and groups alike. As you relax in the comfort of your tent, you can take in the sights and sounds of the wild. Watch as giraffes meander by, or catch a glimpse of zebras grazing.

The camp’s ethos is rooted in inclusivity. We believe that nature should not be a luxury, but an experience that is accessible to all. This vision is reflected in our budget-friendly pricing. Beyond affordability, we pride ourselves on providing an unpretentious environment where all guests feel like part of a family. Whether you’re a first-time safari-goer or a seasoned adventurer, our camp offers a budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on the raw, thrilling allure of the African wilderness.

Washrooms and Showers

All guests have access to communal flushing toilets, sinks, and hot showers. Whether you are staying in one of our tents or in your own, washrooms and showers are just a few steps away.

Food

Kambu Mara Camp is a self-catering camp. We recommend that you bring groceries from Nairobi or Narok. There are also several small restaurants (with limited menus) within a 10-15 minute drive, and we can organize delivery at an additional cost.

Guests staying in our tents have access to a kitchen with cooking gas, a sink, dishes, and utensils.

Self-camping guests have access to a small tank of water and a firepit. Firewood is available at an additional cost.

We will be opening a restaurant in 2024.

Outdoor and Indoor Games

When you’re not out on safari, you can enjoy our outdoor and indoor games. Test your aim with a game of cornhole, challenge your throwing skills with ladder golf, or enjoy a relaxed evening of card games with friends and family. Whether you prefer competitive excitement or casual fun, we have something for everyone.

Other Amenities

Each tent has charging outlets for guests to use. We also have a charging station available in the camp’s common area. We understand the importance of staying connected, even while on safari, so we also have complimentary WiFi in the common area.

Our camp also offers outdoor seating and working areas for our guests to enjoy. These areas are perfect for those who want to relax, read a book, or work while being surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Mara.

Classic Tent

Classic Tents are perfect for budget travelers who want a king-size bed and in-tent sockets for charging devices. Shared restrooms and hot showers are just a few steps away. Also nearby is a shared kitchenette with cooking gas and a sink.

Comfort Tent

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Mara from a spacious Comfort Tent with a king-size bed and sockets for charging your devices. Shared restrooms and hot showers are just a few steps away. Also nearby is a shared kitchenette with cooking gas and a sink.

Family Tent

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Mara from a spacious Family Tent with 2 queen-size beds, and sockets for charging your devices. Shared restrooms and hot showers are just a few steps away. Also nearby is a shared kitchenette with cooking gas and a sink.

Campsite

Bring your own tent for a classic camping experience! Each campsite has enough space for two tents and a car. We provide water in a small tank, a fire pit, and outlets for charging your devices. Shared restrooms and hot showers are just a few steps away.

Activities

Game Drives

Experience thrilling game drives that will take you through the heart of the Mara. Our highly experienced guides are knowledgeable about wildlife and their behavior and will steer you toward the most unforgettable sightings, from majestic lions to graceful giraffes. Whether you choose to embark on a full-day or half-day drive, each moment promises a unique and awe-inspiring adventure.

Please let us know in advance if you would like assistance booking a game drive.

Read more about safari 4WD rental vehicles with drivers/guides for game drives.

Bush Walks

Accompanied by expert rangers, trek through the 50 acres connected to Kambu Mara Camp. You will connect deeply with nature and develop an appreciation for the small wonders often overlooked in our everyday lives. Safety is our utmost priority, and we ensure your comfort throughout the walk.

Balloon Safaris

Soar high with a magnificent balloon safari! Float above the savannah and witness the stunning sunrise while spotting wildlife from above, and then finish with a champagne breakfast in the bush. Read 10 reasons why a hot air balloon safari should be on your bucket list. It’s not just a ride; it’s an experience of a lifetime.

Maasai Bead Museum

Visit “Beats of Beads,” a not-for-profit trust created by two women aiming to empower hundreds of Maasai women who live near the gate of Masai Mara National Reserve. They provide opportunities using traditional crafts– stringing beads– as a means of economic and personal development. Visit the museum to see beaded art from all over East Africa. Entrance fees are $5 per person. You can also purchase locally-made crafts and enjoy a cold soda at the cafe.

Botanical Gardens

Visit the Masai Mara Botanical Gardens for a unique “garden tour in the wild.” The garden has indigenous trees, flowers, and plants; exotic trees; medicine plants and herbs; and greenhouse technology. Entrance fees are Kshs. 500 per person.

FAQ about Visiting the Mara

When is the best time to visit?

There is no bad time to visit the Mara! At all times of the year, you will be able to see a wide variety of incredible wildlife. The most popular time to visit is July through October, during the wildebeest migration. During these months, there is less rainfall and the grasses are low, making it easier to spot wildlife in the reserve. Animals often congregate around water sources, which makes for great game viewing. On the flip side, during less popular times of the year there are fewer vehicles in park. This can give you are more private wildlife viewing experience.

How do I get to Kambu Mara Camp?

Kambu Mara Camp is accessible by public transportation and private vehicles. Via public transportation: Use Easy Coach to travel from Nairobi to Narok for 1050 shillings. There are departures every day at 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM, and you can book your ticket ahead of time on their website. Once in Narok, go to the stage across from Naivas and find a Probox going to Sekenani for 600 shillings. You will need to wait for the car to fill up with passengers. Ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance to Kambu Mara Camp (which is the same as the entrance to the Masai Mara Botanical Gardens). When you are 15 minutes away, call us so we can send a motorbike to pick you up from the road. Via car: Follow the Google Maps directions to Kambu Mara Camp.

What wildlife can I expect to see?

The Masai Mara is rich with diverse wildlife, including the Big Five: lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceros. You’ll also likely spot zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and more. The Mara is renowned for having the world’s highest concentration of animals, and you’ll notice this as soon as you enter the reserve. Herds of grazers, predators, and the Big Five can be spotted roaming around the park, making it an ideal destination for safari enthusiasts. The Mara also plays host to the annual wildebeest migration, often referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Witnessing millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles crossing the Mara River is a truly unforgettable experience.

What should I bring?

Light, breathable clothing is recommended for the day, with warmer layers for the cool mornings and evenings. Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes and a hat for sun protection. You’ll also want to bring your ID or passport, toiletries, sunscreen, a small day bag, binoculars, and chargers for your phone and camera (if you have one).

Should I stay inside or outside of the park?

There are several things to consider when making this choice! One benefit to staying inside the park is that it can put you closer to the wildlife. If you go this route, be sure to look into the exact location of the camp. Some are located in parts of the park with very few animals, so you might still have to drive around 20 minutes to truly begin your game drive. Additionally, you will need to pay park fees for every day you stay– even if you don’t go on a game drive. If you stay outside of the park, like at Kambu Mara Camp, you will be able to choose which days you go in and which days you would like to relax at camp!

Do I need any special vaccinations or medication to visit the Mara?

Visit the CDC website and consult with your doctor to determine if you need any additional vaccinations or medication.

Is the Mara a family-friendly location for a trip?

It can be! Consider whether your children will enjoy being in a vehicle watching wildlife for several hours at a time. Staying outside the park can be a great option for families with younger children, as it is easy to take days “off” from being in a car! All children are welcome at Kambu Mara Camp.

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