Sentinel benefits from a really lovely secluded location, tucked away through the the trees on a fabulous, dramatic meander in the Mara River within the national reserve. For those wishing to be in the heart of the action, while avoiding high traffic and large camps then this is a great choice.
Sentinel has only seven large tents strung out along the river and being owner run, by Peter & Wendy Twycross, the camp is very personable and charming. The feel is old-school safari - very romantic - with a camp fire roaring under the stars by night. Guiding is excellent with all the camp guides silver rated. As members of EcoTourism (Kenya) Sentinel is committed to sustainable community based conservation with local community elders receiving a portion of guests’ fees. They employ members of the local community and facilitate authentic encounters with the Maasai, for guests to learn about their heritage, customs and culture.
For those after an authentic tented camp experience in the Mara, we think this camp is hard to beat, especially during the Green Season when they usually offer a 'Sentinel Sizzler' - stay 4, pay 3 or Stay 5, pay 4 (throughout June, 1-15 December, 16 January – 31 March).
There are seven large sleeping tents along the Mara River, furnished with twin or queen beds according to request. Tents also include a writing desk and chair, bedside tables, canvas wardrobe, laundry basket, luggage rack, large wooden chest, canvas chairs and a butler's tray on the veranda. There are en suite facilities with hot showers and porcelain flushing toilets. There is solar lighting in all tents, with the opportunity to charge phones and cameras in the lounge tent and vehicles.
The private and natural setting ensures that guests have a most enjoyable and authentic experience of the bush. Being on high banks above the Mara River means that there are always hippo and crocodile in the river below to be seen. The professionally qualified guides and local Masai "Spotters", along with their customized land cruiser safari vehicles with guide books and binoculars, help games drives to be exceptional here.
There is also the opportunity for guided bush walks in a nearby area with their naturalist or a bird walk in the forest around the precincts of the camp. In addition to this, the camp can arrange for guests to visit a nearby Masai village for an opportunity to see their lifestyle and learn about their customs and culture.
Sentinel’s passionate and well qualified guides are always ready to engage in conversation ranging from history and current affairs to culture and conservation in a way that is entertaining and educational.