Situated in the northern conservancy of the Masai Mara National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of the Greater Masai Mara, this new area was added to the main reserve some years ago and now forms a seamless extension of the main reserve.
Mara North, a 300km2 reserve, champions low density tourism with one guest to around 350 acres. Compared to the National Reserve you will see far fewer vehicles in Mara North.There are no more than a dozen camps in Mara North itself, an incredibly important conservancy which works in partnership with the Maasai landowners to protect this important wildlife habitat.
This is a mid-sized camp with 22 permanent tents strung along the riverbank. It offers a good value option in a prime wildlife area. You can watch zebra bathe in the Mara River while you enjoy a sundowner on the lawn, and hear the hippos grazing as you go to bed. Tea can be taken on the lawn, supper either in the dining area or on the verandah and coffee around the fire pit. We love the riverside setting. Staying in a private conservancy also allows far more freedom - you can enjoy bush picnics and sundowners out on the plains, as well as sampling a night drive.
This is one of our favourite camps to recommend to guests looking for a quality safari experience without moving up significantly in cost bracket. It really does offer good value and it is able to do this because of its mid-size - you have characterful tented all-inclusive accommodation in a wonderful riverside setting in a private conservancy - a pod of hippos live in the river in front of the main buildings and elephant come most days to drink on the opposite bank.
Our Director Rob says, "I've stayed at KBC on several occasions, both for work and pleasure. I've always had an amazing stay, once seeing a leopard on the opposite bank. The game-viewing is superb and the quality of guiding is excellent."
The camp is reached by light aircraft flight into Mara North (approx 1 hour flight from Nairobi Wilson) and a game drive to camp.
For a smaller tented camp experience you may like to consider upgrading to Saruni Wild, Kicheche Mara/Bush or Valley camp or Serian.
For tented camps in the main reserve we would suggest Governors Il Moran or Little Governors, or Sentinel - all these are found in the Musiara Marsh area.
Every one of the 22 recently refurbished tents at the Karen Blixen Camp is beautifully furnished with king size bed, Persian rugs and comfy chair. There is also a minibar. Every tent has a private bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. Out front is a raised verandah with daybed, table and chairs to relax in and look out over the Mara River.
The beautiful, thatched dining area opens onto a terrace with fire pit. Lawns run from here down to the river. There is a well stocked bar and small pool to relax in. Meals are taken restaurant style.
There is a specially configured family unit, which involves two tents being linked by a shared verandah. This camp is great for families with older children - we would not recommend this camp for families with children under 7 years old as there is a significant drop from the decks and boardwalks to the river which has hippo and crocodile in it, and a lot of wildlife drifts through camp during day and night including hippo.
The game-viewing is excellent, done in the camps open 4x4 landcruisers. It's also possible to do walking safaris accompanied by an armed guard. It is also very close to Leopard Gorge, as well as the territory of several lions and cheetahs that have appeared in the BBC's Big Cat Diary programme.
There is a small pool, a masseuse on hand for some pampering, and the camp prides itself on its participation in a number of community projects - including a catering school for young Maasai, which our charitable Trust supported for a number of years.
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