Reviews of Naboisho Camp
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A wonderful stay at Naboisho Camp
We had quite a fully scheduled six nights in Kenya and at Naboisho for the final three nights. We wanted somewhere that had a certain level of comfort and would be able to cope with quite specific dietary requirements, had great game viewing and scenery for photography and was not in the busier area of the Mara Reserve. We got all this and more.
It was an unbelievable three days. Our guide, Benjamin, was informative and eloquent about all that we saw. He talked to us at the start of each game drive with suggestions of what we could go and look for and asked us if there was any particular aim for us that day. We had amazingly close game viewing experiences but always felt that safety was the priority too. So much to see on each game drive and we were lucky to have a vehicle to ourselves.
The standard of accommodation was incredible. You feel like you are in the middle of the wildlife at night (hearing zebra clatter past the tent) but safe in the knowledge that the area is guarded at night.
The picnic breakfasts were delicious - eating breakfast next to wallowing hippos was an unforgettable experience.
We were also very lucky to go on a walking safari with Roelof Schutte, who runs Naboisho Camp with his wife Helen. If you get a chance to do this, do it - it's fascinating! You will get a totally different experience from being in a vehicle and you will be inspired and informed by Roelof's enthusiasm - much needed exercise to work off the delicious meals they serve, a different view from ground level, and you are really in amongst the wildlife, learning about tracking, plants and how the smallest species survive, amongst many other things.
Roelof and Helen run the camp with a relaxed efficiency. Nothing is too much trouble. They copied quietly, competently and without fuss with the specific dietary requirements we had. They were quick to anticipate everything (down to a glass of rose on arrival back at the camp) and proved very entertaining and knowledgeable hosts.
Like staying in someone's house!
We particularly valued the walking safaris. Our guide was tremendous.
The food was outstanding and the welcome the warmest possible.
We loved the camp and the guide was also excellent. my husband found the bed hard however.
Great safari camp and animal sightings.
Naboisho is a lovely camp with large, spacious tents set a good distance apart. The bed was really comfortable and the bucket showers were excellent. Everything we needed was provided.
The managers were very welcoming and helpful as were all the staff.
Our guide, Wilson, was very knowledgeable and on our arrival, on the way from the airstrip to the camp, we encountered 4 jackals killing a baby impala. The impala mother fought for such a long time but could not protect her baby. Such a fantastic sighting but also quite sad. We then went on to see so many animals, too many to name, on our game drives, which was fantastic.
Altogether a great camp with a good guide and superb animal sightings.
Naboisho Camp review
Visiting a camp like Naboisho in a conservancy is (as many have discovered) an excellent companion to a camp in the Reserve. The different terrain and added activities such as night drives and game walks make for a new experience. Certainly our walks with Roelof were the best part of our stay at Naboisho. He expertly balanced finding and getting (and staying) close to wildlife with safely. He also had something interesting to say about almost anything you could see, large and small. As usual we, as non-birders, were stunned by the variety of bird life we saw.
Our drives with our guide Wilson were always interesting, he seemed to know just where the animals would be. He could look into a thicket and spot something that we would have to pull out our binoculars to see. The night drives allowed us to see active nocturnal animals such as bush babies. We were glad for the warmth of the blankets and hot water bottles. But combined with the early morning walks the night drives could make for a long day.
The village visit with Wilson (who is from the area) was great and allowed at least some insight into the lives of the rural Maasi.
Overall the camp staff was great (even those behind the scenes that we never met) and made for a wonderfully comfortable and relaxed stay. Sometimes they even anticipated special needs that we hadn't mentioned.
The camp's location was great with lions and elephants within walking distance.
Overall we had a perfect stay.
Luxury on the edge of the Masai Mara
Naboisho camp was certainly the most luxurious of the lodges we stayed at our trip, but perhaps the most impersonal. The managers are very good, but it has much more of a corporate feeling than the other places we stayed. We did not venture onto the Masai Mara, being told that it is overrun with Land Cruisers.
We got amazing views of lions and antelope here, and our half-day walking safari was a highlight of the trip. The hierarchy between the various layers of staff seemed rather colonial, and there was less of a collegial feeling than we had at other camps. They offer bird and game lists, but they are rather incomplete and you should bring your own if you need accurate lists to work from. Our guide knew his birds very well, but our birding safari with him was the first time he had lead such a trip, since most of the guests are eager to see mammals from morning to dusk.
Expert Africa comments
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Friendliest yet very professional camp
A fantastic atmosphere, Ruelof , Helen and Moses Great hosts, guides and all the staff really friendly, good game nearby everything you want to see and not too long a drive to Mara.
Tents extremely comfortable even if Lions wake you up at night. food good , lunch under tree by watering hole, great atmosphere at dinner
Brilliant safari and great staff
An excellent camp. Great tents and other facilities. Excellent staff attitude. Excellent game viewing and a safe walking safari.
We were particularly pleased to be allocated a guide and vehicle for the whole period on an exclusive basis. Our guide (Benjamin) was excellent
Wonderful Naboisho Camp
Naboisho was one of our favorites!. It had everything we could want in a safari camp -- great game viewing, luxury tents, wonderful managers Helen and Roelof and their guides and staff, excellent food, and more.
The tents are spacious with luxury linens and plenty of storage in the dressing area. We enjoyed the twin bucket showers outside as well as as one indoors. At night we appreciated the hot water bottles tucked into our bed, as well as those in the car on the early morning game drives. The food was excellent, with a fresh and varied buffet each day for lunch. Dinner was served at a large communal table with the managers joining the guests (at all three meals). Manager Helen stocks their excellent gift shop with locally made goods.
We had good game viewing, both on our drives and on two walks with manager Roelof. Roelof gave us a rare opportunity to view a baby eagle from a vantage point on the hillside above its nest, and we also were close to zebra and hyenas on one of our walks. We had great sightings of big cats, including some very playful lion cubs and a pair of cheetah resting in the grass. The landscape was beautiful and green, and the sunsets and full moonrise were spectacular. We would return to Naboisho any time!
Naboisho Camp review
Despite the excellent camp staff and lovely manager, Helen, Naboisho Camp and the Naboisho Conservancy just didn't click for us. We seem to be in the minority--perhaps we were too old to take advantage of the best features.
We highly respect the camp's effort to aid the community and be environmentally friendly.
Naboisho Camp review
This is the most luxurious camp of the three we stayed in during our trip to Kenya. Our tent was set high above the camp overlooking the Mara plains and had a fantastic view. The walk to and from the main lounge was over quite rocky paths so some care needed to be taken, especially at night, even with the aid of torches. The normal camp managers, Roelof and Helen were on leave during our stay so we were in the capable hands of Kim and Conway as relief managers. The tented accommodation is very spacious including an indoor bucket shower plus two outdoor showers as well. As with the other camps the electricity is derived from solar power so the lighting is low voltage and any charging needs to be carried out in the main lounge of the camp.
Meals were excellent especially some of the lunches and the staff made every effort to cater for any special requests.
The game viewing in this conservancy was on a par with the other reserves, with lions and their cubs, cheetah and leopard being seen. We came across a baby giraffe within a minute of it being born which was exciting to see it try to move about on four rather unconnected legs!!
We went on what we thought was a walking safari on our first afternoon but this turned out to be not much more than a 2 hour route march through the bush surrounding the camp. Having read some of the other reviews on the Expert Africa website regarding the walking safaris at this camp we do feel we were a bit short changed, but perhaps not having Roelof in camp may have something to do with that.
One other issue that I had was with the format of the Toyota Land Cruiser that this camp uses. Unfortunately they have no roof access so it is not possible to stand up in the vehicle and rest camera lenses on top as with the vehicles used in the Kicheche camps. Keen photographers might find this an issue, especially those interested in birds.