Reviews of Naboisho Camp
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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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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.
Naboisho Camp Review
Our trip was an amazing mini-miracle! Last week was the first time my colleague and I were in Kenya, working most of the week in Nairobi. We had intentionally booked a late flight home on Sunday, figuring we might like a chance to see some of the country and wildlife. On Thursday we did a simple google search, found the ExpertAfrica website, read about a couple of the camps, and sent an inquiry about possibilities for the weekend. I was delighted that an agent from ExpertAfrica replied that day, had some suggestions, and could help us book and go the very next day. We literally texted our credit card details from the taxi on the way to the play, purchased trip insurance and completed the booking forms while at the gate in Wilson airport only moments before the plain for The Mara took off. Somehow or other it all worked out and we found ourselves flying out of the city and into the bush.
Though our time was short--just 48 hours--it was well worth it! Both mornings we went on bush hikes (walking safaris) with Roelof starting at the crack of dawn and going for 4-5 hours. Here we saw elephants, lions, giraffe, baboons, zebras, gazelles, impala, dikdik, topi, eland, etc, all kinds of birds, etc. It was incredible to be out walking among them in their natural habitat. Roelof is a weath of knowledge, as were all the guides we met there.
The camp itself was beautiful, comfortable, and charming, as were the host and hostess. At night we could hear the lions from our tents. What a gift to stumble into this camp, these people, and this place.
Naboisho Camp review
We think this is a wonderful camp. We stayed 7 nights and did walking safaris every day and sometimes 2 in a day.
Roelof and Helen Schutte have really stamped their characters on the camp and have created a wonderful atmosphere there – so warm and friendly and they make yourselves so available to the guests. We were very impressed with both of them.
We absolutely loved Roelof's walking safaris – a definite ‘life highlight’ for us. He is a fabulous guide, really knows his stuff and you feel absolutely safe in his hands. We tracked elephants on most of the walks we did with him. I would also note:
- Being able to drive off road is a great bonus in the conservancy
- The fly camping: it is arranged so that it is just your group doing this. Great fun to walk in and out and Roelof barbecues a mean steak
- The night drives are a fantastic and very different experience
- The wonderful tent – very nicely decorated and spacious
- Good company at the table – we enjoyed most of the other guests
- Wonderful salads at lunchtime
- Porridge for breakfast!
- Dawa and hot towels on our return to camp
- The amazingly varied scenery at Naboisho and the sheer quantity of animals and birds
- Naboisho itself – how nice to see such a success story in action when generally the news from Arica about wildlife conservation is so negative and depressing.
Helen runs the camp and is an amazingly warm and open person.
High class camp in beautiful location
The camp is in a wonderful position, with varied views over bush and more distant hills, and the very comfortable tents are widely spread out. We again found lengthy game drives rather tiring, but our full day in the Maasai Mara Reserve was still a highlight, because of the great amount of game to be seen. The wide views in both the Reserve and the Naboisho Conservancy were also very impressive, our guides being able to spot huge elephant herds at great distances. Marion considers the two mornings of doing a walking safari with Roelof to be the best individual moments of the whole trip. In contrast to El Karama, it was possible to walk out directly from the camp.
Ken was sick one night and rested up the next day. Helen was most solicitous, and on the morning of the following day Ken was able to join the 3 hour morning walk without difficulty.
Our guide, Benjamin, was very knowledgeable and efficient but rather unsmiling.
Apart from a private visitor, we were the only guests the whole time at Naboisho Camp. Helen and Roelof kept us company at meals and took great care of us.
The meals at lunchtime were very good but again in the evening the meat tended to be tough.
Cannot fault Naboisho Camp. Superb guide.
A superbly run camp. Very professional but with a relaxed, warm homely atmosphere.
We loved lunch under the acacia tree. All our meals were excellent. Beautiful log fires each evening. Very friendly and respectful staff seemed to anticipate our every need.
Our room was gorgeous. We loved having our beds prewarmed each night with hot water bottles. Hot showers whenever we desired.
The animals could wander through the camp, but generally only come close at night. We always felt safe even hearing the roar of lions from our room at night.
The guides were highly knowledgable and passionate about their subject. They spoke excellent English and were keen to teach us all they know. We saw all the big five and lots more.