This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Skip to main content

Talk to an expert 1-800-242-2434 Lines now closed

User menu
Basecamp Wilderness Camp
Basecamp Wilderness Camp
Basecamp Wilderness Camp
Basecamp Wilderness Camp
Basecamp Wilderness Camp
Basecamp Wilderness Camp

Basecamp Wilderness Camp

1°23’34.7"S 35°21’51.6"E

Basecamp Wilderness Camp: Our full report

Formerly a simple encampment of dome tents, known as Basecamp Dorobo Fly Camp, Basecamp Wilderness Camp is ...

... set in a peaceful valley in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and consists of eight simple safari tents, with ensuite bathrooms and safari showers. It is co-owned with Eagle View Camp, by the Basecamp Foundation.

Please note: Basecamp Wilderness closed during the Covid pandemic. Please ask us at Expert Africa for news of its re-opening.

Although Basecamp Wilderness Camp is only 3km from Basecamp Eagle View, its larger sister camp, it has a remote setting in the quiet Saddle Valley. The staff often walk between the two camps – an easy enough walk that guests can also do with an escort.

The small main area is tented with comfy leather armchairs and a sofa, and has rugs on the canvas floor giving it a more homely feel. Meals are served at a large table with canvas director's chairs. However it is also possible to dine outside. A table in the corner serves as the honesty bar with a selection of drinks to help yourself from.

The eight tented rooms at Basecamp Wilderness Camp, are small but well furnished and decorated in soft, earthy tones. Double or twin beds placed in front of a dark wood headboard are covered with white linen and a cream cable-knit blanket and cushions. At one side is an en-suite bathroom with a single ceramic basin, flush toilet and bucket shower. Toiletries are provided. In front of the tent, under a shade cloth, you'll find director's chairs, where you can sit and admire the view.

The main activities at Wilderness Camp revolve around game drives, night drives and walking, with guides brought in from Basecamp's Eagle View or Basecamp Maasai Mara. Walking is another option from Basecamp Wilderness, although when we were last here the walks were led by a skilled Maasai guide armed only with a spear. Although this isn't unusual practice in the Mara conservancies, we question the safety of such walks considering the high density of dangerous big game in the area, and as such we don't currently recommend them. The camp plans to get an armed ranger as soon as possible, however, so ask us for the latest details. They are able to do short bush walks from camp, where the walkers are discreetly followed by a vehicle should any guests wish to drive back. Note that the minimum age for walking 14 years.

In common with all properties in the Mara region, early-morning balloon flights can be booked at Basecamp Wilderness Camp. These last approximately one hour, followed by a bush breakfast with sparkling wine and then a game drive, arriving back at camp around mid-morning. There are several launch areas and you can expect to be woken as early as 4.00am to be picked up by the balloon crew and taken to the launch site.

Our view

Basecamp Wilderness, with its simple facilities and unfussy meals, is a real opportunity to experience the Naboisho wilderness with the people of the local community – the Maasai camp staff and askaris. Although we haven’t stayed here before, we called in for a visit in 2019, and we really liked the back-to-nature simplicity of the minimal-footprint infrastructure here.

Lyndsey Marris

Lyndsey Marris

Kenya expert


Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya
Ideal length of stay
One or two nights; Wilderness Camp works well in combination with Basecamp Maasai Mara or Basecamp’s Eagle View
Access is via Ol Seki/Naboisho airstrip with a transfer time of around thirty minutes, depending on whether you stop for game-viewing.
Accessible by

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Food quality
Although we only had time to have breakfast here, it was verytasty, and we understand that all meals are of a similar standard.
A full cooked breakfast is served alongside a range of fruit and cereals.

Lunch usually includes a soup starter, followed by pasta, salad and a desert.

Dinner is usually a three course plated meal which generally includes meat and a selection of vegetables, followed by a dessert.

Dietary requirements are catered for with advanced notice.

Dining style
Group Meals
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info, including room service
Meals could be served at the tents if requested
Drinks included
Drinks are not included.


Attitude towards children
Wilderness Camp accepts children of all ages
Property’s age restrictions
The camp does not take children under 4 years of age.
Special activities & services
No special activities, although small nature walks around camp could be arranged.
Generally recommended for children
We don’t recommend this camp for children as the area is quite bushy and there's lots of game around.


Power supply notes
There are plugs in the tents for charging equipment
There is cellphone signal but no Wi-Fi.
TV & radio
Water supply
Water supply notes
Water heated by solar power.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
The nearest doctor or hospital is in Talek which is 20km away and about an hour by road. Wilderness Camp has links to the flying doctor service.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
Askaris patrol for animals around the unfenced camp.
Fire safety
There is currently nothing in place


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

    Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

    Night drive


Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
No Laundry Facilities. Laundry can be sent up to Basecamp Eagle View if guests are staying for longer.
There is no safe, nor anywhere to lock valuables, so we'd advise you either to keep them on your person, or leave them in the safe at the neighbouring camp, Basecamp Eagle View.

There is no currency exchange.

Accepted payment on location
US dollars and Kenyan shillings may be used for any ad hoc payments, but no credit cards are accepted. Guests can arrange to pay by credit card at Eagle View if they are unable to pay in cash (15 minute drive).

Other lodges in Maasai Mara Conservancies

Alternative places to stay in this same area.

Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp is a smart and intimate tented camp with a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect base in the Mara for keen photographers.

100% (98 reviews)
Kicheche Mara

Kicheche Mara

Kicheche Mara Camp has just eight tents and a rustic and comfortable feel. It is set by a stream in a pretty area of the Mara ecosystem's Mara North Conservancy.

98% (86 reviews)
Kicheche Valley

Kicheche Valley

Kicheche Valley is a boutique tented camp in a wooded district of the Mara ecosystem's Naboisho Conservancy, with plenty of wildlife in the area.

99% (61 reviews)
Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp is one of the most luxurious of the handful of camps in the Naboisho Conservancy. It offers day and night game drives, game walks and full creature comforts in the bush.

98% (48 reviews)
Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara is a small traditional camp that appeals to safari traditionalists, located in one of the Maasai Mara’s quiet conservancies.

98% (41 reviews)
Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp is a small 10-tent bush camp, put together in the traditional "campaign" style, and including a large honeymoon/family tent.

99% (17 reviews)
Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara is located in the private Naboisho Conservancy – a game-rich area of the Mara ecosystem – and offers a contemporary take on the traditional, low-impact luxury safari camp.

93% (16 reviews)


Serian is a luxury tented camp on the east bank of the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy. It is the sister camp of Ngare Serian, on the west bank.

97% (14 reviews)
Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains is one of the very best camps in the Mara ecosystem. Located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just outside the Mara reserve, it has access to three wildlife-viewing areas.

100% (13 reviews)
Basecamp Eagle View

Basecamp Eagle View

Basecamp Eagle View is a community-focused safari camp in the Naboisho Conservancy, with a strong emphasis on responsible tourism and a spectacular location.

96% (10 reviews)
Kicheche Walking Wilderness

Kicheche Fly Camp

Kicheche Walking Wilderness Fly Camp is a temporaray dome tent camp set up for participants in Kicheche's two-day walking safari between Kicheche Valley and Kicheche Bush Camp.

96% (9 reviews)
Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp is a pioneering, community focused eco-camp, with excellent guides and game viewing, in the predator-rich, Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

83% (8 reviews)
Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

Hemingways Ol Seki

Magnificently located tented lodge on a bluff looking south across the Naboisho Conservancy toward the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

95% (8 reviews)
Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp

Ol Kinyei Adventure

Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp is a satelllite of the larger Porini Mara Camp. Both of them are located in the Maasai-owned Ol Kinyei conservancy, the oldest community conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

98% (8 reviews)
Saruni Wild

Saruni Wild

Saruni Wild is a rustic and traditional safari camp in the Lemek Conservancy, with just three tents and limited electricity.

97% (7 reviews)
Ngare Serian

Ngare Serian

The luxurious Ngare Serian and its sister camp Serian face each other across the Mara River on the western side of the Mara North Conservancy

96% (5 reviews)
Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp is a small, pioneering eco-camp in the first private conservancy in the Mara region, with comfortable accommodation and a range of activities.

96% (5 reviews)
Basecamp Leopard Hill

Basecamp Leopard Hill

With six beautiful tents, Basecamp Leopard Hill is a smart safari camp in the Naboisho Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

100% (5 reviews)
Offbeat Ndoto

Offbeat Ndoto

Small and intimate, Offbeat Mara is set in a valley above the (often dry) Olare Orok River within the Mara North Conservancy.

100% (5 reviews)
Cottars 1920s Camp

Cottars 1920s Camp

Cottar's 1920s Camp is a classic, luxury tented camp with a 1920s safari theme, located in its own conservancy on the southeast border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

92% (5 reviews)
Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp sits on a meander of the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy, just beyond the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

90% (4 reviews)


Leleshwa was a delightful, boutique safari camp on the picturesque banks of a tributary of the Talek, with an extensive, little visited game area on its doorstep.

90% (2 reviews)
Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri is a strikingly modern tented camp in the Virgin Limited Edition group, in a remote part of the Mara ecosytem's Olare Motorogi Conservancy. It has lovely views and all the luxuries of a five-star hotel.

100% (2 reviews)
Saruni Mara

Saruni Mara

Saruni Mara is a luxurious permanent lodge, on the remote northern edge of the Mara North Conservancy, with stunning views, good guiding and very private and comfortable rooms.

80% (1 review)
Mara Nyika

Mara Nyika

Mara Nyika is one of the newer additions to the Naboisho Conservancy and offers a luxurious and exclusive safari.

100% (1 review)
Mara Bushtops

Mara Bushtops

Mara Bushtops is a luxury safari hotel on a private concession, outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, with the emphasis on comfort, relaxation and good food and wine.

No reviews yet
Cottars Private House

Cottars Private House

Cottar's Private House is one of the few truly luxurious, modern private houses in the Mara ecosystem, spoiling its guests with first-rate staff, a swimming pool and wonderful views.

No reviews yet


Entumoto is a high-end tented camp, with a swimming pool, situated in a very pretty location on the east side of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

No reviews yet

Login to Expert Africa

Sign in with password

Sign in with email link

New to Expert Africa? Create an account

Forgotten your details?

It's free & quick to set up

  • Save your wish-list
  • Send us an enquiry
  • Pay online for your trip
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Give us feedback on your trip
  • Full site benefits of the site

Need some help? Talk to our team