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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, the new 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.

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.The usual plan is to do a walk in the morning and then a late-afternoon drive, leaving around 4.30pm and finishing after sundowners with a 1½-hr night drive before returning to camp for dinner. Walks are conducted with skilled Maasai game scouts. 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 June 2017 and we really liked the back-to-nature simplicity of the minimal-footprint infrastructure here.

Lyndsey Marris

Lyndsey Marris

Kenya expert

Geographics

Location
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
Directions
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
Fly-and-Transfer

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.


Children

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.
Equipment
No
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.

Communications

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

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
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

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

    Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

    Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

    Night drive

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
No Laundry Facilities. Laundry can be sent up to Basecamp Eagle View if guests are staying for longer.
Money
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).

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