Basecamp Dorobo Fly Camp is a very simple set-up in a broad valley, deep in the Mara Naboisho bush.
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 five simple safari tents, with ensuite bathrooms and safari showers. It is co-owned with Eagle View Camp, by the Basecamp Foundation.
We have yet to visit the new Basecamp set-up in this site, though the location feels remote and conveys a strong bush feel.
Our photos currently still show the old, very basic Dorobo Fly Camp set-up.
In many respects the camp shares facilities and activities with Basecamp’s Eagle View. The staff often walk the 3km bush path between the two camps – an easy enough walk that guests can also do with an escort.
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 around 8.00pm. Basecamp’s vehicles are open-sided Toyota Land Cruisers with a maximum of five or eight passengers depending on the size of the vehicle. All guests have a side (‘window’) seat. Walks are conducted with skilled Maasai game scouts, armed, however, only with spears.
In common with all properties in the Mara, early-morning balloon safaris can be booked at Basecamp Dorobo. 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.
Our viewThis camp, with simple facilities and unfussy bush meals, is a real opportunity to experience the Naboisho wilderness with the people of the local community – the Maasai camp staff and askaris. We haven't yet been able to visit the refurbished camp, but when we last called in, we loved the back-to-nature simplicity of the minimal-footprint infrastructure here.
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
Owner: Owned by the Norwegian Basecamp Foundation, founded by Svein Wilhelmsen – a non-profit tourism organisation which aims to encourage responsible tourism and has three camps in the Mara region of Kenya (run as Basecamp Explorer Kenya), Spitsbergen and the Pyrenees.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: A full cooked breakfast is served alongside a limited range of fruit and cereals
Lunch and dinner are both three-course set menus.
Dietary requirements can be catered for.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are not included. Guests select their drinks at Basecamp’s Eagle View for the duration of their stay at Wilderness Camp.
Further dining info: Meals could be served at tents if requested
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome but the feel of this authentic bush camp is quite adult.
Property’s age restrictions: Minimum age 7
Special activities & services: No
Generally recommended for children: No – the area is quite bushy and there’s lots of game.
TV & radio: No
Water supply: Transported in
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: Nothing in place
Laundry facilities: No Laundry Facilities
Money: There is no safe, or anywhere to lock valuables at the moment, so guests would need to lock these in a bag or – better – leave them in the safe at Basecamp’s 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.