Basecamp Wilderness Camp

Basecamp Wilderness Camp: Our full report

Rooms
8 tents
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 1 review
Children
Best for 12+.
Open
Open all year

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.

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

Key personnel

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.

Staff: James - Manager

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

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

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks are not included.

Further dining info: Meals could be served at the tents if requested

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

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

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

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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