Reviews of Naboisho Camp
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Naboisho Camp review
Very enjoyable experience indeed. "Tent" was excellent (really a tent erected under a permanent thatched canopy) and the food was outstanding for such a remote location, in my view.
My first time on safari, so I don't have any direct comparisons, but it was all well beyond my expectations. I was fortunate to have convivial fellow travellers so that the whole ambience of the camp was more like a house party than anything else.
Well hosted, well guided, excellent service, excellent food. I would have been happy to stay indefinitely !
A very relaxing experience in a very exciting environment.
A lovely end to our holiday
We were met at the airstrip by our guide (Nabala) for the next three days, and had quite an exciting drive back to camp, including getting stuck in the mud and necessitating being towed out. Nabala proved to be a most entertaining and knowledgeable guide and always went the extra mile to find all the things we would like to see (even though his driving style did leave us a bit battered and bruised!!).
Roelof and Helen were charming and attentive hosts - one of them always there to greet us and hear about what we had been doing. Moses the manager was always on hand and absolutely brilliant, nothing was ever too much trouble, all our wants and needs carefully attended to by him, including wake-up calls with coffee in the morning, confirming flights and checking us in on the International flight and booking a restaurant for us in Nairobi. One of them always joined us for meals which were quite lively. The humour of the waiting staff was delightful.
We had a fantastic three hour walk with Roelof who, again knew exactly where to find everything and where to position us for the best light for photographs. The walk was incredibly informative and fascinating. One of the highlights of our stay here.
The lodge was lovely and we could watch the animals grazing in the distance (and hear lions roaring at night).
On our last morning we had a lovely breakfast in the camp (our first as the rest were on drives) with Helen, Roelof and two of their friends who were visiting. they gave us a great sendoff and we were sad to leave.
This was our second camp in the Mara as we wanted to experience the Mara in a conservancy. And, yes, it does make a difference, incredible wildlife viewings but without the "crowds". This is part of the Asilia group and offers all the luxuries and impeccable food, hosting and service one would expect.
The location of this camp deserves special mention, our "tent" was located in front of wide open savannah - what more can one say about such a place? We loved it and although we don't usually revisit any location (unless it's to see wild dogs, of course) we may pay this gorgeous camp another visit in the future. Oh, and the big cat sightings were simply breathtaking. AND we saw two Honey Badgers being hotly pursued by a lioness on a game rich plain.
Naboisho Camp review
Naboisho exceeded all expectations and the tents, staff, activities (game drives, school and village visit and game walk) were all fantastic. Food was exceptional. Guiding by Tim was very informative and his added interest in photography ensured that we always had the best spot when game viewing. The camp staff and Tim ensured that both I and my 10 year old got every ounce of enjoyment out of our 4 nights at Naboisho which was hugely appreciated. Thank you to you all.Read more about the whole safari
Great camp, great guiding, beautiful place
The camp is beautifully maintained, with luxurious tents in the bush, really good food, great guides and the camp managers are great at their jobs -- Helen and I were pleasantly competing for "she who tells the funniest stories" - I believe that Helen won; she and Roelof are both very knowledgeable; we enjoyed walking with Roelof in the bush and learning from him as we were immersed (up to our hips in grass!), his strong understanding about conservation and the issues faced was powerful
We loved our tent and its extraordinary nightlife, along with the askaris (guards)' close attention. Our guide, Daniel, and our spotter, Rakita, were terrific. We had Daniel the whole time, and he is an aware, awesome guide, very attentive. I will treasure our last sundowner, singing back and forth with the two of them -- just a wonderful, unplanned connection. Even with the tall grass, we had excellent game viewing.
I'm not sure if my favorite was the first drive with quick spotting of some of the lions and then Daniel saying 'oh, there's the leopard,' so that we saw both within the first few minutes of the first drive. Or maybe it was the day we spent an hour with the 4 cheetahs, watching the youngsters playing, just us and the cheetahs - this is why we travel so far.
Thank you, all the Naboisho people.
Many cheetahs at Naboisho!
We had a fantastic time at Naboisho. Our first two nights we were the only guests in camp and Ruelof and Helen and staff made us so welcome and at ease.
We spent three days in Naboisho on game drives, and saw a group of cheetahs and many lions amongst others! The conservancy is a treasure trove for wildlife and most of the time we saw no other vans - it is a special place.
One day we took a full day's drive to the Mara which was great to see, with the Migration coming to an end.
One of the most enjoyable parts of our stay was a morning walking safari with Ruelof. A completely different way of experience the wildlife - this is highly recommended!
Naboisho Camp review
Amazing walks with the manager Ruelof. The conservancy is great, with very abundant wildlife, and feels very private. Tent was great but the service and guiding were inconsistent. Camp forgot dietary restrictions multiple times.Read more about the whole safari
Expert Africa comments
Naboisho Camp have responded to say they’re very grateful for these travellers' positive remarks, and delighted that the walks with Roelof were a success. They are so sorry that the kitchen repeatedly overlooked Mrs J's dietary requirements, which Expert Africa clearly flagged up to the camp, both when we first booked their room, and when we reconfirmed the booking a few days before departure. They also extend their sincere apologies if the service and guiding felt inconsistent – normally the guide these travellers had gets great feedback from guests. The camp will be reviewing its systems (they tell us this is a constant process) and will be even more vigilant about guests' needs in future.
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Naboisho Camp review
A wonderful second visit.
Great guide - Lucas.
Great walking with Roelof.
The breakfasts and lunches are excellent but the standard of food at dinner is not quite so good.
A wonderful stay at Naboisho Camp
We had quite a fully scheduled six nights in Kenya and at Naboisho for the final three nights. We wanted somewhere that had a certain level of comfort and would be able to cope with quite specific dietary requirements, had great game viewing and scenery for photography and was not in the busier area of the Mara Reserve. We got all this and more.
It was an unbelievable three days. Our guide, Benjamin, was informative and eloquent about all that we saw. He talked to us at the start of each game drive with suggestions of what we could go and look for and asked us if there was any particular aim for us that day. We had amazingly close game viewing experiences but always felt that safety was the priority too. So much to see on each game drive and we were lucky to have a vehicle to ourselves.
The standard of accommodation was incredible. You feel like you are in the middle of the wildlife at night (hearing zebra clatter past the tent) but safe in the knowledge that the area is guarded at night.
The picnic breakfasts were delicious - eating breakfast next to wallowing hippos was an unforgettable experience.
We were also very lucky to go on a walking safari with Roelof Schutte, who runs Naboisho Camp with his wife Helen. If you get a chance to do this, do it - it's fascinating! You will get a totally different experience from being in a vehicle and you will be inspired and informed by Roelof's enthusiasm - much needed exercise to work off the delicious meals they serve, a different view from ground level, and you are really in amongst the wildlife, learning about tracking, plants and how the smallest species survive, amongst many other things.
Roelof and Helen run the camp with a relaxed efficiency. Nothing is too much trouble. They copied quietly, competently and without fuss with the specific dietary requirements we had. They were quick to anticipate everything (down to a glass of rose on arrival back at the camp) and proved very entertaining and knowledgeable hosts.