Rekero

Reviews of Rekero

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Below are independent comments from 17 of our travellers who have visited Rekero, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs P - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good safari at Rekero

Comfortable tents, rather hidden in the bush.

Excellent views from dining area of river and "mini crossings" of river by zebras, wildebeest and topi.

Askaris very helpful and keen to show us chameleons on walk to and from our tent.

Very long early morning trip to Little Governor's Camp, which necessitated crossinng river by boat in the dark, for balloon flight,

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Mr & Mrs B - Wokingham
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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What a great camp

We loved our trip here.

Firstly as they don't usually use open vehicles, Asilia kindly brought one in for us along with a guide. We were also given one of just 13 Gold Star East African safari guides to look after us during our stay so we had plenty of knowledge in the vehicle.

Stacey, Peter and the staff looked after us well. Breakfast (which we feel could be improved) was always in the bush, lunch could be either a buffet in camp or also in the bush if we stayed out in the hope of seeing some of the migration. Dinner was inside due to the temperature but was good quality.

The tents were very comfortable. We were in number 2 which is a family tent so had a separate bedroom at the back with three separate beds as well as the bedroom at the front. It also had the advantage of being by the Wifi tent so we were able to upload photos from the comfort of our room.

The siting, on the bend of the river, was very pretty. As the river was swollen with new rain, we thought someone had turned the air conditioning on when we woke in the morning. Lovely to see a couple of giraffes wandering past our bedroom and the main deck area.

On our final morning we were leaving early for a balloon trip and were surprised and impressed that Stacey, Peter and Jacky had all got up at 4am to say goodbye.

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Tessa
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The guiding at this camp was excellent and we were lucky that as we had requested an open sided vehicle, we had two guides:the owner of the vehicle James, a Maasai, and also Mohamed, the camp's top guide. (We understand that the camp is switching to open vehicles completely next year). We prefer this type of vehicle as we are keen photographers and you feel 'closer' to the animals, plus you usually have an unrestricted view. The downside is that it can also be cold especially in the morning and after sundown! James and Mohamed got us excellent positions for photographing the animals we saw and anticipated well their movements, as well as being friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable. We shared our vehicle with another couple with similar interests to ours.

The camp itself has a fantastic location on the Talek river, with the dining area directly overlooking the river. We were lucky to see a crossing of several zebra from the deck. The tents are large and well appointed and a good distance apart. Isaac, our Maasai Askari, was wonderful and had a great repertoire of animal voices! The food was good, but portions of dessert were very meagre.

We timed our trip to coincide with the migration across the Mara, and although there were plenty of wildebeest, the two crossings that we witnessed were only small (14 and 13 animals respectively!) which was a little disappointing. It was unfortunate that our visit coincided with some unseasonal heavy rains which no doubt affected animal viewing. Just hard luck.

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Mrs M. from Appledore
Arrived on: 27-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lvely location by the river

Pete and his wife and Clea were very attentive hosts and the camp was very well run. Game drives were spoilt a bit by too many other vehicles - it was Christmas, I know, and we can't expect to have the whole Maasai Mara to ourselves - but I would avoid the Maara itself at peak holiday time. Our guide Pius did his best to avoid the viewing jams. I felt that our guide didn't quite measure up to the standard of others - he seemed a bit offhand and bored at times - but we had some very good sightings particularly of cheetah and lion.

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Ms F from London
Arrived on: 27-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stacey and Pete and Clea were very welcoming and again the food was spectacular. They were so kind and welcoming and helpful.

The lodge will be even better when the main building is moved forward and gives a view up the river when eating in the evening.

I loved sitting on the verandah of the look out area and whiling away an afternoon. My only comment on the location is that over Christmas the Masai Mara is busy and you can find too many 4.4 out on the plains. This is not a criticism of the Rekero itself - merely a comment on the area. A week either side of Christmas and New Year and the area would be much quieter.

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Mr. & Mrs. D from San Francisco
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good experience but not quite up to expectati

We had stayed at Asilia camps in Tanzania, and loved it, so were very much looking forward to Rekero. Overall, it was a good experience, but did not quite live up to our (admittedly very high) expectations.

Things we loved:
- Camp was in a very lovely location next to a small river. We were able to see our own small crossing.
- As with all Asilia camps, tent and food were very good.
- Our guide, Onesmus, was one of very few Gold Level guides. He was very good at spotting action and an excellent photographer.

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V & A
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful in every way, and our guide Sammy was outstanding. Although a large proportion of the herds had (as we understood it) crossed back into the Serengeti, we nevertheless saw large numbers of wildebeest on a long day's drive over to the Mara Triangle and (thanks to Sammy’s expertise and patience) also saw a fantastic crossing from the Triangle side of the river where we were one of only three vehicles.

Having expected bucket showers and a more bush camp feel we were also very impressed with and pleasantly surprised by the large and pristine Rekero tents and piped hot water set up. From a personal perspective, we much preferred the lighter lunch/more formal dinner approach of Rekero to that of Kicheche Laikipia, and although we were initially wary of the place names at dinner which the camp used (not something we'd encountered before) it actually worked very well.

Finally, Pete and Stacey were delightful hosts; the Askari and staff super friendly; and the setting both of the camp itself and our individual tents (tuned to Hippo-pool TV) great.

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Mr & Mrs. F from Italy
Arrived on: 16-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Rekero is the place for the big cats

We chose to visit Rekero because we wanted to see more of the big cats, especially cheetahs, and we were not disappointed. In prior years we had been to six safari camps in Kenya before Rekero, so we know that it's never safe to say that any sightings are guaranteed, but seeing the big cats at Rekero is as close to a sure thing as you can get. In four days we saw seven cheetahs, five leopards and so many lions that we lost count. The Rekero guides, as well as the guides at other camps in the area coordinate in such a way that if you wanted to spend every day with just cheetahs, or lions, you could. The leopards are more difficult to find and the sightings more fleeting, but if you set out to see them, our experience was that your odds are good.

Thanks to seeing a black rhino on our last morning, we did see the big five. We were also lucky enough to see more elusive animals such as a serval cat and a bat - eared fox.

We prefer tented camps to those with lodges, so for us the accommodation at Rekero is ideal. The tents are tucked into the woods and overlook the Talek River. We requested tent nine because we wanted to be close to the hippos and were we ever close to them! They cracked branches and twigs on their paths to the river as they brushed past our tent at night, and one night we encountered a hippo in the path as walked back to the tent from dinner.

Our hosts Clea and Conway were delightful, friendly and always ready to help. They sprang to action one night when our tent was invaded by safari ants after a rain and swiftly moved us to another tent. We are most grateful for all their aid and advice.

Our guide Pius was more complicated. We'd have to say that overall he was an excellent guide, because he did put us in position to see many fantastic animals and sights, but we got the feeling that he wasn't always giving it his all. On our last day in particular, we sensed that he was "running out the clock." At times Pius seemed to rely somewhat too much on other Rekero guides, so much so that on several occasions we could see that he stopped the truck to make small talk while he waited for the other guides to leave a scene before he took us there. Then when we arrived at the scene we'd find "just" a few sleeping lions, when we'd had many active and fantastic lion encounters during the previous days. We'd have rather headed off somewhere else without being sure what we would find. The other irksome thing was that there were times when we felt we were on Pius's photo safari, as he had us waiting to move on while he maneuvered for pictures that he wanted to take with his camera. We don't mean to be too rough on Pius, because he's a friendly and personable man who guided us to many magic moments. He found us a pride of lions marching majestically across the plains, as well as a herd of elephants, both when no one else was around. He also brought us to the most memorable bush breakfast spot we'd ever been to.

He spotted the rhino on our last morning, but we felt that we wouldn't have been there to see it if we hadn't made him get up early on the morning of our leaving. That was our experience with Pius in a nutshell, moments of elation mixed with some frustration.

Overall, our experience at Rekero was fantastic and we wouldn't hesitate to return.

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Mrs. S - Essex
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous Rekero

This was our first visit to the Mara and we were a little apprehensive because of everything we'd heard about the Mara being ridiculously busy and overcrowded. It was a little overrun with vehicles whenever there was a sighting but there was a sense of good nature about it. If you have any reservations about the Mara then don't. It is unbelievably beautiful and the big cat sightings were terrific.

The camp is very comfortable and wonderfully positioned. The food is gorgeous and the hosting very friendly.

We were blessed with a wonderful guide, Dan, who was so entertaining, made us laugh and can not only work out which grazer a cheetah is going to go for but can also work out where this is going to take place! An extraordinary place, highly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs C from Brentwood, Essex
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful situation on the river bank.

Outstanding camp for viewing animal crossings on both Talek and Mara rivers. It was a pity that we were the only guests although there was a specific party of 6 who ate separately.

All the staff made every effort to make our stay exceptional. Sami, our guide, was amazing providing us with unbelieveable sightings not only of massive wildebeest and other animal crossings but also ensuring that every day we saw something different. His intuition as to how animals behave and second guessing where next they would appear from the bush was excellent.

Our wonderful experiences at Rekaro will remain in our minds forever.

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