Reviews of Rekero
Wildlife sightings and reviews
28 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Rekero and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Beautiful situation on the river bank."
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." See all these reviews: 6n in Kenya; 3n in Tanzania
Equal but different to Naboisho, nicer than Cottars." See all these reviews: 12n in Seychelles; 6n in Kenya
"Loved Rekero !"
We saw quite a few crossings as we simply sat eating breakfast on the lawn or were looking at the view.
There are nine tents and they were all full when we were there. It is obviously a very popular place and many people we spoke to had stayed there before - some of them for the third time in a year !
We did not meet all the usual managers as they were taking a short break , but were well taken care of by Mariana and Clea.
They joined us for meals and helped dish some of them up too.
Usually one of the guides also joined us which made for lively and interesting dinner conversation.
I read somewhere that the dining tent ( mess tent) had very spartan chairs . But this was not the case when we visited as the chairs and the whole dining area were very comfortable.
The 'spartan' metal fold up chairs were however used outside for breakfast at camp ( with cushions)
One night we had place names at dinner - but couples were not split up as I had read they would be.
There was a large family of about 8 staying there at the time - so maybe that was the reason for not mixing people up at meal times .
The tent was not huge but big enough - the furniture was wooden but seemed a bit more modern than most places.
Seemed a bit more 'designed' than other places I have stayed at.
Hotr water was provided in flasks for washing your smalls and a small washing line with pegs out the front.
Bucket showers were excellent. The toilet was not separate from the rest of the bathroom which might matter if you were sharing with someone you didn't know all that well. All toiletries were included including cotton buds and tampons.
Lunch was buffet style and very good. All the food at Rekero was just so tasty !!!
The staff all seemed very confident and able to banter with guests.
Charging is in the main tent and they label your plug for you. ( good idea)
There is a new lounging- about tent on the river which looked very nice but we didn't really get a chance to relax in it unfortunately.
Rekero is NOT dismantled each year anymore as they found it caused more damage to do that than to just leave it be.
It is closed as most places are in April and May and then they return and mow a bit of grass , do some repairs etc.. and off they go again for another season.
Drinks by the fire pre-dinner was very enjoyable and I did read that the fire has been in that spot since the camp was first founded.
Our guide was Pius who found us some marvellous animal sightings.
Weather in August was lovely and warm - very little use for my fleece!
Saw lots of lions, one cheetah, and of course horizon to horizon wildebeest !!
Never seen so many in my life !!" See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
"wonderful Rekero camp"
Our guide Daniel really knew his stuff and we had fantastic bush breakfasts an d sundowners.
Food and drinks in the camp were excellent along with the service." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
Our guide Dan was very personable, knowledgeable and diligent in scouting out wildlife. The river-side location really makes the camp special with lots of activity in the river (crocs, hippos) and animals traveling to and from the river.
Our village visit with Dan was great, giving us a little glimpse outside of the tourist bubble into rural life.
The meals were excellent as long as you temper your expectations with the knowledged that you are in a remote camp. All service was courteous but relaxed and friendly. Overall highly recommended." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Excellent July Safari at Rekero"
Over the course of 2 days we were very lucky and our guides very good at their job so we managed to see a Black Rhino, several hundred wildebeest making a river crossing, large numbers of zebra, giraffe and gazelles. We saw the Rekero pride of lions several times including one early morning sighting just outside camp as the sun was rising and two lionesses were engaged in play fighting. We also saw 3 cheetah, around 100 hippo's including the camp resident hippo George. (don't worry he doesn't sleep in the tents !
We had two guides to ourselves as Moses was being introduced to the Mara area by Pius, but Moses had been a guide a Amboselli previously and both of them had a wealth of knowledge and got the balance just right between giving us information and allowing us to watch and enjoy.
Breakfast and lunches whilst out in the Mara were great and the food served in the evening at the camp was really good. The hosts were very welcoming and good at keeping all the guests engaged at the dinner table despite the varying backgrounds of the guests.
The tents are much more luxurious than you might expect. The bucket showers work well and there are flushing toilets in the tent, with a very comfortable bed and hot water bottles at night if it is a bit chilly. All that said it is great to hear the animal calls at night safe in the knowledge that the friendly Askari guards are on patrol around the camp.
My only regret is that we didn't stay longer and we will definitely be returning to this camp." See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya
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