Reviews of Sand River Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
5 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Sand River Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Sand River Camp review"
We were there for two nights only and in this time we saw 35 lions and maybe only 5 of those did we see twice. On a couple of occasions we watched them eating what was left of a kill. On a morning drive we had 2 big male lions walking on the track towards us and then just standing inches away from the vehicle before carrying on.
We were fortunate enough to see a serval cat out in daylight." See all these reviews: 14n in Kenya
"Sand River Camp review"
Enoch, our guide, was fantastic - huge respect for the job that he does, his knowledge and understanding of the Mara environment. We has a fair amount of rain during our stay but this did not really impact on our activities - just created a lot more mud for Enoch to drive through!
You need to consider the size of the Mara vs a private conservancy such as Loisaba. You are covering a lot of distance to find animals and whereas a morning game drive in Loisaba is ~3 hours, in Sand River, its ~6 hours! So there is a lot of sitting each day!
Fantastic hot air balloon ride - high recommend that, and a lovely bush breakfast on our way over to the Mara Triangle area." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
"Such a gem!"
Really top notch guiding from Anthony - we had a wonderful Leopard sighting. He was really good at sensing what we were most interested in and adapting, particularly pointing out amazing birds and wildflowers too. Really outstanding. Absolutely fantastic sundowner set up with other interesting guests from camp around a camp fire, a definite highlight.
Beautifully appointed tents, and very friendly staff. We enjoyed a dip in the pool after lunch, which overlooks the river. It would be amazing to be there during the migration." See all these reviews: 15n in Kenya
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