Reviews of Tangulia Mara
Wildlife sightings and reviews
12 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Tangulia Mara and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Tangulia Mara review"
It has a wonderful setting and my tent overlooked the natural salt lick and a bend in the Mara river. Many animals were to be seen just sitting out on the verandah - including lions.
Jackson was not there but his partner, Dominic, was an attentive and interesting host.
Lovely food and my guide, Benjamin, was full of information and showed me the best possible sightings.
Lots of fairly rustic type furniture very much in keeping with the camp." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Tangulia Mara review"
Our guide was superb, and the animal sightings were numerous. We were there in June 2022 - rainy season and pre-migration - and some sites could not be accessed due to muddy terrain. Also, the tall grasses and pre-migration status meant that some sightings were harder to come by. That said, even the drive from the airstrip on the first day was fantastic!
The site is beautiful - we could view game from our porch, and if the tents were "less polished" than other sites they were still luxurious: the showers were hot, everything was clean and spacious, and service was outstanding." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya; 6n in Rwanda
"Tangulia Mara review"
Drive from the landing strip was a safari in itself with our great guide Benjamin. The camp has wonderful views over the green river valley, spent an hour just watching giraffes graze, there were always animals to watch from our terrace. Tent and location great.
The game and the birds are amazing here, we have enjoyed many safaris but this location had almost everything.
Good staff, and food a lot of care, breakfasts and sundowners by the river.
The walk and visit to the local village was a great experience, not to be missed. Very friendly if sobering." See all these reviews: 11n in Kenya
"Tangulia Mara review"
I indicated that during the pandemic I did not feel comfortable having communal meals, so I had my meals at a separate table, where I was joined in the beginning of my stay by Susan (assistant manager) and later by Damaris ( the manager). We had long talks about the various aspects of the Masai culture and their and my personal lives.
Whenever I was in the comfortable lounge area, I would be joined by one of the staff members, and we always had interesting conversations about the Masai people and the changes that are taking place in their culture. For me this was important as I was eager to learn, and I very much like to engage with the people whenever I travel in Africa.
Tangulia Mara camp is a rustic camp, that is beautifully located in a quiet part of the Masai Mara. The path from the lounge to my tent was newly paved, which was very comfortable as it rained a lot at night and my tent was located downhills.
The tent was airy and spacious, and decorated with nice wooden details and beautiful beadwork. There was a big container with drinking water, a fridge, and a fan.
I had a tent with a view on the salt lick and the Mara river, and every day I saw hippo’s, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, baboons, and many birds from my big porch. The shower was great, and I would find a warm waterbottle every evening. At six in the morning I got hot tea in a thermos mug and biscuits in my tent, and we always enjoyed a picknick breakfast during our gamedrive.
Sometimes we would also take a picknick lunch.
I had Sophia and Dalton as my guides, they were a knowledgeable team, and good drivers which was important on the extremely muddy and bad roads in the Masai Mara.
We had wonderful sightings, and could stay there as long as I wanted to observe the behaviour of the wildlife. One of the many good things about Tangulia Mara is, that each guest/couple/group gets a private car if possible, even in the high season.
Last but not least: the food was very tasty.
The only downside is, that it can be rather busy with cars on sightings of predators, especially in the central part of the Masai Mara. The area where Tangulia is based, was much more quiet." See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
"Tangulia Mara review"
It was a delight to be hosted by the charismatic and charming Jackson, and our guide Benjamin was a font of insight and persistence in getting us good sightings - including a distant black rhino. He was also an excellent driver, which we very much appreciated given the challenges thrown up by the muddy conditions and raised water levels - although it was astonishing how quickly these improved with a bit of sunshine on them. Finally, as at Offbeat, it was lovely to have a vehicle to ourselves for the course of our stay." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Tangulia Mara review"
Leonard is such a good vegetarian chef - he should always be in camp when veggies/vegans are guests - the variety of his menu and what he gives you to eat make meal times a real pleasure.
The new stone pathways to some of the tents are well designed to blend in with the landscape - great job" See all these reviews: 16n in Kenya
"Great time at Tangulia Camp in the Mara"
This is the first Maasai owned Camp of the Mara and Dominic .... and Jackson... are entertaining and charismatic hosts. Jackson is an expert guide and photographer, and well-known as a BBC and international television presenter and naturalist in Big Cat Diary and other documentary series.
Our guide and expert driver Benjamin was a storehouse of knowledge about the wildlife including the amazing bird life - as well as Maasai culture. He was focused on helping us see what we hoped to see, even if it meant some long day drives to the border of Tanzania to see the start of the wildebeest migration, which lucky for us, was late this year. In the Mara Triangle, down to the Tanzanian border we saw thousands and thousands of wildebeests, escorted by zebras, as they migrated into the Mara from the Serengeti. we also found the elusive cheetah just on the border. Over the next two days, Benjamin our guide was tireless in seeking places to witness one of the first wildebeest crossings as they reached the Mara River. They weren't ready before we had to leave the Mara and Benjamin sent us his own video a few days after we left, when those crossings finally happened. We devoted some of our drives to watching the wonderful Marsh lion pride and ventured further to find leopards as well as seeing baby elephants bathing by the river.
We thoroughly approved of Jackson and Dominic's work experience programme for future female guides - they want to create more opportunities for women and we enjoyed the additional company of Valentine, a student in her last year at college, completing a tourism degree, the first in her family to attend college.
The only extra activity which we took advantage of was the visit to a Maasai Boma or Village. Although this was laid on for visitors, it was great fun... and very informative. Our son was invited to 'jump' with the young Maasai men while our daughter threw herself into the women's dances and shopping for some of their craft items. The women of the boma were good business women, we found.
Food -- we enjoyed the convivial family style dining at a long table with room for 14 guests, all sharing their stories over dinner. Good salads and tropical fruit...with substantial main courses, plenty of wine, beer and spirits. We liked the provision of bush breakfasts and lunch on our long day drives....the final sundowner on the bluffs of the Mara River was a wonderful end to our stay.
The camp was well organised, with nice hot showers and good en suite bathrooms with running water. New tents are being erected this year which will be a further upgrade to the camp.
Our only suggestion would be to modestly smooth some of the track into the camp to allow for a slightly quicker journey into the Mara Park. And to find a way of switching to metal canteens for drinking water - to phase out individual plastic bottles asap. Borana gave a metal bottle to guests at the start of the trip - and provided filtered water in glass refillable bottles in rooms, plus jugs of filtered water at all meals. Very popular.
We would love to go back to Tangulia - many of the other guests had been there regularly - some several times a year for several weeks at a time. We found the Mara wildlife very very impressive, and not crowded, and this second leg of our Kenyan trip was a lovely complementary contrast with the landscape and flora and fauna of the Kenyan Highlands." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
"One of the best camps we've ever visited!"
The only Maasai owned camp in the Mara - there should be more.
Jackson the Owner/Host/Guide is a one of the most personable people I have ever met on my African travels on so many levels (Guiding experience, company, sense of humour, education, conversation, history etc.). He is also a bit of a celebrity having been a main participant in Big Cat Diaries (BBC TV Show). Now Co-Presenting a similar Show on Animal Planet.
The Game viewing was excellent, caught the Migration (impossible to count the Zebra and Wilderbeasts they were everywhere). Plenty of Lion action and we were privileged to see a full speed Cheetah chase and kill (which only happened because of Jackson's experience in positioning the vehicle and being patient). The chase finished in front of our vehicle. Saw Black Rhino.
We do not often plan on returning to a Safari Camp (as there are so many new ones to experience) but we will definitely be returning to Tangulia, apparently it is open all year round and there is lots of action even without the Migration. We go on Safari every year and so have seen a lot of camps in various countries - this camp is now in our top 3." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Dream Safari at Tangulia Mara"
"Great safari at Tangulia Mara"
Our guide Sam was exceptionally knowledgeable - always seemed to know where the next kill was likely to take place! - and as a result we saw almost everything we wanted to - only the rhinos proved elusive. We liked the trip to the school and to the Masai village, but it was the landscape and animals which were most memorable." See all these reviews: 3n in Kenya
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