Kleins Camp: Our full report
Klein's Camp is a small, luxury lodge that was originally built as a hunting camp.It sits in its own 10,000 hectare private concession area in Loliondo. Klein's leases this land from the Maasai and is for the exclusive use of the guests who stay here.
The camp is set on the rocky slopes of the Kuka Hills; to the north is the Maasai Mara and to the west is the Serengeti. Due to its elevation, there are spectacular views over the valley and the woodland savanna - Acacia and desert date trees dominate the undulating hills here.
The design of Klein's has been kept practical and simple. The main dining and bar areas are next door to one another offering sweeping views over the valley. They have a relaxed and comfortable feel, but have been furnished to high standards. They are a short walk away from the rooms which ensures as much privacy and quiet as possible.
These public rooms are reminiscent of colonial Africa mixed with old English charm. The open-sided sitting room/bar is reached down paved steps and a slightly uneven path. Although large, the furniture and eccentric touches ensure there is plenty of character and warmth. Like the bedrooms, it has been constructed out of makuti thatch and stone, and worn rugs cover the stone floors. At the heart of the room is a deep, round firepit complete with a polished brass flue hanging from the thatched roof. Stylish leather armchairs and velveteen sofas have been placed thoughtfully around the room and the fire – not too close to one another or obstructing the panoramic view.
Intricately carved, wooden coffee tables and distressed chests carry trinkets, stems of scented flowers and historic looking wildlife books. There are also wooden board games dotted around the room for lazy afternoons in between safari drives.
Adjacent to an old-style gramophone is the small, solid wood bar, which is very well-stocked and is open all day until the last person goes to bed. Although there are a few high cane bar chairs, most guests sit in the sitting room to enjoy the view.
There is a good, albeit small shop at Klein's Camp, well stocked with African prints, jewellery, traditional African trinkets and beautiful wildlife books.
The large, kidney-shaped swimming pool at Klein's sits at 2,000m has a shaded seating area with comfortable sunloungers on a paved, stone terrace area. The pool itself is fresh water and has lovely views of the surrounding bush. It also has quite a private feel, as it has been set back from the main path and there is a brick wall and bushes.
Sandy paths lead from the main areas of the camp to ten round, stone thatched cottages. All of these are well spread out and each has spectacular views over either the valley or the Grumeti River. Every pair of cottages also shares its own private butler. Again, these cottages have been furnished to very high standards.
Due to its location, Klein's makes a great base from which to experience the
annual zebra and wildebeest migration, which generally passes through this area around October to November, as it makes its way south. Klein's Camp has particularly good resident game at other times of the year; lion, leopard and cheetah have all marked their own territories here and can be found along with herds of elephant and buffalo.
Birdlife is also prolific in the Loliondo area - there are 345 species recorded here. A pair of black Verreaux's eagles have made their eyrie close to camp and can often be seen soaring over the plains. There are also more common birds in the area, such as, the pygmy falcon and the slate-coloured boubou.
Activities at Klein's Camp are varied. Because Klein's is just outside the Serengeti National Park, it's possible to go on both night drives and bush walks in the concession area. Guests can go out for guided walks lasting from 1½ hours up to half a day. Klein's can also organise a visit to the local village, Ololosokwan, to get a taste of the local Maasai culture and daily life. Night drives are also possible in Loliondo which gives guests the opportunity to view nocturnal wildlife and the bush in a totally different light.
As with the other &Beyond properties, Klein's Camp offers very high standards of service and quality. Due to its location and size, there is a tangible feeling of exclusivity at Klein's. We found the staff charming and the hospitality second to none – the lodge manager, Alastair instantly made us feel at home.
On our last trip to Klein's we also visited two other &Beyond properties, and we found Klein's to have the most relaxed feel to it. Having said that, it certainly doesn't lack any of the professionalism or luxury of the other properties.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- 3 nights is typical – and Klein's is often combined with its sister-properties in the region: Grumeti River Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge – as well as its beachside sibling, Mnemba Island.
- The camp is 10km from the Klein's airstrip.
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Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- Breakfast is served according to your safari timetable. If you prefer to go on an early morning drive or have a bit of a lie-in, breakfast will be waiting for you. It consists of fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts and a choice of a cooked breakfast.
Lunchis again flexible in its timings. The last time we were there we enjoyed a three course, cooked meal. Our main course consisted of a very tasty hot, noodle and chicken dish, accompanied by home-baked bread.
Dinner is a three course meal in the dining room or if you prefer you can have dinner on your room's verandah.
The food served at Klein's is fresh, very tasty and imaginative in presentation, ingredients and recipes.
- Solo Travel
- Klein’s Camp makes a wonderful base for a solo traveller – with amazing views from the lodge, excellent safari activities, a private game-viewing area and high standards of care. Klein’s generally low single supplement and friendly atmosphere add to its attraction.
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- Wildlife safaris
- It is possible to go on night game-drives and day bush walks from Klein's. The lodge is also on the route for the Serengeti's great migration and the best time to see this in the Klein's area is generally between mid-October and end-November.
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- Klein’s Camp provides a beautiful mix of tantalizing experiences ranging from exceptional night game drives to exploring the Maasai culture. It perfectly captures the spirit of Africa without compromising the level of comfort – truly an impeccable African luxury safari.
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- Attitude towards children
- Children are welcome at Klein's camp as long as they are 12 years and over.
- Property’s age restrictions
- Special activities & services
- Generally recommended for children
- We would recommend this lodge for mature children only – as dangerous game will sometimes pass through it.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Klein's Camp
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Kleins Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- WiFi is available. There is limited signal for cell phones.
- TV & radio
Empowering the Ololosokwan community
Serengeti harbours some of the biggest herds of migratory animals in the world, thus providing visitors with a game experience unmatched anywhere in the world. But this is only possible because of the people who live in the rural communities around the Serengeti.
Klein’s camp is an authentic African experience as the camp is leased from the local Ololosokwan community and Maasai landlords, who are involved in camp operations and development. With 78% of staff coming from the surrounding communities, and beyond, Klein’s Camp is committed to invest in the future generation of the Ololosokwan community.
In partnership with Africa Foundation, Klein’s Camp is raising funds to assist the Ololosokwan Primary School with renovations, including roof repairs, a new ceiling, flooring, doors and windows, and repainting. Ololosokwan Primary School was established in 1979. Currently 597 students are enrolled, guided by 11 teachers. Because of its rural location the school provides boarding facilities for 160 of its students.
In 2007, Africa Foundation established a much-needed medical clinic in the Ololosokwan community that borders Klein’s Camp. Dr Obed, a hardworking medical practitioner runs the entire clinic singlehandedly and continues to provide quality health care to 20 to 30 community members every day. His work does not come without its challenges such as lack of electricity and shortage of resources.
Therefore, funds were raised to install solar panels to generate electricity for lighting, which were finally installed at the end of 2015, increasing on-site efficiency as well as the practitioner’s living conditions.
Donations to Africa Foundation will also help generate funds to renovate the clinic.
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Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- All the guides and managers at Klein's Camp are first aid trained and they have first aid kits at the lodge.
There is a ten room health centre at Ololosokwan Village.
They also have links with the Flying Doctor.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- Askaris (watchmen) will escort guests to and from their rooms at night.
- Fire safety
- There are fire extinguishers around the lodge. All the staff are trained to use them.
There is a fire break around the camp.
Guided walking safari
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- Klein's camp accept US$, Euros, £, Tanzanian Shillings and travellers cheques.
Each room has a safe in it.
- Accepted payment on location
- Klein's accepts Visa and Mastercard.
Room types at Kleins Camp
The ten stone and Makuti-thatch cottages at Klein's Camp are reached along an uneven path from the main areas. In shape, they replicate African rondavels (traditional African houses). Each has its own paved veranda, complete with a table and director's chairs, so that guests can sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Inside, the cottages are cool and calming, thanks to the painted white walls and the polished, wooden floor. There is a large four-poster bed in the centre of the room which is framed by delicate, white drapes – these also double as a mosquito net. A few scatter cushions sit on top of a striped fawn and white bed-spread.
Most of the furniture in the room is made from sleek, dark wood. There is a built-in cupboard, which houses a small electronic combination safe, and shelves on one side of the room. There are a couple of small bedside tables, a chest with glass decanters on, a comfortable armchair and a wicker chair for relaxing in. An easel and a box of drawing pencils sit on top of a wicker table - just in case guests are inspired to recreate the panoramic views on paper!
The room is lit by a couple of rechargeable, wicker lamps which stand either side of the bed. There are also a couple of metal wall lights which sit close to the doorway. This soft lighting accentuates the elegance of these stylish rooms and the beamed ceiling.
All of the bedrooms at Klein's Camp have en-suite bathrooms. These are simple – there is a flush toilet, a shower and a twin sink unit – but they are practical and cool, if a little dim.
The white walls and dark wood of the bedrooms continue in the bathroom – the double sink unit, the towel rails and the bathroom door are all dark wood. There is a large wooden mirror on the walls and a couple of small windows letting in much needed rays of sunlight.
The open-sided shower area is exposed brick and is basic, but at least has hot water. There are complimentary toiletries and white towels for guests use. A hair dryer hangs up next to the sinks and the UK three-pin plug adaptor.
The bedrooms and bathrooms at Klein's Camp are simply decorated, but very comfortable and stylish with thoughtful design touches. The décor, fixtures and fittings are all of a very high standard.
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