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Incredible experience at Naboisho

Kenya between 2 Jul 2018 and 5 Jul 2018

Trip rating: Excellent
"The trip was better than I could have expected. I loved it!

I talked to several different safari consultants, and based on the guidance of Olivia and Ellie, I went with Naboisho Conservancy over something in the north of Kenya or in the Mara Reserve itself. Both of those would have been far inferior to what I ended up experiencing, and I feel grateful for the expertise!

Other than the AirKenya flights being delayed and very poorly communicated, it was wonderful."

Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp

"Amazing place, service and experience"

3 nights Arrived 2 Jul 2018
"Naboisho's best asset is being inside the Naboisho Conservancy. Especially in early July when the migration has not yet reached the Mara Reserve, being in the conservancy provides much greater game viewing opportunities. Being in the conservancy also means it is a less crowded, more intimate experience and allows visitors to do walking safaris (not allowed the reserve) and to go off the road. Being guided through this amazing landscape by one of Naboisho's expert guides is truly amazing. If Naboisho Camp is full, you can also stay in one of a few other lodges in the conservancy to be able to access conservancy grounds.

That said, if you can stay at Naboisho Camp, I'd highly recommend it. The guides, camp managers and other staff went out of their way to make guests comfortable at every turn. I was a little nervous about being a solo traveler, but I immediately felt included and at home due to the warm welcome of Richard, Andrea and the other staff, who actively fostered a sense of community in the small camp.

Naboisho Camp is part of the Asilia Africa lodge group, which actively promotes sustainability and community engagement. They've won several eco/community awards, and I was so impressed by their approach to land, community and guests that if I return, I will stay at one of their other properties throughout Kenya and Tanzania.

Highlights of the visit included two less common opportunities to experience the savannah outside the walls of a truck. Both a walking safari with one of Naboisho's specially trained walking guides and an afternoon horseback riding with Ride Mara were excellent. Other amazing moments included seeing a leopard and both a cheetah and lions with cubs. I also got lucky to be there when one of the scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Trust came to share a presentation on big predator conservation efforts in and around the reserve. I really enjoyed the additional perspective he gave on conservation challenges and opportunities. It definitely something most tourists would not get to learn about or appreciate.

The rooms, service and food were some of the highest quality that I've experienced anywhere. The fact that it was delivered in the bush made it all the more impressive. I am also a gluten free eater, and the camp chef made me gluten free breads and desserts or other equivalents at every meal."
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Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

"Maasai Mara Reserve Safari review"

4 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion

Visiting the reserve was a good way to see the landscape, which is somewhat different than the conservancies.

However, in early July when the grass is tall, there are much fewer animals than in the conservancies north of the reserve. It was nice to do for an afternoon, but I'm glad this was not my entire experience.

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