Just as the 50 000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy balances the needs of communities and conservation, so this intimate tented camp balances a wilderness experience with discreet creature comforts – the ultimate Kenya Safari.
The nine luxurious tented suites offer private facilities and king-size beds, with large screen windows to let the sights and sounds of the Kenyan wilderness astound you at every turn. The name Naboisho translates as ‘harmony’, and throughout the camp – from the low-impact canvas suites, to the organic construction of the main lodge – there’s careful consideration for offering a luxurious safari escape while touching the earth lightly.
Naboisho is particularly famous for its wide range of game viewing activities, and at the end of your day of African adventure you’ll relish the warm, yet understated hospitality that is the hallmark of the camp: dinners by the fireside, tales traded in the stylish lodge and the exotic sounds of the bush lulling you to sleep.
Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Although situated alongside the iconic – but crowded – Masai Mara, this groundbreaking conservation initiative launched in 2011 is slowly but surely making a name for itself.
And yet this 50 000-acre wilderness corridor – a project spearheaded by Asilia Africa – could be the future of conservation in Africa; partnering local landlords with tourism companies to conserve a vast tract of pristine Kenyan wilderness. By working with the 500 individual landowners that make up the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, we’re able to ensure the benefits of eco-tourism – and your visit – trickle down to the Maasai families that have lived on these lands for generations.
And what lands they are: herds of antelope dot the rolling plains of grass that merge seamlessly with the Maasai Mara National Reserve, while stands of acacia woodland hide prolific birdlife. Beneath your feet, rich volcanic soils give life to a verdant landscape where you’ll find more cheetah and lion per square kilometre than anywhere else in Kenya.
However, the real magic of Naboisho is its sheer exclusivity. Only a handful of lodges are situated in the conservancy, ensuring a level of safari solitude simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves. Unlike many other camps, the guides at Naboisho are also adept at offering a deeper understanding of this complex ecosystem, making it an ideal choice for safari travellers on their second or third visit to Africa.
The activities at Naboisho Camp make the most of this unrivalled access to pristine wilderness: bush walks, off-road safaris, overnight fly camps, night drives and wilderness picnics are activities you could only dream of in the national reserves.
Happily, there’s nothing to stop us visiting the Maasai Mara National Reserve though: and once you’ve ticked it off your list, we guarantee you’ll be happy to return to this peaceful corner of Africa we call, simply, Naboisho.
Naboisho Camp is a permanent camp with just 9 luxurious tents. The intimate size of the camp means that it has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and very personal service.
The spacious tents have been designed combining the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel focusing on attention to detail. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and indoor and outdoor bush showers. Each luxury safari tent also has a large verandah with a day bed for relaxing after game drives and is attended by a personal butler.
For families there is a family tent which comprises of two interconnecting tents.
The Naboisho Camp dining area and lounge is the main public area. This thatched area has wooden decks providing a great vantage point out onto a watering hole.
High levels of personalised service, along with a team that have worked together for many years, create a warm and friendly atmosphere in this camp.
Take a look inside….