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A wonderful resort and location to relax and recharge. Lovely accommodations, great food and top notch management make this a wonderful get away. From the managers to the staff, everyone was warm and attentive. Activities include expert guided snorkeling and reef walks! Highly recommend and hope to visit again!"
SMSeattle (USA) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Matemwe Lodge

Real comfort in the bush

This was a great camp for our first safari experience. Comfortable and well equipped lodge tents with indoor and outdoor showers, together with the all important after dark escort when moving around camp (the photos from the camp's night cameras were eye opening!)

It's a slick operation and the managers were most convivial and worked hard to make the stay enjoyable and fun. They also made a couple of lovely and unexpected gestures in recognition that it was our honeymoon - thanks guys!
Cubs (UK) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Oliver's Camp


This camp was excellent, I had a wonderful experience. All of the staff were nice and friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be there. My tent was amazing and very spacious with all the luxuries of a normal hotel (normal sink, shower and toilet and electricity). The guide I had, Festo, was great and made many good spots of animals. The food was great and varied as well. For being in the middle of the bush, this site had it all. Also, on the actual safari we were often the only vehicle in sight so it felt very private with just our vehicle and the animals. I would absolutely recommend this camp and would go there again if I did another safari. "
PR88 | Stayed in June, 2015 at Kwihala Camp

Absolutely Worth It!

From the moment we arrived until our departure our experience was 5 star! The lodge is beautifully maintained, the tents are comfortable and spacious. The manager and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We enjoyed the evening camp fire and communal dinners. Our guide, Oreti, was outstanding! His knowledge of the animals and their behaviors was amazing. He worked hard to make sure we saw every animal possible! I would recommend this experience to anyone considering a safari vacation."
CMSeattle (USA) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Sayari Camp

Honeymoon Bliss!

This was hands-down the most relaxed I have ever been in my entire life. Every need was taken care of by our amazing butler Mohammed. He went the extra mile every single day. Every time we got back to our villa after a snorkel he even had a nice warm bath and cold coconuts waiting for us.

The food was so good I could not stop eating. I gained 4 kg's in a week hahaha!!

The rest of the staff are super friendly and everyone always knows what activity we did that day and will ask us how it was. I have never received so many friendly hello's in such a short space of time. It was truly special.

We also could not get enough of the snorkelling excursions as our guide, Kidawa, has the most incredible knowledge of the ocean and the local sea life. He managed to track down some dolphins not once, but 3 times... what a magical experience swimming with a pod of 20 to 30 dolphins in the ocean.

The villa was also extremely comfortable and very beautifully decorated. The view from our private pool was to die for!!

This place is absolute bliss!!
Rudellermann (RSA) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Matemwe Retreat

Best Camp in the Mara Hands Down!

This was my second trip to Kenya and I can honestly say that the Encounter went way beyond my expectations. The staff was so flexible and accommodating! They thought of every detail. From the moment they picked us up at the airfield till our return.

The food was better than most 5 star restaurants I have dined at. Every meal being served perfectly in flavor, temperature and presentation. The drivers were so knowledgeable on the region and the animals , where to find them, and how to get up close and personal. Tents were great, hot water, flushing toilets a huge outdoor couch to relax on the porch.

Our backyard at the camp was a vision of Zebras ,Baboons and giraffes passing our camp. Encounter does not have electric fences like many of the camps and for that reason we were able to view the animals from our porch!

Thank you to Andrew, Moses, Cenchura (our driver) and the rest of the amazing staff for a holiday of a lifetime."
Thea V | Stayed in June, 2015 at Encounter Mara

Remarkable location!

Very comfortable and tastefully furnished rooms in the heart of the bush. Excellent and attentive service from the staff and the best food we had in Tanzania / Zanzibar. They also made a couple of lovely and unexpected gestures in recognition that it was our honeymoon.

However, despite this making for a most comfortable stay, what makes this place so stellar is its location!
Cubs (UK) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Namiri Plains

Absolutely GREAT!

This safari and it's accommodations were so great! I highly recommend it! The guides were especially great and very knowledgeable - I can't say enough good things about this place!"
KTrigs (KENYA) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Encounter Mara

Better than any hotel I have been in!

We were greeted by Daniel our Safari guide when we landed at the dirt airstrip. On the way to the property we saw many animals despite the downpour of rain when we arrived. On arrival we were met by the camp host Roelof and Helen who run an amazing camp with great customer care! They are fun and easy to talk to and at least one will always be at mealtime ready and willing to make new friends and answer any questions or address any problems you may have.

We saw and heard wildlife outside of our tent every night which was amazing. Why else stay in a tent in the bush?? We saw giraffe, zebra, impala, topi, and that was all from the deck on our tent. At night we heard buffalo, hyenas, and lions around our tent! But don't worry the camp has Askari's (Masi guides) that roam the grounds at night. After dark you are not allowed/advised to leave your tent without a guide to protect you. 

Daniel was a great guide and it was fun to get to know him. He was great at spotting animals and we saw everything we wanted to see. He gave a lot of information about the animals and would answer questions about them or the plants. I never heard an I don't know, nor did I feel he was making anything up. 

If you have the chance you must go on a walking safari with Roelof! Seeing the animals and plants from a walking level is an experience not to miss. He also is very knowledgeable and gave you great details about everything you see, from termites to elephants, trees to flowers. While you are walking safety is his top priority!
JNJorday (Dubai) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Naboisho Camp

Hunting, but with a camera!

This was a wonderful experience. The variety of game was incredible, the knowledge of the guides, excellent. We saw leopard, cheetah, lion, elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, lots of wilderbeast, antelope, vultures mmm, and more. There was the excitement of hunting, but the killing was done by the animals.

The accommodation and catering, in the wilds, were first class, with highly attentive staff. Of the nine tents (rooms) in total, we were room nine and the family were room three. Both were lovely. We also did a walking safari one morning and found it fascinating and we felt very safe.

We cannot recommend this safari highly enough. Thank you to everyone, who helped make this so memorable.
Myra (UK) | Stayed in June, 2015 at Naboisho Camp

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