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Safari at your service

We spent two nights here - ideally placed for game viewing in the Serengeti. Very comfortable accommodation, and attentive staff. I was ill during our stay, and the staff were all caring and considerate. The tent was spacious and well equipped, and all in all it was a great experience!"
Ariene L (USA) | Stayed in February, 2015 at Olakira Camp

Best Quality Everything!

Encounter Mara is hands down the best way to experience the Maasai Mara. Their facilities are top notch when it comes to comfort and luxury. You're staying in a tent in the middle of the African bush, but it feels like you're staying in a 5 star hotel! On safari, you get to go off roads, get up CLOSE to the animals and you really feel like you're in their natural habitat. It's really quite an incredible experience.
You won't get a better way to experience the Mara! Enjoy your stay!"
JNC (US) | Stayed in January, 2015 at Encounter Mara

I went in with high expectations, but got even more

We had the BEST time in our too- short stay here! Each of the four of us adults, and each of the kids age 5-15, felt the same way - we loved it! We saw more animals and at such a close distance I still can't quite believe it. Our photos and memories will last a lifetime, thank you Encounter Mara!"
Ljefe | Stayed in January, 2015 at Encounter Mara

Best Value in the Mara

We recently stayed at Encounter Mara for the second time. While we enjoyed our first visit, this little camp has really come along in the past 16 months. The game drives are terrific everywhere in the Mara and we enjoyed them in the conservancy as well as in the National Reserve nearby. We have stayed at several other lodges and camps in the Mara that are opulent but will return to Encounter Mara again next time we get to Kenya."
PhotoBug (US) | Stayed in January, 2015 at Encounter Mara

Unique Exciting Experience at a Tropical Forest

Rubondo was a nice respite from the savannah. The third stop in our itinerary, we entered the tropical forest. Game drive is still one of the options. But the options are many: Nile perch fishing (great fun), boat cruise (great birding, especially at sunset to the nesting island), forest walk (more on this later), and many more to come.

The guide here was an expert naturist. During the walk, it was hypnotic just watching him, reading the air, the flattering leaves, and every bended branch, deciphering the surrounding and pointing out every vein of the forest and telling the entire zoological and botanical prophecies.

The lodge has more a resort feel than a wilderness camp, minus a golf course. But being in the middle of jungle, there is plenty of nature to explore. I highly recommend taking a detour to Rubondo.
Lariat (USA) | Stayed in January, 2015 at Rubondo Island Camp

Come to Kenya: Just to Come Here!

We were a group of 4 adults and 3 kids (including one 5-year-old) and we could not have had a more positive experience than Encounter Mara. We live in Nairobi and have done several trips -- but it's different at Encounter. The animals look healthy (chubby lion cubs!), the camp looks as if it could be rolled up and put away within days without leaving a trace. We enjoyed every part of our safari with Encounter."
Selena McCoy (Nairobi) | Stayed in December, 2014 at Encounter Mara

The Trip of a Lifetime

I had the good fortune to visit the Encounter Mara Naboisho Conservancy December 2014. Everything from start to finish was perfect. In the first minutes of the first game drive, we parked a few feet away from a gorgeous cheetah and the animals, birds and views got better and better as the days progressed.
My tent was large and comfortable. I was traveling alone, yet never felt alone for a moment. I was included as part of the family of the Encounter Mara."
Maureen H (US) | Stayed in December, 2014 at Encounter Mara

A Tropical Paradise In Tanzania

This was my favorite resort in our trip to Tanzania. We stayed in some rougher spots and more luxurious but Rubondo Island Camp was a perfect blend of luxury and a traditional bush camp. The service was amazing! The hikes in the jungle gave me a new appreciation for Tanzania that was unknown to me before, that of the little creatures. So many butterflies, little critters that are amazing to interact with. The food was AMAZING, the chef is intense but in a comical way and really added to charm of this little paradise. My wife and I wish we would have scheduled more time at Rubondo Island Camp. We will definitely return for a longer trip...definitely!
Nikko_Traveler (US) | Stayed in August, 2014 at Rubondo Island Camp


Little Oliver's was our first stop on an 8 day safari. We were a group of 4 couples and stayed 2 nights. We wished it were longer and hugged our amazingly knowledgeable guides Alex and Rich goodbye when they brought us to the air strip to travel on to Ngorongoro. The game drives were nothing short of breathtaking, starting with the trip from the air strip to the camp where we spotted cheetah, and host of other wildlife appearing as if on cue. The cool towels and cold fresh juices on arrival were a preview to the degree of amenities that we enjoyed. The common areas delighted as did cocktails in front of the bonfire and delicious "bites". The "tents" were beautiful blend of luxury and African decor and combined with the stars and wildlife sounds after sunset made for an unforgettable experience. They are spaced so that you do not hear or see your neighbors and reinforces that you are living amidst wildlife that moves freely throughout the camp. After a tremendously successful drive along the river, we opted to do a night game drive which did not disappoint. Having a great safari experience depends on your guides and ours were outstanding!"
Valerie T (US) | Stayed in August, 2014 at Oliver's Camp

A Dream Come True

Our guide, Shatri, made our game drives magical. His knowledge of the animals was extraordinary and he was most courteous and thoughtful. Meal times were had sometimes out and about,  he would set up a picnic table with an array of drinks and snacks which were great± All the staff were happy to help at all times and we could not have asked for a lovelier few days. We were sad to leave!"
Barbi Jones (UK) | Stayed in August, 2014 at Sayari Camp

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