Rekero Camp, Maasai Mara

Deep within Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Rekero offers a spectacular location from which to watch the Great Migration as the wildebeest thunder across the river just outside camp.

This traditional East African camp evokes the romance of safaris from a bygone era.  The elegant tents form a tranquil oasis perched stategically above the mighty Talek River. The sweeping views from camp take in the surrounding plains, which support some of the greatest concentrations and diversity of wildlife in Africa. The cherry on top is the warm hospitality of our team and our world-renowned game-viewing guides with years of expertise – in such good hands you are ensured an incomparable Maasai Mara safari experience.

Snapshot of Rekero Camp
  • Prime position: Rekero is the nearest camp to Great Migration river crossings
  • Crossings visible directly from the camp with other crossings close by
  • Superb year-round game viewing with highly knowledgeable guides
Perfect for
  • Classic Safari
  • Family Safari
  • Romantic Safari
Standard price per person per night:

$615 - $930i

Camp Experience

 

Rekero is an intimate, comfortable and relaxed riverside safari camp where you are enfolded by the surrounding African wilderness. Hippos grunt in the pools below, the smell of wild sage drifts through the air and herds of wildebeest often can be seen crossing the Talek River from the main deck. This blissful location means that fantastic game viewing can continue, even when relaxing in camp. The friendly and highly skilled camp crew have worked together for many years; together with our internationally recognised guiding team, they create a truly insightful safari experience every time.

 

Meals

Our delicious home-cooked meals are usually enjoyed communally. Our chefs prepare all meals in camp, and bake fresh bread, biscuits and muffins daily. Breakfast is a tempting buffet-style spread – choose from a Continental or a full English breakfast. Light, buffet-style lunches in camp include fresh salads and vegetables with your main course. Alternatively, ask for a picnic breakfast or lunch so you can maximise your time in the bush. Tea and cake at 4pm are a camp tradition. Dinner is a three-course silver service or plated affair.

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

 

Featured Wildlife

As you relax on your veranda or in one of the communal areas, you will see wildlife wandering past camp. Look out for:

  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Buffalo
  • Serval
  • Caracal

A Typical Day on Safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
12:30 Lunch
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks by the camp fire followed by dinner

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
✓ BETTER
☐ BEST

We have two larger family tents with separate bedrooms to accommodate up to five family members. We love catering for the individual needs of families, however safety is always our top priority and the wilderness environment here is not conducive to providing a specific outdoor safari programme for children.

Families of four or more are guaranteed a private safari vehicle at no extra cost in low season. In high season, families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at an additional cost.

The minimum age at Rekero Camp is five years old. There is some flexibility and exceptions can be made depending on camp occupancy. Please chat to us about your needs – we will make every attempt to accommodate your wishes.

Accommodation

 

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Guest tent interior view onto the Talek river at Rekero

Rekero’s nine spacious tents are laid out along the river’s edge under a network of shady trees. Designed in classic safari style with a fresh, contemporary edge, each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot-water safari bucket shower and flushing toilet. To make them even more comfortable, each tent has a large private veranda with an inviting day bed or couch where you can take in a view of the river, attended by a private butler.

Location

 

Rekero Camp is quite simply in the best spot for viewing the Great Migration, when vast herds of wildebeest enter Kenya on their long trek through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Close to the Talek and Mara rivers in the south of the Maasai Mara, Rekero lies in the heart of one of the most game-rich areas the Reserve has to offer, with a remarkable abundance and variety of year-round wildlife and spectacular scenery.

An age-old crossing point on the Talek River is just 150 metres away from our dining area, and the Mara River is an easy drive from camp. It is these mighty rivers that are the greatest obstacles for the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest on their journey north. The currents are strong, the banks are steep and thousands perish in the jaws of massive Nile crocodiles. Crossings are spectacular and frenetic, and provide thrilling game viewing either from a vehicle or when simply relaxing in camp, watching from Rekero’s perfectly placed deck.

Outside migration season, the plains around Rekero are filled with an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, from plains game to large herds of elephant and buffalo – and, of course, predators. Rekero is frequently the base of choice in the Mara for film crews, with past documentaries filmed in the area including the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and Disney’s African Cats. As well as our resident Rekero lion pride, you could view the neighbouring Marsh pride, famous throughout the world.

Activities

 

Rekero Camp is perfectly located to allow you to experience and explore every corner of the Maasai Mara. Activities focus on truly superb game viewing with internationally renowned guides.

Game drives
Wildlife viewing and birdwatching game drives – in the expert company of experienced Il Dorobo and Maasai guides – are offered twice daily from Rekero. These can be tailored to specific needs and interests for astounding game viewing at every opportunity. We use closed game-viewing vehicles with rooftop hatches that allow you to stand, each equipped with powerpoints so you can recharge your devices.

Bush picnics
Maximise your time on the game-filled plains by enjoying a delicious packed breakfast or lunch provided by camp chefs while you’re on the move.

Cultural & community visits
Sharing the cultural aspect of the traditional Maasai way of life is a priority at Rekero. A visit to one of the neighbouring villages, which are home to most of our guides, is a highly personal experience that the guides conduct with sensitivity to ensure it remains both unobtrusive and intimate.

Balloon safaris
Glide over the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara and the neighbouring conservancies on a romantic and serene hot-air balloon flight, and see the wildlife below from a different perspective.

Protecting the big cats
Here you’ll find the big cats made famous by BBC and Disney. Learn more from a Kenya Wildlife Trust researcher about how we are trying to protect them. (Bookings essential.)

Camp Story

 

In 1946, the Beaton family, who had arrived in Africa in 1889, pioneered Kenya’s conservation movement. Today, this conservation tradition continues at Rekero Camp, where old-time hospitality and a unique insight into the Maasai Mara’s wildlife, culture, flora and fauna are offered.

It was around 30 years ago, in the 1980s, that Ron Beaton discovered a beautiful natural spring in the valley of the Rekero Hills while out walking with his tracker, Sayole Looseyia. Ron came to an agreement with the local Maasai chief to lease the area for three years. He built several wattle-and-daub cottages in the style of traditional Maasai houses and Rekero Cottages were born. Together with his wife, Pauline, Ron hosted guests from overseas and renewed the original lease on the land several times.

Ron’s son, Gerard, and Sayole’s son, Jackson, grew up together at the cottages, and in 1995 they took over the running of the business, which continued to thrive. In 2001, they were invited to put a small camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. At the time, there were very few camps in the area and poaching was rife, but the location was so spectacular that they took the risk. They have worked with the authorities and community for many years to curb poaching and make Rekero Camp the unique experience it is today.

Backed by an understanding gained over three generations, Rekero delivers one of Africa’s finest marriages of wildlife, culture and visitors. This success is enhanced by our strong relationship with our neighbours, a bond that, together with our successes in poverty reduction, has been recognised by some of the world’s leading conservationists. Using tourism to reduce poverty and introduce the benefits of conservation to communities is Asilia Africa’s proudest achievement.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 9 spacious tents (including 2 family tents)

  • En-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar and generator power

  • Battery-charging facilities

  • Children: above 5 years

  • Suitable for disabled guests

Activities

  • Guided morning and evening game drives

  • Bush breakfasts and picnics

  • Hot-air balloon flights

  • Community and cultural visits (nearby)

Camp Dates

  • Low season 6 January to end March; November

  • High season July to October; 20 December to 6 January

  • Closed 5 April to end May

Migration Viewing

  • July/August to November

Closest Airstrip

  • Ol Kiombo: 20 minutes

Child Ages

  • Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Rekero Camp.

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Rekero Camp:

  • The Great Migration

    Without doubt the annual Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Asilia will ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds.

    • 2 million wildebeest migrating
    • 2,800 kilometers covers
    • Best time to travel between Jul - Oct

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    The Great Migration
  • Big Cats & The Big 5

    Let Asilia show you the Big 5 and magnificent apex predators of the ecosystem for memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Big Cats & The Big 5
  • Cultural Experiences

    Discover Africa's rich culture.

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    Cultural Experiences
  • Family Safari

    Take the family on unforgettable holiday.

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    Family Safari
  • Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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    Romantic Experience
  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide over the vast plains.

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    Hot Air Ballooning
  • Birding Safaris

    Witness East Africa's incredible birdlife.

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    Birding Safaris
  • Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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    Game Drives

Featured itineraries at Rekero Camp

  • The Best of Kenya & Tanzania

    Visit the iconic Maasai Mara before flying to the Serengeti’s game-rich plains and round it off with an exploration of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater.

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    The Best of Kenya & Tanzania
  • Best of Kenya

    Explore magical Kenya with a variety of activities across 4 wildlife areas and a relaxed tropical hideaway on the Indian Ocean.

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    Best of Kenya

Guest Reviews

Further Reading

African King: Caesar of the Notch Dynasty

This young cub has a rich heritage as the son of Caesar, one of the five sons of the legendary Maasai Mara lion, King Notch.

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The greatest show on earth – The Great Migration

The earth trembles with the thundering of a million hooves, this is the Great Migration.

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