Naboisho Camp, Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Set in the 210km² private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Naboisho Camp offers spectacular game viewing, from the herds of antelope that dot the plains of this wilderness corridor throughout the year to the high concentrations of predators, including lion and cheetah.

But the real magic of Naboisho is its sheer exclusivity – you’ll experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves. With just nine spacious tented suites, Naboisho is an intimate and elegant safari camp that balances your wilderness experience with discreet creature comforts. Even better, it is one of just two Asilia camps where you have the option of fly camping. If you have a truly adventurous spirit, don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of the African bush.

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Snapshot of Naboisho Camp
  • High concentration of big cats plus a game-rich environment all year round
  • Walking safaris & fly camping to compliment a superb wilderness experience
  • Family safaris, child friendly with exciting kids’ safari programme
Perfect for
  • Active Safari
  • Family safaris
  • Classic Safari
  • Private Accommodation & Guiding
  • Romantic Safari
Standard price per person per night:

$400 - $995i

Camp Experience

 

Designed to take full advantage of its wilderness surrounds, Naboisho Camp is superbly comfortable. At the main communal area, the thatched lounge and dining room provide a splendid vantage point of the nearby waterhole, and meals are served to sights and sounds of the Kenyan wilderness. High levels of personalised service from a team that has worked together for many years create the warm yet understated hospitality that is the hallmark of Naboisho Camp

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, and dinner is a leisurely 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

You’ll be sharing the Mara ecosystem with resident inhabitants that include:

  • Elephant
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Buffalo
  • Hippo
  • Nile crocodile
  • Klipspringer
  • Striped polecat (zorilla)
  • Pygmy falcon

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 walk, 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 at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
☐ BETTER
✓ BEST

Naboisho Camp offers excellent family safaris. Personal attention, guiding, accommodation and service are focused on creating a superb safari experience for children and adults alike.

Families of four or more are guaranteed private safari vehicles, and special activities and programmes for children include (but are not limited to):

  • the identification of animal tracks;
  • learning about local cultures;
  • guided nature walks; and
  • learning bush skills.

There is no minimum age at Naboisho Camp. Please chat to us about your needs – we will make every attempt to accommodate your wishes.

Accommodation

 

Naboisho Camp-Accommodation - Naboisho-Camp-guest-tent-interior-view-2The nine generous tented suites offer comfortable king-sized beds (twin beds are available) and private facilities with indoor and outdoor hot running showers and flushing toilets. Each suite benefits from the attentions of a personal butler – plus a private veranda furnished with a day bed – for the ultimate in post game-drive relaxation.

 

 

Location

 

Located in the Greater Maasai Mara adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the 200km² Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a groundbreaking tourism initiative that benefits both conservation and community. Rich game viewing combined with community interaction and the freedom to walk has made the Mara Naboisho Conservancy one of the most exciting destinations in Africa. It offers exceptional safari experiences in a vast tract of pristine Kenyan wilderness.

“You’ll find more cheetah and lion per square kilometre in Mara Naibosho than anywhere else in Kenya.”

 

A true wildlife haven, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy has a higher density of game than the adjacent Maasai Mara National Reserve. The big cats reside here in big numbers – with over 100 lions living in the vicinity, the conservancy has one of the highest lion densities in the world. Because such a healthy lion population is not possible without an equally healthy wildlife food chain below it, you can expect astounding game viewing. Impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra – as well as 266 bird species – also call the area home, and sightings of the rare and elusive African wild dog are frequent.

In addition to the abundance of resident game, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy also serves as a vital migration corridor for the little-known Loita Migration, which sees up to 5 000 wildebeest and 1 000 zebra move though the area annually from the Mara Reserve to the Loita Plains in the east. The existence of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy ensures that ancient migratory cycles and patterns are left undisturbed.
However, the real magic of the conservancy is its sheer exclusivity – there are so few lodges in the area that you have a level of safari solitude simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Maasai Mara national reserves.

Activities

 

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is not governed by the same rules as the national reserves, so there is the flexibility to see and experience something truly profound on safari at Naboisho. 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. The guides at Naboisho are adept at offering a deeper understanding of this complex ecosystem, making it an ideal choice for experienced safari travellers on their second or third visit to Africa, who are seeking a more profound experience.

Game drives
Twice daily game drives with passionate and highly knowledgeable guides are offered from Naboisho, as well as the chance to search for the elusive nocturnal creatures of the conservancy on a night drive. Off-road driving is possible on the privately owned land for once-in-a-lifetime sightings and excellent photo opportunities. Our guides take you in seven-seater open game-viewing vehicles or closed vehicles that seat five. All the vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.

Walking safaris
Discover the smaller ecosystems that tend to pass unnoticed from a vehicle: explore the bush by foot, accompanied by an expert armed guide and Maasai tracker.

Bush picnics
Leave camp with the rising sun at dawn and enjoy a packed breakfast or lunch to maximise your game-viewing time.

Fly camping
Spend the night in a simple fly camp in a quiet corner of the conservancy and enjoy splendid meals cooked over the campfire with only the sounds of the bush for company.

Children’s safari programme
Our bush guides are all family men who have themselves been raised on these plains. They share their childhood secrets, bush skills, animal tracking know-how, local folklore and incredible stories of life in the bush with your children during guided bush walks. Kids also get the chance to play traditional games and visit a nearby community or school to learn more about the customs of East Africa, make pen-pals and buy local handicrafts.

Cultural & community visits
Arrange a visit to one of the nearby Maasai villages to learn more about the magnificent culture that has defined this corner of Africa for centuries.

Research projects
With Naboisho’s focus on conservation, a number of research programmes are conducted within the conservancy, and resident researchers can sometimes be available to share their exciting findings with guests in the camp.

Hot-air balloon safaris
This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon. (at an additional cost)

Camp Story

 

Naboisho Camp is situated within the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Asilia Africa is proud to be one of the driving forces behind the conservancy, the creation of which saw over 500 Maasai landowners coming together to contribute their land to conservation.

Having successfully secured these community leases, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is prime example of a tourism-turnaround story. With 210km² hectares under protection, the conservancy provides 142 direct jobs. The total area protected by the Mara conservancies together is 88 000km². Your conservancy fees provide the Maasai community with a sustainable livelihood and ensure the conservation of wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.

In addition to the conservancy’s role in conservation it also provides steady and sustainable employment, which it is hoped will lead to an improved standard of living for the community as a whole. Furthermore, it offers additional benefits such as healthcare, clean energy and empowerment of the local people through education and skills training. Naboisho Camp itself is consciously low-impact: we aspire to leave behind nothing but footprints. Sustainable operations include recycling of rainwater and all waste products.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • .  9 spacious tents (including 2 family tents)

  • En-suite bathrooms

  • Running hot-water showers

  • Flushing toilets

  • In-room lockable box

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar power, with back-up generator

  • Battery-charging facilities in central lounge area

  • Suitable for disabled guests: please contact us

Activities

  • .  Guided morning and evening game drives

  • .  Night drives

  • Walking safaris

  • Fly-camping

  • Cultural visits

  • Children’s safari programme

  • Hot-air balloon safaris (at an additional cost)

Camp Dates

  • .  Low season 6 January to end March; June; November to 19 December

  • .  Green season May

  • .  High season July to October; 20 December to 5 January

  • .  Closed April

Closest Airstrip

  • Mara Ol Seki: 45 minutes

Migration Viewing

  • .  July/August to November

Child Ages

  • .  Children of all ages are warmly welcomed at Naboisho Camp.

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Naboisho 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
  • Active Safari

    Experience a different kind of safari.

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    Active Safari
  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Exclusive-Use Accommodation & Personal Guiding

    Go on a personal, private safari.

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    Exclusive-Use Accommodation & Personal Guiding
  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide over the vast plains.

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    Hot Air Ballooning

Featured itineraries at Naboisho Camp

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    Kenya on foot & horse back
  • Mount Kenya & Maasai Mara on foot

    For the adventurous.

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    Mount Kenya & Maasai Mara on foot
  • Best of Kenya

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Guest Reviews

Further Reading

Conservation’s Future – The Naboisho Story

Naboisho Conservancy, at the edge of the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, is making waves for all the right reasons.

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What is Fly Camping?

The fire crackles, you are surrounded by the the wide open expanse of the bush and the open night sky wraps around you.

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