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Rekero Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

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Witness the greatest wildlife concentration and diversity in the world in the heart of the Masai Mara in Kenya. The camp overlooks the Talek River migration crossing point.

About Rekero camp

When it comes to witnessing the world-famous Great Migration, Rekero is in prime position. Overlooking the Talek River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the camp sits next to a main crossing point used by the wildebeest on their epic annual journey.

Guests can watch the herd make this perilous crossing without even leaving the camp. Enjoy this and other wildlife sightings from the comfort of your riverside tent or from one of the two communal decks.  

  • Calendar

    Open: June to March
    Closed: April to May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Ol Kiombo, 20 minutes drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • Migration 4

    July/August to November

1. Rekero Camp Talek River

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Accommodation & Amenities

Over a leisurely lunch on the deck, with the scent of wild sage in the air, you may hear hippo grunting in the Talek River below and see herds of wildebeest gathering on the banks, readying themselves to cross the water. The team at Rekero have worked here for many years and provide exceptional service, while our Maasai guides share their detailed knowledge of their homeland and the animals with which they share it. 

  • Tents

    9 spacious tents (including 2 family tents)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water showers

  • 22 Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

  • 25 Laundry

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar power, with back-up generator

  • 23 Wheelchair

    Suitable for disabled guests: please contact us

accommodation

Rooms

Nine classic, spacious safari tents are set among the trees overlooking the Talek River. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and hot-water shower. Chill out on a daybed on your private veranda for a midday snooze or to watch zebras ambling along the riverban

3. Rekero Family Tent

LOCATION

Location of Rekero Camp

The Masai Mara is in southwest Kenya, on the border with Tanzania. It is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa — and for good reason. Every year, from July until October, around 1.5 million wildebeest cross the crocodile-filled Mara and Talek rivers as they follow the rains in and out of Kenya. One of their Talek crossing points is just 150 metres from Rekero’s dining area, and the Mara River is only a short drive from camp.

Witnessing a river crossing is like watching a live National Geographic film. Huge herds of wildebeest thunder across the river, plunging from the banks into the water. Crocodile lie in wait. Billowing dust, thudding hooves and a chorus of grunts fill the air as the animals cross in one of the most dramatic migration events in Africa. At Rekero, you don’t even need to leave camp to watch the action unfold.

Outside of migration season, one of the highlights of staying in the Masai Mara is viewing the predators that prowl these plains. It’s no coincidence that many wildlife documentaries, including BBC’s Big Cat Diary and Disney’s African Cats, have been filmed here. There is a high concentration of lions — including our resident Rekero pride — plus cheetahs and leopards.

14. Giraffe Crossing Rekero River 6R1A7460 Highres

Experiences

Wildlife from camp

Over a leisurely lunch on the deck, with the scent of wild sage in the air, you may hear hippo grunting in the Talek River below and see herds of wildebeest gathering on the banks, readying themselves to cross the water. The team at Rekero have worked here for many years and provide exceptional service, while our Maasai guides share their detailed knowledge of their homeland and the animals with which they share it. 

Wildlife From Camp

ExperienceS

A typical day on safari at Rekero Camp

The best time to see wildlife is at dusk and dawn, when the temperatures are cooler and nocturnal animals are either beginning their night’s activities or winding down. 

Generally, you'll start the day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast before you depart for your morning game drive(or have it packed as a picnic to take with you). We head out on our first game drive just as it begins to get light, so time differs slightly depending on the season. If you have booked a private safari vehicle, you can plan a schedule with your guide. Arrive back in camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta. Read a book or just relax and enjoy the views from your tent or one of our viewing decks. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for your evening game drive with sundowners. You'll be back in time for drinks around the campfire and dinner — the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush. 

A Typical Day On Safari

Experiences

Game drives

Wildlife viewing is the main event at Rekero, with two game drives per day, led by expert local guides. Whether you’re fascinated by predators or a keen birder, experiences can be tailored to suit your interests. Our game-viewing vehicles are open to allow for unobscured sightings and photographs. And don’t worry if your devices are running low on power. Our safari vehicles are fitted with charging points for easy charging and fridges to keep drinks cold.

11. Rekero Camp Game Drive Elephant

Experience

Big-cat conservation

The Masai Mara is famous for its big cats, and Kenya takes wildlife protection seriously. Asilia can arrange for a researcher from Kenya Wildlife Trust to present a talk in camp about their work with local communities and how they protect animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. Alternatively, guests can book a visit to the Kenya Wildlife Trust and Maa Trust research units to learn more. Advance bookings are essential.

Lion Brothers Rekero

Experience

Hot-air balloon safari

There are few sights more breathtaking than that of the wildlife-rich Mara plains from the air. Start the day with a sunrise hot-air balloon flight for a bird’s-eye view of this awe-inspiring landscape. Hot-air balloon rides are subject to weather conditions and at an additional cost.

Most Popular For Hot Air Ballooning

Experience

Family safaris

There are two family tents at Rekero, each with two separate bedrooms, sleeping up to five people per tent. The minimum age for children is 5, but we may be able to accommodate younger children, depending on camp occupancy. We have no specific children’s programme at Rekero, but love welcoming families and will try to adapt activities as much as possible. Please talk to your agent about private vehicle options.

16. Family Safari Walking Safari

Experience

Meals and refreshments

Meals are usually enjoyed communally. Our chefs are up at dawn busily preparing everything from scratch. For breakfast, we offer either a light continental buffet spread or a full English fry-up, as well as fresh fruit and juices. At lunch, salads and veggies are served with a main course. If you prefer to stay out in the bush, we can pack a picnic. At 4pm, join us for cake and tea or a refreshing iced coffee before your evening drive. We’ll see you later for a three-course dinner.

We can cater to most dietary requirements and allergies. Please just let us know ahead of your arrival.

8. Rekero Camp Dinner By The River

When to go

What to expect during the year

Though the migration passes through the Mara from July to October, there’s plenty to see throughout the year. January through April is one of our favourite times to travel. There’s lots of wildlife to see — especially big cats — and fewer crowds. July and August are the busiest months due to the migration and holiday season. If you want fewer tourists on your safari, we recommend avoiding this period if possible.

  • January - March

    Why travel at this time

    The Mara isn’t as busy during this time of year, mainly because the migration is in the southern Serengeti. But there is still plenty to see, including big cats, elephants, giraffes and occasionally black rhinos. It’s also when a lot of animals give birth. Clear skies and flowers that bloom after the short rains of November and December make for wonderful photographic conditions. Migratory birds have arrived in the Mara, too. 

    Climate

    The long rains start in March, but January and February may still see the occasional shower. It’s the hottest time of year, too. The average temperature peaks at 28°C/82°F in February with an average low of 13°C/55°F from January to March. 

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 124mm / 4.9in

  • April - June

    Why travel at this time

    There are fewer tourists during the wet season, so wildlife sightings will be more private. It’s also a great chance to take advantage of the cheaper rates.  Roads are usually only affected by the rains in May. 

    Climate

    The long rains fall in April and May. June is fairly dry. April’s average high is 26°C/79°F, falling to 25°C/77°F by May and June. The average low is around 13°C / 55°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 12°C / 54°F

    • Max Temp Range

      Max Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 56mm / 2.2in

  • July - September

    Why travel at this time

    Peak season is dry, and the migration wildebeest herds have started arriving from the Mara. It’s in these months that you stand the best chance of seeing them cross the Mara River and the Talek River that runs in front of our camp.

    Climate

    July is the driest month of the year, with an average high of 25°C/77°F and low of 11°C/52°F. There are a few more showers in August and September and a slight rise in temperature, with an average high of 26°C/79°F and low of 12°C/54°F. 

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 12°C / 54°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 42mm / 1.7in

  • October - December

    Why travel at this time

    It’s possible to see some of the last river crossings as the herds make their way back into the Serengeti throughout October. Migratory birds begin to arrive in November with the short rains. There are also fewer visitors in the Mara. 

    Climate

    The short rains arrive in November and December. Temperatures average 27°C/81°F in October and November, with a low of 12°C/54°F to 13°C/55°F.  

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 12°C / 54°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 53mm / 2.1in

Guest reviews

This camp was outstanding! Out of the 4 camps our group stayed at while in Africa, this camp was our favorite by far. The staff, service, location, food, and drinks were all top notch. It was amazing staying along the river with wildlife right outside your door and falling asleep to the sounds of the river. The rooms and common space are beautiful and comfortable. The game drives and our guide were great, and we were even able to witness a zebra river crossing. I would highly recommend this camp.
Greg A
Tripadvisor 1
A thoughtful camp in the Mara. Food was great, Mercy made sure all of our needs were covered! Sleeping in a tent surrounded by elephants and hippos was quite the experience. They have 24 hour security to keep an eye on the wildlife! Karia was an amazing guide, who made sure I always had great angle and lighting for the animal shots. He also took some great photos for us as well!!
triptaker704
Tripadvisor 1
This was our second incredible stop on our trip and just as wonderful as our first! SaRuni was the most wonderful guide, and so kind and generous with his knowledge. Even though he does this everyday, he seemed just as excited when we saw the leopard eating the hippo! Steve and the rest of the staff were so welcoming and wonderful. And what a great location on the river. How fun to see the hippos and crocodiles, giraffes and wildebeest, crossing the river as we waited for lunch! Thank you for adding to my trip of a lifetime. I definitely want to come back!
JillR
Tripadvisor 1

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Rates

When would you like to go?

Though the migration passes through the Mara from July to October, there’s plenty to see throughout the year. January through April is one of our favourite times to travel. There’s lots of wildlife to see — especially big cats — and fewer crowds. July and August are the busiest months due to the migration and holiday season. If you want fewer tourists on your safari, we recommend avoiding this period if poss

Below, choose your travel dates for an estimated accommodation cost per person sharing, or scroll down for a table of high and low season rates.

Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks, game drives, transfers to/from nearest airstrip, limited laundry service

  • Rate excludes

    Park fees, cultural visits, balloon safaris, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flights & airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal natures, private vehicles

  • Budget factors

    Special offers may apply. Contact us for the best available rates. Last minute offers and long-stay rates may apply.

Rates and Seasonality

  • Closed: 01 Mar 2024 - 31 May 2024 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

  • Low season: 01 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 Rate: US$823

    What to expect

    • Fewer crowds
    • Lush vegetation
    • Good wildlife viewing
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 12°C / 54°F

    • Max Temp Range

      Max Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 56mm / 2.2in

  • High season: 01 Jul 2024 - 31 Oct 2024 Rate: US$1307

    What to expect

    • Peak of the Migration season

    • Great for predators

    • Dry conditions offer greater visibility of wildlife

    • Higher volumes of tourists
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 12°C / 54°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 42mm / 1.7in

  • Low season: 01 Nov 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 Rate: US$823

    What to expect

    • Fewer crowds

    • Lush vegetation

    • Good wildlife viewing
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 99mm / 3.9in

  • High season: 20 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 Rate: US$1307

    What to expect

    • After November rains, the landscape is lush
    • Many baby animals
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 112mm / 4.4in

  • Low season: 06 Jan 2025 - 31 Mar 2025 Rate: US$823

    What to expect

    • Fewer crowds
    • Lush vegetation
    • Good wildlife viewing
    • Chance of afternoon showers
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 124mm / 4.9in

  • Closed: 01 Mar 2025 - 31 May 2025 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

Awards AND RECOGNITION

Don't just take our word for it

Rekero Camp consistently achieves top ratings on TripAdvisor.

WILDLIFE

Rekero wildlife

  • Wildebeest

    Wildebeest Herd Running Serengeti Eliza Deacon Mr
  • Buffalo

    Buffalo Olivers Camp Mr
  • Cheetah

    Female Cheetah Crouching Maasai Mara
  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino (2)
  • Elephant

    Ruaha 24
  • Leopard

    George Turner Ruaha 22
  • Lion

    13. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Lion
  • Hippo

    18. Hippos Rubondo Island
  • Serval

    Serval
  • Maasai Giraffe

    Maasai Giraffe
  • Hyena

    Spotted Hyena
  • Thomson's Gazelle

    Asilia Olakira Thomson Gazelle 4

 

eBook Guide to the Great Migration

Learn everything you need to know about planning the ultimate Great Migration Safari in our eBook guide.  Inside the guide you'll find: a month-by-month summary; a detailed map of how the migration moves; a selection of the best places to stay on safari; and expert tips for an unforgettable safari.

Great Migration

ITINERARY

Kenya Classic Safari

Discover two of the best Kenya safari regions on this week-long flying safari. Explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to various pioneering conservation initiatives. Here you can seek out the Big 5, including three species of rhino

(white, black and the last two northern white rhino on the planet). Fly onward to the heart of the Masai Mara, which boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, from the migration herds that visit the plains each year, to the plentiful resident wildlife year-round, which includes leopard, cheetah, lion and much more.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Elephant Family

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long should I stay at Rekero?

    To enjoy the full camp experience, we recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights at each camp. 

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