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 Camp is its sheer exclusivity – you’ll experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the busy Serengeti and Masai 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, Naboisho Camp offers the options of fly camping, walking safaris, horse riding and night drives – activities not commonly available in most national parks. 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.
Our very own, and first-ever, Asilia Photographic Safari Vehicle has arrived at Naboisho, able to accommodate 3 photographers (and their equipment) as well as 1 additional guest. This experience is not to be missed for avid photographers and brings you closer than ever, you’ll be at eye-level, or even lower, with the wildlife – allowing you to get that dream shot.
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
- Active Safari
- Family safaris
- Classic Safari
- Private Accommodation & Guiding
- Romantic Safari
Accommodation & Amenities
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
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.
You’ll be sharing the Mara ecosystem with resident inhabitants that include:
- Nile crocodile
- Striped polecat (zorilla)
- Pygmy falcon
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!)
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 SUITABILITY LEVEL
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.
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.
Children above the age of 5 are warmly welcomed at Naboisho Camp. Please chat to us about your needs – we will make every attempt to accommodate your wishes.
Please speak with your agent about vehicle options for families.
The 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 a private veranda furnished with a day bed – for the ultimate in post game-drive relaxation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leave camp with the rising sun at dawn and enjoy a packed breakfast or lunch to maximise your game-viewing time.
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. (at an additional cost)
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.
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)
Calling all passionate photographers! Join us for a photographic safari experience in our very first modified photographic vehicle. The vehicle allows you to get low, eye level photographs. Beanbags, foam camera rest and 360º swivel seats promise to make your wildlife photography experience a dream! See more about our photographic safari vehicle here.
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.
Naboisho Camp 2019 Rates
$335 – $1103 per person, per night
Rates include: Full board accommodation, conservancy bednight fee, all house drinks (except premium wines and champagne), game drives, night drives, guided walks in Naboisho Conservancy, transfers to/from nearest airstrip and to/from Naboisho Camp and laundry service.
Rates below exclude: Conservancy fees and other fees specified, cultural visit (US$25 per person), fly camping (US$175 per person), balloon safaris, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip or Naboisho Camp, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights and airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$25 per person.
Rates below are per person, per night based on 2 people sharing:
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Season Closure: 1 Apr – 31 Apr