Rekero Camp, Masai Mara
Deep within the Kenya Masai 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 Kenya camp evokes the romance of safaris from a bygone era. The elegant tents form a tranquil oasis perched strategically above the mighty Talek River of our Mara tented camp. The sweeping views from camp take in the surrounding plains of the Maasai Mara, 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 Masai Mara Kenya 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
- Classic Safari
- Family Safari
- Romantic Safari
Rekero Camp 2018 Rates
Accommodation & Amenities
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.
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.
As you relax on your veranda or in one of the communal areas, you will see wildlife wandering past camp. Look out for:
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!)
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 SUITABILITY LEVEL
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.
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 showers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (at an additional cost)
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.)
They say four legs are better than two, so what better way to experience the bush than on horseback? Ride out across the open plains with the wind in your hair and watch dazzles of zebra and towers of giraffe from atop your stallion.
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.
Our 2018 Rates
Rekero Camp rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except premium drinks), game drives, transfers to/from nearest airstrip and to/from Rekero Camp, laundry service.
Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 120 per person per night. Cultural visits (US$ 30 per person), balloon safaris, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of a personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$ 25pp.
1 – 31 August: US$ 1 025 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 5 January; 1 – 31 July; 1 September – 31 October and 20 – 31 December: US$ 915 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
6 January – 31 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 645 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation