Richards River Camp

“Elegant and exclusive camp in an awesome location in the Olare Orok Conservancy”
Budget level: High-End
When to Go
All year
Property Type
The Masai Mara

Richard’s River Camp offers the discerning traveller a luxury tented camp in the very heart of the Masai Mara. Designed with privacy, exclusivity as well as adventure in mind, it ensures a warm and memorable safari.

Richard’s River Camp was initially established as Richard and Liz’s ‘home away from home’ in 2006 when their son Willoughby was born. Perfectly situated on the banks of the Njageteck River in the private Olare Orok Mara North Conservancy, the camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp. This camp is also particularly known for its resident lion pride which can often been seen hunting right in front of the camp, and most always can be heard roaring during the night.

With only eight tents, this camp is ideal for individuals as well as exclusive groups who wish to experience the Masai Mara in a personal intimate setting. Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels – the result is a casually luxurious tented camp, combining exceptional wildlife with a contemporary ‘Out of Africa’ experience. There is one family tent that can sleep up to 8 people and also a honeymoon suite.

Richard’s River Camp offers day and night game drives, birding and scenic bush walks, sundowners, bush meals and cultural visits to a local Maasai Village nearby. At an additional cost are hot air balloon flights can be arranged.

Despite the camps’ small size and remote location, the kitchen will happily cater for almost any food preferences. The chefs have trained at various kitchens across Kenya and have amassed a wide range of culinary skills and cooking methods. If the weather permits, dining is usually outdoors with a beautiful candle-lit table, however, you will also be treated to bush dinners under a canopy of stars using a simple eco-charcoal oven, and breakfast buffets out on the Mara plains – incredible dining experiences, not easily forgotten. The camp also offers traditional African food that is very popular with guests.

For the last three generations, the Roberts families have played an integral part for conservation in Kenya. In 2011 Richard and Liz founded the Mara Elephant Project, which is instrumental in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and anti-poaching through the collaring, monitoring and tracking of elephants. With a dedicated team, MEP is achieving great results in reducing elephant poaching.

Some of the staff at Richard’s River Camp have been working there for many years – one particular staff member has been working with the Robert’s family since 1980 and shows no sign of retiring any time soon! Most of the staff are of the Maasai tribe and their families live within the Mara. The guides at the camp are also Masai and therefore know everything there is to know about the area – they have also spent years guiding alongside Richard and are great people to experience the Mara with.

The management couple, Finlay Marrian (born and raised in Kenya) and Hannah Geddes (originally from England but has been living in Kenya for the past five years) will welcome you with warm Kenyan hospitality.

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