Karen Blixen Camp

“Affordable camp in great private conservancy location”
Budget level: Affordable
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Camp Permanent
The Masai Mara

Karen Blixen Camp is set on the bank of the Mara River with the impressive Oloololo Escarpment in the front and the Mara plains behind, the location is spectacular, throughout the day elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas come for a drink while a large hippo pod rest lazily in the river.

Karen Blixen Camp is situated in the beautiful Mara North Conservancy that forms the vital north-western zone of the Masai Mara Ecosystem. The conservancy borders the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south. Karen Blixen Camp offers an authentic ‘yesteryear’ experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari. The Camp gives a feeling of the early 1920’s era with beautiful and comfortable furniture. Long gone are the days when staying in a tented camp meant roughing it. You will find that Karen Blixen Camp is a step back in time, with the luxury of today.

The Camp compromise 22 luxurious en-suite canvas tents (4.6m x 8m), each set on a beautiful mahogany platform with a spacious veranda (5m x 13m) completed with cushion daybed from which one can enjoy an afternoon siesta, taking in the wonderful surroundings. All tents are placed along the river. The family unit consists of two tents with a shared veranda. Each tent has a private bathroom with WC, twin washbasins and an outdoor shower with a view to the sky. Tents can be configured for double or twin occupancy. For families travelling with children a 3rd or a 4th bed can be added.

The Camp’s central lounge and mess areas are set on a raised timber deck overlooking a hippo pod in the Mara river. The area also incorporates a restaurant and informal bar area next to reception.

Game drives are conducted within the Mara North Conservancy for that private and exclusive experience. During the migration season (or on request) guests are offered the opportunity to go to the Masai Mara National Reserve, or to Mara Conservancy (Mara Triangle), to have a chance to see the wildebeests crossing the Mara River.

Guests would leave for the early morning game drive just before sunrise; return for breakfast and relax in camp before going on the afternoon game drive. If one wishes to go for a full day game drive, a picnic lunch basket is provided. For those who wish to experience the adventures of the African night the afternoon game drive can be extended into a night game drive. The Camp offers game walks with armed Maasai guides, an amazing safari experience. Olisuk, is the Camp’s private concession area and offers plenty of wildlife and breathtaking views of the Mara plains, access is via small boat across the Mara River.

Balloon excursions can be arranged for the real thrill of gliding high above the impressive Masai Mara savannah while looking down at herds of elephants and zebras beneath you. A champagne breakfast awaits you in the middle of the bush. Nature walks are also on offer where guests learn about the trees, shrubs, birds and little insects inhabiting the Mara grassland and how the Maasai make use of the flora for medical and ritual purposes. Also on offer are community visits, visits to the traditional Masai village, the local primary school or the busy Maasai market. Also, eco-camp walks, where guests show you how to run an eco-friendly luxury camp out in the bush with solar panels, non-power cold room, gas burners, zero waste sewage system and waste management.

All in all, a great wildlife and cultural experience at a very affordable price!

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