Rekero Camp Masai Mara, Kenya
Situated in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, the camp is shaded by a riverine forest and overlooks the Talek river, often a prime area during the wildebeest migration. The Reserve and the adjacent Conservation area totals 750 square miles and forms the northern tip of the Serengeti-Masai Mara eco-system. Gerard and Rainee Beaton and Jackson Ole Looseyia own Rekero and together with Salaash Morompi make up the hosting team.
Eight spacious tents, all of which have the capacity of being a double, twin or triple and two family tents which can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and up to 4 children. All tents have terraces overlooking the Talek river and ensuite bathrooms with flush loos and safari showers.
Lighting is by a solar powered inverter in the tents and kerosene lanterns are situated in front of the tents to provide subtle lighting of the exterior and front. No hair dryers in tents. Mineral water in tents.
• Large sitting room tent
• Laundry services provided
• Gift shop
• Variety of board games & books on Africa
• Wheelchair access in main public areas
• Safe box at the office
• Electrical items can be charged from a central point – no power sockets in the tents
• Mobile phone networks do work – Safaricom tends to work in camp and Celtel from higher ground
• No credit card facilities
Full board accommodation, house-wines, beers & soft drinks. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.
• Shared game drives in 4×4 vehicles (roof hatches) with knowledgeable guides
• Bush picnics and sundowners
• Experience some of the work done by the Rekero Trust by visiting the Koiyaki Guiding School
• Morning walks – US$15 per person
• Cultural visits to local villages – US$15 per person
• Hot air balloon safaris – please use Adventures Aloft who collect guests at 5 a.m. from camp
• Day trip to Victoria Lake for fishing
• Scenic flights over the Masai Mara
• Twice daily scheduled flight to Ol Kiombo airstrip departing from Wilson Airport. Transfer to Rekero Camp is 15 minutes away and is included.
• Daily scheduled flight to Ol Kiombo departing from Nanyuki/Lewa/Laikipia. Transfer to Rekero is 15 minutes away and is included.
• By private charter flight to Ol Kiombo airstrip
• Please check luggage restrictions for all flights
Transfers (per vehicle – 5 pax)
• Rekero to one of Cottars, Ol Seki, Saruni, Richard’s, Serena or Kichwa/Bateleur – US$ 250
• Rekero to one of Musiara (1 hour)/Elephant Pepper/Talek area – US$150
• Rekero to Intrepids – FOC
Rekero Camp will be closed in April and May.
A Typical Day at Rekero Tented Camp
A typical day would start with a cup of tea/coffee at 6 o’clock followed by an enjoyable day of morning and afternoon escorted game viewing drives in the Mara and bush walks. Rekero Tented camp is ideally situated near the confluence of the Talek and Mara Rivers for easy access to the mass wildebeest migration, which teems in the Mara from August through to October. The camp is located in a riparian forest, which offers welcome shade during the hotter time around midday.
The safari cook will amaze you with what he can produce from his tented kitchen. Fresh bread is baked in camp and canapés, steaks, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese and desserts make up an exciting and varied menu. Breakfast is usually taken early and is of the hearty English-style. Alternatively, you might go out on an early game-viewing drive after tea/coffee and cookies, followed by a later brunch. Lunch is usually al fresco under a pepper tree on the rivers edge, often a buffet or perhaps even a picnic out in the bush. Afternoon tea and cake around 4 p.m. is followed later by a candle-lit dinner followed by drinks by the campfire, listening to the noises of Africa after dark.
At each meal, decisions are made regarding your next game activity. In the Mara Conservation area, walks bring you much closer to nature, perhaps approaching an elephant from downwind to observe him feeding, coming close to a klipspringer sunning himself on a rock, or watching a crab spider spinning its web highlighted by the morning dew, all undisturbed by the noise of vehicles.
Cultural visits to the local Masai and Ildorobo villages and the remote Ildorobo caves, together with an insight into bush craft, make a visit to Rekero a truly unique experience.
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