For anyone planning a Safari experience in Masai Mara, I offer here my experience so that you may know what to expect when you’re planning your trip.
Of course your budget, tour company chosen, size of group, etc., will largely affect where you will be placed and what your experience will be like, but I offer my own here so you may base your decisions on it.
Our budget was quite tight, so we chose a 3-day safari experience, tents rather than lofts, and not the most expensive one we could find. Once we got to the camping site, we were greeted by the hostess, someone from the local tribe that was running that particular camp site. We were told there was a generator from 5 a.m. until 7.30 a.m., and from 8 p.m. until about 10.30 p.m., so we would have some light in our tents and we could charge any electronic devices in the common area while eating.
All meals were included (but I still made sure to carry a lot of snacks with me), so we got our breakfast ready early in the morning and our dinner at night, both in the common area (alcohol paid separately). Lunch was provided to us during the Safari (packed lunch).
The camping site was assigned a couple of guards from that tribe that would ensure all our belongings were safe and that no animals or unauthorised people would get into our tents. They would also go around at night to ensure our safety.
Each tent had its own private bathroom (not 5-star quality, but definitely did the trick) and a net for the bed, to ensure we wouldn’t be eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Overall, it was a beautiful campsite that lived up to the price paid. We got the chance to view another other campsite, a more expensive one, and it was beautiful there as well.
One experience I will definitely not forget, and advise everyone still on the fence to give it a go as well 😊