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Entim Mara Camp - Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

The Entim Mara Camp is named after the forest in which it stands (Entim which means ‘forest' in Maa, the language of the Maasai). Secluded in indigenous woodlands looking out over the Mara plains and river, this is a small eco-friendly camp designed to impart a real feeling of camping, whilst providing all the luxuries required for a relaxing stay. There are only seven tents, and a central dining area and lounge.

World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth', the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya's most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world's most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.

Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

Location
The Masai Mara is 270 km from Nairobi (five hours by road). All weather air strip - less than an hour from Nairobi by plane. Ol Kiombo airstrip is 25 minutes away from the camp and we will meet you on arrival.

Air Kenya scheduled flights to the Masai Mara:
• Twice daily departing Nairobi at 10.00 & 15.00
• Once daily departing Nanyuki at 10.00
• Once daily departing Samburu at 09.15

Safari Link scheduled flights to the Masai Mara:
• Twice daily departing Nairobi at 10.00 & 15.00
• Once daily departing Nanyuki at 09.45
• Once daily departing Samburu at 09.30

FLY540 scheduled flight to the Masai Mara:
• Once daily departing Nairobi JKIA at 11.15
Private Charters from anywhere can land at Ol Kiombo airstrip.

The Background
The Masai Mara National Reserve
When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five' in one morning.

As to scenery, the 1,800 sq kilometres of this veteran reserve offer the classic mix of African imagery; miles of lion-gold grasslands, shoals of lilac-misted hills, a meandering river, acres of thorn-bush and mile upon mile of undulating wilderness.

The Miracle of the Migration of the Wildebeest
Between the end of July and November, over one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by half again as many zebras and gazelles, migrate from the short-grass plains of the Serengeti to fresh pasture in the grasslands of the Mara; thus creating one of nature's grandest spectacles. Moving in groups of up to 20,000 at a time they thunder across the plateau hesitating only briefly to cross the Mara River, where many fall prey to the waiting crocodiles. Towards the end of October they begin crossing back into Tanzania. The actual timing of the migration, however, is dictated by the weather and does not always ‘run to schedule'.

Accommodation
The 7 luxury tents are equipped with luxurious beds (double and twin available) and traditional camp furniture. The ensuite bathrooms have hot and cold running water, traditional safari bucket showers and flushed WCs. Each tent has its own private verandah with tables and chairs, where morning tea or evening meals can be served.

Dining and bars
In the centre of the camp is the mess tent, where all meals are served. All meals at the camp are freshly prepared by the camp's head chef, offering buffet lunches and set a la carte dinners. The camp also offers a tented lounge and library. Meals can also be served on the private verandahs of the tents.

Wildlife highlights
Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds.

Child-friendly
The camp welcomes children, but parental supervision is required at all times.

What to see and do
The camp offers daily game drives with proficient Maasai guides. There is no swimming pool. Guided bush walks are also offered as are bird-watching outings.


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