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Elephant Pepper Camp - Masai Mara, Kenya

Koiyaki Wilderness Area - Masai Mara, Kenya

Elephant Pepper Camp is a traditional safari tented camp, which is seasonally erected within the boundaries of the Masai Mara National Reserve.Beautifully presented, it features just 8 tents and a central mess and and bar.

Recently refurbished, the camp has been recently refurbished and designed to attract and introduce people to an authentic Masai Mara wildlife Safari Experience. Elephant Pepper Camp (originally Mara Bush Camp) offers a unique, comfortable environment and is aptly named after the Warburgia Ugandensis tree, which is commonly known as the Elephant Pepper tree. Game drives, night drives, bush meals, guided walks, sundowners. Paid activities Cultural visits, hot air balloon trips

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
Northern Masai Mara on the Koiyaki Community Ranch
The Masai Mara is 270 miles from Nairobi (five hours by road). All weather air strip - less than an hour from Nairobi by plane.

How To Get There
Musiara airstrip (Forty-five minutes drive).
• Twice daily scheduled Air Kenya flights to the Masai Mara departing Nairobi at 10h00 and 15h00.
• Twice daily scheduled Safarilink flights to the Masai Mara departing Nairobi at 10h00 and 14h45.
• Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight from Samburu and Nanyuki at 09h15 and 10h00.
• Once daily scheduled Safarilink flight from Shaba at 09h10, Samburu at 09h30 and Nanyuki at 09h45.
• Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight from Meru (via Samburu) at 08h45.
• Once daily scheduled Tropic Air flight from Meru, Lewa and Laikipia operating
• Private charter from anywhere.
• Private charter from anywhere.

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
There are just 8 tents, each with an ensuite bathroom (with hot and cold running water and flushed WC). One tent is slightly larger than the rest so as to accommodate families, or to act as a honeymoon suite. The rate includes
• Board Accommodation
• Soft Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Non-Luxury Spirits
• Day & Night Game Drives
• Transfers for Cultural Visits
• Bush Meals
• Sundowners
• Local Airstrip Transfers
• Limited Laundry Service

Dining and bars
There is a luxurious central mess tent adjacent to the lounge tent. Meals are served either in the mess tent, or within the surrounding grounds, or in the bush. Sundowners are served nightly around the campfire.

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.

What to see and do
Activities
• Day & Night Game Drives
• Guided Bush Walks
• Bush Meals
• Sundowners
• Cultural Visits


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