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Richard's Camp - Masai Mara, Kenya

Richard's Camp is situated in a conservation area to the north-west of the reserve. With riverine forest and short-grass plains, this particular area is renowned for its exceptional big game viewing. The camp has its own airstrip and is 20 minutes from the main airstrip.

Word 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 wildlife 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. Richard's Camp is located adjacent to an area of indigenous forest and is owned and operated by Richard Roberts and his girlfriend Liz Fusco.

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 approximately 180 kms from Nairobi (five hours by road). All weather air strip - less than an hour from Nairobi by plane. Richard's Camp is situated in a conservation area to the north-west of the reserve. With riverine forest and short-grass plains, this particular area is renowned for its exceptional big game viewing. The camp has its own airstrip and is 20 minutes from the main airstrip.

How to get there
Ngerende 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 10h00. Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight from Meru (via Samburu) at 08h45. Once daily scheduled Tropic Air flight from Meru, Lewa and Laikipia.
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
All the time, when on the move, the wildebeest emit harsh grunts, something like the sound of frogs, something like that of old men clearing their throats. People have called them ungainly because of their high shoulders and sloping hindquarters and also clowns because of their long pale faces and white beards, but in fact they move with grace and sometimes playfulness, leaping and cavorting with apparent joie de vivre.

Last Days in Eden
Elspeth Huxley and Hugo van Lawick

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
Richard's Camp is a traditional tented camp in true African safari style.There are seven tents (4 doubles and 3 twins). Each individually decorated tent has either twin or double beds (with triple rooms available for families upon request) and its own luxury bathroom. Also, at the end of the day, guests can indulge in an open-air Victorian bath tucked away in the forest, surrounded by flickering candles and the sounds of the bush. 7 en-suite tents.

Included in the rates are:
Full-board accommodation
Soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits
Day and night game drives
Guided bush walks
Transfers for cultural visits
Bush breakfasts, lunches and suppers
Sundowners
Local airstrip transfers
Limited laundry service
Dining and bars

The luxurious lounge
Dining options

As the weather almost always permits, meals are usually taken outdoors under Kenyan skies. During those rare rainy or chilly evenings, dining moves indoors, adjacent to the beautiful sitting room with its roaring fire.

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 and extra beds can be provided.
What to see and do
Game Drives in 4-wheel-drive vehicles
Night Game Drives
Guided Bush Walks
Bush Meals
Sundowners
Cultural Visits
Scenic Flights.

 

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