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Muthaiga Safari Camp - Maasai Mara, Kenya

(formely Impiripiri Camp)

Olderkesi Concession Area - Masai Mara, Kenya

Muthaiga Safari Camp (formerly Impiripiri Camp) lies in 65 acres private concession equipped with an airstrip. Located in the Olderkesi concession area, the camp naturally gives the feel of home away from home in the Masai Mara. The landscape is extremely charming with abundant vegetation, slopes and rolling hills.

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.

The Masai Mara is 270 miles from Nairobi (five hours by road). All weather air strip - less than an hour from Nairobi by plane. The camp is located on the 64 hectare Olderkesi Private Reserve, on the south eastern border of the reserve (between the Tanzanian border and Sand River).

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.

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'.

The camp offers 7 luxury canvas tents including two family suites with 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms each. All tents are en-suite with hot and cold running water and flush WCs. Each tent has a private wooden balcony with spectacular views of the Siana plains and distant hills. 24-hour electricity is solar/wind generated and laundry services are offered

Dining and bars
The camp offers both international and Mediterranean cuisine. All meals are included in the rate - a fully stocked bar is available. Bush meals are offered as part of the activities (breakfast, lunch, dinner and sundowners). A central lounge and library are provided.

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.

The camp welcomes children and a special 'family tent' is also offered (two rooms, two bathrooms).

What to see and do
Game drives: two extended game drives are included within the rates, each in custom built 4x4 vehicles with open roof hatches and sides. Night game drives are also part of the activities listed. Each person is guaranteed a window seat. Activities are arranged to each person's preference - the day is tailored to suit the client - a third game drive can easily be arranged.

Bird watching , either around the camp or on guided ornithological walks.

Safari walks in the surrounding area . Clients are taken into the nearby hills which offer the most splendid view of Maasai land - ideal locations for sundowners

Cultural visits to the local Maasai villages (Maasai market day, homes and schools).

Balloon safaris (at additional cost).

Other facilities
The camp has its own gift shop.

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