Karen Blixen Camp is set on the bank of the Mara River with the impressive Oloololo Escarpment in the front and the Mara plains behind; the location is spectacular; throughout the day elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas come for a drink while a large hippo pod rests lazily in the river.
Mara North Conservancy
Karen Blixen Camp is set on the bank of the Mara River with the impressive Oloololo Escarpment in the front and the Mara plains behind; the location is spectacular; throughout the day elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas come for a drink while a large hippo pod rests lazily in the river. The Camp is situated in the beautiful Mara North Conservancy that forms the vital northwestern zone of the Masai Mara Ecosystem. The conservancy borders the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya and is part of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.
Karen Blixen Camp is accessible either by regular scheduled local flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport, Samburu, Lewa Downs and Nanyuki or by private charter flights. The nearest airstrips are Kichwa Tembo Airstrip, Shikar Airstrip and Musiara Airstrip. Karen Blixen Camp is also accessible by road. The drive from Nairobi takes approximately 5 hours during the dry season, and 7 hours in the green season. Kindly note that game drives within Mara North Conservancy can only be undertaken in Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Karen Blixen Camp offers an authentic 'yesteryear' experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari. The Camp gives a feeling of the early 1920's era with beautiful and comfortable furniture. Long gone are the days when staying in a tented camp meant roughing it. You will find that Karen Blixen Camp is a step back in time with the luxury of today.
The Camp compromises 22 luxurious en-suite canvas tents (4.6m x 8m), each set on a beautiful mahogany platform with a spacious veranda (5m x 13m) completed with cushion daybed from which one can enjoy an afternoon siesta, taking in the wonderful surroundings. All tents are placed along the river. Our family unit consists of two tents with a shared veranda. Each tent has a private bathroom with WC, twin washing basins and an outdoor shower with view to the sky. Tents can be configured for double or twin occupancy. For families travelling with children a 3rd or a 4th bed can be added.
The open plan 'mess' area, built on a raised mahogany deck, is beautifully located on the banks of the Mara River overlooking a resident hippo pod providing our guests with endless entertainment. The mess area is furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen's private furniture. It comprises the reception, restaurant and lounge area with a home-style bar. Comfortable sofas give a welcoming and cozy retreat for the weary traveler while enjoying a before-dinner drink. Around the campfire one can share the safari adventure of the day, listen to the sounds of the night and look at the magnificent African starlit sky. Camp facilities also include a gift shop with wireless internet, and a swimming pool. Our resident masseuse offers a wide range of wellness treatments.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant or bush garden from where one has an incredible close view of the Mara River and the wild animals coming to drink. One can also enjoy a romantic bush dinner set beneath the starlit African night. Bush breakfast with spectacular view over the Mara plains is the perfect surprise after an exciting morning game drive. Picnic breakfast or picnic lunch baskets are arranged for those going for a full day game drive.
Karen Blixen was passionate about cooking and our chefs have found many of her original recipes. Dining at the Camp captures the taste of these days gone-by with classical cooking from the French, English, Italian and Danish kitchens. The modern day love for cosmopolitan food with clear notes from the Far East, India or Kenya's own traditional cooking is also catered for, alongside the African continent's finest wines.
Our resident masseuse offers a wide range of wellness treatments for those who wish to indulge in a relaxing massage. All treatments are carried out in the privacy of your own tent.
Masai Mara Ecosystem is famous for its unique concentration of wildlife, birds, rich vegetation and open savannah. It has been classified among the 'Seven Wonders of the World' due to the extraordinary annual migration (July-November) when over 1.3 million wildebeests and more than a hundred thousand zebras cross from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures. Karen Blixen Camp is situated in Mara North Conservancy. The area forms the very vital northwestern part of the Masai Mara Ecosystem and offers one of the highest wildlife densities in the world. Within a 30 minute drive from the Camp one also finds the renowned Leopard Gorge, which has provided the thrilling stage for numerous BBC Big Cat Diaries, National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries. Five prides of lions amounting to 52 family members, seven cheetah and at least six leopards inhabit the area. Mara North Conservancy is proud to have one of the lowest tourism and vehicle densities in the Masai Mara. Kindly note that game drives within Mara North Conservancy can only be undertaken in Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
For the utmost private and exclusive safari experience, game drives are conducted within the Mara North Conservancy. During the migration season (or on request) guests are offered the opportunity to go to the Masai Mara National Reserve or to Mara Conservancy (Mara Triangle) to have a chance to see the wildebeests crossing the Mara River. Our open Toyota Land Cruisers give a full, uninterrupted view of the wildlife roaming the area. We suggest guests leave for the early morning game drive just before sunrise; return for breakfast and relax in camp before going on the afternoon game drive. If one wishes to go for a full day game drive, a picnic lunch basket is provided. For those who wish to experience the thrilling adventures of the African night we extend the afternoon game drive into a night game drive. Our other activities include:
Game walk: Walking in middle of the African bush with armed Maasai guides is truly an amazing safari experience. Olisuk, our private concession area, offers plenty of wildlife and breathtaking views of the Mara plains; access is via small boat across the Mara River.
Balloon safaris: Imagine the thrill of gliding high above the impressive Masai Mara savannah while looking down at herds of elephants and zebras tottering beneath you. A champagne breakfast awaits you in the middle of the bush.
Nature walks: Learn about the trees, shrubs, birds and little insects inhabiting the Mara grassland and how the Maasai make use of the flora for medical and ritual purposes.
Birding: Over 180 different birds have been spotted around the Camp. The keen beginner or the experienced birder will spend the early mornings and late afternoons in a remote area of the Camp with an experienced Maasai guide viewing sunbirds, herons or weavers.
Community visits: Visit the traditional Masai village, the local primary school or the busy Maasai market.
Eco camp walks: We show you how we run an eco friendly luxury camp out in the bush with solar panels, non-power cold room, gas burners, zero waste sewage system and waste management.
Karen Blixen Camp has been constructed to run in the most environmental conscious manner. We are committed to protect the fragile Mara ecosystem and to minimize our impact on the nearby environment. Karen Blixen Camp is fully powered by solar panel system providing 24 hours electricity in all guest tents. Gas is used for heating water for the outdoor showers and thus avoiding usage of firewood and charcoal, which contributes to the deforestation of Kenya's woodlands. All waste water is led through a zero-waste sewage system and mechanically and biologically purified. The recycled water is used for watering our bush garden. Organic waste is composted and non-degradable waste delivered back to private companies for further recycling.