Naboisho, which in Maasai means “coming together”, is a community-driven initiative to create a wildlife conservation and tourism area that supports the livelihoods of the landowners and surrounding communities. Naboisho Camp is situated in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, covering an area of approximately 50 000 acres that lies to the far east of the Mara Serengeti ecosystem. Appealing both to safari purists and those seeking a little luxury, Naboisho Camp is the most upmarket of the handful of new camps in the relatively small Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Surrounded by untouched savannah and dense thicket, it is located in a game-rich area where guests can frequently witness spectacular wildlife events.
Situated on a private conservancy east of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Naboisho Camp is a classically authentic and intimate safari camp that was first established as a community initiative to preserve wildlife whilst supporting the local community. The camp is a wonderful combination of raw bush and luxurious home comforts.
Mara Naboisho is a private conservancy in Kenya adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is now the second largest conservancy in the Greater Mara Region and provides a significant migratory corridor for the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, supporting both the north and south wildebeest migrations. With its high concentration of wildlife and substantial personal space and freedom, visitors experience exceptional wildlife encounters.
The 50 000-acre conservancy is made up of land contributions from 500 Maasai landowners. Their cooperative efforts provide their community with a sustainable livelihood and ensure the conservation of this part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem by strictly monitoring the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the human footprint on the environment.
The Conservancy is home to impressive numbers of big cats, herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as aardvark, caracal, serval, aardwolf and honey badger are also occasionally spotted. Naboisho is a bird-watcher’s paradise with bird species that are rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara, such as White-headed Buffalo-weavers, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Pygmy Falcon, von der Dickens Hornbills and Bush Pipits.
Naboisho Camp has been designed to combine traditional safari style with a fresh and modern feel, with a strong focus on attention to detail. It is a permanent camp but has been designed along strict eco-friendly principles in order to leave the smallest possible footprint. The 8 spacious tented suites offer comfortable under-canvas living with en-suite bathrooms and elegant wooden furniture. The tents have private verandas with comfortable chairs for guests to enjoy the spectacular views.
For families there is a family tent which comprises of two interconnecting tents. The dining area and lounge is the main public area. This thatched area has wooden decks providing great vantage points of a watering hole.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
The exciting and excellent food, combined with the personal service of an established, successful team working together, contribute to a warm and friendly atmosphere, ensuring that yours is an unforgettable safari experience. Breakfast and lunch are served alfresco in the bush or beneath an acacia tree while delicious dinners are served in the camp's welcoming mess tent. Guests can absorb the views of the open plains while sipping a cool drink or fine wine and listening to stories from fellow travellers.
An expert local Maasai guide and spotter accompanies every drive or walk from Naboisho Camp. Game walks are a stand-out feature with the camp situated in a protected conservancy that has remained largely pristine thanks to the limit on the number of vehicles allowed. Guests can head out on day or night drives to look for big cats and nocturnal animals. To the south and west of the camp there are some stunning walking areas, including wide open, short-grass plains and some deeply carved canyons and viewpoints. Another option is to visit a local village, a non-commercial experience without pressure from local curio-traders.