Mara Intrepids Tented Camp
Mara Intrepids is one of the few camps built to cater to families. Set right next to the Talek River, Mara Intrepid Camp has some of the best views Mara has to offer. There is a good reason why up to 75% of the BBC’s big cat footage was shot around Mara Intrepid Camp.
Mara Intrepid Camp is located in an area of the Masai Mara that has a regular flow of animals throughout the year. Families can enjoy luxurious accommodation and up to two game drives in a day in an open safari vehicle.
For families traveling with children, Mara Intrepid Camp has an active children’s club that teaches them about conservation during their stay and keeps the children engaged in participation in various local Masai Games.
Mara Intrepids is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. For the remainder of the year, the camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing, with large local populations of plains game, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and all the Big Cats. In 2004, some 75% of the footage for the BBC’s famous Big Cat Diary was shot in the vicinity of the camp. Mara Intrepids is 298 kilometres and a six-hour drive from Nairobi, while our all-weather airstrip enables guests to be at the camp within 45 minutes of leaving the capital.
Mara Intrepids is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own open-air dining area and ‘mess tent’ where private meals and functions can be arranged. Dinner is usually served in a large dining room under a traditional makuti thatch roof, while breakfast and lunch are hosted on a breezy terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool. Beside the main bar is a fully equipped conference room, where our Maasai naturalists deliver evening slide shows on the local culture and wildlife – and where corporate and team-building groups can indulge in a spot of ‘bush business’.
Mara Intrepids Camp and sister property Mara Explorer Camp is located just a few minutes from Olkiombo airstrip. This makes Mara Intrepids Camp a great camp of choice if you would like to fly to the Masai Mara. If you opt for a road package to the Masai Mara, we recommend taking up a Land Cruiser Package since that the ideal car to handle the Mara Intrepids terrain.
As one of the Mara’s most established camps, Mara Intrepids enjoys a very close relationship with the local Maasai community, from which most of our staff hail. Together with our sister camp, Mara Explorer, we channel part of our fees into local community initiatives, including environmental awareness training, the establishment of medical clinics, and financial support for primary schools, churches and women’s groups. The camp itself is run on strict eco-principles, with hot water generated by burning used coffee husks, biodegradable waste mulched for compost, and all wastewater recycled through our own on-site constructed wetland
How to get to Masai Mara Intrepids Tented Camp
Mara Intrepids is 298 kilometres and a six-hour drive from Nairobi, while our all-weather airstrip, Ol Kiombo, enables guests to be at the camp within 45 minutes of leaving Nairobi Wislon Airport. The airstrip is serviced twice daily by both Safarilink and Air Kenya from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
Accommodation in our en suite luxury tents, three game drives a day in our open-sided Land Rover jeeps and free adventurers’ club membership for the children (3-11 year olds).
A normal stay is usually 3 days (2 nights) but a longer stay is advised for better incursion in the Maasai country and immersion into their culture and to fully enjoy the safari experience.
The equator divides Kenya: Seasons run as follows Summer: September – April 34 ̊C/194 ̊F 20 ̊C/68 ̊FWinter: May – August 25 ̊C/77 ̊F 11 ̊C/52 ̊FRainfall: April – May (long rains), November – Mid December (short rains)
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What are the 2023 Prices for Mara Intrepids Tented Camp?
Here are Mara Intrepids Tented Camp Resident Rates:
Mara Intrepids Tented Camp Rates
|1st Apr 2023 – 6th Apr 2023||KES 83,500/- PPS||KES 105,500/- PPS|
|7th Apr 2023 – 10th Apr 2023||KES 86,700/- PPS||KES 111,600/- PPS|
|11th Apr 2023 – 30th Jun 2023||KES 83,500/- PPS||KES 105,500/- PPS|
|1st Jul 2023 – 31st Oct 2023||KES 125,900/- PPS||KES 164,300/- PPS|
Mara Intrepids Camp Flying Package Rates (above) are in KES, Per Person Sharing
Single Room Occupancy: Supplement to apply
Rates Exclude: Mandatory Masai Mara Reserve Fees and other Extras
Mara Intrepids Camp Flying Package Rates include:
Full Board Accommodation
Wilson-Nairobi/Masai Mara Return Flights
2 Way Masai Mara Airstrip Transfers
3 Shared Game Drives, Per Day
Mara Intrepids Camp Child Policy:
0 – 2.9 years: FREE
3 – 11 years Sharing with Adults: 50% of PPS
1 Child Sharing with 1 Adult: Single Rate
2 Children Sharing with 1 Adult: Double Rate (PPS x 2)
2 Children in Own Room: 75% of PPS, per Child
3 Children in own Room: Double Rate (PPS x 2)
1 Child in own Room: Single Room Rate
Masai Mara Reserve 2023 Park Fees:
|Masai Mara Park Fees||KE||EA||NON RESIDENT|
|Validity: 24 Hours
||CITIZEN||RESIDENT||Inside Park||Outside Park|
|Adult Park Fee||KES 1,000.00||KES 1,200.00||USD 70.00||USD 70.00|
|Children Park Fee||KES 300.00||KES 500.00||USD 40.00||USD 45.00|
What you have to know about Masai Mara Parks Fees:
Staying Inside Masai Mara Park Fees(Non-residents):
Masai Mara Park Entry Fees applicable to Guests staying in Camps and Lodges INSIDE the Masai Mara Reserve
Staying Outside Masai Mara Park Fee Rates(Non-residents):
Masai Mara Park Entry Fees applicable to Guests staying in Camps and Lodges OUTSIDE the Masai Mara Reserve
Masai Mara Citizen Entry Fees and Masai Mara Resident Entry Fees
Citizen Entry Fees: Guests visiting Masai Mara Reserve are required to present their Kenya National IDs
Resident Entry Fees: For residents of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda
||| Residents visiting the Masai Mara Reserve are required to: present their passports or show work permits or appropriate visa/s as proof of residency status
What Hotel Facilities are available at Mara Intrepids Tented Camp?
Some of the facilities that may be available at this camp include:
- Luxurious modern tents with secluded verandahs: The camp offers luxurious tents that come with en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs overlooking the river. The tents are equipped with modern amenities such as comfortable beds, hot showers, and electric fans to ensure a comfortable stay.
- Small riverfront dining areas with private catering: The camp has several dining areas along the river, which offer private catering for guests. The cuisine is a mix of international and local dishes prepared using fresh ingredients.
- Free form swimming pool with sunbathing terrace: The camp has a free-form swimming pool surrounded by a sunbathing terrace with loungers and parasols. It's a great place to relax and cool off after a game drive.
- Conference room with business and video facilities: The camp has a conference room equipped with modern business and video facilities, making it ideal for business meetings, conferences, and presentations.
- Elevated game-viewing platform with bar service: The camp has an elevated game-viewing platform that offers panoramic views of the Maasai Mara. The platform also has a bar service, so guests can enjoy a drink while watching wildlife.
- Custom-built four-wheel-drive safari vehicles: The camp offers custom-built four-wheel-drive safari vehicles that are designed for game drives. The vehicles are open-sided to offer unobstructed views of the wildlife, and each vehicle comes with a knowledgeable guide.
- Reliable 240-volt generator electricity supply: The camp has a reliable 240-volt generator that provides electricity to the camp, ensuring that guests can charge their devices and use electrical appliances.
- Safety deposit boxes for guests’ valuables: Each tent has a safety deposit box where guests can store their valuables.
- Board games and guests’ reference library: The camp has a selection of board games and a reference library for guests to enjoy during their stay.
- Boutique with souvenirs and safari essentials: The camp has a boutique where guests can purchase souvenirs, safari essentials, and other items.
Which Rooms Types are in Mara Intrepids Tented Camp?
Every tent is raised on stilts, and opens to the Talek River with that signature view of the endless plains. Recently refurbished to accommodate the modern, discerning safari traveler, the tents are large and spacious with private verandahs to enjoy the river and the plains, giving infinite views of the Mara. It’s luxury in the wild.
In addition there are two family luxury tents, gorgeous homes under canvas. Beautifully decorated in stylistic African ethnic and modern pieces, the two bed-roomed family tents include a spacious lounge and an outside deck looking out at the river and the plains beyond. All have ensuite bathrooms and washrooms.
For quiet moments, you can escape to the high tower in the forest glade and scan the tree canopy of the riverine forest and the plains. It’s a great vantage lookout point for any wildlife that strolls by or stalks the prey.
Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp is made up of 30 tents spread across a large riverside site to ensure guest get optimum privacy and nice views. The tents at Mara Intrepids have been recently refurbished so you get more comfort and luxury. There are two main tent types;
Mara Intrepids Luxury Tents
The Mara Intrepids Luxury are constructed on raised platform facing the Talek river. Each luxury tent measures approximately 26 sq. metres and is fitted with a queen size bed or two twin beds. The Mara Intrepids Luxury tents are complete with at modern en-suite bathroom with a hot shower; flush toilets and all the necessary amenities. The are ideal for 2 Adults or 1 Adult, 2 Children.
Mara Intrepids Family Tents
The Mara Intrepids Camp luxury family tents huge and can accommodate up 5 people. The luxury family tents are beautifully decorated with an African ethnic theme and modern pieces. The two bedroom Mara Intrepids family tents include a lovely lounge and an outside deck looking out at the river and the Mara plains beyond.
What are the Foods & Drinks options at Mara Intrepids Tented Camp?
Main Meal Plan is usually full board, which includes three lip-smacking meals, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals are made to cater for the client’s needs.
Dining al fresco on the outside patio of the restaurant is a delight under the canopy of towering trees and untouched gardens. Every meal is a feast. The kitchen boasts its own vegetable garden where the freshest of homegrown herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown. Guests are spoilt for choice with a-la-carte menus and gourmet bar-be-ques under sunny blue equatorial skies or on the inner deck of the shaded thatched dining room. The food fare ranges from continental to traditional African and Asian foods. The desserts are to die for with chocolate mousses and cinnamon tarts, fresh fruits and cheeses presented on platters to wet anyone’s appetite. Nothings too hard for the chefs to turn out any dish ranging from vegetarian to seafood platters on request, including favourite recipes provided by you.
The resident genet and greater bushbabies drop in during dinner, sometimes shy and curious, giving many a newcomer their first sighting of these nocturnal animals. Diners are treated to Maasai dancing by the Maasai morans from the neighbouring manyattas and those daring enough can join in to challenge the Maasai leaps.
For the wild at heart
If dining at the camp proves a tad too tame, you can head out to wilder settings and enjoy sumptuous bush breakfasts and dinners in the bush including sundowners within sight of a lion or a herd of elephants or the hippos snorting in the river below. It’s the ultimate African appetizer.
Overlooking the Burrungat plains, drinks at the bar – alcoholic or non-alcoholic –can be exciting. The very eagle-eyed can catch sight of an elephant quietly slipping through the riverine forest or the occasional leopard making a kill. The bar is open all day till the last patron retires.
Enjoy the unique blend of bar cocktails like the Tides of Mara or the Migration Fever. If you’re concerned about safety, the river cuts across the bar and plains, so you can relax and toast a drink to Africa’s wilderness. A bonfire is lit every evening where stories of the day’s adventures are traded and on most evenings, the resident naturalist will give a power point presentation of Mara’s dynamic seasons, each bringing with it its own vibrant changes, forever drawing the Mara enthusiast like a magnet to its sprawling savanna. Guests are advised not to jump into the river from the suspended bridge that connects the plains to the bar – for the river is only reserved for the residents – that means the local hippos and crocodiles.
Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Mara Intrepids Tented Camp?
- Three game drives daily with personal guides
- Escorted walking safaris outside the reserve
- Bush breakfasts and dinners under the stars
- Romantic sundowners on the Mara plains
- Visits to neighboring Maasai communities
- Arrangements for dawn balloon safaris
- Transfers for fishing trips to Lake Victoria
- Private parties on the champagne terrace
- Lectures & slide shows on culture and wildlife
- Heritage’s famous Adventurers’ Club for kids and Young Rangers’ Club for intrepid teenagers.
- Hot air balloon ride in the Masai Mara
Please note activities might attract an extra charge.
Three game drives everyday in the reserve – the early morning from 6 am to 9 am; the midmorning after breakfast and finally the late afternoon from 3.30 pm returning to camp at sunset. Or you can indulge in a full day game drive to the Mara River with a packed picnic breakfast and/or lunch. kindly view the month by month activities highlights from the wildlife section as you plan your visit with us.
The Adventurers’ Club
Recommended for children accompanying their parents on safari this family program provides an fun and exciting opportunity for the kids to learn about the wild from our Maasai naturalists who specialize in plants, wildlife and survival skills. Children will be edu-tained through various activities and facilities on-site including an obstacle course that portrays the challenges wild animals face, don’t be suprised if you child comes out looking like Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling’s all time favourite Jungle Book. more the Heritage family programs
Balloon Safaris (upon request)
Enjoy the thrill of an early morning hot air balloon ride where you can enjoy the spectacle of the Masai Mara sunrise and the arial view of big game scattered across the rolling plains of the reserve. More on Balloon Safaris
Photographic Safari (upon request)
Led by our trained guides, some of whom are active photographers themselves we are able so ensure that your safari goes beyond your expectation. The 4×4 safari jeeps are specially modified to allow for more legroom and roof racks open for the best game viewing and photography, with accessories such as beanbag mounts for cameras available upon request. The vehicles are also fitted with mini-bars for cold beverages to ensure your comfort. kindly view the month by month activities highlights from the wildlife section as you plan you visit with us.
Fly day trip – Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria (upon request)
Take a 40 minute flight from Mara Intrepids Camp to Lake Victoria crossing over the expanse of the Mau forest – one of Kenya’s biggest indigenous forests – and the famed green tea plantations of Kericho to Mfangano Island sitting on Lake Victoria. more on Mfangano Island day trip
A two-hour nature walk with our Maasai naturalist will see you identify more than 30 species of plants, spot a variety of birds and pick up some survival tips like knowing how to behave in the presence of wild animals.
Guests at Mara Intrepids can visit the Maasai manyattas or kraals where a local Maasai guide will give you an intriguing account of the Maasai people and the traditions that have stood the test of time and still prevail on the plains.
Take a detailed tour of the African sky with our expert guides at Mara Intrepids. The Equator slices Kenya almost in half making it one of the very few places in the whole world where you can observe both the northern and southern hemisphere skies from one location. more on star gazing with Heritage
A visit to the Masai Mara isn’t only about seeing the “Big 5”, the game reserve also boasts a bird list of over 450 species. These range from the large and highly conspicuous Common Ostrich, to the small (but still conspicuous) Cardinal Quelea. A bird walk is a must for every bird lover or simply someone curious to see the rich profusion of birds, keen birders can record more than a hundred species in a day. more on birding with Heritage.
What Extra Services does Mara Intrepids Tented Camp offer?
- Catering for private dinners and BBQs
- Boiled water and insect repellent in tents
- Telephone, e-mail, fax and postal services
- Foreign currency exchange at reception
- Single-day laundry and valet services
- Early morning calls with tea or coffee
- Complimentary airstrip transfers
- Wet towels and drinks on check-in
- Resident doctor available 24 hours
- Flex body therapy for half or one hour.
Wedding in Masai Mara
Take your vows in some of the world’s most spectacular wild country within earshot of the elephant’s trumpet or a lion’s roar. You can choose a traditional wedding according to your customs, or dress in the local finery of the indigenous people such as the Maasai. Everything from the smallest detail can be arranged – from the vows to the celebration party for family and friends – all you have to do is present your wish list – for your wedding in Africa.
Standard wedding –
• Local legal fees
• Registrars/ministers fees
• Marriage licence and certificate
• Wedding ceremony
• Wedding co-coordinator
• Decorated location selected by the couple
• Bouquet for bride
• Button hole
• Bottle of sparkling wine(Moetet Chandon)
• Wedding cake
• Best man/maid as witness if required.
Optional extras at a cost:
• Maasai Dancers and Guard of Honour – US$ 160
• Complete Maasai wedding attire for bride & groom plus necklace and ornaments – US$ 350
• Champagne (per bottle) – US$ 150
We have different locations from which the couple can choose to host their ceremony:
• Hippo pool
• Lounge observation tower
• Lounge gardens
• Masai Manyatta
• Sundowner site
Contact us to book your team building, conferences or wedding at Mara Intrepids Tented Camp.