SENTINEL MARA CAMP – MASAI MARA RESERVE

Sentinel Mara Camp is small, owner run and managed luxury tented camp tucked away in a forest along the banks of the Mara River within the Masai Mara National Reserve. This boutique camp is well hidden within the riverine forest looking down on the Mara River and you can sit and enjoy the birds around camp and wildlife coming down to the river from your tent

There are just 8 spacious and beautifully furnished ensuite canvas tents together with the lounge and dining tent set along the river in the forest.  The camp has specially designed campaign furniture creating the elegant atmosphere of the traditional East African safari. Bucket showers, attention to detail, brilliant location and appropriate little luxuries sum this camp up.

Activities include 4 x 4 game drives, short walking safaris in the vicinity of the camp, balloon safaris or visit to a Masai village, as well as a half day walk along the escarpment overlooking the plains of the Reserve.

LOCATION

Sentinel Mara Camp is set in the Musiara Marsh area of the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

Access is via a light aircraft flight to the airstrip where you are met and transferred to the camp via a game drive which is around 30 minutes.

CAMP

The camp has just 7 River View Tents tucked away in the shady forest each with a view of the Mara River below.  The well-spaced tents ensure privacy, and you can sit and watch the hippo and crocodile in the river below from your deck.

Each large tent has ensuite shower, dressing room and toilet. The mahogany and brass campaign furniture captures the romance of traditional East African safari life.

The dining and lounge tents are at the centre of the camp with its amazing view and there is a well-appointed area where you can enjoy a drink around the campfire in the evenings. Delicious and varied meals from fresh food are prepared daily by our chefs. Whether in the dining tent watching hippo and crocodile in the river below, soaking up the untamed vistas during a bush breakfast or enjoying the romance of a starlit four course dinner you will have a fine dining experience.

The all-inclusive rate means you can simply relax and enjoy all that is on offer in terms of snacks, drinks, guided nature walks, game drives, starlit dinners, and champagne bush breakfasts during your stay.

Wi-Fi as well as charging facilities are available in the lounge tents.

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ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

The seasonal aspect of the camp with no permanent structures offers guests an experience of being authentically close to nature and its location in the less visited Musiara Marsh area of the Reserve ensures excellent game viewing.

The camp offers a high level of guiding by local Masai guides and the camp offers a bespoke approach ensuring the daily agenda of each group is tailor made and flexible taking their personal preferences into account. There are 4 different ecozones around the camp and both the BBC’s Big Cat Dairies and Disney’s African Cats were filmed nearby.

During the annual migration, various crossing points are easily accessible from Sentinel Mara Camp

The camp’s friendly Masai staff are happy to share something of their unique customs and culture with you – the more energetic can learn to throw a spear and club as well as shoot a bow and arrow!

Game Drives – enjoy 4 x 4 game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve guided by Silver Qualified Masai guides.

Guided Walks – short one hour walks around camp are offered to appreciate the beauty of the forested area with the chance to see wildlife and birds on foot.

Half Day Walk – along the escarpment overlooking the plains of the Reserve with your Masai guide.

Balloon Safaris – float over the plains of the Mara and enjoy wildlife viewing from a different perspective.  A champagne breakfast is served on landing out in the bush (extra charge).

Cultural Visit – enjoy the experience of visiting a local Masai village with your guide (extra charge).

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GIVING BACK

As members of EcoTourism (Kenya) Sentinel Mara are committed to sustainable community based conservation with local community elders receiving a portion of guests’ fees. Believing that the future of conservation is linked with local communities benefitting from tourism the camp employs members of the local community and facilitate respectful encounters with the Masai where their heritage, customs and culture are shared.

The camp’s overall philosophy is to meaningfully introduce guests to this amazing location and its abundant wildlife with minimum interference to the environment.

Sentinel has sponsored “Business for Life” training for over 75 people in local communities to start and run their own businesses successfully.

SENTINEL MARA IS CLOSED DURING MAY EVERY YEAR WITH FLEXIBILITY AT THE START OR END OF THE MONTH

THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND HAS 2 FAMILY TENTS WHICH HAVE A SMALL TENT ATTACHED  WITH BUNK BEDS FOR SMALL CHILDREN 

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Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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