Speke’s Camp – Maasai Mara – Kenya
Speke’s Camp is a return to a more traditional way of safari, where the game viewing takes centre stage. At Speke’s your safari experience is very much tailored around you. Set on private land, surrounded by towering indigenous trees and the Olare Orok River, this camp is an equally great choice for a romantic honeymoon or a family adventure. This wonderful setting lends itself to outdoor living with meals served where possible under the starry African skies and nights spent swapping tales around the roaring camp fire.
With private vehicles for every booking your really do make all the decisions. The private vehicle for each booking this camp offers some of the best value for money that you will find in the Maasai Mara region.
Combine your stay at Speke’s Camp with a stay at the excellent Ololo Safari Lodge in Nairobi at the start of your journey.
There are 9 safari tents at Speke’s Camp, each with their own en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional bucket showers. While most of the tents are stand alone, there is also a “two-tent pod” with its own mess area for private dining ideal for a family or small group of friends. The tents are accompanied by a comfortable main “mess” tent and chill out tent with complimentary wifi.
Speke’s Camp is located just one kilometre from the entrance to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the world. All safaris take place within the reserve which is home to the Big 5 as well as a wealth of other game, and is part of the route of the annual wildebeest migration. Even when the migration’s path is further away from camp, given the camps location it is possible to reach virtually all areas of the Maasai Mara in a day trip.
A little extra…
At Speke’s Camp every single booking gets its own private vehicle with private guide and spotter. This gives you complete flexibility as to where you go, what you want to see, how long you want to be out on safari etc. Private vehicle usage at most camps comes at a heavy surcharge, at Speke’s it is all part of the deal.
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Selection of local drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic with meals and on safari
Twice daily private safaris in 4×4 vehicles into the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Return transfers to and from Musiara or Ol Kiombo Airstrips
Travel to and from the Maasai Mara
Daily park fees (currently US$80.00 per person per day)
Select premium beverages and champagnes
Items of personal expense
Annual Wildebeest Migration (traditionally falls between late June and late October – but varies each year)
When to visit:
January – February: Temperatures are hot, but relatively dry (although rain is possible at any time of the year), with occasional afternoon showers. Good year around resident game in the park, including all the big cats. Good time for birding as the migratory birds from Europe and North Africa will be here.
March – May: This period is known as the “long rains” and typically experiences regular showers, normally clearing after the downpour. However, prolonged rains are common especially in April into May, which can cause localised flooding and difficult conditions driving in the park. During this period game viewing is generally less productive, but it also means there are fewer tourists in the park so visits feel much more private.
June – October: This is the cooler and driest time of the year, and Kenya’s peak safari season. There is still the chance of rain even during this drier time of year, but usually just afternoon showers. This is also the period when the great wildebeest migration crosses from Tanzania’s Serengeti into the Maasai Mara. The actual timings of the migration vary each year, with the peak viewing in Kenya traditionally in August/September.
November – December: This period marks the arrival of the “short rains” which typically have a shorter duration than the “long rains” in April-May, but are similarly characterised by frequent downpours. By November the wildebeest migration has crossed back into Tanzania. This period marks the return of migratory birds.
Speke’s Camp is in an area that experiences malaria – please consult your doctor regarding anti-malaria prophylactics.
January – Average High 30ºC (87ºF) / Average Low 17ºC (63ºF) / Average days with rain 15
April – Average High 29ºC (85ºF) / Average Low 18ºC (64ºF) / Average days with rain 23
July – Average High 26ºC (79ºF) / Average Low 15ºC (59ºF) / Average days with rain 11
October – Average High 30ºC (87ºF) / Average Low 17ºC (63ºF) / Average days with rain 14