Karen Blixen Camp
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Karen Blixen Camp 1
Karen Blixen Camp 2

Karen Blixen Camp

For that 'yesteryear' authenticity it's got to be Karen Blixen Camp. Sat right on the banks of the Mara, the camp is THE spot for armchair game-viewing where you can share a sundowner with the resident hippos or the regular Elephantidae visitors.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

An eco-luxury camp with strong roots to the Old Africa, Karen Blixen Camp is located in a private conservancy owned by local Maasai. We particularly love the chic pool lined by graceful acacia and olive trees.

Need to Know

The camp comprises 22 large luxurious tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. Walking safaris, balloon safaris and genuine interaction with the local communities are all on offer, along with excellent guided game drives.


SafarisSafaris


Karen Blixen Camp is committed to responsible wildlife experiences. We arrange for various safaris and these are game drives, game walks, nature walks, eco walks, community visits and balloon safaris. 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 walks; 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.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. 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 find 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.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

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 walks; 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.

FacilitiesFacilities

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautiful laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives. Our resident masseuse offers a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments. Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

AccommodationAccommodation

Karen Blixen Camp encompasses 22 large luxury canvas tents – each set on a beautiful wooden platform with a spacious verandah. On the cushion daybed one can enjoy an afternoon siesta, taking in the wonderful surroundings. Each tent is en-suite and furnished with a large comfortable bed, Persian rugs and a cozy armchair giving you the ultimate in camping luxury. The private bathroom has a flush toilet, twin wash hand basins and a romantic outside shower with amazing view to the sky. Water is heated using solar panels to avoid any use of firewood and thus conserving the Mara Woodlands. Electricity is provided in all tents 24 hours a day by extended solar panel system and battery storing bank. Tents can be configured for either double or twin occupancy, where under prior arrangement a 3rd and even 4th bed can be added for children below the age of 12. Our family unit consists of two tents with a shared verandah. All tents are placed with undisturbed view along the Mara River giving unique and private game viewing to the Oloololo Escarpment and its rich wildlife.

AccoladesAccolades

We are excited to have won the Eco Warrior Award 2012 – Enterprise of the Year as well as The Good Safari Guide's category-2013 'Best Ecological Property in Africa'

SeasonSeason

Climate: The long rains generally start in mid April and last till mid June, whilst the short rains fall during the month of November. Even during these ‘green’ seasons it generally rains at night, with bright skies during the day. Temperatures: The hottest months tend to be October, January and February, whilst July and August can be quite cold, particularly during the evening and night when a warm sweater or jacket is recommended. Temperatures range from 15-35 C.

Average StayAverage Stay

We recommend a stay for minimum 3 nights to ensure enough time to enjoy the beautiful wildlife.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Depending on the period of the year, we have rates from as low as USD 450.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children are allowed – various activities can be arranged to keep them occupied. These include spoor casting, beadwork, swimming, visit to the nearby school when they are open and a brief experience of an actual classroom proceeding, a few minutes spent with kids grazing cows, local Masai Olympic games, like spear throwing competition, making of bow and arrows and training in shooting using the same among others.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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Safari Awards Results History - Africa

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Design Nominee
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Family Safari Experience Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Location Nominee
2017 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2017 Best Value Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Design Nominee
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Family Safari Experience Nominee
2016 Best Location Nominee
2016 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2016 Best Value Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Community Focused Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Family Safari Experience Nominee
2015 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2015 Best Value Safari Property Nominee
2014 Best Community Focused Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Highly Commended Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Value Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2013 Best Community Safari Property Nominee
2013 Best Ecological Safari Property Winner Finalist Nominee
2013 Best Safari Property East Africa Nominee
2011 Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation Nominee
2011 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2011 Best Safari Guiding Team Nominee
2011 Best Safari Property East Africa Nominee
2008 Best New Safari Camp Runner Up Finalist Nominee
2008 Best Safari Property East Africa Finalist Nominee

Safari Awards Results History - Kenya

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2017 Best Design
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2017 Best Family Safari Experience
2017 Best Location
2017 Best Safari Cuisine
2017 Best Value Safari Property
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2016 Best Design
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2016 Best Family Safari Experience
2016 Best Location
2016 Best Safari Cuisine
2016 Best Value Safari Property
2015 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2015 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2015 Best Family Safari Experience
2015 Best Safari Cuisine
2015 Best Value Safari Property
2014 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2014 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2014 Best Value Safari Property
2013 Best Community Safari Property
2013 Best Ecological Safari Property
2013 Best Safari Property East Africa
2011 Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation
2011 Best Safari Cuisine
2011 Best Safari Guiding Team
2011 Best Safari Property East Africa
2008 Best New Safari Camp
2008 Best Safari Property East Africa

- Winner (W)   - Runner Up (RU)   - Third Place (3rd)   - Highly Commended (HC)  
- Finalist (F)