Arriving at Basecamp Masai Mara

The time we spent with Basecamp in the Masai Mara was like a dream – it went by way too quickly, and I’m left wondering – were we really there? Funnily enough, Basecamp Masai Mara was originally called Dream Camp, and it’s easy to understand why: it’s a shady and cool oasis in the middle of the endless Masai plains and a welcome shelter from the scorching savanna sun.

talek_plain

When we finally reached Talek town after a long, dusty, bumpy, sweltering (but fun) almost ten hour bus ride, we still had no idea what to expect. We just knew we were excited to be there. We walked across the plain towards the entrance of the camp, passing herds of zebus,

Masai Mara Zebu Herd

(as well as a few zebu carcasses…),

Basecmap Masai Mara Zebu Carcass

…and alongside the acacia plantation that showed us the way to our destination. The Basecamp Foundation has created a small forest around and inside the camp, aiming to minimize its carbon footprint and to create a healthy ecosystem for local birds and animals. Before you reach the main gate, you can even see a pretty famous contribution to this conservation effort:

Obama Plantation Masai Mara Basecamp

When Barack Obama and his family visited Kenya in 2006, they chose to stay in Basecamp (not a bad recommendation for the place, hey?) – and the whole family planted trees in order to offset the carbon footprint of their trip and show their support for the efforts of Basecamp foundation.  After walking through the Obama forest, we finally reached the camp, and what lay beyond the gate made us immediately forget all about the long, hot, dusty, bumpy ride. 

Basecamp Masai Mara Entrance

Basecamp Masai Mara, built just across the Talek river from the Masai Mara national park, with its green and shaded lawns, breezy white tents and ever smiling staff, can only be described as an oasis – the camp is beautiful in a very welcoming and unpretentious way, and it offers a perfect respite from the dusty heat of the Masai land.

Basecamp Masai Mara Kenya

We were going to spend the next two weeks in that amazing place – I couldn’t wait to explore every little bit of it. But let’s be honest: it was love at first sight, and all it took was a walk to the secluded viewing platform, built like a tree house on the Talek river and overlooking the Masai plains.

Basecamp Masai Mara Viewing Platform Kenya

Looking across the river towards the families of giraffes strolling leisurely across the plain among herds of grazing wildebeest, I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be there. It felt like an amazing adventure was about to begin – and as it turns out, it really was.

Masai Mara National Reserve Basecamp Explorer Kenya

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