Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
Located in the Mara North Conservancy that adjoins the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Karen Blixen Camp is an eco- friendly luxury camp that comprises of 22 large luxury canvas tents, each situated with undisturbed views along the Mara River. The refreshing swimming pool offers relaxation in between game drives and the resident masseuse offers a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments. Karen Blixen Camp is a perfect place to relax whilst viewing the wildlife coming to drink at the Mara River.
Day 1 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will board your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Lunch at the Camp followed by an afternoon game drive. (LD)
Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara offers an authentic ’yesteryear’ experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari. Throughout the day, zebras, elephants and hippos come to drink from the river. Long gone are the days when staying in a tented camp meant roughing it. You will find that the Karen Blixen Camp experience is a step back in time with the luxurious of today. Each tent is en-suite, set on a beautiful wooden platform with a spacious veranda. On the cushion daybeds one can enjoy an afternoon siesta, taking in the wonderful surroundings. Accommodation furnished with a large comfortable bed, Persian rugs, cozy armchair and minibar with chilled drinks gives you the ultimate in camping luxury. The private bathroom has a flush toilet, twin wash hand basins and a romantic outside shower. The water is heated by gas burners to avoid any use of firewood and thus conserving the Mara Woodlands. Electricity is provided in all tents 24 hours a day by solar. Tents can be configured for either double or twin occupancy, and with prior arrangement a third or fourth bed can be added for children below the age of 12 years. A family unit is also available that consists of two tents with a shared veranda. All tents are placed with undisturbed views along the Mara River giving unique and private game viewing to the Oloololo Escarpment and its rich wildlife.
Day 2 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon game drives. (BLD)
Day 3 - End of Karen Blixen Camp Stay
This morning after breakfast and a game drive you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 11 Jul 20 - 31 Oct 20 $1,830 $2,140
- 01 Nov 20 - 15 Dec 20 $1,705 $1,705
- 16 Dec 20 - 02 Jan 21 $2,015 $2,350
- 03 Jan 21 - 31 Mar 21 $1,875 $2,180
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Daily departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers.
From start to finish our trip was incredible
From start to finish our trip was incredible.
We are a family of 7 who travelled from Sydney to Johannesburg, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and a stop over in Dubai on the way home.
Julie from Bench Africa arranged everything, from flights, meet and greet, transfers and accomodation and every single detail was covered and ran like clock work.
All up we had 12 flights, some to very remote airstrips and without fail, there was always a smiling face at the other end to meet us and transfer us to the next destination.
In Zambia we were lucky enough to stay at Baines River Camp, this place is simply amazing. From the accomodation, the food, the staff, and of course our guide Weston, everything was 5 star.
Then onto to Tanzania, we stayed at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp and Sergengeti Wilderness Camp, both were beautiful with amazingly warm and friendly staff. Its hard to believe the facilities and food they provide in such remote settings but everything was so tasty and the tents were just perfect.
Last but not least we spent 2 nights at Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya - these tents are luxurious and very well appointed. The restaurant served up a fabulous selection of meals and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was a little more commercialised than what we had experienced in the other locations, but we thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to families.
Overall the entire trip was such an amazing experience for our whole family and I wouldn't change a thing.
Thankyou Bench Africa, you are an incredible team and we look forward to booking with you again.
Above and beyond
Above and beyond. Maria our agent was incredible. We sent Bench our budget, timeframe and what a very vague brief of what we would like to see. From the moment we connected with Bench, we knew we were in good hands. Every detail of our honeymoon was organised, our brief was matched and we didn't have to worry about a thing! We had the most incredible experiences in Kenya & Zanzibar and our honeymoon was truly once in the lifetime. The places we stayed, the food, the services and everything in between was 5 star +++Ms & Mrs Teasdale Destination: Kenya
Southern & East African Safari Review
The plan - all of the places Bench sent us to had their own individual style and character which provided a rich and diverse experience.
They provided expert advice on temperatures and clothing choices for each safari.
The timings recommended by Bench; I.e doing the Southern African safari first guaranteed that we would see some of the Wilder beast migration during our East African safari.
The first two camps in Botswana gave us a close up of the animals we had come to see, because they had private concessions which allowed the cars to go off-road.
Kadizora & Linyantee bush camps were both excellent, and the Chobe Princess was very relaxing and had excellent game viewing.
Flights between camps in the Southern safari really optimised our game drive time and worked well.
The two hotels in JBurg and the Royal Livingston were good.
All the camps in the East African safari were good and whilst the game viewing was on-road; Ngorongoro, Ambercelli, the Serengeti and Masi Mara all delivered great viewing.
Karen Blixon was the pick of the Eastern safari camps.Edward Binney
Kenya Safari 2015
I travelled Nairobi, Lake Elementaita, Nakuru, Amboseli and Masai Mara with Bench in June of 2015 and it could not have been a more magical trip. Everything was planned with careful consideration and nothing was overlooked. Every single activity was amazing and offered up something new to the group; there was a lot to do, but the itinerary still allowed for changes and flexibility. The Bench staff were helpful, friendly and fun. I couldn't imagine traveling Kenya and Africa with a better company!Mel Evans Destination: Kenya
You must go to Kenya and let Bench do the work for you
I was lucky enough to visit Kenya in June 2015 and haven't stopped talking about my many incredible experiences since returning home to Australia. Bench International guided me from Nairobi to Lake Elementaita, Nakuru, Amboseli, and the Masai Mara and simply couldn't have done a better job. There wasn't a question our talented guides didn't have an articulate answer for, and they ensured we experienced some magical things - from seeing lions in a tree, to a pride of lions with cubs, a cheetah, and huge groups of elephants from just metres away. The accommodation was top rate, our 4WD vehicle comfortable and equipped with wifi, and the Kenyan people extremely accommodating. Africa has to be next on your must visit list, and specifically Kenya with Bench.Chris Walker Destination: Kenya
An amazing experience in Kenya with Bench!
I recently spent 8 days in Kenya with Bench International and the trip has to be one of the best things I have ever done. Bench were fantastic, the guides had excellent knowledge and taught us so much about the amazing Kenyan wildlife, the accommodation was perfect and the vehicle even had wifi for me to send pics to friends and family back home.
If you're thinking of booking a Kenyan holiday with Bench I highly recommend it!