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Nalepo Lodge, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya- Mara Hippo Lodge and Impala wildlife Camp

Nalepo lodge previously known as Mara Hippo lodge and Impala Wildlife Camp is a lovely safari lodge that feels like an intimate tented camp and is situated on the banks of Talek River in Masai Mara national park, Kenya; Nalepo Mara lodge offers cheap safaris to budget safari travelers and unrivaled aerial views across the Masai Mara allowing guests to appreciate the enormity of their surroundings, Nalepo Camp exclusive position provides a natural degree of privacy, Nalepo Mara lodge enviable location also offers guests the chance to discover local wildlife as well as learning about Masai customs and traditions on a variety of nature walks originating from the proximity of the safari camp. The seemingly casual Nalepo Mara Camp has a rustic, laid-back air and bright, playful interior design – yet the level of service and standard of food are more akin to some of Kenya top safari camps, because the river is perennial there is always a good variety of wildlife to be found in the area, the design of Nalepo safari lodge has been kept practical and simple, The main dining and bar areas offers sweeping views over the valley, they have a relaxed and comfortable feel, but have been furnished to high standards, they are a short walk away from the rooms which ensures as much privacy and quiet as possible, these public rooms are reminiscent of colonial Africa mixed with old English charm, the furniture and eccentric touches ensure there is plenty of character and warmth. Without a doubt this is the most authentic “roughing-it in great style” experience Masai Mara has to offer, a private safari camp on the plains of the Masai Mara National park, it is a return to the simplicity and authenticity of Masai Mara safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility and freshness about it. It’s a lodge and camping safari experience but without having to forfeit the creature comforts or attentive service that are intrinsic to a Nalepo experience. Nalepo Safari Camp is particularly appealing to those in search of an opportunity to connect up-close with the earth and wildlife in a way they have never done before, with a private guides, activities can be arranged on a whim, game drives may be as long or as short as you choose and intimate experiences await. A return to the true essence of safari, Nalepo Mara lodge captures the new mood of adventure. Spacious and stylishly put together, the custom-designed rooms have an uncluttered appeal and provide an escape from modern-day distractions. it’s about being close to nature, immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the Mara plains, this traditional tented Lodge is by far the best choice to explore wildlife on a safari in Masai Mara, there is nothing to compare with being in a luxurious tented camp in a beautiful setting with the sights and sounds of nature close by, you might want to come to Africa to see the wildlife and the beautiful African landscapes while being close to the rhythm of nature, and the luxurious tented camp provides the perfect way to do so! Nalepo lodge provides its guests with the most authentic Africa experience due to its hunter’s camp ambience, its spacious walk-in tents, cabins and cottages create an intimate atmosphere while indulging them with the amenities of safari lodge, as all rooms are equipped with running water, flush toilets, hot and cold water showers, electric lights and mosquito nettings. Nalepo Mara Camp offers an inexpensive and very central base from which to explore the short-grass plains of the southern Masai Mara, Nalepo safari camp offers its discerning guests the finest in food, service and ambience. The talented chefs go to great lengths to only serve the freshest locally grown produce with menus tailored to suit individual tastes. The restaurant emphasis is fresh and most of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the lodge organic garden. There are multiple locations for fine dining. The areas of focus at Nalepo are menu, service, atmosphere and attention to detail.

Nalepo Mara Lodge Accommodation

At Nalepo lodge Masai Mara we offer a choice of Cottages, Banda’s and safari tents all built along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. All rooms are fitted with bio-flush toilets, showers, and a private balcony, were you have direct view of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Family Cottages are the perfect choice for larger groups, or for families travelling with children. The cottages are the perfect romantic retreat, simply and elegantly designed for long hours of relaxation, neutral color scheme, elegant furnishings and beautiful antiques create a feeling of classic elegance and romance. Experience luxurious standards of comfort and the personal attention of our staff. Our elegant carved furnishings will leave you with memorable impressions. At night listen to bush sounds from roaming wildlife. Resident hippos abandon their river sanctuary after sundown to graze between the river accommodation guest suites which are positioned on raised wooden decks with protective railings to insure the safety of our guests at all times. Our riverfront accommodation guest suite facilities include: hand carved super size king or double beds, double vanity sinks, carved desks, dining sets, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bidets, and showers, electronic safe deposit boxes and lounge areas. Wifi internet connectivity is available in all guest riverfront suites (and at the dining lounge area) so that guests with iphones, android smart phones, or PC/MAC laptops may enjoy complimentary internet access from the comfort of their riverfront room. All camp facilities enjoy electric and hot water service. Artificial water pressure is provided in the camp by a booster pump. All camp water is pumped up from our borehole 182 feet below ground and tested periodically for quality and cleanliness.


This is bush life at its most glamorous - we will treat you to fine cuisine, a fully stocked bar and personal service that allows you to unwind while our staff take care of all the essentials. Our experienced chef will impress you with a varied menu pour your drinks. The beauty of our catering is its mobility - wherever you are in the conservancy or the reserve, you can indulge in excellent food served on china plates and chilled drinks poured into real glasses.

Game drives

Rise early and go on a walking safari or dawn game drive, returning to the camp in time for breakfast. Or if you on a safari game drive with your own driver-guide exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve – perhaps to the Mara River or the Musiara Marsh on half day with picnic breakfast. Return to the camp in time for lunch, followed by a rest in the shaded tent or relax on the veranda of your tent, watching the game go by. One can choose to go on an afternoon game drive returning to camp in time for a shower, followed by a sundowner round the campfire, exchanging stories of the day with the other guests. Dinner by candlelight completes the day, after which an askari will guide you to your tent. Begin with an early morning wakeup call and a steaming cup of coffee. Typically the client will get an adrenaline rush with a hot air balloon ride cutting through the cool air of the plains as herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra scatter in search of food below you. Upon landing- you are treated to a breakfast and your guide will then take you either back to the camp for a well deserved nap or continue on a game drive. Return for lunch and an afternoon nap. Later go out for an evening game drive retuning to camp for a hearty dinner and cold beer.

Packaged Safaris

Nalepo Lodge can create a completely personalized itinerary for you and recommend the best private guide to suit your needs. On a privately guided safari, a dedicated independent guide will accompany you and your party every step of the way. These carefully chosen professionals are custodians of knowledge and wisdom that has been passed down through generations. Your private guide will give you an induction into local traditions, get you up close and intimate with nature and escort you throughout your journey, moving from camp to camp and region to region, on foot, by road or air. Your privately guided adventure can mix comfort and luxury with authentic bush living – whichever way you want it. Our expert team are on hand to assist with any enquiries you may have.

Our Team

Behind the scenes at Nalepo Lodge we have an exceptional team of Masai Mara safaris specialists who are passionate about Kenya, our properties and our customers. Our reservation team is based at Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya is the home of safari and through our knowledge, experience and personal insight we will help you to plan your safari of a lifetime.

Walking Safari

Join a guided nature walk in designated areas exclusively bordered by Nalepo Mara. An experienced guide offers visitors a chance to experience Kenya flora, birds, and wildlife on foot.

Masai Mara safaris

The main activities of our guests are game drives in one of the best wildlife areas in the world. Our custom-built 4×4 game drive vehicles (“game viewers”) are designed to offer you unobstructed panoramic views. Every guest gets a window seat. Our specially trained, experienced and multilingual safari guides will ensure that each and every game drive will be an unforgettable safari to Masai Mara. During the annual migration of over one million wildebeest from the Serengeti to the Mara, visitors can enjoy one of the world’s most stunning wilderness events including the most exciting Mara River crossings. That said the Masai Mara is an all-year-round destination – offering regular sightings of the Big Five members (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino) a big variety of plains game and birds – not to forget the stunning landscape consisting primarily grassland (making game viewing easy) and riverine forest with clumps of the distinctive Acacia trees. Our guests can enjoy early morning game drives, afternoon game drives or full day game drives within the Mara Triangle or on request the Mara North Conservancy (additional park fees to be paid). Nalepo Lodge is specialized in tailoring game drives to suit every guests need. The early morning game drives start just before sunrise, with a cup of hot Kenyan tea or coffee. As the sun rises, we are out on the savannah, enjoying the chilly air, the calm atmosphere and amazing wildlife viewing. Early morning hours is hunting time for many predators. Its also very likely to see them feeding on their prey. Breakfast can be enjoyed back at the camp or taken as bush breakfast out in the savannah. Afternoon game drives start after a delicious lunch and some relaxed time at the camp in the late afternoon and one returns to camp just before the darkness falls upon the Masai Mara. Full day game drives start just after the breakfast and guest can enjoy the stunning wildlife until the late afternoon. We provide a delicious picnic lunch with chilled drinks that can be eaten out in the bush – watching crocodiles and hippos by the hippo pool. On request we provide also bush breakfast for guests who wish an even longer game drive experience.