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Simba Oryx Camp, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya – Budget Safari Camp in Masai Mara

Simba Oryx Nature Campis a budget safari campset just at the border to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. Our Simba Oryx Campoffers guests the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance in the heart of Masai Mara national park; Simba Oryx Safari Campis an intimate tented camptucked beneath an Acacia trees and has breathtaking views of the savannah plains of Maasai Mara Game Park, here you can experience full luxury safaris in the wild. Simba Oryx Tented Campcombines comfort with the sense of wilderness, the sense of freedom, the sense of being 'right there', as you relax after the excitement of the day; we make your safari camp experience truly unforgettable. Simba Oryx Camp is a romantic, comfortable and relaxed safari campwhere you are enfolded by the surrounding African wilderness. Hippos grunt in the pools below, the smell of wild sage drifts through the air and herds of wildebeest often can be seen crossing the Mara River. This blissful location means that fantastic game viewing can continue, even when relaxing in camp. The friendly and highly skilled camp crew have worked together for many years; together with our internationally recognised guiding team, they create a truly insightful safari experience every time. Set in the heart of nature, our tented camp is designed to look after you while you tune in to the very heartbeat of Africa: the sounds, the scents, the sights of Masai Mara'endless plains' could not be closer. Dine, sleep, relax and know that the best of Africa's natural wonders is knocking gently on your door. We warmly welcome you into our family and our home; to share with you the beauty and magnificence of Masai Mara National Park and feel the rhythm of Mother Nature and hear the calls of the wild. The Masai Mara is home to some of the most abundant wildlife populations in the world. Sightings of the “big 5” on game drives are almost guaranteed, while from Simba Oryx Camp the horizons are always busy with plains game, there are several prides of lion in the area, and it is even possible to see the more elusive leopard who have established their territories around the safari camp. Simba Oryx Bush Campoffers endless opportunities for luxury safaris, adventure and the perfect space for relaxation at affordable rates, Simba Oryx Camp is remarkable luxury with 10 tasteful spacious tents in Masai Mara endless plains; the camp offers great value forMasai Mara safaricircuit for travelers who enjoy being in great locations for wildlife viewing; It is truly an area of abundance in flora, fauna and cultural attributes. It epitomizes the best in diversity in all aspects as the species richness and natural history making the Simba Oryx Camp an ideal eco-lodge from where you can partake to the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the wildebeest migration. We offer rates that stay the same all year round. But in cases the government taxes or any park authority charges hike, you will be informed. Simba Oryx Camp team is here for you, to make your stay enjoyable and memorable – You enjoy the hospitality, soak up the culture, feel at home and take pleasure in the intrinsic beauty that is abound. We wish you a peaceful stay - full of traditional cultures, tantalizing cuisine, heartfelt smiles, thrilling wildlife viewing and true Kenyan hospitality. Simba Oryx Camp was the first of its kind, it was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migrationas it covers hundreds of miles of the Masai Mara National Park each year, so it should come as no surprise that it really hasn't changed much since it's early pioneering days. From the outset our focus has been clear; we're here to deliver a superlative experience of the extraordinary wildlife in this part of the world without damaging the environment that has so inspired us over the years, this is why we've always worked with the best safari guides and always kept our safari camp small, intimate and simple. A haven for serious safari seekers, Simba Oryx Nature Camp is an oasis of 5-star luxury within one of the world’s most magical settings. Picture yourself gazing out over the stunning scenery of the Masai Mara; imagine returning from safari in Masai Maraand watching the sun set from the comfort of your tent’s private terrace, consider the thrill of watching the annual migrationthunder across the mighty Mara River, or simply revel in the thought of being pampered by your butler and our friendly staff, before enjoying our fabulous cooking and fine wines in the comfort of our restaurant and shared spaces. This combination of Masai Mara safaris, first class facilities and blissful relaxation has delivered Simba Oryx Nature Camp unwavering promise of wild luxury ever since we opened. Though amply proportioned and superbly equipped, Simba Oryx Nature Camp is dwarfed by its stunning surroundings. We nestle into rolling hills, which form a sharp contrast to the open acacia wood and grasslands which form one of nature’s most spectacular landscapes. The Masai Mara plains stretch out across an unimaginably vast miles ecosystem of which almost two thirds forms the national park, from Simba Oryx Nature Camp we witness life at its most raw, thrilling and captivating, from the awesome grandeur of the big five to the shimmering glory of local birdlife – and from the vast herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles to the silent presence of solitary crocodiles, we were hugely fortunate to secure the site of Simba Oryx Nature Camp, one of very fewpermanent camplocations in the newly-opened: until recently only mobile camps were allowed, during the migration. The famous Mara River is just 3 miles away, so we lie directly in the path of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration, which takes place between June and November. We have a ringside seat for nature’s most awesome event, but also enjoy fabulous, abundant wildlife viewing all year round. We could not have wished for a more magical Kenyan home: out of season, guests can travel all day without seeing another vehicle, whilst even at the busiest times of the animal migration; the Masai Mara is dominated by wildlife, not humans. Simba Oryx Nature Camp has been designed to blend into its surroundings; the entire safari campis completely intimate and secluded, with private paths from a shared space leading to each luxury tent, resplendent in its own sleek haven of privacy and calm, each of the ten spacious beautifully-designed and fabulously appointed tents provides a world of comfort in which every element has been selected and carefully integrated by our supremely talented architects and designer, the privacy of your tent at Simba Oryx Safari Camp is complemented by the relaxing spaces you can share with fellow guests. At the heart of the tented camp is our reception, our elegant open dinning and contemporary lounge – complete with bar plus our unique wine collection. A highlight of each day is savouring an à la carte or buffet gourmet meal and sharing safari stories with fellow guests. You may be out on safari to Masai Mara, but you can still dine in style, at Simba Oryx Safari Camp, we do our best to ensure that the cuisine is second-to-none. This is a tented camp, but the dining experience we provide will hopefully exceed your expectations. Our cooks are magicians, conjuring up some unexpected delights for you, even here in the wilds of Africa. You'll marvel at Masai Mara finest wildlife, while our team back at the camp prepare you meals to truly savour. Enjoy! The traditional tented campis by far the best choice to explore wildlife on a safari in Africa. There is nothing to compare with being in a luxurious 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!

Simba Oryx Nature Camp provides its guests with the most authentic safari in Masai Maraexperience due to its modern chic style and explorer hunter’s camp ambience, as all tents are equipped with running water, flush toilets, hot and cold water showers, electric lights and mosquito nettings, at Simba Camp personal attention and care is of high importance here, the friendly staff will bend backwards to ensure that you have a wonderful, satisfying and memorable safari. Everything is done at your leisure. You decide how you want to spend your day at the safari camp and when to go for game drives in Masai Mara. Throughout your stay you will be serenaded by the resident wildlife. In order to protect its amazing environment the tented camp runs entirely on solar energy in terms of electricity and hot water supply. Working closely with the nearby local communities the luxury camp supports village development like school projects, wildlife management and employment. Make yourself comfortable in your luxury tent accompanied by the laugh of a Hyena or the roaring of a Lion or witness the amazing migration safaripassing the camp heading north every year between June and August and on its way back to south November to January!

Game drives

we never forget that you are at Simba Oryx Safari Campfor the wildlife. Our goal is to ensure you enjoy a succession of unique, thrilling safaris in Masai Maraexperiences. You can explore the natural dramas of the Masai Mara in our state of the art 4×4 land cruiser or safari vans vehicles during morning, evening or full day game drives. Our excellent guides will help you pick out the action, but also the perfect secluded spot should you want to take a break during a day trip for a romantic bush picnic or go on a guided walking safari. If you start first thing in the morning, you will find the Masai Mara at its most active. This is when Africa can reveal its cool side, so you should wrap up warm (we aim to be on the road before the sun rises at around 6.00 am). Our vehicles bring you as close as possible to the wildlife, just when the action is likely to be most exciting. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. And just when your stomach starts to complain, we’ll give you a late breakfast, the full day safaris to Masai Maraare the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer. Each excursion departs at around 6.30 am, with your 4×4 fully equipped to cross the Mara in search of game. The early mornings are relatively cool, but by midday it can become very hot indeed and sun-block lotion and hats are advised. Lunch is served under the shade of an Acacia tree as you take a break from scanning the horizons, and realize that all is well with the world. Our team of rangers apply their wildlife knowledge, tracking abilities and incredible eyesight to reveal the hidden wonders of the Masai Mara: even we don’t always know how they do it! One of nature’s great occasions is the annual crossing of the Mara River by migrating wildebeest. At Simba Camp we have a ringside seat, so if it happens when you visit, you can be sure of witnessing this stupendous natural event. Yet it is often in the lesser-known corners of the bush that we spot the highlights of your visit, such as a kill, amorous liaison, or lesser-known creature. A full day on safari gives you every chance of such unforgettable encounters. Heading into the bush for an evening game drive has a level of excitement and character all its own, as predators begin their nightly search for prey. As the day cools and the sky is streaked by red, gold and orange hues, you may be surprised by the roar of a lion, a galloping giraffe, or the high pitched giggling of hyenas fighting over a kill. At a suitable vantage point, your guide will pause, allowing you to enjoy a sundowner in blissful comfort. You can then head off on a full day’s day game drive, or return to camp for a more leisurely morning and even a return to bed, to catch up on lost sleep.

Balloon Safari

There is nothing quite like soaring high above the herds in a hot air balloon, as the sun rises over Masai Mara. If this prospect appeals, and you decide to add balloon safarito your itinerary, do let us know in advance, so we can arrange a booking with our local hot air balloon operator, You will be picked up from Simba Oryx Safari Camp before dawn, ready to take off as the sun makes its appearance. The flight lasts an unforgettable hour, before your balloon is brought gracefully back to earth – and a celebratory Bush champagne breakfast.

Walking Safari

One of the many advantages of being located in the heart of the Masai Mara is being able to run game walks directly from the camp. If you like the idea of taking a walk on the wild side, your game walk will be supervised by a qualified ranger, whose expertise means you can safely approach herds of impala, zebra and giraffe. Your ranger and local Masai tribesman comes along to spot and interpret the animals tracks left from the night before and identify the flora and fauna, explaining for example which are used for medicinal purposes by his tribe. All you need is a pair of good walking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Honeymoon

?After the perfect wedding, the ideal honeymoon. Mara Simba Oryx Camp is a wonderful stepping stone into married life. All our guests enjoy wild luxury, but we make sure you receive extra-special attention during your honeymoon safarias you make the smooth transition from single person to marital bliss.

Masai Visits

The majority of the semi-nomadic Masai people still practice their traditional way of life. They live as pastoralists in the middle of the bush with cattle at the centre of their culture. They are very happy to welcome guests and tell about their everyday life. Get in touch with this world-famous tribe get to know their culture and traditions on a visit to a traditional Masai village and a local primary school. The traditional Masai village is called a manyatta and consists of a number of small huts – made of mud, sticks, grass and cow dung made by the women. The huts are placed in a circle with livestock in the centre, protected by a fence made of acacia thorns against the nightly predators. Visitors will spend time at the village with a local Masai Guide learning about the everyday life of a Masai, their culture and traditions. Visitors of a village will otain an entrance ticket – ensuring a decent income for the village to provide for basic necessities such as food stuffs, clothing or school fees.

Guides

We pride ourselves on the quality of our guides who are experienced in working with different photographers. Our guides not only have the most up to date knowledge on where to locate fauna but they are also used to their habits and behaviour.

Masai Mara Information

I’ve lost count of the number of times that people who “know” Africa have told me they don’t do Kenya. “Too busy Man, it’s simply overrun these days.” As I smile and nod, secretly I think “Poor you.” Yes, it’s true. You can buy a package safari from Britain safari company or American travel agent. Yes, there are lodges in Masai Mara that are a touch “mass market”. So why do “all” these people keep coming to Masai Mara, even the experienced safari-goers, the ones who’ve done hundreds of luxury safaris? Because it’s utterly wonderful. If you’ve explored Kenya as much as we have, you know what to avoid, and where to go. East African beaches are glorious, a fraction of the price of the Caribbean, and wonderfully warm in October when the much of the rest of the world’s sandy shores are shivering under a monsoon. And safari: do all those people who say the Masai Mara’s been “done” never stop to think why so many wildlife documentaries are filmed there, why people travel across the world to spend a few days there and why more than one wildlife expert would choose to do their very last safari there? Could it be because the game viewing’s some of the best in Africa? And let’s be realistic. The best in Africa really means the best in the world. I love Kenya. I adore the Mara. I’ve probably been on safari to 30 or 40 game reserves (and that’s not counting some of the privately-owned tiddlers that count themselves as a “reserve”) and I still adore the Masai Mara. If you think it’s busy, fair enough- head to the utter wilderness of a walking safari in Zambia, the exclusive privacy of Botswana or the remoteness of western Tanzania. But if you want to see the Masai Mara’s ravishing rolling landscape and the vast volumes of game it at their best, steer clear of the wildebeest migration and the busy season, and go when the cognoscenti go. Pick June, pick January, or pack your raincoat and pick April, May or November. Who cares if you get a bit wet? You’ll have amazing photos with spectacular light under looming atmospheric rain clouds, and best of all, parts of the world’s finest game reserve to yourself. The Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya is one of the world’s greatest places to view animals. But when should you go, how should you get there and where should you stay? Of all the game reserves in Kenya, the most famous is the Masai Mara. Situated on the south-west border with Tanzania, it joins the Serengeti National Park to create a much larger eco-system, one that is home to one of the World’s greatest wildlife spectacles the Great Migration. On this, wildebeests and zebra move constantly throughout the year in search of fresh grazing, culminating in their crossing of the Mara River in June and August. The rainy season in the Mara is April to June, with the small rains coming in November. Even during the worst of the rains it’s unusual to get more than a few hours (heavy) rain a day, so it’s quite possible to visit during this time. However you do have to be prepared that tracks become impassable, rivers burst their banks and with all the growing vegetation the animals can be harder to see. That said, given the right planning and visiting areas of the park less exposed to these problems, it can be a great time to go. Everywhere is green and fresh, there is a lot less dust when driving, there are less people and other vehicles and the prices are cheaper. We have been to the Mara in April, May and June and have had a great time each time with plenty of animals seen. Everybody who goes on safari in Kenya will want to visit the reserve and rightly so, as it is famed for its wildlife, especially sightings of the big cats. Most people, who visit, especially those on a drive-in safari, arrive to the south east of the reserve, entering by the Sekenani Gate. Many of the larger lodges are found in this area of the Reserve. The first lodge to be built within the reserve, and refurbished in 2008-9, was Keekerok Lodge. Within the main reserve is the famous Governors Camp. This comprises of the main Governors Camp and Little Governors, a smaller private tented camp nearby. It is situated on what was originally the hunting camp for the old British Governor and his guests during colonial days. It has brought some of this grandeur through in its style; elegant, traditional and luxurious. It has became famous recently for being the location of several high profile filming trips – Big Cat Diariesand Living Planetlive from the BBC and also a Disney film. It offers a diversity of habitat to explore because of its proximity to the Musiara Swampin the north of the reserve and several large (and now famous) prides of lions. As well as the original National reserve – an area of some 1,500 square kilometers – there are now several conservation areas around this which are also dedicated to wildlife conservation. The Trans-Mara Conservation Area, Lemek Conservation Area, Olkinyei Conservation Area, Siana Conservation Area and the Mara North and Great Plains Conservation Areas are all established in conjunction with the local tribes and villages who live in them. The Masai tribesmen are not banned from them, far from it, The lodges and camps within them are leased from the villagers and provide employment and services for them as a partnership. Its success is that it encouraged the villagers to view the wildlife as a source of income and not just a threat to their herds, and allows the lodges and camps to benefit from proper integration into the communities they live with. The Masai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 to protect wildlife from hunters. The Mara River runs through the reserve (north to south) hosting plenty of hippos and crocodiles and making the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras an extremely dangerous undertaking. Most of the Masai Mara is made up of hilly grassland which is fed by plentiful rain, especially during the wet months between November and June. The areas bordering the Mara River are forested and are home to over several hundred bird species. This map will help orient you. The Masai Mara reserve is Kenya's most popular game park because it's relatively small (a little smaller than Rhode Island) yet it hosts an amazing concentration of wildlife. You are almost guaranteed to see the Big 5. Lions abound throughout the park as do leopards, cheetah, hyenas, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, topi, baboons, warthogs, buffalo, zebra, elephants, and of course hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River. The best time to go is between July and October when the wildebeest and zebra are at their highest number and offer plenty of food for lions, cheetahs, and leopards. The best time to view animals is either at dawn or dusk. For more tips on spotting wildlife see my tips for a successful safari. Because the reserve has no fences you can actually see as much wildlife within its boundaries as outside in the areas inhabited by the Maasai tribes. Some of these areas are also not so crowded. Within the reserve, it's not unusual to see 5 or 6 safari vehicles full of tourists taking photos of one lion with its kill. If you have flown straight to the Masai Mara Reserve then your safari package will usually include several daily game drives. If you've rented your own vehicle then it is recommended you find a map of the reserve or take an askari (guard) with you. If you enjoy a little adventure try a walking safari with a Maasai guide. The best ones are outside the reserve boundaries. Visiting a traditional Maasai village or enkang is frequently included in a safari package to the Masai Mara. While not really an authentic experience you may learn something about the Maasai. You can also take some excellent cultural tours to learn more about the Maasai. Hot Air Ballooningis a popular pastime that provides an expensive but unique experience. Every lodge and camp will be able to set up a flight for you. The balloons usually fly at dawn and last about an hour. Upon landing most balloon companies offer a champagne breakfast. Masai Mara Reservelies 168 miles from the capital city of Nairobi. The trip takes at least 6 hours by car because the roads are quite poor and should not be attempted unless you have a 4WD vehicle. If you do plan to drive, avoid the rainy season since many of the roads become totally impassable. For further information on road routes contact us. Many tourists choose to fly into the Masai Mara National Reserve because of the poor quality roads. But flying makes your safari quite a bit more expensive (since you have to then add the game drives to your tour) and you miss out on some of the adventure of traveling in one of Africa's more remote areas. Flights go from Nairobi (Wilson airport), Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley or Mombasa on the coast. Flight time from Nairobi is approximately an hour, depending on which of the dirt strips you will be getting off at. The flights tent to start at Keekerok and fly north, stopping where requested, Many safari packages include air but you can also purchase a ticket locally. Kenya Airways offers two scheduled flights a day from Wilson Airport; the flight takes 45 minutes. In 2014 the entry fee for the Masai Mara Reserve is $80 per adult and $40 per student and child per day. If you don't enter the Reserve and view the wildlife from outside you may still get charged a fee for staying on Maasai land by Maasai tribesmen. Our pricing aims to give an indication of the price range from low to high season. Low season for Kenya is generally between the months of November and June; high season runs from July to October. Supplements may apply to peak periods such as Christmas and Easter. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and itinerary prices include return economy flights from London. Regional departures and single supplements are available on request. Accommodation only prices do not include flights. Where prices for our lodges/camps are shown as fully inclusive this generally includes all food and drinks but in most cases will exclude certain premium branded spirits, premium wines and Champagne. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

When to Visit

Masai Mara covers an area of 1,510 km2 and is home to the Big Five, leopards, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, being also the destination where you can find the highest lion densities in the world. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds, also being a great destination for bird-watching. Masai Mara is also home to the Masai people renowned for their unique customs and lifestyle which has nothing to do with the western style of living and might even make you question some of your principles and values. The Masai communities live within the dispersal area with their stock, but they manage to manage to live in harmony with the wild animals too. The best time to visit this reserve is definitely during the Great Migration, which happens between July and October. The sceneries are absolutely spectacular and do not resemble anything you’ve seen before. The lands are invaded by wildebeest and zebras, which also attract a great deal of Big Cats in the area. About more than half a million wildebeest get here during the migration and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Masai Mara. Also, a great time to visit this reserve is from December to February when it is dryer and a good opportunity for big game viewing. The climate is somewhat milder and damper than in other regions of Kenya, this reserve being situated at an altitude of about 1,500 – 2,170 meters above sea level. During the day the thermometer shows about 30oC, while at night almost never drops below 15oC. The rainy season is between April and May, and during the month of November, when many of the areas in the reserve become muddy and inaccessible. The warmest time of year is during the months of December and January, while the coldest months are June and July. You should consider planning for at least a 3 or 4 day safari in Masai Mara due to its size and the number of fascinating things to do here. Besides spotting wildlife or witnessing the Great Migration, you could plan for a hot air balloon tour or take part in a lion spotting adventure. If you’re passionate about photography, then the longer the safari, the better the chances to capture amazing sceneries and wildlife. You could extend your Masai Mara safari with trips to some of the beautiful national parks in Kenya, such as Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park or Northern Kenya, or even visit some beaches like the Watamu Beach and Diani Beach.

Masai Mara Tented Camps & Lodges

Masai Mara offers the traveler a wide range of accommodation options. From youth hostels to five star luxury suites, from pitching your own tent in the wilderness to relaxing in a private luxury tented camp, the possibilities are endless. Your choice of accommodation for your stay in Masai Mara should be dictated by your personal travel budget, but also by your own interests. For some people, sleeping in safari camp in Masai Maraby an open fire and surrounded by the spectacular night noises of wild animals, is a once in a life time experience that has greater value than the most Masai Mara Lodges, For others, the experience of enjoying unparalleled luxury, fine cuisine and world class service while surrounded by the wonders of the wild makes Masai Mara the ultimate holiday destination. Whether you're looking to rough it or relax in style, Masai Mara holidayscan cater for every taste, budget and personal interest. Masai Mara Kenya has a great variety of hotel accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Masai Mara has an excellent range of Masai Mara camps, including many well appointed tented camps in Masai Maraof international standards with full facilities for tourists and business travelers. Safari camps in Masai Mara Kenyaoffer hotel-style comforts and accommodation in the wilderness. Standards vary from the rustic to the modern, from the simply appointed to the last word in luxury. Efforts are usually made to design Masai Mara tented campsthat blend into their environment, with an emphasis on all natural local building materials and use of traditional art and decoration. Most tented camps in Masai Maraserve meals and have lounges and bars, often with excellent views or overlooking waterholes or salt licks that attract game. Many have resident naturalists, as well as guides for organized Masai Mara walks or Masai Mara game drives. camps in Masai Marais found throughout Masai Mara Parks, for those looking for the Camping safari experience without the possible discomfort, then a Tented Masai Mara Safari Campis an ideal option. Tented Camps in Masai Maraprovides the visitor with large walk in tents, complete with beds and furniture. The tent often has its own private bathroom with supplied water, showers and flush toilets. Most safari camps in Maasai Marahave a central mess tent or a fully stocked restaurant and bar. Levels of luxury in tented Mara campsvary from the functional through to five star, with tents offering the standard of accommodation one would expect from a top end international resort. Maasai Mara safari campscan be found in private game ranches and sanctuaries.