Need to know
12 luxury tents.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but also flexible if your tent’s ready.
Double rooms from $1474.14, excluding tax at 16 per cent.
Rates usually include all meals and drinks, return transfers from the Olare Orok or Mara North Airstrips and daily game drives.
Head to one of the local villages to experience daily life in the Maasai Mara – guests can assist with morning milkings, or herding the cattle, goats and sheep home at dusk.
At the hotel
Spa, library, acres of game reserve, free WiFi throughout, iPads to use, a Bose sound-system, and laundry. In rooms: Bose iPod dock, Nespresso machine, free bottled water, minibar and Africology bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Ignore any image conjured by the word ‘tent’: this is next-level ‘glamping’. Each of the 12 tented suites is located on a ridge above the river, from which the views look like a still from The Lion King. Families should opt for one of the two tents that include a sofa bed; for the ultimate seclusion, book the one furthest away from the main lodge.
There’s a 12-metre, heated outdoor pool for dipping into between drives. It’s adults-only.
The Nasaro Spa tent has equally dazzling views of the bush, so try not to fall asleep while the therapists do their thing. Treatments include being massaged with smooth rose-quartz and amethyst stones and a couple’s ritual, all performed using Africology products.
You probably won’t be too fussed about the state of your barnet on safari, but the camp helpfully provides options for both scenarios: straighteners for if you care, sun hats for if you don’t. If the Cessna restrictions eliminate the chances of bringing your best binoculars, rest assured – the hotel supplies those, too.
The resort is not suitable for wheelchair users; one tent is accessible via a flat pathway from the main house, but there are steps in the main building that would need to be crossed in order to reach it.
Over-eights are welcome. Two of the tents can accommodate children on the sofa bed. Meals can be modified to suit younger palates and activities are designed to educate younger guests. Families of four will most likely be in their own private vehicle.
Eight and up.
Two of the tents can accommodate children in fold-out beds.
Each child is given a ‘bushbaby bag’ on arrival, packed with colouring books, nature-trail games and a cap, to keep them entertained throughout their stay. Beading lessons with a local Maasai tribeswoman can be arranged, as can beginners’ archery classes.
Special meals can be served for children.