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Reviewed 8 December 2020

Naboisho Camp was our 3rd Asilia camp on this safari. The tents are spacious and comfortable with an ensuite bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers. We loved the location in the savannah, and one night we had a group of giraffe just outside our tent. We loved hearing the animal sounds at night. The main lodge is very comfortable and well appointed. There is a lovely pool area which is a new addition to the property. The pool villa has a bar, dining area, and a sitting area with comfortable couches and a fireplaces. There are changing rooms and bathrooms, and lounge chairs around the pool. When not on safari, this is a great place to have lunch, enjoy a cocktail by the pool, or sit by the fire before dinner. The game driving here was incredible! We saw prides of lions, cheetahs, and leopard. Big herds of animals. The Mara Predator Trust representatives came and spoke with us upon our request and shared with us the conservation efforts they are making to preserve the wildlife and the open areas of the conservancy. There is a big effort to work with the local community to involve them in protecting the wildlife. In return, they receive income from the tourists that visit the conservancy.
We were on safari for 2 1/2 weeks and had a negative covid test upon returning. We felt very safe and definitely would recommend Naboisho Camp.

Date of stay: November 2020
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Asilia Africa, General Manager at Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2020

Hello Sherrie,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on your stay with us. We value your comments and are so pleased you met with our friends from the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) & enjoyed their talk of the Mara Predator Conservation Programme and the amazing work that they do.

This is a time when we need supporters like you who value Kenya’s rich biodiversity & growing rural communities to ensure that KWT can survive and thrive in the years to come. We truly appreciate your comments & you taking the time to put this review together.

We do hope the beautiful memories made here will have you longing to return. Come back soon, it would be a great pleasure to host you again!

Warmest regards from Kenya,
The Naboisho Team

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Reviewed 3 December 2020

My biggest disappointment was the lack of guides. Asilia states their Covid standards are to provide guests not traveling together their own vehicle when possible. They don't have enough guides to do this. On November 10-12, 4 or 5 tents were occupied out of 9 and only 2 guides on staff. We were also at Rekero camp; 2 tents occupied and only 1 guide.

Our guide Lucas was exceptional! He is a silver level guide and provided interesting facts regarding animal behavior and anatomy. In 3 days I saw a lion pride with 8 cubs, 6 cheetah, lions mating, a lioness kill, a cheetah kill and we missed another cheetah kill by several minutes. On our last night, we had sundowners next to 4 lionesses and 2 lions roaring! They did this 4 or 5 times. It is so loud the vehicle and your body vibrate!

Food was exceptional! The tents aren't as fancy as some places, though they are equally as comfortable. I loved the hot water bottle in my bed at night and there are regular showers with hot water. I was there during the short rains period. On Nov 11, it rained heavy during the afternoon from about 2p-345p. It cleared up right in time for our evening drive. It started raining again around 9p and ended around 2a. Didn't affect our drives at all. I was in Rekero camp Nov 6-9; it lightly sprinkled one afternoon and rained again overnight, not affecting our drives.

This camp is unique in that it offers walking safaris. I didn't do this, however 2 guests did and said it was a highlight.

Drive times are usually 6am-11am with picnic breakfast, though we left at 530am for sunrise photos. Evening drives are 4pm-8ish, depending on what is being seen. Off roading is allowed here as well as night drives. There is the option to go out all day with picnic breakfast and lunch if agreed to in advance.

I understand the contactless precautions, but maybe get an ipad for check in? Or paper check-in. A phone screen is too small and there is too much information to put in.

Date of stay: November 2020
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Thank Sandy M
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Asilia Africa, General Manager at Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2020

Dear Sandy

Thank you for your review. We hope that overall your experience on safari with us was a positive one, but thank you for taking the time to give additional feedback.

Regarding your point about not enough guides in camp - we manage this very carefully based on the number of bookings in camp at any one time. Our Asilia COVID protocols are that we will never put more than two couples or two bookings in any vehicle at one time, when guests book on a shared game package basis, as you had done. We do offer the option to guarantee a private vehicle if travellers wish, but there is a supplementary cost attached to this as we have to plan around staff rotas, training and so on.

At Rekero you were the only guests in camp and enjoyed a guide to yourselves. At Naboisho, you shared a vehicle with another guest, as did the other guests in camp. We would never allow a situation where there were not enough guides or vehicles in camp, particularly with our COVID special protocols, but the other guides usually based in camp were taking the opportunity at a quieter time of year with less guests in camp to undergo annual training sessions. As I’m sure you can imagine, training is one of our main functions to ensure our staff is up to date, and be evaluated to ensure they continue to offer exceptional service to our guests. We would always ensure sufficient staffing - both guides and all other staff in our camps - but am sorry that the impression to you felt different.

Regarding the electronic or QR check in system - this was a trial during COVID to test and also adhere to social distancing. We are also looking at ways to eliminate the unnecessary use of paper as part of our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. We appreciate your comment and feedback on this, since it will help us whilst we evaluate various options.

We are pleased to hear that Lucas was such an exceptional guide and that you had such amazing wildlife sightings and your love for the food offering.
When you are longing for the unique charm of the Mara again, the beautiful settings, that delicious food, and the very warm hospitality will all be waiting for you!

Warmest regards from Africa,
The Naboisho Camp Team

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Reviewed 4 November 2020

My wife and I were very tired of the Covid restrictions when I got an email in mid-August from our Africa travel agent, Chris Liebenberg of Piper & Heath travel, telling us that Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda were open for American tourists. So, I had Chris put together about a 3 week trip to Kenya for us which we took in late September/early October, 2020. Naboisho Camp was the fourth camp Chris sent us to. Naboisho Camp is located in the private Naboisho Conservancy area of the greater Maasai Mara region. This conservancy is located adjacent to the Olare Conservancy (Where our third camp was located.) so we were able to game drive our way from Olare to Naboisho. The Naboisho Conservancy is owned by the local population and, as such, the local population receives a portion of the tourist income. This greatly incentivizes them to make sure that the wildlife is taken care of and not poached. This camp was our second Asilia camp for this trip and, like Ol Pajeta Bush Camp (Our first Asilia camp.) was a bit rustic, especially compared to Olare or Lewa Wilderness Lodge. That said, our tent was comfortable and the food good.

For us the wildlife highlights of Naboisho were the cheetahs and lions. We saw 13 different cheetahs, and at least 12 different lions. Included in those numbers were 8 cheetah cubs of various ages and 5 small lion cubs. One of the highlights was being able to sit and watch the lion cubs play for an extended period. We also got to see a pair of jackals try to steal the remains of a kill from one of the mother cheetahs with 3 cubs. While the cheetahs were already full they still did not want the jackals to steal the remains so they would get up, chase the jackals, sit back down, and the jackals would return. This went on for a period of time before the cheetahs finally decided to give up and moved on. Our guide, Karia, was exceptional at both finding wildlife and for his knowledge of the wildlife. In addition to the cats we saw numerous topi (many with babies), giraffes, elephants, hippos, etc. On our game drive to our next camp we came across a small group of hyaenas (including a few very young ones) feeding. It was very interesting to observe the interactions between the various ages. Karia and the wildlife he found for us will ensure that we return to Naboisho in the future.

With the pandemic still raging I will note that the staff were all very mindful of the safety protocols. Everyone wore masks and they are tested regularly. My wife and I made it from the US to Kenya, toured for 3 weeks, and returned home without coming down with the virus.

Date of stay: October 2020
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Thank DavidR1028
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Asilia Africa, General Manager at Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2020

Dear David

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic safari stories with us – sounds like you had some incredible sightings and amazing experiences while staying at Naboisho. And as you rightly pointed out the conservancy is a beacon of how tourism and community can work together to create a very special protected wilderness and at this time of pandemic your visit could not have been more welcomed for our staff, for the Naboisho communities and wildlife so thank you so much for visiting and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

Keep travelling,
The Naboisho team

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Reviewed 21 October 2020 via mobile

Naboisho was a fantasy experience and allowed us to see all of the Big 5. We also saw multiple Lion prides and 9 cubs, a Cheetah with three young adults hunting, and of course the elusive Leopard. We also did a walking Safari which provided the chance to see more birds and butterflies along with lots of time to learn about different plants. The walk was not without wildlife either, and we enjoyed a large group of Giraffe finished by a relaxing creek side breakfast.

The tents and food were fantastic and 20 elephants moved through the camp almost every day and night of our stay. The pool has fantastic views which almost always include wildlife from Lions, Zebras, Elephants, and Giraffe. Staff Quarantine and are confined to camp along with frequent hand sanitizer and temperature checks. The COVID protocols are excellent and I felt safer on my trip then at home.

I can’t encourage you enough...the experience was fantastic, excellent food, extremely attentive service, overall visitors count is the lowest it has ever been and it makes for a very private and exclusive luxurious feel. Go have the trip of a lifetime and support the people and the animals of Kenya.

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Asilia Africa, General Manager at Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2020

Hello,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review. It was really fun hosting you, we were delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and had such amazing game viewing – Naboisho never disappoints!

It sounds as though you got to enjoy the best of the conservancy by getting out on foot and being able to see so much wildlife, all with hardly any other people around. We are particularly happy to read that you felt so safe with us. We have worked incredibly hard on our safety protocols and ensuring that all our guests and staff are kept safe through this challenging time is our top priority.

I hope that you will come and stay at one of our camps again soon – we’d love to have you.

Warmest regards from Africa,
The Naboisho Camp Team

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Reviewed 19 October 2020

I have to say that is a terrific camp in every way. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and plentiful. The tents were beautiful and comfortable.

Of course, guiding and game viewing was superb. I saw plenty of lions, giraffes, and other wildlife.

My only complaint is that there were no safes in the rooms to leave my passport and cash. I did mention this to the management.

I also have to say that it was quite reasonably priced for a lodge of this quality. I was so impressed.

Date of stay: September 2020
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Thank africanman_840
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Asilia Africa, General Manager at Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2020

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your stay with us. We value your comments and are so pleased you enjoyed the food, service and guiding of Naboisho Camp.

We appreciated you voicing your concerns about the availability of a safe in the room, and this is being looked at as something which should be implemented.

We hope to see you again in the future and will be ready with a very warm welcome.

Warmest regards from Africa,
The Naboisho Camp Team

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