Rekero has long been held as the camp to try and emulate in the Mara as it has everything you would look for from a camp. Owner run and managed, the level of standards are comparable with those of camps in Botswana and, due to the depth and knowledge that is learnt through experience of an area over a long period, the guiding can certainly be compared as well. The tents themselves may lack the glass fronts and air conditioning that can be offered these days but if it is a great, small and well located camp with awesome game year round that you are looking for then this is it….there is a reason the camp can be very hard to get space in!!
Rekero - The Details
Located in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Rekero is accessed by the nearby Olkiombo airstrip that is approximately 15 minutes drive from camp and one hours flight from Nairobi itself. Being located inside the reserve as opposed to the Mara North Conservancy means that staying here guarantees a phenomenal density of wildlife on your doorstep.
Amidst the teeming mass of wildlife in the Masai Mara area, Rekero is located very close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers and is a very popular location for African honeymoons. Famous for its adventurous approach to safari Rekero is designed in the style of a mobile camp and one that has become famous for its ridiculously high levels of guiding.
The Camp is open all year except during April and May and caters for up to fourteen guests in 7 tents. It is a classic mobile tented safari camp. Gerard and Rainee Beaton along with their partner Jackson Ole Looseyia of Big Cat Diary fame, own and host this unique camp. Their team of professional Masai safari guides and camp crew have worked together for years, providing guests with an in depth and truly memorable Masai Mara experience.
With the small and intimate size of Rekero, features such as dining out under the stars, or having sundowners while looking over the local hippo pool are easily arranged and can add something memorable to a stay.
Each of the large canvas tents is looked after by a steward who will turn on the wood fire boilers for hot water before and after game drives and, with one of the largest crossing points just 20 minutes down the road, the game can be utterly spectacular.
Seeing as Rekero is located in the Masai Mara itself guests will find themselves spending the majority of their time game driving inside the park during daylight hours. There is no night driving in the Mara itself but guests can venture out of the reserve during daylight hours and walk or visit the local villages.