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. Overseen by Asilia the level of of hospitality and service are some of the best in the country. Due to the depth and knowledge that is learnt through experience of an area over a long period, the guiding is also classed as some of the best 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…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 in the centre of the reserve you have the option of venturing West to the famous Marsh as featured in BBC's Big Cat Diaries, East to the short plains where a fearsome coalition of male cheetah inhabit, or meander along the famous Mara River.
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 seven tents. It is a classic mobile tented safari camp. The 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 has a small lounge area, en-suite bathrooms and our favourite tents, four and five, have beautiful views across the Talek. Game is so prevelant that meal times on the deck are often interrupted by the arrival of one creature or another across the river. And with one of the largest crossing points just twenty minutes down the road, the game can be utterly spectacular.
Between June and September are the best months to visit with the migration entering the Mara late June. Not only do the herds provide some documentary-worthy sightings as they battle across the Mara River, but the predators take full advantage of the buffet on offer. Outside of these months, the game viewing is still brilliant and the big five, plus so much more can be photographed on the Mara's open plains.
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. If walking safaris and night drives something of interest, then we also recommend spending some time in the Greater Mara conservancies and its sister camp Naboisho. Here a more relaxed approach to activities will give guests an all-round great safari experience.