Nalepo Mara Camp

Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

At a Glance

  • The camp is located next to one of the famous wildebeest crossings

  • Game drives on the Maasai Mara with knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides

  • Take a hot air balloon over the Mara at sunrise

  • Enjoy dining on the banks of the Talek River with the hippo grunting below

  • Every tent has unique views over the river

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Best time to Visit

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The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.

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Insider's View

Enjoy a sundowner on the banks of the river

Experience the excitement of a wildebeest river crossing

A quiet little bush camp. The proper Kenyan safari experience, tucked away in a great river location.

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Nalepo Mara Camp is a stylish tented camp situated in Kenya's Maasai Mara. Set on the banks of the Talek River, Nalepo is a small, friendly bush-camp with just six safari tents, each enjoying private verandas and great river views.

Nalepo Mara Camp is nestled amongst riverine bush on the banks of the Mara's iconic Talek River. Game regularly comes through camp to drink, and the six tents all have great views of the river and surrounding bush. The main tent has a stylish living and dining area. During the dry months, sundowners and meals are normally enjoyed outside, on the river banks. With hippo grunting in the pools below, this an atmospheric place to end a day on safari in Kenya!

Game viewing is the focus at Nalepo, and game drives are tailored to suit guests. If there is something you really want to see or do during your safari, the experienced Nalepo safari guides will try their utmost to make sure it happens. Bush meals and safari sundowners can be arranged and are often enjoyed in conjunction with a game drive.

The camp is located only a few kilometres from one of the famous wildebeest crossings which take place during the migration. The prime time to witness this unbelievable spectacle is from July through to October as the wildebeest cross into the Maasai Mara in search of fresh pastures on the Mara plains, before heading back to the Serengeti in Tanzania by the end of October.

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Nalepo Mara Camp has six spacious tents with double or twin beds. Quality linens combine with vibrant local materials to ensure an authentic experience with all the pleasures of comfortable living. The tents are all en suite with piping hot safari-style showers for the end of a long safari day. Every tent has its own private verandah and views over the Talek River.


Children are welcome at Nalepo, however, as the camp is unfenced and a short distance from the river younger children will need to be supervised at all times. Children under 8 are allowed, but it must be organised with the camp before arrival. Older children can hugely benefit from the experience of a safari in the Masai Mara and the educational and inspirational nature will keep them entertained.


There's a cosy 'mess tent' for dining during colder months, and for the warmer evenings, guests can dine under the stars on the banks of the river. Packed breakfasts and lunches can be organised according to the guests safari plans for the day and there is even the option of breakfast in bed while the sun rises over the river. The camp also offers a same-day laundry service.


Nalepo offers guests a whole host of activities, you can choose to do as much or as little as you'd like. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides take you on game drives, and during the migration, Nalepo is only a short drive from one of the famous river crossings. Balloon safaris can be organised, and for those who prefer a peaceful afternoon; fishing from the banks of the Talek River can be arranged.


  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.

  • Maasai Mara Balloon Safari

    Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.

  • Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle

    Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.

  • The Great Migration

    The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.

  • Walking in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.

Location & directions

Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

Nalepo Mara Camp is located on a bend of the Talek River, only 3 kilometres from the Ol Kiombo Airstrip within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

How to get there

It is an 8-hour 30-minute flight from London to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. It is then either a 6-hour drive from Nairobi or a short flight to the Ol Kiombo Airstrip in the Maasai Mara.

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