Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Enjoy a bush breakfast watching the sun rise
Take a trip in a hot air balloon over the Mara
Soak up the wilderness with drinks and canapés around the camp fire
Watch the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara usually between July and October
Dinners on the sand river bed
Best time to Visit
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The Camp is closed throughout May and November due to the rains.
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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One of the best placed camps in the Maasai Mara, Sala's Camp gives a contemporary take on tradition with just seven tented rooms in the very south of the Mara, perfectly placed for some exceptional game viewing and in a lovely tranquil spot.
Situated in the remote southern section of the Mara, Sala's Camp is a tranquil, intimate little camp with stunning views over the Sand River looking towards the Serengeti of Tanzania. The environment is incredibly game-rich, with guests able to game view practically from their tents. It is a perfect base from which to explore the mighty Maasai Mara reserve, and an excellent spot to see the migration in as it passes through – from July to September it is particularly rewarding as the herds move back and forth between the Serengeti and the Mara in search of lush grasses. Expect some very exciting river crossings, and great predator sightings as they follow the herds in search of a meal.
The camp itself is tented, with just seven luxury tents and a very comfortable main area, each tent offering lovely views of the river or the surrounding forest. Tents are based on the traditional safari style, but have glass fronts and are contemporary and comfortable inside, each offering their own private plunge pool. Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives with your expert Maasai guide. Also on offer are balloon rides over the Mara, an incredible way to view the wildlife and get a bird’s eye view of the action!
Sala's Camp prides itself on superb home-cooked meals, and a high level of service and hospitality – meals can be taken outside under the stars, and the camp also organises bush dinners in the riverbed, a wonderful experience.
Sala's camp accommodates up to 23 people in seven luxury tents, including two family tents and two honeymoon tents. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower and free-standing bath, as well as a private plunge pool.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sala's Camp, but please note that the camp is unfenced so children must be monitored at all times. Sala's spotters love to organise children's activities, they'll show them the 'Little Five', teach them how to make a bush toothbrush and organise volleyball in the dry river bed. There are two dedicated family tents, one of which has its own plunge pool. Childminding is available on request.
Game drives in 4x4 vehicles in on the world's most prolific game areas. The Maasai Mara is home to the 'Big Five' as well as the world famous annual migration of wildebeest which usually takes place between July and October. Bird watching and star gazing is also a must. The camp can also arrange hot air ballooning at an additional cost.
Hannah Dawson (Staff)
Sala's is located right on the Mara river providing a wealth of wildlife metres away. All the tents are beautifully decorated with big glass doors onto private pools and terraces overlooking the river. The two bedroom tents are brilliant for families, while the communal areas also provide the same beautiful river back drop. Lunch is served on the deck under shaded trees by the water and there is a big fire pit seating area perfect for sharing stories and drinks after an exciting day on safari. This camp does not compromise on luxury whilst still being in the heart of the action.
Sian Frost (Staff)
Sala's camp is a very luxurious camp located right on the river in the Mara. Each room has a lovely plunge pool shaded by the large trees which hide this camp from view. The rooms are incredibly spacious and beautifully appointed with large glass walls at the front allowing you to make the most of the fantastic game viewing from your bed. Delicious lunches are served in the gardens overlooking the plains and river. Whilst having a glass of wine in the sun with your excellent lunch watch out for herd of elephants casually wandering the plains just over the river.
Olivia Hollowood (Staff)
Sala's Camp is in a wonderful position on the river where you can see the very first and then the very last of the great migration as they are located in the 'western corridor'.
There is a real feeling of a cosy camp site at Sala's so it's great for large families or groups of friends travelling together, but there is also a brand new and fabulous Honeymoon tent now which is very smart and spacious complete with a lovely romantic bath!
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.
Laikipia, Masai Mara & Nairobi
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- Witness both black and white rhino in the Solio Conservancy, which has become one of the greatest rhino conservation successes in Africa.
- Canter into the wilderness on horseback for a unique perspective of the roaming wildlife.
- Splash out on something truly spectacular and take to the skies on a hot air balloon over the Mara River, followed by a champagne breakfast on the savannah.
Location & directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Straddling the Sand River at the southern end of the Maasai Mara, Sala's Camp lies within the spectacular Mara National Reserve itself.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 40-minute flight from London to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From the International Airport it's a 30-minute drive across Nairobi to Wilson Airport, where you will catch a 40-minute scheduled or private charter flight to the Keekorok airstrip.
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