Richard's Forest Camp
Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
As the weather almost always permits, most meals are taken outside under Kenyan skies
Six beautiful tented rooms
Day and night game drives
Balloon safaris and scenic flights can be arranged over the Maasai Mara
Romantic bush dinners down by the hippo pools
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Richard's Camp is closed in May and November.
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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Personal service and excellent hospitality are the hallmarks of this intimate camp, located in a remote area of the Maasai Mara game reserve. Richard's Forest Camp is owner-managed and consists of just six beautiful tented rooms.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most renowned game reserves in Africa and offers the ultimate safari experience, combining open savannas and exceptional concentrations of game with the unique traditions of the Maasai people. Just outside the game reserve, Richard’s Forest Camp is a small and intimate, owner-managed camp where the pioneer traditions of hospitality and comfort live on.
Originally built as a family home while carrying out conservation work in the Maasai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp is located on the edge of a small forest, where elephant and plains’ game are regular visitors and bird life abounds. The six individually decorated tent rooms offer authentic safari style and rarely has sleeping under canvas been made so comfortable. At the end of the day, guests can indulge themselves in an open-air Victorian bath tucked away in the forest, surrounded by flickering candles and the sounds of the bush.
Personal service and intimate hospitality, combined with outstanding game viewing opportunities, provide a genuinely memorable safari experience and, due to the camp’s unique location, guests can enjoy a variety of activities including night drives, bush picnics and guided walks.
Accommodation at Richard's Forest Camp is in six spacious individually decorated tents, each one has either twin or double beds with extra beds available for families. The large and spacious custom designed tents feature an en-suite flush loo and a heated shower.
There are 6 large custom-made tents which are en-suite with flush toilet and heated shower. Each tent can be double or twin and an extra bed can be added for children.
Richard grew up in the bush and is bringing his own son up in camp. The camp welcomes children, however, there are no specific facilities and the camp is unfenced so children need to be kept a close eye on. Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can be organised for those that require it.
As the weather almost always permits, guests eat all meals outside under Kenyan skies, but for those rare rainy or chilly evenings, guests can dine inside in the area adjacent to the beautiful and cosy sitting room. With its roaring fire, an inviting warm atmosphere is created.
Each day is tailored to suit the guest. Activities include escorted bush walks, day and night game drives, sundowners, full days out with delicious picnic lunches into the very heart of the Mara, bush dinners down by the hippo pools, visiting the rhinos, and cultural visits to Maasai villages. Scenic flights and balloon safaris can be arranged on request as well as fishing on Lake Victoria or fly camping.
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, Kenya
Richard’s Forest Camp is situated in a conservation area North West of The Maasai Mara Game Reserve. With riverine forest and short grass plains, this area is renowned for the most exceptional big game viewing worldwide.
How to get there
There is a small airfield adjacent to the camp for private charters. Within a 20-minute drive from the camp is the airstrip for scheduled airline services, which run twice daily from Nairobi.