Richard’s Camp

Mara North Conservancy
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Richard’s Camp
Mara North Conservancy

“By far the most incredible safari experience I’ve ever had.”

An intimate and casually luxurious camp with just eight beautifully put-together tents in a wonderfully secluded corner of the Masai Mara, Richard’s Camp sits alongside the Njagateck River in the private Mara North Conservancy and enjoys wonderful wildlife viewing.

Richard’s Camp accommodates up to 20 guests in six double tents and two 2-bedroom tented suites

All About Richard’s Camp

A secluded and sophisticated tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara and a perfect choice for the discerning traveller, Richard’s Camp was established and designed with privacy and exclusivity as well as adventure in mind.

Situated along the banks of the Njageteck River in a remote area of the private Mara North Conservancy, the camp was originally a private family home-from-home for owner Liz Fusco and her late husband, noted safari guide and conservationist Richard Roberts.

Several generations of the Roberts families have played a leading role in conservation and high-end safari travel in Kenya. In 2011 Richard and Liz founded the Mara Elephant Project, which is instrumental in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and anti-poaching through the collaring, monitoring and tracking of the area’s elephants.

With only seven tents, Richard’s Camp is the perfect choice for families and small or exclusive groups looking to explore and experience the best that The Mara has to offer in a personal, intimate and uncrowded way.  Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels, it provides an elegant and contemporary take on the traditional, away-from-it-all safari experience.

The nearby Ngoyanai Springs provide a reliable year-round water supply and attract large numbers of wild animals to the area around the camp.  Members of the resident lion pride are often to be seen hunting right in front of the camp and heard roaring nearby during the night.

Mara North, Lemek and Ol Choro conservancies – to which guests at Richard’s Camp have direct access – offer a variety of adventurous safari activities.  These include day and night game drives, birding expeditions and scenic guided bush walks.  Guests can also enjoy wonderful bush dinners, lunches, breakfasts and sundowner drinks in stunning locations away from the camp.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is also within easy reach of the camp and visits are most often recommended during the spectacular Migration season (July-October) when the world-famous river crossings by millions of wildebeest and zebra can be witnessed.

Summary
  • A small, authentic, personal, stylish and highly recommended safari camp
  • Combines exceptional wildlife experiences with elegant and welcoming accommodation
  • Lovely large, light and airy tents with verandas, dressing rooms and ensuite bathrooms
  • Beautiful and secluded location within the 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy
  • Superb ‘Big Five’ year-round game viewing, excellent guiding, cuisine and service
  • Explore the exclusive, off-the-beaten-track Mara North, Lemek and Ol Choro conservancies.
  • Experience the resident lion pride and abundant safari adventures
  • Five roomy double tents and two extra-large 2-bedroom family tents with spacious living areas
Destination - The Masai Mara

Located in Southwestern Kenya alongside the Tanzanian border, The Masai Mara, together with the adjoining Serengeti National Park, forms one of the world’s most diverse and spectacular eco-systems.  A region characterised by short grass savannah plains interspersed with areas of riverine forest and bordered by towering rocky escarpments, The Mara is home to an incredible abundance and variety of wild animals and is renowned worldwide as Africa’s most exceptional – and loveliest – safari destination.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers an area of 1,510 sq. km (580 sq. miles) at altitudes which range from 1500 to 2170 metres above sea level. The area has one of the highest lion densities in world, together with significant populations of cheetah, leopard, elephant and buffalo, and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Home to over 95 species of mammal and 570 recorded species of bird, excellent ‘Big Five’ year-round game viewing is virtually guaranteed.

Beyond the northern and eastern boundaries of the National Reserve, many former cattle ranches and agricultural lands have been transformed into private conservancies. These are exclusive wildlife reserves committed to high-end, low-density tourism together with community and environmental initiatives and accessed only by guests staying within these designated areas. Here, walking and riding safaris, night game drives and other adventurous activities not permitted in the National Reserve are often on the safari menu.

Location - Mara North Conservancy

On the northwestern border of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the 74,000-acre (28,000-hectare) Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area and a vital part of the greater Masai Mara ecosystem. It enjoys a stellar reputation for its abundant wildlife, quintessential East African landscapes of rolling savannah, acacia trees and riverine forest, and for its pioneering commitment to community conservation.

Established in 2009, Mara North is a partnership between 12 tourism providers and over 750 Masai landowners, who share a long-term commitment to the protection of the environment, wildlife and local communities.  The MNC strongly believes in low-density, low-impact, high-end tourism and in minimising environmental impacts.  The conservancy is accessed exclusively by the 12 member camps, whose guests are assured of a unique and truly privileged safari experience.

Mara North is home to several prides of lion and large numbers of elephant and offers excellent opportunities to view cheetah and leopard in the wild.  A wide variety of adventurous safari activities are permitted including day and night game drives, horse safaris and scenic guided bush walks.  Guests are usually also free to enjoy dinners, lunches, breakfasts and sundowner drinks in a variety of beautiful bush locations.

There are several scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Mara North Airstrip and the flight takes one hour or less, followed by a scenic 40-minute game drive to the camp.  Private light aircraft or helicopter charters are also available.

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“I’ve done several safaris throughout Kenya over the course of nearly 10 years, and our recent stay at Richard’s Camp was by far the most incredible safari experience I’ve ever had. The accommodations are blended into the broader Mara environment in a way that is exciting, yet safe and respectful. The individual tents themselves are cozy and comfortable with a nice bed, great bathroom experience (reliable toilet and amazing warm-water open-air shower). The staff are all friendly and proactive, with awesome positive energy.”

“Richard’s Camp was a totally unique experience. We were there for 3 nights and the game drives were simply amazing. We managed to see all the Big Cats – and how!  But the best part of the experience was really the fantastic staff who went out of their way to ensure that our every need was met. They amazed us everyday with their attention-to-detail. Galvin at the bar even made the best cocktails. The food too was fantastic and a special shout out to the chef.  We highly recommend this camp.”

“This is the place to stay in the Mara if you get the chance. It is a magical experience for the whole family, honeymooners and anyone travelling solo. The camp’s understated and confident luxury means you can relax easily after a stunning game drive viewing wildlife with one of their hugely experienced guides. The beautiful and private Mara North Conservancy is a photographer’s and twitcher’s Eden and allows exclusive access to big skies and a forgotten ancient landscape with large numbers and dozens of species of wildlife and birds at very close quarters.  The delicious dining experience revitalises spirits and energy whilst catering to a wide range of culinary passions. The whole Richard’s Camp team were brilliant. Thank you everyone especially Liz, the house staff led by Ben, our highly knowledgeable guide. We had a wonderful and unforgettable holiday.”

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All About Richard’s Camp
All About Richard’s Camp

A secluded and sophisticated tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara and a perfect choice for the discerning traveller, Richard’s Camp was established and designed with privacy and exclusivity as well as adventure in mind.

Situated along the banks of the Njageteck River in a remote area of the private Mara North Conservancy, the camp was originally a private family home-from-home for owner Liz Fusco and her late husband, noted safari guide and conservationist Richard Roberts.

Several generations of the Roberts families have played a leading role in conservation and high-end safari travel in Kenya. In 2011 Richard and Liz founded the Mara Elephant Project, which is instrumental in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and anti-poaching through the collaring, monitoring and tracking of the area’s elephants.

With only seven tents, Richard’s Camp is the perfect choice for families and small or exclusive groups looking to explore and experience the best that The Mara has to offer in a personal, intimate and uncrowded way.  Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels, it provides an elegant and contemporary take on the traditional, away-from-it-all safari experience.

The nearby Ngoyanai Springs provide a reliable year-round water supply and attract large numbers of wild animals to the area around the camp.  Members of the resident lion pride are often to be seen hunting right in front of the camp and heard roaring nearby during the night.

Mara North, Lemek and Ol Choro conservancies – to which guests at Richard’s Camp have direct access – offer a variety of adventurous safari activities.  These include day and night game drives, birding expeditions and scenic guided bush walks.  Guests can also enjoy wonderful bush dinners, lunches, breakfasts and sundowner drinks in stunning locations away from the camp.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is also within easy reach of the camp and visits are most often recommended during the spectacular Migration season (July-October) when the world-famous river crossings by millions of wildebeest and zebra can be witnessed.

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