An intimate and comfortable family-owned camp deep in the Ol Choro conservancy of Kenya’s Masai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp has an age-old appeal and classic safari atmosphere. Richard’s father founded the Ol Choro Conservancy, Richard himself grew up here, and the local Masai guides have a long association with the family so that guests benefit from in depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife. The prolific resident game within the conservancy provide a wealth of fascinating sightings year round, and game drives also visit the Masai Mara Reserve to witness dramatic river crossings during the great migration.
Just eight classic safari tents make up Forest Camp, tucked into the shade of tall trees, with resident hippos grazing the lawns by night and views over the Mara plains. Very comfortable beds and sitting areas, traditional safari trunks, chairs and hanging canvas storage units create an authentic safari feel, with the modern conveniences of a well designed solar system providing 24 hour electric lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with hot bucket showers and flush toilets. There’s a special delight too in the camp’s secluded open air forest bath-tub in a secret location among the trees.
Guests set their own pace here, so can choose a full day game drive with bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and sundowners with enthralling wildlife sightings making the day pass all too quickly. Or enjoy morning and evening drives with a guided bush walk in between. Your guide stays with you for the duration of your stay, accompanying you if you continue on to the sister camp, Richard’s River Camp in the Mara North Conservancy, so that you get a very personalised approach. Exceptional game viewing of the Big Five and much more (and for those interested an insight into the Mara Elephant Project combating poaching) give guests a fantastic understanding of this abundant and beautiful land, in uncrowded landscapes.
Romantic dinners under the stars by candlelight and delicious food with fresh salads and herbs from the garden, followed by drinks and stories around the camp fire complete a very personal and authentic Kenyan safari experience