Karen Blixen Camp: The Lowdown

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Like its namesake, Karen Blixen Camp brings Scandi style to Kenya. We think this is one of the prettiest camps in the Masai Mara and if the reserve weren’t so lovely it’d almost be possible to do an entire safari without leaving your armchair here.

What’s Karen Blixen Camp really like?

Karen Blixen Camp’s 22 tents are pretty and stylish, with double or twin beds, and enough space to add a further one or two (at a push) beds, for a family on safari together. Décor is simple and natural, with plenty of polished wood, white fabrics, and a simple bathroom to the rear. In front of each safari tent, there’s a small verandah- perfect for a cup of morning coffee, and, if you’re lucky, a view over the hippo pods in the Mara River.
The main mess area is beautifully open fronted and looking out over one of the loveliest stretches of river we’ve seen in the Mara, with hippos wallowing, a few impala grazing, and ellies wandering down to water in the distance. Here you’ll eat your evening meal, gather for a sundowner, and discuss the adventures of the day.

What can I do at Karen Blixen Camp?

The highlight of any safari in the Masai Mara is the game viewing. At Karen Blixen Camp you’re blessed with the privacy of being located in one of the conservancy areas, away from the hustle and bustle of the main reserve. You’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives in four wheel drive vehicles, with an English-speaking safari guide, and usually about six guests in every vehicle. Conservancy fees are included in your stay, and if you wish to go into the central Mara reserve (an optional extra that’s worth considering if it’s the wildebeest migration season) this can also be arranged in camp.

Giving Back at Karen Blixen:

All of the power used at Karen Blixen is solar, and solar panels also heat the hot water for outdoor showers. The camp has also made it a mission to provide skills and education for the local community: there’s a cookery and forestry school and IT and language courses are offered to both the staff and the camp’s Maasai neighbours. The camp also works to improve the health and education of the local Maasai people.

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