Tangulia, Masai Mara: The Lowdown

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Tangulia is a cosy, authentic, Maasai owned and run safari camp located on a small piece of private land on the edge of the Mara Reserve.

What’s Tangulia Mara really like?

Tangulia is the kind of camp that the right guests fall madly in love with. Ditch any thought of stodgy colonial decor or staff trained in Swiss hotel schools. This is warm, welcoming, Maasai hospitality as your hosts share their land with you. And that land just happens to have some of the best game viewing in Africa. Guests may recognise co-owner Jackson Looseyia from the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, and he and his partner Dominic have created a fabulous camp.

It’s centered on a high thatched main building, where there’s a crackling fire for cold evenings, comfy sofas and a big communal dining table. You’ll stay in one of 7 comfortable, but simply decorated, safari tents, all raised up on decks and with ensuite bathrooms. The latest addition to Tangulia is a family tent. Overall we’d say this is a fantastic camp for people who really want to focus on the quality of their safari experience rather than an overly luxurious camp.

What can I do at Tangulia Mara?

Game drives take place either around the legendary Musiara Marsh, famous for its lion prides, in the reserve, or in the less busy Mara Triangle sector. Tanguila also owns a small, private patch of wilderness which gives them a little extra flexibility in their activities. If you would like to be guided by Jackson personally we can book this in advance for an extra fee, but he has a fantastic team supporting him, so it is hard to go too far wrong!

In addition to game drives, you can try taking guided walks on the slopes of the escarpment- we really enjoy this as an alternative to lots of time spent sitting in the vehicle. Lastly, here in the Maasai Mara, you are surrounded by your hosts, the Maasai community, so if you would like to learn a little more about the local way of life, we can arrange a visit to a nearby village.

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