The drive from Mahali Mzuri to Naibor took us through fascinating scenery including the small but bustling town of Talek and then on to our first taste of the stunning Masai Mara reserve. Endless skies seemed to open up before us exposing scenes out of childhood picture books where zebra, giraffe and elephant meandered aimlessly together as far as the eye could see.
Tucked away amidst a dense grove of woodland on the banks of the hippo laden Talek River, Naibor then came into view. This was tented style camp at its best offering guests the most romantic of bush experiences. At once a mixture of colonial luxury and pioneering adventure; at Naibor we really felt we had arrived ‘in the bush’.
We were warmly greeted by staff and ushered to the most inviting of lunches set up under the shade of the trees overlooking a wide bend of the Talek River.
Lunch of delicious meats and salad led to over-indulgence and the need to spend a relaxed afternoon sprawled on the comfortable floor-cushions, rugs and sofas in the main mess area only interrupted by the resident pod of hippos splashing below us. However remote this camp may feel it still managed to have better Wi-Fi reception than our office in Wiltshire ensuring that the obligatory facebook updates can be made!
Chilling over, a late afternoon game drive gave us the chance to really appreciate Naibor’s location right in the heart of the action and we were all delighted to see lion, cheetah and leopard all within close vicinity to the camp. Our guides were always one step ahead of the other tourists in the reserve leading us away from the other vehicles where possible to give us a truly great game experience which was enhanced by their incredible knowledge of all we saw.
After sundowners we came back to enjoy a refreshing safari shower and quick lie-down on enormously comfy beds before coming down to the very relaxed mess area for pre-dinner drinks with Nigel our Kenyon born and bred host; a great character who happily regaled many safari stories to his entranced audience.
A truly scrumptious dinner of the tenderest steak was enjoyed at the long fig wood banquet table with copious good wine to accompany every course. After dinner, drinks and storytelling around the camp fire led well into the night!