Mara Intrepids, our fourth stop, was also in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and close enough to Ashnil Mara (our previous camp) to be driven there. This bonus ride gave us another peek at local life — the reality beyond our insulated and curated camp experience, an important reminder of where we were. We passed very modest houses, children walking to school in their uniforms, and boys herding goats.
Our favorite camp
When we arrived we were surprised to see a lawn — actual grass! — and someone mowing it. We knew instantly that we had stepped up on the luxury scale. The staff was the friendliest; the tents were large and nicely appointed, the outdoor dining patio, bar, and lounge area were lovely; the menu was excellent with the fanciest desserts; and our safari drivers, Joab and Samson, were beyond endearing. This turned out to be our favorite camp.