Is it a Masai Mara Safari, or perhaps a Maasai Mara Safari, the spelling of Masai appears to be different everywhere. Whatever way you spell it, if you wish to go to the Masai Mara then one of the best Camps to remain in is undoubtedly the Elephant Pepper Camp.
Elephant Pepper Camp can be found in the Koiyaki Reserve in the northern fringe of the Masai Mara at the centre of the area covering over three and one half thousand square kilometers..
With only eight large tents, some double, some twin, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and the hot bucket style safari showers without notice one, and dressing room, this traditional Kenya Safari Camp provides you with the proper old fashioned safari camp atmosphere, something not necessarily present in some of the bigger camps and lodges.
Elephant pepper Camp reaches an altitude of 5,500 feet, so the nights is going to be cool after the warm days
The camp is semi permanent and the atmosphere it makes is very much one of Kenya in the 1920’s and 30’s, which you'll really appreciate, and sitting on your large tented verandah using its small lounge lit by oil lamps results in a really evocative atmosphere.
The main diner has a help yourself bar, with all of drinks except champagne being free, and your meals are served family style around an extended table. The food is northern Italian cuisine, combined with some international and local delicacies of the best quality.
There is also a separate comfortable living space in another part of the two large tents in which a fire is lit each night for the guests to sit down around under the incredible African night sky.
What's been created can be a step back into the past, leaving the modern world of television, cell phones and computers far behind, without any generator, no traffic, no permanent structures to obtain in the way of seeing wildlife. In fact looking from the camp across the plains you receive a first class view of the annual wildebeest migration.
No Masai Mara Safari is done without close up connection with the animals, and Elephant Pepper Camp takes care of the in a variety of ways.
Firstly because it is a camp, there aren't any fences so you might find wildlife from your verandah, and you will probably see elephant, plus giraffe ambling by, and maybe even cheetah. You know that there are Masai watchmen during the night for your safety, and with the wildlife coming that close it's helpful to know this. You still find the noises of the African bush quite disturbingly close.
Because Elephant Pepper Camp is technically outside the Masai Mara you'll be able to go on Night Game Drives. If you're inside a National Park, then you definitely must be back in camp by dusk. So night drives provide you with the opportunity to see nocturnal animals.
Game drives during the day are in Land Rovers, and the guides are of the best quality, very informative. And very personal, a lot better than the mini bus operators.
You will find guided bush walks with bush breakfasts, and bush sundowners means you are able to really get the sensation of the vastness of the Masai Mara, and your guides quickly expose you to a different pace of life that to be honest is addictive.