An elegant and sophisticated slice of the Mara
Just like wonderful owners Tanya and Mike Carr-Hartley, Sala’s Camp is proudly Kenyan. The entire camp is made from canvas manufactured in the country, staff are all employed from surrounding Maasai villages and each guest contributes $5 to the Rhino Monitoring Team in the Mara. And if that’s not enough to persuade you to visit then the location might be… Sala’s occupies one of the best positions in the Masai Mara on the confluence of the Sand and Keekorok rivers and is the first camp to greet the wildebeest of the Great Migration as they pound across the river from the Serengeti. Magical.
At the lodge
Classic safari meets refined elegance in Sala’s mess tents. During the day, polished wood floors and stately glass doors gleam in the sunshine and high canvas ceilings create a breezy, bright space that’s equally perfect for wildebeest-watching or relaxing with a good book – although you’ll have to try hard to resist peeking at that view. At night, copper lanterns twinkle welcomingly and the fire is always lit. Did someone say digestif?
They may have canvas walls but these rooms certainly aren’t just tents. Complete with four-poster beds, silk cushions and Out-of-Africa writing desks in the bedrooms and full ensuite bathrooms with endlessly hot showers, this is back-to-nature with all the trimmings. Siesta to the sound of the splashing river or throw open the glass doors and watch all the watery-action from the shady veranda. There’s also a truly spectacular honeymoon tent, complete with private pool and even more stunning views (if that’s possible).
As well as the Great Migration practically passing the front door from July to November, the area around Sala’s is home to the Big Five, the Small Five and even the Ugly Five. To view them, head out on a game drive in either the Mara Triangle or the main reserve—the camp has access to both. Stargazing in the evening around the camp fire is also a must as well as a hot air balloon safari if you can squeeze it in.