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Sentinel Mara Camp

Sentinel Mara Camp

Sentinel Mara Camp is an owner run luxury seasonal camp along the banks of the Mara River within the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is well hidden within the riverine forest so that you don’t know that you are approaching until you are actually in this gorgeous little camp.

Accommodation

The feel is deliciously old fashioned with only 7 en suite tents together with the lounge and dining tents along the river in the forest offering excellent privacy. Specially designed campaign furniture adorns the camp creating the atmosphere of the traditional East African safari while at the same time affording a significant measure of luxury to guests

Cuisine is always in keeping with Sentinel’s very high standards, attention to detail and warm hospitality. The all inclusive rate means you can simply relax and enjoy all that is on offer in terms of snacks, drinks, guided nature walks, game drives, starlit dinners and champagne bush breakfasts during your stay.

The excellent standard of guiding will have guests gripped and entertained whether on a game drive or a 1 hour walk in the region of the camp. Our bespoke approach ensures the daily agenda of each group of visitors is tailor made and flexible taking their personal preferences into account

The seasonal aspect of the camp with no permanent structures offers guests an experience of being authentically close to nature and its location in the less visited Musiara Marsh area of the Reserve ensures excellent game viewing. We are fortunate to have 4 different ecozones on our doorstep, with both the BBC’s Big Cat Dairies and Disney’s African Cats being filmed here. In keeping with our environmental values the camp has minimum impact on the environment.

A warm welcome and unforgettable stay at Sentinel Mara Camp awaits you, so that you have memories of your safari that last for a lifetime!

We will gladly arrange a balloon safari or visit to a Masai village as well as a half or full day walk along the escarpment overlooking the Reserve.

Food

The dining and lounge tents are at the center of the camp with its amazing view well appointed with an area where you can sit around the camp fire in the evenings.

Whether in the dining tent watching hippo and crocodile in the river below, soaking up the untamed vistas during a bush breakfast or enjoying the romance of a starlit four course dinner you will have a fine dining experience.

Delicious and varied meals from fresh food are prepared daily by our chefs.

When to go

Masai Mara by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably high, with moderate humidity and a handful of rainy afternoons.
  • Game viewing is good throughout the year with impressive numbers of resident game and plenty of predators.
  • Migratory birds such as bee-eater, rollers, eagles and huge flocks of swallows and swifts soar through the skies.
  • A beautiful time of year with Mocker and Green Banded Swallowtail butterflies flitting from flower to flower.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

February

Season: Dry
  • Weather experienced is hot with moderate humidity and low rainfall.
  • Game viewing is good throughout the year with impressive numbers of resident game and a good density of predators.
  • Migratory birds are present and strengthening their wings for the long flight North.
  • Vast herds of buffalo congregate during this time with plenty of newborns, offering the opportunity to witness a late season birthing.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with lower humidity and rainfall increasing, especially towards the end of the month.
  • Game viewing is still good at this time of the year, as long as you don't mind the chance of seasonal rains.
  • Migratory birds are strengthening their wings and begin to fly North into Africa and Europe.
  • Roads can get muddy during this time of year making game viewing a little more tricky.

April

Season: Wet
  • Game viewing is still good at this time of the year, as long as you don't mind the chance of seasonal rains.
  • Wildflowers are in bloom with the beautiful whites and pinks of the Tissue Paper Flower as well as the red and yellow blooms of the Flame Lily.
  • Various herds of elephants move out of the forested areas to feed on the lush grasses of the open plains, providing exceptional viewing opportunities.
  • Roads can get muddy during this time of year making game viewing a little more tricky.
  • Temperatures drop slightly, humidity increases and a 1 in 2 chance of rainfall is expected.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures continue to drop but are still hot, with high humidity and a 1 in 2 chance of rain.
  • Game viewing is still good at this time of the year, as long as you don't mind the chance of seasonal rains.
  • The grasses are longer during this time of year with cheetah making good use of the cover, hunting Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles.
  • Butterflies are present in good numbers with swallowtails in the woodlands and African Monarchs in the grasslands.
  • Roads can get muddy during this time of year making game viewing a little more tricky.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are relatively hot and humid, with a sharp decline in rainfall.
  • Game viewing is good throughout the year with impressive numbers of resident game and good densities of predators.
  • Grasses are still long, concealing lions on the hunt for warthog and recently born eland calves.
  • An interesting month for birding with Saddle Billed Stalks and Crowned Cranes nesting on the outskirts of the marshland areas.
  • A good month to avoid the peak season numbers with a dramatic improvement in weather.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are at their coolest but still relatively hot and humid, with rainfall unlikely.
  • The arrival of the Great Migration takes game viewing from impressive to exceptional.
  • Grasses are long hiding the newborn Thomson Gazelles from the numerous, hungry cheetah of the Masai Mara.
  • In the forest the Warburgia tree is fruiting, drawing in elephants, baboons, Blue monkeys and Brown parrots to feed.
  • July is known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, painting the sky pink, red and orange.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are slightly cooler but still relatively hot and humid, with a lower chances of rainfall.
  • The presence of The Great Migration takes Game Viewing from impressive to exceptional.
  • A great period for river crossings as the crocodiles make easy work of the sick and weak individuals in the herd.
  • The Quinine trees are in flower and fruiting in the forests attracting spectacular birdlife including hornbills, Turacos and barbits.
  • The sunrise experienced during the cool mornings is reason in itself to visit this region.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot and humid, with occasional afternoon rainfall.
  • The presence of the Great Migration takes Game Viewing from impressive to exceptional.
  • River crossings are frequent in this month, although crocodiles have, for the most part, had their fill.
  • Migratory birds begin to arrive from North Africa and Europe creating a splash of colour in the treetops.
  • Expect beautiful colours with the reds and oranges of the fireball lilies and the stripped blues and whites of the pyjama lilies.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures have reached their peak, with lower humidity and the potential for occasional rains.
  • Catch the end of the action packed Great Migration with plenty of predator prey interactions.
  • Vegetation is lush and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding plumage.
  • With the shorter grasses, rarely seen species such as the Bat Eared Fox and Serval Cat are more frequently spotted on the open areas.
  • Sunrises and sunsets are impressive with pinks and oranges cascading across the sky.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

November

Season: Wet
  • The start of the 'Green Season', temperatures are high with lower humidity and an increase in rainy afternoons.
  • The Great Migration has now left the region, leaving behind the impressive numbers of resident wildlife, including a high number of predators on the open plains.
  • A great month for seeing young animals with topi, impala and giraffe choosing to calve during this period.
  • Vegetation is lush and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding plumage.
  • The Masai Mara can get crowded with tourists during this month.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures begin to drop slightly, with lower humidity and fewer rainy afternoons.
  • The Great Migration has left the region, leaving behind the impressive numbers of resident wildlife, including a high number of predators on the open plains.
  • Migratory birds are present during this time of the year, providing plenty of activity in the treetops.
  • The rutting season for antelope has kicked of with males approaching their prime, posturing and fighting for territories and mates.
  • Another good time to visit the Masai Mara, avoiding the peak season crowds experienced in this region.

Wildlife


The Masai Mara is Kenya's flagship conservation region: a place of rolling plains, bush scrub and acacia thicket— known for the seasonal great wildebeest migration, a mass movement of more than two million, wildebeest, zebra, kongoni, topi and gazelle. As exciting as this phenomenon is, there is so much more to this wilderness. Encounter elephants, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, crocodiles and a variety of cats including lion, cheetah, leopard and the shy serval during a stay in these parts.

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