The Fig Tree Camp, built in the 70's, is one of the oldest in the Masaļ Mara. It is in a lovely setting beside the River Talek, one of the branches of the River Mara. Despite the lack of facilities for children, a lot of families come here. So be warned!
The Fig Tree Camp is 150 mi from Nairobi. This may sound close, but appearances can be deceptive: it takes around six hours to get there by road. On the other hand, by air it is only a 40 minutes flight away. The two closest airstrips are at Keekorok, 15 mi away (or around 45 minutes in a car), and Ol-Kiombo, around 9 mi away (or 30 minutes).
Note that there are no facilities for children, apart from high chairs in the restaurant.
Electricity is provided by a generator from 5.00 am to 9.00 am, from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm, and from 6.00 pm to 12.00 am.
The Fig Tree Camp offers different types of excursions. As well as the traditional safari in the reserve, there are also meals in the bush, a hot-air balloon trip to see the sunrise, and a stroll with a naturalist who will explain the secrets of the Kenyan fauna and flora to you. The camp has five 4x4 vehicles.
In order to get to the Fig Tree Camp, you have to cross the River Talek over a massive solid wooden bridge. This takes you to the communal areas of the camp, such as reception. This is between the bar and the restaurant, in a recess on the left. It is quite dark, but opens to the outside and is covered by a roof of makuti, a material typical of Kenya. It is decorated with statues representing Masais, and a few green plants.
The swimming-pool is a little further away. It is not very big, but sufficiently so to cool off. It is difficult to do lengths, but perfect for having a splash around. There are a few deck chairs around the pool. There are cabins nearby to get changed in.
Here, there is a choice between having a roof over your head or sleeping under canvas. The Fig Tree Camp has 70 rooms, of which 48 are tents and 22 are bungalows. The largest tent of the camp is exactly the same as the others, apart from the fact that it is a little more spacious, and is fitted with an original shower. Its terrace is also bigger. All the tents face the river. The interior decoration is the same throughout, both in the tents and in the bungalows: orange bed covers with elephant patterns, and furniture made of dark wood. However, the tent floor is green plastic, and the four-poster bed has a mosquito net, which is absent in the bungalows. There is a small terrace outside both types of accommodation, covered by a wooden roof. In the tents, the bathroom is a solid extension built up against the canvas. Mineral water and hospitality products are provided. All the bungalows have a view over the garden. They also have air conditioning, unlike the tents. Ultimately, it must be said that the tent is more charming.
The camp restaurant, the Fig Fruit, has a beautiful view over the River Talek and the camp garden. It is a pleasant place, open to the outside and covered by a roof of makuti. The dark wood furniture brings out the red of the tablecloths. The subdued lighting does not illuminate the room very much, but is sufficient for having a meal. Black and white photos of animals hang on the walls. Meals are served as a buffet for breakfast, from 7.00 am to 9.00 am, for lunch, from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, and dinner from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
The bar is just opposite the restaurant. A terrace has been fitted in a tree to allow guests to view their surroundings without leaving the camp. There is a safari atmosphere inside, with wooden chairs and white clots, and white sofas with black spots!
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