The Heritage Group

One of Kenya’s best-known and most hospitable safari hosts, the Heritage Group has various properties organised into three brands; among them are the famous Intrepids Camps in Samburu and the Maasai Mara, which give visitors the chance to experience AfricFriday, 2 August 2019

One of Kenya’s best-known and most hospitable safari hosts, the Heritage Group has various properties organised into three brands; among them are the famous Intrepids Camps in Samburu and the Maasai Mara, which give visitors the chance to experience Africa’s wildlife, landscapes and atmosphere at its best

SAMBURU INTREPIDS CAMP, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya 

Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual. The Usao Nyiro River, the region’s life force, courses through the craggy terrain, which is full of stone, thorn bush and forked doum palms. 

In this arid land, where the relentless sun bakes the earth, herds of elephants and big cats roam. Look out for the Samburu ‘special five’: the reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long-necked antelope, the gerenuk — all adapted to life in the extreme heat.

Step into the cool of Samburu Intrepids Camp — a lush oasis by the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. Raised up on decks overlooking the river — where elephants drink and crocodiles lounge by the bank — the tented lodge is deliciously cooled by the river breeze and the forest. 

Guests will relish the privacy of their tented suite, laid out under palm-thatched roofs, with stunning views of the sultry Samburu. From the comfort of the deck, they can relax and watch the wild world, and occasionally glimpse the indigenous Samburu people.

Families with children will love the specially designed luxury family suites, set under canvas and fitted with a spacious lounge and a wide deck beautifully styled with ethno-African and contemporary furniture. 

Guests can dine under the African skies on gourmet cuisine and savour sundowners on savannah plains. The resident naturalist is on hand to share Samburu’s secrets, enticing visitors to discover its land and life. And Samburu is a photographer’s delight, with its stunning settings, uniquely diversity wildlife and range of different lights throughout the day.

Custom-made safari 4x4s, with open roof racks, are perfect for game viewing and photography — they even have mini-bars stocked with cold drinks. Stretch your legs and take a nature walk. The resident naturalist will have you awed by the unique variety of animals in the surrounding landscapes. Or explore the area from atop a camel, offering a high vantage point.

Guests can also visit a homestead of the pastoral Samburu tribespeople to learn about their past and present with an eye to the future. It’s possible to purchase the jewellery made by the women, helping them to support their families.

The Samburu Adventurer’s Club is for kids. The guides here will take complete charge of youngsters, keeping them enthralled with a timetable full of fun and educational game drives, geared towards learning about predators and prey, tracking wild animals and identifying wild mushrooms and fungi — they won’t want to leave.

The Heritage Group places great importance on children’s education, helping to support schools around the reserve. Being in the midst of this stunning landscape, the Group takes the responsibility of keeping this paradise beautiful seriously by being eco-conscious at every turn.

And so can guests. 

MARA INTREPIDS CAMP, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya 

Mara Intrepids Camp is located on the vast savannah grasslands of the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Home of astounding wildlife, the Mara is where guests can see big cats, including black-maned lions, leopards and cheetahs. Its grasslands and rivers abound with elephants, rhino, and buffalo, as well as hippos and crocodiles, while raptors rule the skies. 

The camp is built on the banks of the Talek River, which flows into the Mara, eventually draining into Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake and source of the mighty Nile. Guests can settle into a luxurious stay under canvas, with breathtaking views of the Mara laid out in front of them from the privacy of their deck. It’s luxury in the wild.

For guests travelling with family, the two-bedroom luxury family suites under canvas are ideal, featuring a spacious lounge and an outside deck offering magical views.

Every meal is a feast. Dine under the skies close to home, or, for a wilder experience, enjoy sumptuous bush breakfasts and dinners within sight of lions, elephants or hippos wallowing in the river. 

The camp’s safari 4x4s are specially modified for guests’ comfort, with open roof racks for optimum game viewing and photography potential. Additionally, discover more about the wilderness on guided nature walks, while at night, marvel at the African skies with the resident naturalist on hand to point out constellations.

The Maasai’s pastoral lifestyle sees them living in harmony with wildlife while tending their cattle on the vast open spaces. A visit to a Maasai manyatta (homestead) makes for a fascinating cultural experience. 

Learning about our wild and wonderful planet is thrilling. Children will be ‘edu-tained’ by Maasai naturalists on subjects including wildlife and survival skills in the wild. The Adventurer’s Club is free for children accompanying parents on safari.

Guests can also be pampered amid the tranquillity of the wilderness with a massage and take in the views, choose to simply relax by the pool.


Stargazing with the resident naturalist at Samburu, who can help guests identify more than 60 constellations in the night sky



Samburu Intrepids Camp
• 28 tents (singles, doubles and triples)
• En suite bathroom
• Complimentary toiletries 
• Adventurer’s Club 
• Stargazing
• Camel rides

Mara Intrepids Camp
• En suite bathroom
• Mini-bar
• Private terrace
• Hot air balloon safari
• Photographic safari
• Bush dining
• Adventurer’s Club

T: +254 722 205 894

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