Off the beaten track, a safari experience like no other. The manager is lovely, the staff are really helpful, the location is fabulous, the food is great and the tents are beautifully decorated.’
Caroline, Hampshire, UK
The Ginsberg Family - FLORIDA, USA
TRAVEL DATE: JULY 2013 POSTED: NOV 2013
Salas Camp is within the Mara National Reserve situated in the center of the Wilderbeest migration routes located on the Sand River in Kenya with the Serengeti (Tanzania) on the other side of the river. We were scheduled to stay ... Read More
Salas Camp is within the Mara National Reserve situated in the center of the Wilderbeest migration routes located on the Sand River in Kenya with the Serengeti (Tanzania) on the other side of the river. We were scheduled to stay four nights but decided that three was quite enough having come from the northern region of Kenya where the lodge accommodations were excellent and not as primitive. There were five of us -- my son and daughter-in-law, their two kids, and myself. We had scheduled a "family tent" but found out this was really only a honeymoon cabin or a cabin (with wood floors) for a couple and small child. So my son and daughter-in-law stayed in this very nice accommodation and myself and the two kids stayed in a tent with three single begs with canvas floors. Guest were advised to remain in their tents after dark and were escorted between their tent and the lounge/dining area by a staff member with one single flashlight. We were staying in a tent farther from any other or from the main lounge area. At night we zipped ourselves into the tent but had difficulty sleeping because of the noise of the lions, monkeys, wildebeest, and other animals that sounded so close. Meals were al-fresco (outdoors) in a clearing for breakfast and lunch but in the open covered lounge area in the evenings. We were advised to wear earth tone colored clothes such as khaki and other neutral colors. We were told to avoid yellow, red, white, dark blue, black and bright colors as these attract Tsetse flies. Also to avoid cameo as only the army is allowed to wear this. The only electricity was in the main lounge area where we could charge our phones and ipads. WiFi was sporadic. From Salas we did visit a Massai village -- which was interesting especially for a 9 and 10 year old -- at the cost of $100 US cash for the visit. We also did a balloon flight (expensive but worth going if you've never been on one). Our guides, however, from Sala were only fair when it came to spotting and finding the animals. Food was healthy but at times skimpy for what were paying. Tipping, of course, is a personal decision; however, tipping is expected by both the safari guides and for the staff at the camp. Generally, we were told it is suggested to give $10 US (cash) per person per day to staff and $20 US (cash) per vehicle per day (if in a large or family group). We did enjoy it but think three nights is plenty esp. if you visit another camp or lodge in another part of Kenya. Less
Caroline - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
Off the beaten track, a safari experience like no other. The manager is lovely, the staff are really helpful, the location is fabulous, the food is great and the tents are beautifully decorated.
Lucinda Rome - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
Salas Camp is in a wonderfully remote spot of the Masai Mara. If you’re after a classic tented camp away from busy areas this lovely place ticks all the boxes.
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Kenya?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see and the climate varies in different regions of Kenya. At higher elevations such as the Laikipia Plateau, the Samburu region and the Masai Mara, you can count on cooler early mornings and evenings, even in the summer, so bringing a jacket or warm pullover for morning and evening game drives is always a good idea. The Kenyan coast tends to be warmer and more humid year round.
January to March
Great months to escape the northern hemisphere’s winter, this is a dry period in Kenya, with sunny hot days on safari, and hotter temperatures, with the possibility of some humidity, on the coast. These months are among the best for snorkelling and diving.
April and May
Fewer visitors holiday in Kenya during April and May as these months are when the long rains traditionally fall, making animals scarcer. Some safari camps do take the chance for an annual closure, but visitors who travel during these months will enjoy quiet safari areas, low visitor numbers, and equally low prices.
June to October
Although these are Kenya’s winter months, days are still hot once the sun has risen, and the cool nights mean sleep is comfortable. Wildlife viewing is excellent as leaves come off trees, shrubs and grass dies back, and animals are increasingly drawn to water.
The herds of the wildebeest migration typically move into the Masai Mara in July, and remain until October.
Temperatures rise in November and there is the chance of rain in short sharp showers. Lower visitor numbers are also reflected in the prices of safari camps and lodges, and wildlife viewing can be excellent with so few other people around.
The climate in Kenya in December is similar to January and February, with sunny hot days and very good wildlife viewing. The higher temperatures on the coast are perfect for lounging on a beach holiday, and Christmas and New Year are fantastic for a safari and beach holiday in Kenya.