Speke’s Camp (Coordinates: S 1° 17’.699 E 35° 09’.2799) Speke’s Camp is situated on the edge of the Maasai Mara reserve, surrounded by fabulous indigenous trees overhanging the Olare Orok River. Speke’s is a traditional up-market camp that can serve as a base for exploring the Maasai Mara, with the option of utilizing a fly-camp to visit other areas of the Mara.
Speke’s Camp is one of the more affordable camps within the Maasai Mara, making it the perfect addition to any safari circuit, and opening up the Mara that is undoubtedly one of the best areas for wildlife in Africa – famous for the Big Cats and the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and other plains game. Speke’s and its eight traditional safari tents with en-suite bathrooms are located alongside the Olare Orok River under the shade of majestic indigenous trees. Spekes’ prime position provides great access to a number of good gaming areas in the Mara such as Musiara swamp, Rhino Ridge, Paradise Plains and the Leopard-rich Talek River. Aside from sundowners, picnics and wildlife spotting whilst on game drives in this fabulous wildlife location, one of the most spectacular experiences at Speke’s is the opportunity for an epic walking adventure across the Maasai plains to Jan’s Camp in the Loita Naimina Enkyio forest. Departing from Sand River over a 5 day adventure with local Maasai guides, guests walk along ancient trails left by the Maasai tribe into the comfort of Jan’s Camp. This is an epic safari and the real way to experience the African bush. The walk can be extended from Jan’s Camp into the Great Rift Valley trail, ending on the edge of Lake Natron in Pakaase Village to be taken by road to Nairobi or relax for a few days in the renowned Shompole lodge.
By air on a scheduled flight from Wilson Airport to Musiara Airstrip or to Ol Kiombo airstrip and being met by a Speke’s Camp vehicle. By road on the Narok Bomet road until Mulot. Just before the bridge on the main road before Mulot, turn left at a sign Fairmont Mara Safari Club 31km. Follow the road until Aitong. Here you could meet a vehicle from Speke’s Camp or if you know the road, follow the Talek road until a broken culvert over the river, after which you follow a track to the right in a southerly direction following Maasai traditional homesteads on your right. Continue the track until you see a track bearing right, which you take. You cross and descend this track through a lava flow (rocky field). Keep going until you come across a sign Olumara Camp. Cross the river leaving Olumara Camp on your right and turn left until you see the mess tent of Speke’s Camp. It will take you the best part of 3 hours to get there from Narok.
The owners of Speke’s camp originally came out to Kenya for the incredible wildlife and adventure this part of East Africa has to offer. It was this sense of being able to spend as much time viewing the wildlife and enjoying the sense of space in Kenya that we would like to pass on to our clients. Each client group has their own driver guide and can spend as much time as they want viewing in the reserve. We take great pride in equipping our vehicles and having informative and well trained guides take you into one of the worlds greatest wild life reserves.