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Exploring the Maasai Mara at Emboo River Camp
“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”
(William Burchell, English Explorer)
Every year, millions of animals make an epic journey across the vast landscapes of the Maasai Mara. Zebras, wildebeests and antelopes run across the treacherous rivers battling hungry predators in a fight for survival. Dust clouds rise in the golden light, bearing witness to the eternal struggle and the enduring spirit of life in the unending plains of Kenya. This tale of survival, woven into the very fabric of Africa's soul, embodies the timeless charm of the Great Migration.
Come, witness and experience the surreal landscapes full of wildlife, stunning views and unforgettable sunsets from the heart of Maasai Mara.
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Creating Emboo River Camp in the Heart of Maasai Mara
Creating and running a truly sustainable lodge in the heart of Maasai Mara posed unique challenges for Valery Super and Loic Amado, the Co-Founders of Emboo River Camp. In February 2019, they discovered a stunning location in the heart of Maasai Mara – an abandoned lodge, with overgrown pathways, outdated plumbing, and deteriorating safari vehicles.
With unwavering determination, the Emboo River team breathed new life into this forgotten gem. Through a harmonious blend of innovation and technology, they accomplished a milestone — the creation of the region's very first carbon-neutral safari lodge. Their story serves as an inspiring testament to what can be achieved through dedication and a mindset that prioritises sustainability.
Nestled deep within the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Emboo River invites you to build a profound connection with the wilderness. Beyond the exhilarating safaris, Emboo River's unwavering dedication to nature extends into every aspect of your experience. Let’s journey through the community they’re building in the Kenyan wilderness.
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The Maasai Connection: One Community, One Pride
Emboo River proudly connects you with the local Maasai community. When you stay here, you become part of their extended family. It feels like your home away from home. The Emboo River team comprises dedicated and talented individuals from the Maasai community. These talented individuals, including plumbers, electricians, welders and printers, are the heart and soul of this region, contributing to its rich tapestry of craftsmanship and expertise. As a mindful luxury traveller, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of their work, forging a deeper connection with the essence of the community's talents.
Wondering what’s in the name? The name, 'emboo', means 'a pride' of lion in Maasai. Just like the local community admires and respects the nearby lion pride, Emboo River holds deep gratitude for their Maasai community.
There’s an inspiring collaboration with local artisans and businesses, providing employment opportunities to local communities. You can even watch the singers and dancers of the Maasai village perform here in the evenings. When you enter the guest rooms and the lounge area, you notice how beautifully the place is decorated with Maasai beads by the Maasai women.
The Emboo River team is dedicated to challenging gender bias and inequality within the tourism industry, which has historically been male-dominated. They actively challenge stereotypes through their actions and words, both in their daily operations and within the broader community. When you stay here, you, too, contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive world for all.
There’s inspiration around every corner here – both within the property and outside it. Already feeling like exploring the vast landscapes of the Maasai Mara? Jump on a safari vehicle for an unforgettable game drive experience.
Get Ready for Emboo River's Game Drive Adventures
Game Drives begin right from the moment you step into your safari vehicle, thanks to Emboo River's unique location in the heart of nature. With wildlife surrounding the camp, there's no time wasted on long drives to encounter the incredible animals. Emboo River's central position within the Maasai Mara National Reserve ensures you won't miss a moment of the remarkable wildlife experiences awaiting you.
The Maasai Mara is celebrated for its rich wildlife diversity, featuring not only the renowned Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo) but also Emboo River's Big 20! Emboo River has curated the Big 20 list to captivate you with the many distinctive creatures that call the Maasai Mara home. Your game drives will be an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be enthralled by the remarkable variety and wonders that this unique ecosystem presents.
Electric safari vehicles offer a truly exceptional means of exploring the Maasai Mara, enhancing your opportunities to encounter wildlife without the presence of other vehicles. Powered by solar energy, they glide silently through the landscape, leaving no exhaust fumes behind and ensuring that the wildlife remains undisturbed. Check their electric safari vehicles in motion to see how they work.
After some adventurous game drive experiences, it’s now time to relax in the luxury of your comfortable room.
Rest and Unwind in Luxury Surrounded by Nature's Beauty
Nestled by the river's edge, your room seamlessly merges with the natural landscapes of the Maasai Mara. You can either choose to stay in a River Room, a River Suite or a Studio. The beautifully designed rooms allow you to fully immerse yourself in the serene wilderness. Your room's large windows open completely, offering uninterrupted views of the river. At night, the whole sky full of twinkling stars witnesses the grandeur of this breathtaking landscape.
Since the camp is not fenced, it allows wildlife to move freely. You might get a glimpse of hippos in the river or elephants stopping by for a drink. And if you wish, you can sleep beneath the mosquito net, gazing at zebras grazing near your room at night.
All corners of this boutique lodge reflect luxury and comfort amidst the vast, magical landscape of Africa. You’ll appreciate the custom-crafted furniture while simultaneously uplifting the local communities, as the modern furniture inside the camp is handmade from natural materials by the camp’s own team and local artisans.
Interestingly, the showers in your room are made from gum poles from a sustainable plantation. The room is adorned with rich fabrics and lively hues, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel at home. With day and night lighting available, you can now complete your reading adventures at your own leisure, all thanks to Emboo River's solar-powered electricity.
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