Close to Nature with Safari Elegance.
"The Setting Of Sentinel Is
Sentinel Mara Safari Camp is situated in a prime area of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Musiara Marsh area renowned for its outstanding game viewing is where both the BBC “Big Cat Diaries” and Disney’s “African Cats” were filmed. You are assured of an excellent game viewing experience. During the annual migration, various crossing points are easily accessible from Sentinel.
The camp itself is set up along the Mara River with wonderful bird life and the private and natural setting ensures that guests have a most enjoyable and authentic experience of the bush. Being on high banks above the Mara River means that there are always hippo and crocodile in the river below to be seen with other animals coming to drink, or cross the river at times.
An African Safari like no other
In the wild no two days are the same! Our bespoke approach means you are able to set your group’s own personalised pace and agenda. Being on safari and removed from the pressures and distractions of life is an amazing blend of stimulation and rest for the soul as you become part of nature’s harmony.
At Sentinel you are not staying in some hotel room, but authentically close to nature in a large luxury tent, carefully positioned in a forest overlooking the Mara River. Each one is furnished with hand made mahogany furniture reflecting the indulgence of traditional East African Safari elegance.
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From hot air balloon safaris, to delicious dining and meaningful conservation.
Trip of a lifetime!
“Sentinel Mara exceeded all of my expectations for this trip! The staff was so wonderful greeting you as soon as you arrived and attentive the entirety of the trip. They really got to know each and every guest which made it that much better. The tents were very nice with comfortable beds and nice amenities. The camp is located on the river so you have a lovely view while
you relax and enjoy the scenery with your friends. They take you out on two drives a day and the trucks were very comfortable and gave you a clear view of the animals and your surroundings. I can’t put into words how amazing the drivers were. Dominique, Jonathan and Peter were so knowledgeable and gave you a thorough explanation of everything we saw. Wendy and Peter have really created an amazing place for people to come and I am so happy to have experienced it. Highly recommend!”
UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE !
“In my wildest dreams could I never dreamt of experiencing such a stay in a nature reserve ! The Sentinel Mara Camp is perfectly situated on the banks of the Mara River. The food and service couldn’t be better. Our room (tent) was luxurious with everything available to make it a very memorable experience.”
“If you are thinking about a safari, and wondering where to spend your time while on the reserve… the Sentinel Mara Camp is an absolute must! The experience far exceeded our expectations and was largely due to the Sentinel Mara Camp family. The guides were excited to share their knowledge and ensure we witnessed as many wonderful creatures as we could. They loved surprising us with special meals, coffee on the Mara in the early hours and cocktails at sunset.
Our time at camp was filled with great food, drinks, accommodations and
wonderful people! Ensuring we felt safe and at home was their priority! I thought the experience would be centered around the drives and the animals. To my pleasure, it was certainly that, and more. We truly consider the Camp a home away from home.”
One of the most memorable adventures possible!
“My experience at Sentinel Mara was greater than expected, and my expectations were quite high. Every detail was completely planned and perfect. The staff was extremely qualified, genuine, most helpful and friendly. The food was excellent and quite diverse. The daily travels to see the wildlife were quite successful, enlightening and amazing. Our guides were efficient and well capable of finding the diverse wildlife and quite knowledgeable about each that were found. I am a hobby photographer and had a ball each and every time we went out on safari which was twice each day. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone interested in exploring the beauty and wildlife of Africa first hand!”
An unforgettable experience- brilliant in every way
“The best place to stay for a snapshot of what the Mara and Kenya have to offer. I have been to Sentinel twice now and I have not been let down on either occasion. Of the many trips I have done within Kenya, there is something very special about the Mara and Sentinel is the best place to stay to enable that experience.
Went to Sentinel by myself in July as a weekend away from Nairobi (I was previously there in October 2018!). The staff were welcoming and the level of detail that had gone into the fit out of the camp and rooms was absolutely faultless. Food was also brilliant. The game drives put on were amazing. I was with a couple and we were exceptionally lucky in what we saw. I can’t recommend Sentinel highly enough- my colleagues had said it was the best place to stay and they couldn’t be more right. Brilliant experience.”
This was my first stay at Sentinel Mara camp and words can’t express how delightful the experience was. The camp was perfect in its low carbon footprint authenticity, the food was delicious and the staff went out of their way to give 110%. Loved every minute of our stay!
Best Trip Ever!!
We stayed at the Sentinel Mara Camp for 5 days in June 2022…We had the best time..Every member of the staff were the nicest, kindest, funny at times..genuine people.. Sometimes you would have a great breakfast out on the mara prepared by the chef… Every night during your evening safari, the guides Jonathan & Peter would prepare a *sundowner* for you..you would have cocktails at some beautiful spot enjoying your evening cocktail..The tents you stayed in, were 1st rate..I would highly recommend staying here..10 stars!
Amazing stay- highly recommend!!!!
“Our family visit Sentinel the month of July and stayed three nights. We cannot say enough positive things about our amazing visit! The staff was acutely attuned to our needs and the accommodations were great, very clean, and comfortable luxury tents. The game drives were awesome and we especially enjoyed our trips with Dominic. We were delightfully surprised to enjoy special experiences during our stay including bush breakfasts, candlelight dinners, and a Masai cultural experience. You don’t want to miss this experience!”
Masai Mara Safari
“I really didn’t know what to expect being on Safari or staying at a tent camp. However. the staff and surroundings the Sentinel Mara Camp far exceeded my expectations. From our guides Peter and Jonathan to all of the camps’s staff were beyond friendly and professional. Everyone there seemed to enjoy giving good service to our entire group.
The food was varied and fresh every meal. The wines and cocktails served around the fire and at dinner were also excellent. Congratulations to Peter and his staff for running a first class operation. Finally, the setting above the Mara River was so beautiful and full of wildlife that never failed to entertain.”
High Luxury Low Impact
“Our family recently had the privilege of realizing a life long dream to visit Africa this past June. We have family living in Nairobi who had previously stayed with Sentinel and recommended them to us for our first safari experience and they were happy to return as well! From the moment we arrived, Sentinel and their staff surpassed our every expectation. Every detail was perfection, the staff attentive to our every need, the cuisine impeccable and our guide gave us the thrill of a lifetime. What sets Sentinel apart is old school luxury combined with a dedicated stewardship of the environment. You have all the comforts (plush accommodations, wifi and charging stations in the lounges, flush toilets, showers, hot water and electricity) made possible through sustainable measures (solar power) and a non permanent footprint. The camp blends seamlessly into its surroundings, offering the unique experience of living among the wildlife. I appreciated Sentinel’s dedication to sustainability and conservation while providing their guests with best in class service. This is the camp of the future.
Planning & Reservations
Booking could not have been easier or smoother. All our questions, back and forth emails on dates and availability were answered promptly and in detail. They were gracious enough to help arrange separate payment portals so family members could pay their individual fees and get those coveted credit card miles. Payment was simple and secure, alleviating the stress that can come with overseas transactions.
Sentinel reservations handled booking our round trip flights from Nairobi and included the fee in the booking – another weight off our shoulders! Upon arrival, we were greeted with the friendly smile of our dedicated guide for our stay, Dominic. We were able to see some elusive wildlife on our way to camp from the airstrip which set the stage for what became one of my most profound travel experiences. Arriving at camp, we were greeted by the gracious camp manger Peter and Sentinel staff with cold scented towels to refresh us after our journey. Peter provided us with a detailed briefing and camp tour which helped settle us in and put us in the right mind frame to get the most out of our stay.
Sentinel camp is situated on a bluff above the Mara river and it’s multiple hippo inhabitants that provide non stop entertainment. This is an intimate camp with 8 tents discreetly blended into the surrounding marsh and well spaced from each other for maximum privacy. Furnishings in both private tents and lounges are plush, comfortable and exude old Hollywood glamour. There are several lounge tents where I enjoyed many a cold drink thanks to the meticulous attention of stewards Sonkoyo & Jacob who were always on hand to provide refreshment and knowledge of our surroundings. Lounge tents are where you can charge any electronics and Wifi was solid, although we tried to unplug as much as possible. The mess tent where we had our meals has a fantastic view of the river and Mara Triangle, where we were lucky enough to catch some elephants joining the hippos during lunch. Evenings after game drives we enjoyed sitting around the campfire to chat with manager Peter and other guests to share what we’d experienced, have a cocktail and wind down from another amazing day. I was escorted to my tent from sunset to sunrise by my dedicated Askari Tony who made sure I was safe. My friendly tent stewards James and Jonathan ensured my comfort throughout my stay. They seamlessly provided hot water for my sink both morning and night and showers upon request. It was a thrill each night falling asleep in my mosquito enclosed bed with hot water bottle and listening to the hippos, lions, and hyena begin their chorus. Wake up calls for the next morning are confirmed each night and you are gently prodded to life with coffee or tea the way you like it and yummy biscuits delivered to your tent. When you’re ready to head to the main lounge for morning game drive, just ring the cowbell and your Askari will be ready to escort you.
We loved chef David! Don’t think you’ll be losing any weight during your stay, the food is plentiful and beautifully prepared. We had coffee and biscuits during our morning game drives and would return to a late breakfast with made to order eggs, pastries and fresh fruit. Lunches were lighter fare with fresh salads and a main which was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our sundowners on our evening game drives, Dominic always having a fully stocked bar and cooler with drinks on hand. Dinners are a lavish affair, best save room. Chef David sets the scene around the campfire and we loved his expositions on life before diving into the night’s menu. The quality of our meals was 5 star with expertly paired wines. Service from Jacob and Sonkoyo was outstanding and we never had an empty glass for long! Chef David and team provided us with a pre-packed bush breakfast one morning to allow us a longer game drive and on our last morning the entire camp set up an al fresco brunch along the river complete with mimosas and made to order omelettes. Truly a highlight of our stay.
The Game Drives
You come here to see wildlife and we won the lottery with our guide Dominic. Dominic has a deep knowledge of the area, the animals and their behavior that he was gracious to share with us. No matter if we were first or most recent vehicle on scene, Dominic was able to get us closer to the action than we had ever dreamed. He has a preternatural ability to know what an animal is going to do and lined us up to be in the best position to observe the action without ever being disrespectful to the animals themselves. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted watching and waiting to see the animal to animal interaction instead of rushing off to find the next one. He clearly has the respect of other drivers and rangers, and we trusted him completely. Through trusting him, we saw and experienced the most incredible moments like being a part of a herd of elephants and their babies, having a front row seat to “dinner theater” watching Yaya and her grand cubs munch on a zebra while hyena, jackal and vultures waited their turn; got schooled on “dirty hippos” (IYKYK); found a cheetah in the grass after all the other vehicles gave up, and experiencing the ending of a lifetime. Our Nairobi based family had been on multiple safaris and had never seen a leopard, this was their one hope. After not coming across one during the trip, we were resigned that we had been blessed to see so much already. As Dominic drove us towards our last sunset, he veered off into the marsh, slowed down and whispered “Robbi…leopard”. There she was, strutting down the road. Dominic knew she would head for high ground on a nearby log and positioned our vehicle to capture the most incredible view while she posed and posed and posed. There were tears. Dominic made our trip one that changes your life, and on top of that he was a blast to spend this special time with.
All that to say, look no further for the experience of a lifetime than Sentinel. We hope to be back to share this special place with more friends and family. A huge “Asante” to Dominic, Peter, Chef David, Sonkoyo, Jacob, James, Jonathan and Tony for showing us Kenya in all her glory.”
Incredible and magical! Unforgettable
“This small camp is magical. I highly recommend it if you are looking for an experience that is both authentic and magical, in the heart of the Masai Mara. The food is very tasty there. Breakfast in the middle of the park, magical. The staff are lovely. The manager Peter is absolutely delightful and very efficient. The location of the camp is truly amazing and this view!!! Unforgettable. I highly recommend it and already dream of going back!”
Best Service Ever
“I was beyond impressed with my experience here. They took care of every aspect possible and we’re all very polite. When we went to bed there were heat packs in our bed to ensure it was warm and would always offer us drinks and the service at meal times was phenomenal. I have never felt so safe and cared for. They had guards who would walk us back and forth between the base and our tents after sunset and before sunrise. It is an amazing set up and gives you a in the bush experience while providing the luxuries of being pampered. The camp is situated right beside the water and hippos. The tour guides are all very good drivers and have so much in depth knowledge of all the animals and the ins and outs of the Mara!! I would 110% go again and recommend to anyone! A very well worth trip!!
Thank you to everyone who served while we were there❤️❤️❤️❤️”
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