Unveiling the Charms of Sentinel Mara Camp in the Maasai Mara: Where Big Cats Roam

Nestled amidst the sweeping plains of the Maasai Mara lies a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike – Sentinel Mara Camp. Beyond its reputation as a luxurious safari retreat, this camp holds a special place in the hearts of nature lovers as it is located in the region where two iconic wildlife documentaries were filmed: BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and Disney’s “African Cats.” Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the allure of Sentinel Mara Camp, where the magic of the Mara comes to life amidst the majestic presence of the big cats.


Maasai Mara is renowned as one of the premier destinations for big cat sightings, and Sentinel Mara Camp offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs roam freely across the vast expanse of the reserve, their graceful movements and raw power captivating all who are fortunate enough to encounter them. With experienced guides leading expertly crafted game drives, guests of Sentinel Mara Camp have the chance to observe these iconic predators up close, their behaviours and interactions unfolding before their eyes in the untamed wild.


For wildlife enthusiasts around the world, BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” remains a beloved documentary series that provided an intimate glimpse into the lives of Africa’s big cats. Filmed on location in the Maasai Mara, the series captured the daily struggles and triumphs of lions, leopards, and cheetahs, bringing their stories to audiences worldwide. Today, guests of the camp can follow in the footsteps of their favourite documentary stars, retracing the paths of the lions and leopards that once graced their screens.


In 2011, Disney released “African Cats,” a captivating film that followed the lives of two families of big cats – lions and cheetahs – as they navigated the challenges of survival on the African plains. Filmed on location in the Maasai Mara, the movie showcased the stunning beauty of the reserve and the incredible resilience of its inhabitants. For guests of the camp, the opportunity to explore the same landscapes immortalised on the silver screen is a chance to connect with nature in a truly unforgettable way.


From the thrill of encountering these majestic predators on a guided game drive to the luxury of retreating to a sumptuously appointed tent at the end of the day, every moment spent at the camp is a celebration of the natural world. As the setting for both “Big Cat Diaries” and “African Cats,” the Mara holds a special place in the hearts of wildlife enthusiasts and filmmakers alike, its landscapes and inhabitants captivating audiences around the world. Whether you’re a fan of documentary filmmaking or simply seeking an unforgettable safari experience, a visit to Sentinel Mara Camp promises adventure, discovery, and a deeper connection to the kings of the bush.


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