Sand River Maasai Mara

  • Sumptuous 1920s-style camp on the banks of Sand River
  • Total of 16 luxurious tents over two sites, including one family unit
  • Lavish lounge, dining room, billiards room, outdoor dining area, plunge pool
  • Amazing game drives (included), hot air balloon safaris (extra charge)
When To Visit Sand River Maasai Mara:
"One of the first genuinely luxurious tented camps in the Mara, 'Kichwa' is a great option for luxury at a surprisingly decent price. Very well run, with high standards of guiding and service throughout."


If you like a little luxury on safari, you will love Sand River and Little Sand River! Leather seating, Persian rugs, billiards… for the fan of 1920s glamour, these properties hold oodles of appeal. It is owned by the Elewana Collection, a company boasting a fine portfolio of camps, lodges and hotels throughout Kenya and Tanzania. All Elewana properties aim to provide unique accommodation in an iconic location – and Sand River really delivers on setting and style! 


The camp is spread over two sites – the Sand River property and Little Sand River nearby. Both are positioned in the shade of trees rising close to the Sand River in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve.


The communal tents are constructed from canvas, with timber frames. Each has a lavish lounge and dining room, in addition to outdoor dining areas. The lounges feature comfortable chairs, sofas and other seating in a variety of fabrics including leather. Classic storage chests function as coffee tables, while telescopes and Persian rugs add a little explorer style! Both dining rooms contain very smart leather chairs around individual tables, while additional dining furniture is set up in the grounds. The views throughout both sites are superb – down to the Sand River with its resident wildlife and across to the game-rich plains! The larger camp also has a plunge pool flanked by sunloungers, and even a billiards room. It is unusual to find billiards at a safari camp, but we like the room’s social feel!

Guest accommodation at Sand River consists of 16 tents over the two sites – 15 plus family unit at the larger property and 5 at the smaller camp. Like the communal tents, they are positioned in the shade of trees and constructed from timber and canvas. They also provide equally super views! Inside, the 1920s theme continues, with a gorgeous four-poster bed, bedside tables and lighting, sumptuous seating in leather and brocade, a storage chest as a table, Persian rugs, and beautifully draped curtains – you really will feel as though you have travelled back in time! The en-suite facilities of each tent comprise a flush toilet, twin washbasins and mirrors, and a bathtub with shower attachment. All fittings are simply exquisite, recalling Hollywood in their glamorous style. The family unit has all the features of a standard tent, in addition to a twin bedroom for children and a separate seating area for families to spend time together. All accommodation is truly high spec!


Both Sand River and its smaller sister property offer some exciting activities in the thrilling MMNR.

  • Game drives within the Reserve are available every day! Whatever the time of year, this is one of the best places to see the Big Five. Other wildlife frequently spotted includes cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and loads of other predators and herbivores!
  • The bird count here is also seriously impressive – remember to pack your binocs and enjoy looking out for over 470 species such as ostrich, raptors, the secretary bird, and all sorts of colourful parrots besides. From July to October, the Reserve plays host to the famous Great Migration, when huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle storm though in search of good grazing, with plenty of big cats stalking them on the plains!
  • Game drives are included in the price of your stay, but if you do not mind paying a little extra you can book an incredible hot air balloon safari to take in all the sights of the MMNR from high in the sky. A balloon flight typically launches just after dawn and descends to a champagne breakfast. The photo opportunities are fabulous!

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.

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