The Ashnil camp is a luxury accommodation facility that is located right in the middle of the Masai Mara National Reserve. It will take you approximately six hours to get to the camp while driving and a 45 minutes’ flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara (note that the National Reserve is about 260Km from Nairobi). With 56 en-suite tented rooms, the camp is located in a strategic area where guests get to experience the wildebeest migration first-hand. Tourists who love flora are also well catered for with the different types of vegetation within the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Masai Mara National Reserve is a top tourist destination in Kenya due to the flora and fauna found and not forgetting the wildebeest migration that takes place annually. The wildebeest migration is where millions of wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras cross from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya due to a change in the weather. The crossings along Masai Mara can be witnessed from the camp making it a good destination for tourists.
Accommodation at Ashnil Mara Camp
The rooms at Ashnil are well-furnished and decorated with artisan touches that make each unique in its way. There are 56 luxury bandas at the camp and each of these reflects the traditional Bandas with each having facilities like an en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet, showers and baths with cold and hot running water, mosquito nets, satellite television sets, private balconies, sitting areas with stunning views of the surrounding areas, fire extinguishers and comfortable beds.
The rooms at Ashnil Mara camp are categorized into single, double, and triple rooms, and each costs from $300 and above per person per night (note that the rate is highly affected by the season that is the rate during the low season is different from those at the peak season).
Food and beverages
The restaurant at Ashnil serves oriental, international, and traditional cuisines that are served buffet style. Three meals are served per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and this can be served at the restaurant or in the privacy of your room. The open bar serves a wide range of beers, cocktails, whiskeys, spirits, and soft drinks both local and international. The lounge at the camp is the perfect place to rest as you enjoy a drink while sharing stories with other guests.
Children’s policy and room rates
Ashnil camp has a children’s policy and this has been listed below for all tourists planning on traveling with children.
Children 4 to 12 years sharing with two adults have a 50% per person sharing discount.
2 children sharing pay 75% per person sharing
1 child sharing with an adult pays a single room full rate for adults and 50% for the child
3 children in their room pay the full double rate fee per person sharing
3 years and below sharing is free of charge
Ashnil Masai mara Camp – Pricing guide
The cost per room keeps on changing depending on the season but we have listed below tentative rates that are liable to change with notice from the amp management.
Season single rooms per person sharing
Dec 2022 to Jan 2023 KES 19490 per person KES 13920 per person sharing
Activities offered at the Ashnil camp
Guided safari walks: an experienced guide will lead you on foot around the National Reserve and an armed ranger will be around in case of any danger although this is extremely rare. The walk gets you closer to nature and wildlife.
Game drives: two game drives are offered by the camp that is one in the morning and one in the afternoon and each offers a unique experience to the guests. The game drives approximately go for $60 per person.
Sundowners: there is no better way to enjoy the afternoon than with a sundowner with your favourite drink in hand and the great views around the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Explore the Masai villages: a visit to the Maasai villages will ensure that you get more knowledge about the locals that is their traditional songs, dance, how the Manyattas are managed, preparation of their meal (animal blood and milk) and you also get to shop for several souvenirs from the Masai women.
Hippo pool visit: have a well-prepared breakfast spread out along the banks of the Mara River where the hippos are in full view.
Bird watching: a bird walk can easily be arranged around the camp and the reserve which has more than 400 registered bird species. The cost for the bird walk is about $10 and it is best carried out in the morning hours.
Services and facilities
The camp offers several facilities and services and these include a well-stocked bar that serves wines, spirits, wines, whiskeys, cocktails, soft drinks, and international beers, laundry services, a restaurant where all the meals are prepared by well-trained chefs, and a staff that is always present to make sure that all your needs are met. The meals served include breakfast, lunch, a three-course meal dinner and these include both local (traditional) and international meals, bush dinners and picnic baskets are served as per request, comfortable beddings, a craft shop that sells merchandise like shoes, necklaces, bags, and clothes among others, a health and fitness club offering services like steam baths, saunas, and gyms, recreational areas like boats, hiking, a swimming pool, and board games, Business centres like wedding meetings, conference halls, and wedding venue meetings, laundry services, and WIFI among others.
Services offered at the camp
Room service but at an extra cost
Airport transfers at an extra cost
Best time to stay at Ashnil Mara Camp
Ashnil Mara camp can be booked all year round but we strongly suggest that you book in advance (at least 6 months prior) especially during the peak season during the wildebeest migration. This is because many tourists throng the Reserve making it hard to get a room easily and the costs double and sometimes triple during this period. The low/wet season on the other hand has fewer guests but you will still need to find out its availability.