Located in the Olderkesey Conservancy, the camp can be reached from the Keekorok airstrip served by scheduled flights from Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi & Diani. The drive from Keekorok takes you through valleys and plains, across seasonal rivers and over hills, made famous by “Out of Africa”. An experience that will stay with you for many years to come.
As you approach the camp you will encounter roaming Masai Morans, dense woodlandsland with lush vegetation, fresh water springs, sweeping views, and grassy hills. The camp is located at an altitude of 1800 Mts, malaria free with no required vaccinations.
The Mara is world famous for its abundat wildlife; Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Gazelles, Lions and Wildebeests live undisturbed following the rhythm of nature. Buffalo, Zebra & Impala regularly visit the camp’s fresh water hole at night.
The camp consists of seven luxury safari tents (each one is dedicated to a famous person who has lived in Kenya : Karen Blixen, Beryl Markam, J. Alexander Hunter, F. Courtney Selous, Philip Percival, Denys Finch Hatton and Roy) and two safari villa (dedicated to the famous hunter Berkeley Cole and to Lord Delamere). The safari villas have two en-suite bedrooms respectively 180 and 205 sq. m., with comfortable colonial furniture and a personal butler.
The cuisine is a highlight of Black Leopard Retreat. We are proud of our home made Italian food, served with good Italian , South African and French wines.
For the the more dynamic the first safari starts at dawn, the best time to view the animals. Guests can wake up with a cup of coffee or tea served on the tent veranda. Breakfast consists of a rich buffet with cakes, croissants, sandwiches, toasts, cornflakes and accompanied by coffee, tea & fresh fruits.
Lunch is served at 1.pm, but clients can choose to have a bush lunch served on along the river banks, on top of hill overlooking the Masai mara and Serengeti, or simply on teh wide open plains. Tea time at five o’clock is a ritual with homebaked cakes. If you wish, you can go for a safari at dusk, exactly when the lion starts hunting. Appetizers with ‘pizzette’, ‘samosa’ and ‘bruschette’ wine and beer is served around the fire at sunset. Candle light dinner is generally served at eight thirty p.m. consiting of two first courses of your choice, two second courses, several side dishes, dessert. Coffee or spirits are served around the fire, in the starlight. This is the magic time of Maasai story tales : legend tells about a big black leopard that lurks near the camp, difficult to see in the dark but always present and heard. The safari villa, with a surface of about 185sq.ft., is located in a wonderful area surrounded by a luxurious woodland served by natural fresh water source.
A comfortable and relaxing spot to enjoy exacting hours enhanced by the melodious sounds of the savannah. An atmosphere of uncompromising elegance and a fine tradition of luxury in true ‘Out of Africa’ style.
The library is a quiet and secluded spot. Ensconced in armchairs around the original fireplaces of welcoming, comfy lounges, stories of the day adventures unfold. For those wishing to discover more about the region, a small library with a selection of reference books available. The comings and goings of wildlife around the waterhole situated in front of the main verandah are a constant source of fascination.
A real villa in the heart of the savannah (2690 sq.ft.) is now available. Is the biggest private tent in Africa.Two exclusives suites with en-suite bathroom, ideal for families and friends seeking an exclusive getaway, or couples wanting to enjoy those special occasions in pure privacy. Verandas provide fascinating views of the animals as they stroll past on their way to the nearby watering hole.
Sophistication yet simplicity, boldness yet balance, ebony and ivory, perfect harmony, exclusivity, sensitivity. A very charming atmosphere features the living room with fireplace and dining area enriched by authentic and antique objects.A dedicated butler completes the experience by personally responding to the needs of the guest.