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Fig Tree Camp.
  Fig Tree Camp
Getting there
Fig Tree Camp is situated on the northern border of Masai Mara, some 6 hours from Nairobi by road. Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate and Mount Longonot are en route.
The lodge is set a 15–30 minute drive from the closest airstrip, which is served by scheduled flights from Nairobi every day. The flying time is one hour, but the plane may land at other airstrips en route, so the actual time spent on the plane may be longer.
In Nairobi, safari flights depart from and arrive in Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), not Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). The transfer time between the airports is 20–30 minutes.
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Fig Tree Camp
Masai Mara National Reserve
Fig Tree Camp is situated on the northern bank of the Talek River on the northern border of Masai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya. It is a tourist class tented lodge, offering accommodation in both tents and bungalows. The lodge is surrounded by the river and the African bush.

Fig Tree Camp has 70 rooms, of which 38 are normal furnished safari tents facing the river, 22 are bungalows facing the savanna, and 10 are luxury tents facing the river and overlooking the reserve. All rooms have ensuite bathroom and private veranda.

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The lodge grounds are quite densely vegetated. This adds a feeling of privacy, as you can never see more than just a small part of the lodge. In rainy weather, the vegetation may add a damp feeling, though.

River view and observation platform
The lodge has a restaurant with seating both indoors and outdoors with a river view. When we have visited, there has been a somewhat sparse selection on the dinner buffets, and no special dishes for vegetarians at all – you have to go for the non-vegetarian minus the meat/fish.

There are two bars, a swimming pool, conference rooms, wireless Internet, a gift shop and a nurse. There is an observation platform in a tree, but you can't see very much of the surroundings from up there. The electricity comes from a generator that is switched off during nights, late mornings and afternoons.

Game drives are offered to guests arriving by air (other guest usually have a vehicle of their own for game drives). The lodge is set on the northern bank of the Talek River, which is outside of the park (it begins on the southern bank). Because of this, night game drives and bush walks, which are not allowed inside Masai Mara, are also available. A safari balloon based in Fig Tree Camp does daily safari balloon flights over the park.

More about Masai Mara
Masai Mara (sometimes referred to as 'the Mara') is one of the prime parks in East Africa. It is home to a great number of animals and to many different species, including the Big Five.

Masai Mara's main attractions may be the migration, present in the park during August to October, and its many lions. Other classic safari animals often seen are cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes and elephants. The birding is good, and many birds of prey may be seen.

The Masai Mara landscape is known for its wide undulating plains, crossed by a few major rivers. In the south, the park borders Serengeti in Tanzania.

Masai Mara is situated in a part of Kenya dominated by the Maasai tribe. Maasai warriors and villages may be seen en route when travelling to the park. Most lodges and camps in the area arrange visits to such villages.

Tent interior at Fig Tree Camp.

The swimming pool in Fig Tree Camp.

The restaurant in Fig Tree Camp by night.

Wildlife seasons
Masai Mara offers good game viewing all year round, but you may want to avoid April and May, which are usually wet and rainy. The prime time is August to October, when the migration is present, adding vast herds of wildebeest and zebras to the resident animal population.

Wildlife around the lodge
Fig Tree Camp is right in the bush, facing both the Talek River (there are decks allowing good river views) and the savanna. Animals may be seen from the camp area. Within the area, you can mainly expect to see birds and small mammals such as monkeys and hyrax.

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