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Leleshwa Camp is an intimate tented safari camp situated within the private Siana Community Conservation Area on the edge of the famed Masai Mara National Reserve. Resting in a pristine stream valley overlooking hills and plains dotted with resident game, Leleshwa Camp is a peaceful haven where guests gain a rare "private" experience of the Mara. Count on warm hospitality and attention to detail, both in camp and in the bush.
Our Expert Says
Leleshwa's setting in a private reserve means a multitude of activities are available from the camp, including day and night wildlife drives, walks, local village and school visits, and more. Match this private remote camp with a camp inside the national park confines and you have the perfect Masai Mara experience of seclusion and wildlife!
– Rick Guthke
Location: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Number of Tents: 7
Simple elegance defines life at Leleshwa Camp. Just seven secluded tents and a common area blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Each spacious tent invites relaxation, with extra-large king-sized beds and sitting areas that open onto private verandas with 180-degree views of the green Loita Hills. Adjoining bathrooms have porcelain basins, hot and cold running water, showers and flush toilets. Additionally, two suites have an adjoining lounge, ideal for a romantic honeymoon or for families. The open dining and lounge tents capture cool breezes and comprehensive views. Meals are often set ‘al fresco’ under the shade of the trees. Dinners are a social occasion, and a festive table set with white linens and crystal offers a surprisingly refined setting in the wild. At night, hurricane lamps bathe the camp in soft, warm light while a blazing fire accompanies the night sounds that fill the air under starry African skies.
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Wildlife drives at Leleshwa encounter plains animals, including gazelle, impala, wildebeest, hartebeest, topi, zebra and giraffe. Predators are here as well--there is even a resident leopard at camp and, for those who stay three nights, visits into the national park reveal the famed lions, which you may see hunting in the early morning or evening and resting beneath the trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains here in some of the largest numbers in Africa. This camp is all about diverse activities and at Leleshwa you can head out on wildlife drives at dawn, guided bush walks and authentic Masai cultural visits in afternoon, and enjoy sundowners overlooking the plains in the early evening. Since this is a private concession we can take night drives which reveal Africa's nocturnal species then an evening campfire by a private river emphasizes the complete privacy of the experience!
After years of negotiation and planning, the Siana Conservation Area was formally created in June 2010. The 29,000-acre conservancy borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve and secures the area around Leleshwa Camp for future generations of local Masai people as well as visitors. The conservancy is home to all the main animal species found in the Mara ecosystem except black rhinoceros. Leleshwa Camp promotes conservation and wildlife preservation in conjunction with local communities that depend on healthy animal populations. The Siana community is already seeing the benefit of increased wildlife populations on their land, and the new conservancy ensures that these benefits will continue. Tourism through the conservancy provides a good source of income to supplement livestock as the traditional economic base for the Masai. Tourism also provides benefits such as employment—Siana now boasts a newly formed team of trained scouts, two of whom are based at Leleshwa Camp, who patrol the local area and provide game sighting reports.