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Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Our rating: Medium

Bogani is located to the north of the Masai Mara, surrounded by open countryside and local villages. There are five large family cottages and 18 safari tents, all surrounded by open countryside.

The family cottages are ideal for families or larger groups travelling together. Each cottage is different and they accommodate from two to nine people in up to four separate bedrooms. They are spacious and tastefully decorated using local materials with a real Mara theme. The living room has an open fireplace. Each bedroom has oversized twin or double beds and an en suite bathroom.

The camp's traditional safari tents are spread over a large area and offer a good degree of privacy despite the canvas walls. They have stone flooring and fully screened doors and windows. They’re well furnished using simple local fabrics and traditional Kenyan decor. Each has comfortable twin or double beds, plenty of storage space, standing fans, electrical sockets and a safe. All tents are en suite, with hot running water, basins and flush toilets. Each tent has a private veranda with comfortable chairs.

On arrival at Bogani, you’ll be assigned to a group of around 20 people who you’ll share activities and dine with. At quieter times of year groups are often smaller. Each group also has a seating area, where you can share stories around the camp fire. You’ll travel as a group using large overland vehicles to get you from camp out into the local community.

Meals at Bogani are communal self-service buffets freshly prepared by expert chefs from locally sourced food. All dietary requirements can be accommodated if you advise us before departing on your trip.

Bogani is operated by Me to We, the social business arm of the development charity Free the Children. Local people are employed in the running of the accommodation and experiences for visitors. The projects you see and are involved in are supported by Free the Children. Their development model aims to break the cycle of acute poverty and make communities self-sufficient by increasing education levels, improving access to clean water and sanitation, improving crop diversity and reliability, and providing access to basic healthcare. Me to We’s profits are re-invested in Free the Children projects around the world.

Our opinion

Bogani offers a completely different experience to all of Kenya's safari camps and it provides a genuine opportunity to get involved in the great work undertaken by Free the Children. The comfortable accommodation provides a great base to explore the local area and contribute to making a real difference to local people. Activities are well organised and provide an authentic, enriching experience of rural life in Kenya.

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