Julia’s River Camp Hippo Camp

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Julias River Camp Masai Mara

Julia’s River Camp (Hippo Camp) Masai Mara is a budget-tented camp located along the banks of the Talek River in Masai Mara. The Hippo Camp is the classic tent, also our most economic option part of Julia’s River Camp.

The Camp can be reached either by road or by air. The distance from Nairobi to Masai Mara is approximately 250 km. It takes around 5-6 hours by road while flying time takes about 45 minutes. 

Each Classic Tent in the Hippo Camp is pitched on its own wooden platform with a private verandah overlooking the Talek River. Measuring 21m2, the classic tent, is also the most economic option.

The tent is comfortably furnished with twin beds dressed in the finest Indian cotton, warm duvet and Masai blanket, carpeted flooring, locally made wooden furniture, solar panel lighting, and sewn-in mosquito nets. A small safety box is built into every single bed which guests can use to store small valuable items and secure them with their own padlock.  

The private en-suite bathroom includes a regular flushing WC and a closed shower area with hot running water 24 hours a day.

A game package plan is available which includes 2 daily game drives in our exclusive 4×4 Toyota land cruisers, specially designed and adapted for safari. The experienced driver guides are at your service, to ensure you encounter the most spectacular wildlife experience in the most famous nature reserve in the world.

The tents are located in different sections of the camp and feature a seating area, solar-powered lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with hot-running water 24 hours a day. Towels are also provided.

Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant with special diet menus available on request. The property also offers packed lunches. Meals are served in the Hippo Mess Tent, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink at the end of a long day’s safari.

Julia’s River Camp (Hippo Camp) Masai Mara activities include; nature walks, Maasai village visits, bush dinners & balloon safari, and game drives in open 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers.

Julia's River Camp Hippo Camp Non-Residents Accommodation Rates

Julia’s River Camp Hippo Camp Non-Resident Accommodation Rates Per Night Include;

Full Board Accommodation 

Hippo Camp (Classic Tent)

Dates From Dates To Single Room
(1 Guest)
Double Room
(2 Guests)

Child Aged
(5-16) Years

7th Jan 2023

30th Jun 2023 160 US Dollars 265 US Dollars 70 US Dollars
1st Jul 2023 31st Oct 2023 175 US Dollars 295 US Dollars

75 US Dollars

1st Nov 2023

19th Dec 2023 160 US Dollars 265 US Dollars 75 US Dollars
20th Dec 2023 6th Jan 2024 175 US Dollars 295 US Dollars

75 US Dollars


* Children aged 0 to 5 years: stay free of charge
* Hot Air Balloon Safari: 495 US Dollars per person
* Children 0-16 years old must share a tent with an adult
* Masai Mara National Reserve entry fees are NOT included in the rates

* Check-In time is from 12 Noon while the Check-out time is until 1000 Hours
* VIP Camp full board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water, tea, coffee, wine, beer, and sodas
* Hippo Camp & Buffalo Camp Full Board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water, tea, and coffee
* Masai Mara National Reserve entry fees of 80 US Dollars per adult per day & 45 US Dollars per child per day 
* Family rooms: available upon request in Buffalo and VIP camps. Maximum 4 guests (or 4 plus 1 infant) with at least one child of 5-16 years in the party

Extra Services

* Hot Air Balloon Safari: Please, contact us for prices
* Minimum 2 people (only for Game Package Programme)
* Private safari (a safari vehicle for yourself) –  50 USD supplement/day/ person

Accommodation Rates Exclude:

* Flights
* Drinks
Game drive
Alcoholic drinks
* Gratuities/ Tips
* Domestic Flights
Excursions from the lodge
* Medical/ Travel insurance
* Items of a personal nature
Tourism Developments Levy
Transfer to and from the Lodge
Masai Mara National Reserve entry fees
Medical evacuation and flying doctor insurance

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