Klein’s Camp is set on the edge of the Kuka Hills on the periphery of the Serengeti. Klein’s Camp commands breathtaking views of the valley through which pass migratory herds of the Great Wildebeest Migration. This area is also well know for its massive Elephant herds which far outnumber any other elephant herds found in the Serengeti.
Klein’s is located in one of the most strategically positioned wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The camp is situated in a 10,000 hectare private sanctuary leased from the local Maasai community. Kelin’s Camp shares the sanctuary with the local Maasai pastoralists who traditionally graze their herds alongside the wildlife. The camp is bordered to the north by Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve and to the west by the Serengeti National Park, into which guests venture on thrilling game drives.
Klein’s is 23km from the Kenyan border and the famous Grumeti River flows nearby (often providing the highlight of the Great Wildebeest Migration whereby the massive herds plunge into the crocodile infested waters). The Grumeti River flows near the camp, then lunges west past the exclusive Grumeti River Camp, on the far western side of the Serengeti.
Klein’s Camp comprises a main lodge and ten luxury cottages, set on the edge of the Kuka Hills. The camp contains just ten intimate, turn-of-the-century style cottages of local rock and thatch. The rich wooden floors and serene, classic interiors are reminiscent of the heydays of rugged safaris. Each spacious cottage has an en suite bathroom. With showerheads the size of a dinner platter, our spacious enclosed showers offer you the sensory equivalent of an indoor cloud-burst. From each private terrace, a diversity of resident wildlife, including elephant, may be viewed in the valley.
The camp has a large, beautifully furnished bar/living area, plunge pool, curio shop and leisure deck. The curio shop stocks locally made Maasai crafts. The shared living spaces – the restaurant and lounge – command spectacular views of the valley and surrounding hills. Klein’s is ideal for honeymooners, special occasions and for those wishing to see big game in exclusive surroundings.
Bush breakfasts at spectacular locations are a speciality. Private dinners can also be arranged.
Day and night safaris in open safari vehicles are led by experienced rangers and guides. These expeditions venture into the Serengeti, where you are guaranteed the thrill of elephants browsing just a few feet from the vehicle or marching through the savannah woodlands along the Grumeti River near the camp.
Klein’s Camp offers the best of both worlds – the night drives, off road driving and game walks of a private concession combined with game viewing in the game-rich Serengeti. Aside from game viewing the guided walks also offer the opportunity to learn about Maasai medicines made from trees, plants and seeds. Interpretive bush walks lead to the Kuka Hills, providing an opportunity for fine sightings of the magnificent Black Eagle, to mention just one of the astounding 350 bird species that frequent the area around the camp.
Afternoon guided walks up and along the quartzite hills end with sundowners being served on the crest of a hill. These spectacular sundowners, with views all the way across the northern Serengeti, set the mood for sumptuous evening meals. Klein’s offers exceptional game viewing. There is a diversity of resident wildlife – look out for klipspringers on the kopjes (rocky outcrops), as well as vast numbers of elephants in the woodland. The Serengeti is home to wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, eland, giraffe, huge lion prides, solitary leopard and some of the highest densities of cheetah in Africa. Over 500 bird species have been recorded in the park.
Most large mammals, including elephant and lion, move up and down the hillsides from time to time, but the mountain reedbuck, klipspringer and rock hyrax are truly at home here. A guided walk up the hillside often leads to an encounter with these rock-loving mammals as well as numerous interesting birds.
Klein’s Camp lies in the path of migrating zebra and wildebeest en route to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The great migration of nearly two million wildebeest and other grazing ungulates is the Serengeti’s foremost attraction and undoubtedly one of the greatest spectacles in the animal kingdom. The migration passes by the camp around June to July of each year.