Hammerkop Migration CampHammerkop Migration Camp
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With only 7 exclusive tents, Hammerkop Migration is an intimate safari camp in the heart of the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Accessible only by air or 4×4, the camp is perfect for calm wildlife photography away from the congested areas of the park.

Hammerkop Migration Camp enjoys a simply unique setting. The safari camp is set on an oxbow of the legendary Mara river, surrounding it except for the short opening that acts as entry to the site.

A wildlife enthusiasts’ dream, Hammerkop Migration is the only camp in the Masai Mara National Reserve not only almost completely surrounded by the river and numerous hippo pools, but is also the closest camp to a wildebeest crossing, a mere 200 meters from your tent.

Hammerkop Migration Camp is located within the inner region of the Masai Mara National Reserve, on Paradise Plains, a few minutes’ drive from the Musiara Swamp area within easy reach of several wildebeest crossings on the Mara River.

The area thrives with wildlife and birds, and your game drives commence immediately you leave the unfenced camp with barely any distance covered before reaching the prime wildlife viewing areas. The area itself is famous for leopards.

The camp can be reached by road or flying into Musiara airstrip just under 15 minutes away and with daily scheduled flights from Samburu, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, Diani, and Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The flight time from Nairobi is about 45 minutes.

Set under the shade of indigenous trees and bushes, the tented camp brings you closer to nature, with the peace and tranquillity of its unique natural environment.

Hammerkop Migration Camp has 7 luxury en-suite canvas tents – including a family tent with private lounge –, all with memorable views of the Mara river and the prolific woodland and beaches on the opposite bank.

Each of the exclusive guest tents has a separate bathroom providing a hot water shower, hand wash basins and flushing toilet. The distance between each tent has been considered to improve their privacy and views over the Mara river and the distant Soit Oloololo escarpment.

The camp offers a true bush experience with a very private atmosphere and personalised service with staff always on hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Meals are served in the lounge tent, and on occasion are interrupted by a herd of elephants walking past. Dinner is at its best under the African sky’s blanket of stars.

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  • We especially LOVED Hammerkop Migration Camp. That was definitely the best most authentic place. If I ever go back I am definitely taking my husband and family there. Best staff, best food, just amazing.

  • The service your team provided was first class.  Combined with the atmosphere, wildlife and the unusual camping environment Hammerkop provided memories that will live with us for ever.  Thank you all for being such a key part of our wonderful holiday.

    John and Julie
  • My friend and I did enjoy our stay in your camp. It was an amazing experience. The location, the tent and, overall, the perfect service and the kindness of all the people working there. I do hope to come back, but for a longer stay.

  • I had a good time in your camp for the 2 days I stayed with my friends. Mr. JOSEPH was very helpful and showed good professional attitude.


Travel Tips

Hot balloon


Game Drive:

All members of the Big Five are found in the Masai Mara. It also boasts large herds of zebra, wildebeest, topi and gazelle. The bird life is also diverse and in abundance.


Bring the Kids:

The Mara is one of the most child-friendly safari destinations in Africa, with family rooms in safe and welcoming camps. The wildlife experiences are designed to inspire their young minds so bring them along.

Hot air balloon:

Enjoy the majestic glory of the Mara through the sky, while viewing the stunning African landscape and the wildlife.

Community Visit:

Meet the local people, visit local schools and homesteads and enjoy the cross-culture interaction.interaction.



The Maasai Mara is characterized by four different kinds of topography: sandy soil and small bushes to the east, the Siria Escarpment forming a spectacular plateau as the western boundary of the reserve, lush grasslands and woodlands around the Mara River and open plains with scattered bushes making up the largest part of the reserve.

When on a trip to one of my favorite locations, Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, I spotted a herd of sprinting impala. I initiated the autofocus on my Canon EF 600mm lens  and panned with the movement of the animals. To my amazement, I was able to get several sharply focused frames. In this shot of four impala, only one hoof is touching the ground.

Flora and fauna

When visiting the Maasai Mara you are likely to see the famous Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The Mara Plains are teeming with wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and Thomson’s gazelle. Also cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are seen regularly in the reserve. In the Mara River large amounts of hippos and crocodiles are enjoying their lives. Birdlife in Maasai Mara are abundant and diverse. Species such as eagles, ostriches, storks and vultures are among the more than 50 different birds of prey.

Maasai Mara Masai


Maasai Mara is located 1,500-2,200 m (4,900-7,100 ft) above sea level, which makes the climate slightly damper and milder than in other similar regions. Highest temperatures in daytime is 30C/85F (warmest in December and January, coldest in June and July), at night the temperature rarely drops below 15C/60F. The rainy season is April-May and November. The dry season occurs from July to October. (This is the best time to visit the Maasai Mara as a lot of herbivores indulge in the plants grown long and lush after the rains)