The Balfour’s cater for a maximum of 12 guests in their tented camp close to the Mara River and major crossing points. The spacious walk-in safari tents (a choice of large queen-sized beds or comfy twins) each have private en-suite ablution facilities featuring a fully enclosed dressing room with washbasin and clothing racks, private hot bucket showers in a fully enclosed attached cubicle and a flush toilet. Catering is first class with all meals taken in a large, airy mess tent at truly spectacular linen-covered candle-lit tables set with fine china and stemware.
‘We have endeavoured to recreate the atmosphere of the original mobile safari camps of a bygone era with our camp,’ says Daryl. ‘This is the way Capt William Cornwallis Harris, Ernest Hemingway, Sir Randolph Churchill (Winston’s dad), Teddy Roosevelt and Robert Ruark experienced and wrote about Africa. We have a few more modern trimmings, of course.
We place a premium on the wildlife experience. Our guides are among the best in the industry not only in finding and locating the game, but also being informative about the country, its people and its wildlife. They are all thoroughly versed in ensuring that you will have the best position and angle to optimize your photography, and will offer advice and assistance with your photography needs whenever required.’
The Balfour’s safaris are timed hopefully to coincide with the best possibilities of seeing the spectacular river crossings, when tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra pour across the crocodile-infested Mara River. They have a great record for showing guests these crossings, often with spectacular crocodile action too! But like anything in the world of animals, nothing can be guaranteed.