The annual wildebeest migration arrives just as the new Sala’s Camp opens!

It sounded like a slow, thunderous rumble in the distance. Night after night for the past few months we had listened to the crickets, frogs and toads punctuate the evening serenity with their tinkling cries and deep croaks, occasionally interrupted by the distinctive roars of the resident lion pride. Then suddenly a few nights ago, the rumble took over like a battalion approaching the distant ridge. Where once only golden grasses swayed in the moonlit breeze, now a dark blanket rolled over the hill like a colossal, sluggish wave cresting towards the shoreline. This is how the world’s greatest annual wildlife migration reached the Sand River earlier this week. Thousands upon thousands of white-bearded wildebeest crossed the invisible border from Tanzania’s Serengeti into Kenya’s Masai Mara to be welcomed first by the banks of the Sand River and the beautiful new Sala’s Camp that resides upon its banks.

The timing of the wildebeests’ arrival could not be more fitting as Sala’s re-opens to welcome its first guests of the season with a new look befitting one of the world’s most astounding natural phenomena.

With all new rooms and public areas overlooking the plains beyond the Sand and Keekorok rivers towards the Serengeti, Sala’s Camp sits in a prime migration-viewing location and is the first Mara property privileged to witness the mind-blowing wildlife spectacle unfold. While still embracing the traditional ‘under-canvas’ safari camp, Sala’s has also incorporated contemporary elements like glass doors and plunge pools, lending just the right amount of modern luxury to what remains an authentic safari feel to create a Kenya luxury safari to create a Kenya luxury safari .

In addition to the new mess, tents and fire pit area we introduced earlier this month, Sala’s old tents have been completely rebuilt and spread out overlooking the Sand River and the savannah beyond (now teeming with the first wave of the migration). This brings the new Sala’s Camp to a total of seven spacious, luxuriously-appointed rooms with each enjoying plenty of privacy and magnificent views. A new gift shop and work out space will soon be introduced to satisfy shopaholics and fitness fanatics alike.

Guests staying at Sala’s Camp this season will be privileged to enjoy the company of hosts John and Lulu Clark who take the helm from Mark Boyd, now TSC’s Sustainability Manager. John and Lulu have spent the past six years hosting guests aboard Tusitiri Dhow on sailing safaris along the East African coast. As lifelong Kenya residents, they have a wealth of safari experience and have spent many days exploring the Masai Mara and sharing their experiences with guests from around the world.

Limited availability exists for guests who wish to visit Sala’s Camp for the great migration safari, in the Mara with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest this season! We are excited to be offering all our visitors the chance to stay at this spectacular new property at 2015 rates.