When: Sala’s Camp first hosted guests as a mobile camp in 2004, before opening as a permanent camp in 2006. Fondly named after founders Mikey and Tanya’s first-born daughter, Sala, it became the first property in The Safari Collection portfolio.
Why: The camp’s un-spoilt and remote location was discovered in 2004 by Tanya and Mikey who found it to be the perfect spot to take their mobile safaris. Tucked away in a wild southern corner of the mighty Masai Mara, it took four years for them to stumble across this ultimate safari location far from crowds. When they first arrived, there were no roads in the area, and the site was very much off the beaten track. The section of the Sand River where Sala’s resides has no hippos or crocodiles. As a seasonal river with a sandy bottom, it makes an ideal volleyball pitch, bush dinner spot and place to search for animal tracks. One of the highlights of Sala’s location is its proximity to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, making it a prime viewing location for the famous wildebeest migration as it enters Kenya.
The inspiration behind the design: Sala’s began life as a mobile camp with bucket showers and a thoroughly ‘under canvas’ feel. Simple and comfortable, the camp gave a sense of stepping back in time to the pioneering safari days of Kenya’s past. In 2016, Sala’s was refurbished and now has luxurious and contemporary touches, including glass fronted rooms, bathtubs and plunge pools, although it still retains the authentic feel of safari days gone by.