In 2003 Clarissa and I spent a weekend at a lodge in Amboseli. While there we met the manager - Sue Heath. When I explained I was an artist she told us that her husband, Brian, had just established several bush campsites along the Western bank of the Mara River. He had just taken over management of the Western half of the Masai Mara Reserve - locally known as 'the Triangle.' He was doing foot patrols to bring poaching under control, grading roads and making some private campsites for use by fully self sufficient travelers such as Clarissa and I. She suggested that we should look at those campsites as they were in the heart of some of Kenya's best wildlife country.
A few months later we did exactly that. We traveled to the Mara and first camped at the Sand River campsite. After a few days there we moved on to the Triangle and headed for one of Brian Heath's newly established special campsites, each of which was just a small cleared area on a riverbank which you could book exclusively for my own use. Clarissa and I spent a month there and loved it so much it became an annual expedition over the next 14 years. In 2003 there was no cell-phone coverage and very few other visitors so in parts of the reserve one literally had it all to oneself.