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Mara Rianta Mara West, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100 Kenya
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#70 of 175 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Mara River Camp is a classic tented camp tucked away on the banks of Mara River. The intimate and relaxed atmosphere gives you the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in the prime wildlife area of the Maasai Mara.Mara River Camp offers guests an unparalleled setting that is created by combining unique architecture and structure, expressive decor and artistry and magnificent features all in
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Mara Rianta Mara West, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100 Kenya
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BiancaBrits007 wrote a review May 2022
Karen, Kenya20 contributions6 helpful votes
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Of all the places we’ve traveled to-date, the Maasai Mara by far makes up the Top 3 favourite places on our East Africa list! The minute you step out of the little airplane, it hits you – the relaxed “majestic” atmosphere, laidback smiling people, the smell of the warm Mara air. All of a sudden all your stress is taken away and you are instantly in “vacation mode”. Mara River Camp is situated a few minutes drive from the Kichwa Tembo airstrip. There are few tents scattered throughout providing loads of privacy, all facing the river and encompassed by the vivid greenery of the African bush. Keep your eyes open for buffalos, zebras, baboons and giraffes roaming and grazing on the other side of the river. Hippos and crocodiles are in abundance in the water down below and lazing on the river banks. Right behind of it all is the shared area with a massive sparkling swimming pool (not common at most camps in the Mara) and sun beds available to guests. It is the perfect way to cool down after a long hot day of game drives. This was a huge + for us. In addition to each beautifully decorated tent having its own terrace, there are few shared decks and terraces scattered around the Mara River Camp. The main terrace, overlooking the river, has tables and chairs you can use to have an outdoor breakfast, lunch or dinner with a spectacular view. The chef served us delicious food and he embraced any special requests that we made. Not only did he ensure our food cravings were properly satisfied, he always came out to greet us with a friendly demeanour and smile. Mara River Camp is a super-clean place – cleaning is done every day. The garden is simply magical. Well maintained and blooming, it is full of birds, mongoose and zebras! The barman is a great friend to a few bush babies who comes out every night to say hello and to get a little snack. Ezechiel (GM) provided us with all the information we needed and showed us around. He went way beyond to make our long-weekend comfortable and memorable. The game drives and our guide Priver was absolute top notch! Priver was very accommodating and very quick to respond with any questions. He really went out of his way to show us the best of the Mara! Lots of small things added up making this trip to Mara River Camp a memorable and beautiful experience. From the scenery, accommodation, food, the staff hospitality, knowledge and storytelling. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone looking for a unique and special experience. Thank you Mara River Camp and staff. We will be back soon! 5 Stars
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 22 May 2022
Hi Thank you for your gracious review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Our staff are always very accommodating and friendly. Hope to see you back again soon RG
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Faith / Frashiah wrote a review Apr 2022
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Our welcome at Mara river camp gate enlightened our stay at the Camp..The clean tents were amazing and this made our stay in the camp comfortable.. Thanks to Aunt Rose for making it warm by putting the hot water bottles in our beds during the cold nights.. The swimming pool was clean and thanks to Uncle Furaha for guiding us as we swam ....The food was sooo delicious and that is courtesy of Chef Mpaira and Chef Dave...The staff were so friendly and handled us with alot of respect ... The game drive was the most amazing experience which was courtesy of Guide Priver ... crossing the rivers with the land cruiser and driving through the bushes was frightening but it was fun at the same time...To make it better we got to see many animals such as Lions and the cubs, cheetah, leopard, elephants, buffaloes, zebras etc ... and for sure we experienced the wild just as their motto goes..💫💫 Thanks to all the staff... Ezekiel, Shilah, Bunyi ...just to name a few! Faith, Frashiah, Brian, Dohnshon,Victor and Jane
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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hongkong2007 wrote a review Mar 2022
Hong Kong8 contributions4 helpful votes
I am giving 3 stars for the wonderful staff except the manager Ezechiel and the driver John. Especially the cook did a fantastic job, the food was delicious! We travelled as part of a very large group, which switched camps after two nights.. The second group staying at Mara River had been in a different camp before. They had entered the game park through the official gate with tickets and passports to be registered. They saw lots of animals, the driver being in contact per radio with others to exchange about animal spotting. This group then switched to Mara River and was told, game drives are not included and had to be paid (80 US$ per person) in the morning. Driver John then took the group with the jeep to the game park. The group did not enter through the gate which is mandatory. The group saw lots of Masai with their cattle. Once they saw a pride of lions and lots of other jeeps there but spent only a few minutes there. After a while the group got suspicious: no animals, no other jeeps with tourists, no talking on the radio with other drivers... and started tracking the jeep on their phones. Bingo! The jeep was just moving on the border of the national park. The group took screen shots of the location every 20 minutes so there is proof of what I am writing. Eventually the jeep was stopped by park rangers and John was told to buy tickets at the gate. To cut a long story short, the second group then spoke to the first group and they confirmed that they never drove through the gate into the national park, saw lots of cattle and Masai but no animals except the pride of lions, never brought a passport to be registered. On return to the camp Ezechiel said they did not pay enough money for one ticket which was paid in Kenyan shillings and some other excuses which sounded very vage. So if you go to Mara River Camp insist on seeing tickets for the park, ask about the entrance gate!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Hayley F wrote a review Nov 2021
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom181 contributions109 helpful votes
The Good, the Wonderful and the ugly,   We are regular travellers to Africa and as such, have visited hundreds of game lodges across the continent. Based on our extensive travel experience, we feel we are able to offer legitimate comparative opinion. Yet for us, this is a really difficult review to write. If not for the management and/or owner, it would have been 5 stars..     Firstly, let me start by saying that the setting (not location) of the lodge is breathtakingly beautiful. From the moment we arrived, it was wow after wow. From the viewing deck situated in front of the restaurant overlooking the Mara River where we watched hippos frolicking  to the view from each of the beautiful, secluded, strategically placed tents, we were blown away and on first impressions, couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The pool area was immaculate and whilst we never got around to using the pool for reasons I will later explain, it looked so very inviting and a lovely bonus for the lodge.   There is a genuine warmth and soul to Mara River Camp and this is due to the staff, some of who have been there for many years, and share a deep love of the wildlife they share the land with. For us, Joseph was the true heart and soul of the lodge and his endless kindness and generosity to  both animal and human alike, was truly beautiful and selfless. His many animal friends were a pure joy to see (all of which are wild and retain a real fear of humans). The bushbabies, civet, mongoose and monkeys provided us with many hours of entertainment as they wondered through the lodge on their daily visits. Of course there were also the many animals who grazed the grounds of the camps including eland, zebra, giraffe, antelopes, dik-diks and warthogs. We even had a female croc on her nest just 20 meters away from our tent – absolutely amazing. Mama Rosie tended our every need and I can honestly say, the tents were absolutely immaculate. I don’t think I saw a sign of an insect during our entire stay and every day our bed was immaculately made and our towels beautifully arranged. We have never stayed in a cleaner tent. Mama Rosie would pop water bottles in our bed each evening and leave us beautiful flowers each day. Her smile could light up any room.   The food was plentiful and wholesome. Chef served up some incredible dishes and our breakfast and lunch picnics were amazing – if not too big! Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been served so much food. The homemade soups each evening were firm favourites.   Tents – Beautifully appointed with electric showers ensuring every shower was a hot shower (if the generator was switched on)! The beds were way too firm for us – the most uncomfortable beds we have slept in anywhere in Africa!  There is a three pin socket (UK) plug in the room for charging – but sadly once again this obviously depended on the generator being switched on. As previously rehearsed, Mama Rosie kept the tent immaculate and it was beautifully appointed with everything needed for any length of stay.   Setting v Location – As previously rehearsed the setting is breathtakingly beautiful, however the location for us was an issue. Whilst in theory its less than 10 kilometres from the gate, the road conditions were beyond awful. The 40 minute journey to the gate and the 20 minutes to process passports and payment each day meant the first hour of each day was lost. This was hampered more so after any rains and therefore, for us two game drives per day didn’t work as it wasted 4 hours a day going back and forth to the lodge. The reluctance from the lodge for us to leave before 6.30 each day meant our safaris wouldn’t begin until 7.30, which for us meant missing the best hours of each day. We did leave at 5.30 the one morning which was far better but when we asked to do this again, it was met with reluctance. Until the road is much improved, I think any stay here would realistically mean a full day game drive as opposed to two per day. Sadly, this meant, there was no time to enjoy the pool at the lodge.   The ugly – This is the difficult part to write. After the torrid year the travel industry and travellers alike have endured, we don’t want to see any lodge face further adversity. However, I do think its fair to point out any action by management (and we were told the owner too), that demonstrates issues surrounding honesty and integrity  To be clear, with everything I have already mentioned, this would get a 5 start rating from us and the’ not so good facts’ are highlighted for travellers to be able to inform their own decision to stay here. The actions of the management and owner however, was dishonest and spoilt the majority of our 6 night stay as we tried to establish their actions. This trip was in celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary – a fact the management and lodge were very well aware of. I have included the booking confirmation from booking,com as proof of our booking and the room rate that included game drives given this is what was the issue of contention was with the management of the lodge and I’m sure what will be their continued dishonest denial of the included game drives – hence the attachment of the booking. Whilst the lodge had responded to our initial booking with the normal thank you for booking our lodge, the email also acknowledged the game drives informing us that the gate fees weren’t included – something we were aware of and happy to pay in addition. On arrival at the lodge, the general manager told us the game drives weren’t included and that they would need to be paid for additionally. We showed him our booking which clearly detailed that the room we had booked included 2 game drives per day, but were told that it was a mistake and we would need to pay extra for them. We obviously refused explaining the game drives were included in the booking and asked to speak to the manager and/or owner to sort it out At this juncture, we forwarded our booking to him, which clearly detailed game drives were included with the room we had booked. The general manager stated he couldn’t get hold of anyone in the Nairobi office and he would let us know when he had. He continually told us that what we had paid was too cheap and if the game drives were included, it would say All Inclusive, not Full Board. Once again we showed him not just our booking but also the fact that you could still make a new booking going via the booking portal and book the same room on a Full Board basis to include the game drives.  Whilst he accepted this, he told us that he doubted the Nairobi office would. We then had to choose whether to do game drives whilst the matter was being resolved and given that the reason we were staying there was to go on game drives in the MasaiMara, undertook our game drive the next day not knowing if we were going to be charged additionally for it. This debacle went on for days, each day I would ask the GM if he had spoken to the office in Nairobi and/or the owner and each day he responded that he was still waiting to hear back from them. On day 4 of our stay, the general manager showed us some terms and conditions of booking a room at the lodge and that All Inclusive only included the game drives. When I looked at the heading, it was from the lodge website not from where we had booked ours.  Given that we still hadn’t had a response, I told the general manager that we wouldn’t be paying anything additional and if the game drives weren’t included, we would have a refund for our remaining time there, and find somewhere else to stay within our budget. Whether due to this ongoing debacle of us paying what the GM deemed to be too little money for our stay at the lodge, he was spiteful in his ways. We were the only guests for our entire stay and he would use the generator in an attempt to manipulate us. As previously rehearsed, the shower was dependant on the generator being switched on and on a day when we returned earlier than expected from a game drive (due to being soaked through after being caught in a storm) he gave us twenty minutes to shower before switching the generator off saying we could go to the bar and sit there and buy a drink if we needed electric! We sat on our balcony refusing to be blackmailed into buying drinks for electric. On an average day we were allowed 2 to 3 hours electric which meant we struggled to charge batteries for our camera etc. After dinner each night, we were given 30  minutes from the time we left the restaurant to when the power was switched off again, meaning we struggled to find our way to the bathroom and getting things ready for the next morning. The GM’s mantra being that you could have electric whilst buying drinks but once you stopped spending money, then the electric would be switched off. Each evening the GM would join us for dinner which would then lead to an expectance to buy him a drink – something we were more than happy to do. However, when offered a drink his response would be something along the lines of ‘what’s the most expensive thing we have Joseph’ or he would order himself a double vodka with a shot of Amarula meaning he had three drinks not one. After 6 nights, we still had no response from the Nairobi office or owner. Interestingly, however, they did change the room rates on booking . com meaning you could no longer book game drives. In relation to customer service I also have to wonder if you were the manager/owner of a game lodge with only one booking and you had no other guests or upcoming bookings whether as a PR exercise you would offer an upgrade, especially knowing that your guests were celebrating a special occasion and that you had acted in such an unreasonable way. After all, it would be at  no extra cost to put your only guests in any of the empty rooms. Perhaps we have been spoilt at all the other places we have been lucky enough to visit and have come to depend on a level of customer service that is both polite and positive.   So would we visit again. Sadly, on reflection on what we next experienced at the next lodge we stayed at, probably not. MRC lacks too many fundamental basics for us. Our mantra is  a good safari base needs a comfortable bed, a hot shower, decent food and great game drives and for us too many of these things were problematic.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Emily M wrote a review Nov 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania25 contributions12 helpful votes
Full disclosure: we didn't sleep or eat here, but visited for the day. Our tour guide knew the manager here, so he made arrangements for us to visit for the day to use the pool. It was AMAZING! We (three female friends in our 40s) agreed that this was an awesome location, RIGHT on the river where you can see hippos and crocodiles from the front porch of the tents and the dining areas, and were a bit disappointed that our vacation didn't include any overnights at this camp. We got a full tour of the facilities, including a look inside the tents and it's a really special place. Very clean! For anyone who is on the fence about traveling during the pandemic: this was my first international trip since pre-pandemic times, and I highly recommend it. Everything is outdoors and was extremely safe, health-wise. This is an IDEAL time to go to beat the crowds!!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Profpicky wrote a review Aug 2021
United Arab Emirates5 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent two nights glamping at this very comfortable and friendly camp in the Mara. The views over the river are stunning from the strategic lookout point especially in the mornings over a reflective cup of coffee. Welcome bonfires with a lovely glass of Shiraz in the evening await after game drives. Will definitely visit again to recharge from the stresses of life. One of the most memorable visits to the Mara.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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drTX2 wrote a review Aug 2021
Inverness, Illinois65 contributions172 helpful votes
Just spent two wonderful nights at this boutique resort camp in the majestic Mara! Rooms are spacious with an authentic Kenyan ambiance. All the comforts of home with hot running water, upgraded toiletries, authentic bathrobes and comfy slippers. Food was amazing as well. We had hot breakfasts and dinners and even had a picnic lunch in the Mara with a sunset drink in the most picturesque setting. The camp staff were friendly and able to cater to those in our group who wanted to have an early morning drive and those who wished to start later. We saw plenty of game as well. Evening campfire and a cocktail from the bar, followed by a chocolate on your pillow and a warm hot water bottle in your bed was just the best! Have been to other camps in the Mara- this one is in a great location with access to multiple game drive locations and quality and service was better than the others. Don’t hesitate to book.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Rajan Ghai, Owner at Mara River Camp
Responded 17 Aug 2021
Thank you for the gracious review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again. !!
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Voyageur12014 wrote a review Aug 2021
Paris, France33 contributions37 helpful votes
We came back for the 3rd time to the Mara River Camp. We love the place ! The lodge is beautifully located on the Mara River. The rooms are simple but comfortable. The decoration of the living room is very stylish ; we loved enjoying the fire place and the camp fire in the evening .. with a nice glass of wine. Everything is in perfect condition and the gardens are very nice. The meals are delicious. But must of all we must thank the manager and the whole staff of the Mara River Camp who were so nice to us, made our stay the most enjoyable and helped us understand the Masai culture. We promised, we will come back to the Mara River Camp !
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded 4 Aug 2021
Hello , thank you for your gracious review. We always endeavour to meet our guests requirements and will be glad to see back at MARA River Camp.
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Culture813973 wrote a review Feb 2020
34 contributions38 helpful votes
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A luxurious, well-run nature filled haven. Peaceful, serene, sublime... From start to finish our experience at Mara River Camp was everything we hoped it would be. Alice, in the Nairobi office, answered our emails and WhatsApp questions promptly and accurately. She made booking flights on the small safari planes easy and stress free and also communicated with the chef at the property to make sure our special dietary needs were accommodated. She was delightful to interact with. Alice also arranged to have us picked up at the airstrip in one of the camp’s safari vehicles. Our ride to the camp seemed like a mini safari! It was amazing how many animals we saw just from the airstrip to the camp. When we arrived at the camp we were met with warm and genuine hospitality by a tall Maasai with elegant manners and an extraordinary command of English. As he gave us the grand tour of our “new home” (which it truly became for the next week) it was evident that Ezekiel, the camp’s managing director, wanted to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. As he showed us around the camp he told us about the family groups of animals that live at Mara River camp. These residents are one of the main reasons why this camp is such a special place. The property is located on directly on the Mara River, which unlike other rivers in the Maasai Mara region never dries up. Throughout the year the river flows and is home to hippopotamus and other wildlife. Just off of the elegant dining room and bar, is a terrace at the river’s edge that overlooks hippopotamus pools. Throughout the day we were entertained by these unusual creatures as they frolicked in the water, especially while we ate breakfast or enjoyed a sunset cocktail. Our first day, we were enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Julius, when the resident family of zebras appeared and began to graze on the lawn in front of restaurant. On morning safari walks with Ezekiel, who grew up in a Maasai village and is very knowledgeable about the habits and characteristics of the animals, we encountered the family of giraffes that hang at the camp. During the week, we also saw the families of mongoose, monkeys, dik-diks, bush babies and countless birds that frequent the property. Across the river on the opposite bank we also saw a family of giraffes,Topi, warthogs and Thompson’s gazelles. In fact, everywhere we went on the property we were delighted by it’s congenial residents. Sightings are possible even from the camp’s large, inviting swimming pool. Thus, this was a week of not just going on Safari, but living on Safari. It’s something that not all camps are able to offer. Mara River Camp’s geographic location as well as it’s proximity to the river make this possible. The facilities and the staff are exceptional. The dining room, bar and lounge area with a massive fireplace place are comfortable and very well appointed. The owners of the camp have exceptional taste and have graced the property with perfectly placed fine quality carved wooden sculptures and African tribal art. Art objects of similar quality are also available in the gift shop. Eunice, the dining room manager, beautifully prepares the tables for each meal. She creates elegant table settings for each guest including heavy lead crystal drinking glasses and African motif porcelain dinnerware. She also is gifted in origami and transforms the cloth napkins into flowerlike decorations. We appreciated her ever-present smile as she served our meals and made sure that we were enjoying them. Chef Julius, whose 30 years of experience is obvious in all of the delicious dishes he prepares, is an excellent chef. Moreover, his desire to please his guests is palpable. Joseph, the barman, always greeted us with warmth and was always ready with our favorite libations. He is also great friends with the family of Bush Babies and delighted us with their after dinner acrobatics. Rose, who is head of housekeeping, made up our tent every morning with an attention to detail that is remarkable. She also turned down our bed every evening leaving us not only chocolate on our pillows but also hot water bottles in our bed. She is warm and caring and made us feel at home. Jackson and Roijoy are just two of the many porters and property staff that make the camp run so well. They even escorted us to our rooms every night! Last but not least, Juma drove us back to the airstrip through the park. But rather than just driving us he made sure he pointed out all the animals and even stopped at a pool that had over 50 hippos in it. It was a lovely high note as we left the people that had made us feel so welcome. We are glad we did our research and chose Mara River camp. It was everything we hoped it would be...Peaceful, serene and sublime. Highly recommend, Connie and Paul
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rajan G, Owner at Mara River Camp
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Dear Connie & Paul It was our pleasure to have you at our Camp and are glad you enjoyed your stay and Experience in thw Wild. Our staff make every effort to make sure our guests are happy and looked after and we are proud of them. The ambience at the camp is enhanced by the visiting animals and resident wildlife We hope to see you again and thank you for your gracious review
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gopinder l wrote a review Jan 2020
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I stayed at the Mara river camp a week ago and I’m in complete awe at how well we were treated. My friends and I had THE BEST time here and don’t have single bad thing to say. The rooms were beautiful and was surprised you could have so much comfort in the middle of the Mara. Food was excellent as well and fully enjoyed the evenings in this lodge. The game drives were unbelievable mainly due to our excellent driver and vehicle. Would definitely come again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Rajan G, Owner at Mara River Camp
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Thank you for your very encouraging review, we are glad to hear what you say. Our dedicated staff are always very happy to meet any needs of our guests. Look forward to seeing you again at MRC.
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$239 - $589 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mara River Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Mara River Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Mara River Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mara River Camp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mara River Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Mara River Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Mara River Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Mara River Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.