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 …
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.
The best hotel to stay,with a very good view of THE MARA river from your luxury tent,goood food and very good staff,the lodge is on the northern side of the Mara with abundant wildlife with also descent swimming pool
We were hesitant to stay in a tent (we are not campers) but were so pleasantly surprised by this one. The tent was very clean with no bugs or unwanted surprises. Staff was wonderful, attentive, polite and helpful. Amenities were good as was the food. Would not hesitate to stay there, recommend it highly.
We loved our stay here for 2 nights in early Oct. They had a very nice pool, lots of trees for shade, wifi was iffy & only in lobby, no netting was needed in room, nice river location, fun hammock & good food. Bed a bit hard, dik dik's running around, and possible to see other animals (we didn't see any) in camp or by the river. Meals were changed for our preference & very kind and accomodating. Staff was really nice, not just the usual required jambo but we felt they really cared about us. At the end they gave us a gift & it was a really nice gift. I would have left them 6 stars for the good feeling we had here. It's hard to describe but there was a chemistry. Very highly recommended.