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Sarova Mara Game Camp
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

A series of "wows". Wow, the tents were our favorite accommodation on our week long trip, both for the kids (age 11 and 13 year old American girls) and the tired parents. Great beds, new mosquito nets, immaculately clean, hot shower, plush towels. Wow, the front desk staff was friendly ( All Kenyans seem to be...) and very helpful. Caroline and Koi made our stay personal and even more inviting, teaching the kids Masai games and card tricks, too. Wow, the pool was gorgeous, a real oasis, and relaxing. Wow, the internet connection was fast and reliable, and when I had trouble signing on in the beginning, Caroline worked it out. Wow, food was abundant and tasty, plenty of options for picky eaters, too. Wow, NO baboons to fret over! But plenty of other animals to charm the kids on the property.

We travel often, but I rarely leave trip advisor feedback. I couldn't not review the Savora Mara Game Camp, a real gem.

Room Tip: We just asked at the front desk, and the children were the tent beside ours, no problems.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

My family and I are Americans who have been living and working in Kenya for 4 years; we've been to a few game parks and lodges. Sarova is a great idea. It's in a nice location, has pretty good (though not spectacular) food, good and friendly service and an absolutely beautiful swimming pool! We stayed in family tents, so I can't speak for the other tents (the standard tent and the camp tent), I can only tell my experience of the family tents. They are a great concept. 2 separate tents - one with a queen size or bigger bed, and the other with 2 twin or double beds - connected with a beautiful closed in wide veranda complete with table and chairs, couches and a beautiful view of the "jungle" behind the tents. The only problem was that the weren't really closed in. One was more than the other, but it was so open, my children could get into the living area without going through the door. We were invaded with mosquitoes - not a great idea in East Africa - even inside the tents themselves and we spent 30 minutes every night before going to sleep killing mosquitoes inside our mosquito netting! The lodge provided DOOM, but it wasn't enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. My bed was so hard it was seriously like sleeping on plywood. The game drives were great, but we were in the Mara, so of course they were great. It wouldn't be that difficult to close the family tents in properly, and why Sarova hasn't done so is beyond me. I doubt I will return or recommend them to others.

Room Tip: If you really want to stay at Sarova, don't use the family tents. We not only had mosquitoes, b...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

We stayed 2 nights & 3 days in Sarova Mara. Upon our arrival at lodge, we were greeted with nice herbal cold wet towel to wipe off the dust from the safari drive, that was really needed. The check in was smooth & fast. The tent, the flavorful gourmet food, the professional staff & the lodge setting were superb. We loved every minute of our stay...

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Had a fly in safari at Sarova Mara Camp for 2 nights March 24-25, 2012 and had one of the best safari experiences in Kenya (out of 6). Was upgraded to a club tent - wonderful luxury tent with every need provided - hair dryer, slippers, house coat, shaving & toothbrush package, etc. Had a great view of the savannah with african buffalo right oustside (with an electric fence between me and them). My only tent criticism is that the bed mattress was very hard (woke with a sore back). The game drive in a refitted landcruiser was great. Driver/guide Edward was superb. We found the big five including 2 leopards feasting on their kill and 11 lions gorging on a kill of four buffalo, plus the rhino (after a long search). The food was excellent. Fresh vegetable and fruit salads made to order, creative and tasty desserts, meat grill right in front of you, pasta and egg station, Indian dishes, seafood (not just talipia!), fresh breads and more. I'll come back just for the food! Lots of activities to choose from although the culture shows are touristy (as I've stayed in genuine Masai communities).

Room Tip: ask for a room with a savannah view of wildlife
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

This was the final destination for our week and what I thought would be the grand finale was just kind of a ho hum finish. Don't get me wrong, the park is beautiful (although I think it is better suited for trips during the migration - we had very long drives with minimal close animal sightings). Nakuru, Amboseli, Tsavo each had greater animal sightings without the endless driving on pretty bad roads. I also think staying in a club tent would be a game changer as well (we stayed in the regular tent) but saw the nicer tents on a walk around the property.

I am 6'2" and couldn't stand up in our tent (which wasn't my experience in a similar tent at Tsavo). One nice touch that the other places didn't have was a candle in the room. It makes for a nice setting at night (better than a torch/flashlight). The food was good and had variety (similar in quality to all the places we visited for the week)...the food service was inconsistent where the first night it was kind of bad, but the second day was better.

As others mention, the location of the hotel is good.

So, I'd advise you splurge on the club tent...and manage expectations on quantity/quality of animal sightings in March.

Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sarova Mara Game Camp

Address: C14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 21,393 - ₹ 70,795 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Mara Game Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sarova Mara Game Camp is located in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in South West Kenya. It is 260 km from Nairobi, a 1-hour flight from Nairobi, 20-minute drive from the airstrip and a 5 1/2-hours drive from Nairobi on the new tarmac road. It is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams. The Camp is uniquely laid out over the sprawling grounds that include rolling manicured greens, a virtual mini forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, mini bird sanctuary and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the Camp. The Camp includes 20 club tents, 51 standard tents, 2 family tents, a main restaurant, bar and many bush dining options. The free form swimming pool has its own pool bar. In addition, it has its own fleet of well equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides. There are meeting rooms and numerous outdoor venues for dining and leisure. The entire Camp is surrounded by a 24 hour electric fence. The climate is very pleasant with clear warm days and cool nights Temperatures average from 26ْ C during the day to 12ْ C at night. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November & December. ... more   less 
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