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Saruni Mara

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C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The game drive started right from the airport.... saw volumes of animals.... loved every moment. Thanks to all the staff for such a memorable trip. Our guide William was fantastic. Not only did we appreciate learning about the wildlife, we learned about the Maasai people and culture. Don't miss out to see the resident Elands..... Most of all, we loved... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and I'm glad you liked the Italian influence in the kitchen. And thank you for noticing that we do indeed pay individual attention to our guests and we design the experience around their needs and wishes. Hope to see you again in the future! More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We travelled to Saruni Mara for 3 nights towards the end of March for the first part of a twin base honeymoon. As it was our honeymoon we spent more than we would usually spend on a normal holiday and we were far from disappointed with absolutely everything we received from Saruni Mara. Being met straight off of our Safari... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your detailed, wonderful feedback. I'm particularly happy to hear that you like our service: we aim at being very very detail-oriented. And of course I like the fact that you appreciated the special knowledge and understanding of nature of our professional masai guides, all people who were born in the Masai mara and were raised... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Just returned from Saruni, had travelled over Easter with the family. Although some of the staff especially in the restaurant try, the place is basic. Would not recommend travelling in rains as their cars were leaking inside. If you have a big family you have to look for people to replace firewood in the water boilers so that the last... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know that you were not entirely happy about your experience with us, but I'm afraid I do not agree with the points raised in your review. I'm sorry that the heavy rains of those days made the experience less enjoyable that it should have been, but not only our vehicles are among the best in... More 

Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We have now visited the Saruni camps 4 or 5 times. There is nothing I can say that has not already been said The Saruni Wid Camp in the Mara is outstanding...food great, staff and service absolutely superb.The lodge itself is spectacular, beautiful and the views are too die for. Wonderful, wonderful camps both in The Mara and Samburu. I... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Jane, thank you very much for being so generous with your feedback and for having visited us so many times. We consider you now a friend and not only a guest. And you are right: we - both in Samburu and in the Maasai Mara - appeal to those who want to be far form the beaten track. And... More 

Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I have just come back from a holiday in Kenya, during which my family and I spent three nights at Saruni. Great things have been written on this lodge and I totally agree with all the positive comments. I was personally impressed by the staff and their attitude: we felt really welcome and cared for by everybody. We loved being... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Many thanks for this review and particularly for praising the service given by our attentive staff. Travelling with a child is sometimes challenging but I'm very happy that we managed to make the experience easier for you. On your point on the same road done in and out of the lodge: you are right and we are now repairing an... More 

Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

When I picked up my parents from the airport they were still absolutly enthusiastic about their trip to Saruni. They were really overwhelmed by the hospitality of both your camps. They felt so welcome and so well and warm beeing taken care off. They loved the guides!!! I have seen their pictures and having been on safari a couple of... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and we are very happy that such an important occasion for your parents and for your family went so well. They were lovely people to have on safari and we enjoyed showing them the best that the Masai mara has to offer! More 

norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I recently returned from a family trip to Kenya. The first three days of which we went on Safari in the Masai Mara. We stayed at Saruni who made our experience exceptional. The lodges were well fitted and decorated, and also luxurious which you might not expect when on the side of a hill in the middle of a conservancy.... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review and I have passed on your comments to William, who remembers you fondly and says hello. And I'm glad you liked the re-styling and the new decor of the camp: Larissa Hoops, a Nairobi-baed designed and artist, is the one who did id and she will be glad to know that you... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Saruni lodge indulged me in the impression of the Mara that I didn't know I wanted to find. The location of the buildings on the hill side allows you to overlook another wooded hill side as well as the Mara. We saw elephants there when we were enjoying our afternoon coffee.The interior design is imaginative yet tasteful and overwhelms... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Ida, Thank you very much for your feedback and we are all very happy that you loved Saruni and the Masai Mara. Yes, we are proud of occupying a position that is unusual: sitting on our mountain and looking into the famous Mara plains. As you have probably been told, we have as a mission the conservation of the... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Travelled to 17 different countries alone in 2012, and stayed in numerous 5* accomodations. This is certainly one of the best accomodations I had. My first trip to Kenya, Masai Mara is really beautiful. Saruni Mara lodge had everything I looked forward to: beautiful rooms with really comfortable beds, hot water showers and excellent food. Loved your resident Elands who... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and I'm very glad that you loved the experience. I have passed your comments to Jackson, your guide. Coming from Asia, where the level of service and attention to details is always very high, I'm glad that we have not disappointed you. We look forward to have you back one day! More 

ahmedabad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

we came to mara after saruni samburu !! mara saruni was good 1 hour drive from the air strip, but its the eco system of mara which makes it such a wonderful place.. animals in samburu looked like struggling to live in hardship, whereas mara animals looked much more happy and in abundance with nice green pastures and forest with... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. And thank you for your recommendations on those special activities that are really interesting and make a difference. We look forward to have you back and hopefully the next time there will be new rhinos in the sanctuary! More 

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