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Mara River Lodge

| C12, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly David Livingstone Safari Resort)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely everything was right about this accomodation. Just re-opened under new management the day before we ariived and it is just amazing. The rooms are clean, modern and the beds are very big and comfy. The location is further away from the Mara then some othe places but the location is beyond everything. You can view the hippos from your... More 

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1 Thank Casper W
Washington, DC
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I stayed here for a long weekend in the off season when I was in Kenya working in spring of 2011. I thought it exceeded my expectations! Rooms were clean, atmosphere was relaxing, setting was amazing with the hippos! The resort was not busy and my friend and I ended up having private game drives. There was even a nice... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The hippo bay is magnificent! We can observe them till we're tired of seeing hippos. At night there are special viewing location for tourists to see the hippos go on land and leave for grass. But the hotel is not in the right location for safari in masai mara. Our driver took us out for the entire day without seeing... More 

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1 Thank JassChen
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The resort is located in a beautiful area right infront of the Mara River where hippos gather. However, that is the only good thing about this place. Our room, despite being newly weds and having informed the place as such had two twin beds. The beddings were old as were the towels. The bathrooms have not been touched probably since... More 

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LivingstoneMara, Manager at Mara River Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the comment, however actual facts are not reflected, first off the Lodge does have hot showers and that was an isolated case where a block of a room had a problem with the heating system which was fixed and in the mean time you were moved to different rooms. As for the food there it's untrue that a... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Let me start with the best part, which is the hippo pool right in front of the bar, the Resort is an average resort, we stayed in the standard room (room 42). The bed is comfortable, room is small but cozy, but never triple share the room. The bathroom was the big disappointment, it was really small also though it... More 

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1 Thank khanasif36
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Simply amazing, went to the lodge for a break with my family and had a wonderful time Big place though and little things to keep you feeling you are in the wild

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Douglas IOM
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

We went to David Livingstone Lodge for 3 nights after a stay at Dianni beach -our 25th wedding anniversary and my husband,s 50th!!After a short flight of 1 hour 40 we landed on the new airstrip amazing just some earth approx 10 mins in the truck to the lodge.We arrived just before midday and were greeted with a super welcome.It... More 

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2 Thank monketteDouglasIOM
New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

Stayed there for 2 nights, enjoyed the view of the lodge down the river with hippos and crocs basking around. Great food and excellent service from the staff, location pretty good as well and the game drives are superb in a nut shell great lodge to stay in the mara with it's little luxuries

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1 Thank Heskey W
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

me and my sister stayed there October 2011. As we arrived a baboon walked across the entrance to the hotel....what a welcome!! Lovely helpfull and friendly staff, who welcomed us with a drink and a view of around 50 hippos having a rest in the amazing mara river. The place was quiet and calm, there was the odd noise out... More 

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2 Thank MILLAR86
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Great place to stay, we were spoilt and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the food was delicious. Lovely location next to the Mara river with all its hippos (make sure you have ear plugs as they can be quite noisy at night!). Great time on safari as well, just the... More 

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