Aruba Mara Camp review
Considering that many safari camps either cost you your mortgage or are out-and-out dumps, this place is perfect. They have a campsite for those with their own tent / camper which charges €5 per night, bush tents (huge walk in tents with a 4 poster bed and mozzie net) for €50, more luxurious walk-in ' big tents' with electricity and a bathroom with running water for about €210 per tent (full board and 2 game drives included). They also had 'luxury tents' for about €250 per night all inc, which were even bigger as they had an outside bath /shower in addition to the internal toilet and sink inside the second room of the tent. We stayed 2 nights in each of these tents and thought that the 'big tents' were the best value, as the outside bathroom of the luxury tent was actually a disadvantage when you were showering in the dark after your last game drive!
We took the 'full board' option on all of our tents and were generally very happy with what was served, though there was never any choice. We were also concerned being veggies, but needn't have worried as they produced some very inventive and tasty veggie food.
The game drives are from 6.30-9.30 and 3.30-6.30 every day. We saw something amazing every single drive. Drive 1 - lions tucking into a kill, drive 2 - a herd of elephants with cute baby frolicking about. Drive 3 - group of 4 cheetahs, drive 4 - group of 3 male lions basking in the sun, drive 5- a leopard that walked around our jeep!, drive 6 - male lion walking round the jeep. Fabulous...but still no rhino! So, on our last two days, we asked Aruba camp to arrange an all-day safari for us. It was great to be out all day and you could definitely get further afield: which we did by heading to the Mara river in the hope of seeing the famed river crossings. Alas! They were long over. Apparently the drought had brought everything forward, still...we managed to see yet another leopard. The final all-day drive, finally gave us our long-hoped for rhino. 'The Big Six' were now bagged: Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino and yours truly! The only downside to the all-day safari was the jeep itself. We spent the first 2 hours of the first all-day drive at the local garage changing two flat tyres and then on the second day the suspension broke whilst in the Mara. We had two hours waiting for the repair man, whilst wondering whether the lions would get hungry and investigate the 'picnic hamper' that had broken down within tantalising reach. Still...it was all part of the Africa experience and we chilled out by doing some yoga in the Mara - now that's a place to practise your 'downward dog'!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aruba Mara Camp is a tented Camp boardering the Talek River, next to Talek Gate in north Massai Mara. From Nairobi 260 Km driving through Narok. Just outside the gate, so no parkfee if you not do game-drive. We have from budget tents ( comfortable beds with mosquitonet an public bathroom ) to Big-tent ( spacious with privat bathroom ) and Luxury ( ask us for new pictures please ) category for every budget for everyone. We also have a spacious campsite with facilitys like kitchen/dining, toilets and hot water shower, security, carwash, firewood and laundry service. our buffalo bar and restaurant serving highly recomended food and a fine selection of wine, spirits and cold sodas. Naturewalks,visit of cultural village, birdwatching and hotair-balloon is available.Bushbreakfast, sundowner and fullday-drives with Lunch on request.Shutteltransfer from Nairobi can be arranged. Transfer from our airstrip is free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aruba Mara Camp Hotel Narok
- Aruba Mara Camp Kenya/Narok