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“What an experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mara West
C12 Keekorok, Masai Mara Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Napa, California
1 review
“What an experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

From the moment you enter the Camp you'll fall in love with this place! There are so many great memories from our trip I don't know where to begin! From the early morning Sunrises, to the fantastic food, and the wonderful friendly staff! The Safari's we took were ABSOLUTELY amazing! There were so many animals everywhere you look! WOW! I recommend EVERYBODY put this experience on their "bucket list"!!! I plan on coming back and filling my bucket with this experience!

Room Tip: We stayed in the half tent-half Cabin units in the middle of Camp! Highly recommend these units! N...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for the positive feedback about your stay at Mara West.

We are so glad that you fell in love with the place from the onset of your stay, to enjoying the beautiful sunrise, the great food and our accommodating staff.

The safari experience is one of a kind. We are glad you had such an amazing time in the wild.

It would be an honour to share the 'bucket-list' experience with you the next time you are in the Masai Mara.

Regards,
Mara West Camp
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Mara West is a beautiful camp. The accomodations are very comfortable with beautiful views from most cabins. I have stayed at 4 other camps in Africa and Mara West rates right up there with the best of them. This is the first un-gated camp I've stayed at and it was a real treat to have the animals wandering in and out of the camp. Zebra's literally come up on your porch. There were a couple of issues with the generator while I was there and there is no wifi although cellular access is great at the camp. I highly recommend visiting the Mara while in Africa and Mara West is the perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Mara West.

It brings us great joy to know that you rate our camp as one of the best you have stayed in.

Electricity lines have not been put up around the Mara West area, however, we have a generator that runs at selected times. Usually it should run from 6:30 pm to around 10:30 pm in the evening and 5:30 am to 7:30 am. If that was not the case, we apologize for the inconvenience.

While we do not have a WI-FI system, guests can access the internet at the business office through out the day in case of emergencies or alerting people back home about your safe arrival at Mara West Camp.

We hope you and your friends will choose to come back to Mara West and enjoy an even better service.

Regards,
Mara West Camp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We loved our stay at Mara West. From the beginning, everyone was so friendly (meeting us at our vehicle when we arrived), they all made us feel welcomed. Grace took my luggage to our chalet, carrying it on her head!

Our cabin was amazing! It had a huge porch with chairs and a small table that looked out over the entire Masai Mara! By far, the prettiest view we had during our 3 week trip to Africa. Each afternoon a storm would come through and we had a double rainbow one day. The beds were very comfortable and we could see the sunrise in the mornings from our beds!

The food was outstanding. We looked forward to the soups each day. The chef came out during most every meal to make sure we loved our food and specifically asked us what our favorites were so he could try to make things we love! He was so warm and genuinely wanted us to have a great experience. Our server was friendly and we looked forward to talking to him each day. We learned a lot about the local tribes and customs from him. He was so interesting to talk to and was very smart and willing to share his stories!

I would highly recommend Mara West! And, if you go, I'd recommend taking the Hot Air Balloon ride as well!

I've already planned a return trip. I will be back in Africa (in Sept/Oct) with my parents this time, and we will stay for 3 nights at the Mara West. We will have 2 chalets this time, I hope one of them is the cabin we had on this trip! I can't wait!

Room Tip: Be sure to book a chalet - the views are amazing!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for taking your time to give feedback about your stay at Mara West.

We are glad that you loved your stay with us from beginning to end and we will gladly share your positive feedback about our meals, the incredible views from camp and the friendliness of our staff.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again during your next stay at Mara West with your parents. Please get in touch with us to ensure you and your parents get your chalet of choice.

We can't wait to have you here again!

Regards,
Mara West Camp
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Stanwood, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This was the 6th time our team had stayed at Mara West. The accommodations were modest where we stayed in the mission camp area, but the food was great and the Christian hospitality was fantastic. The overview of the Mara was gorgeous at sunrise before breakfast. The roads getting there can be a bit rough although the road had been improved since our last visit.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for your positive feedback of your stay at Mara West Camp.

It is such a great joy to hear the number of times you have been at camp!

We hope you keep coming!

Regards,
Mara West Camp
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Clean, well planned and efficient, with wonderfully warm and friendly staff. Shared tipping great idea and very fair. Lucky to have permanent tents with views over Masai Mara. Impressed with history of Mara camp and commitment to local improvement, care and development projects.

Room Tip: Pay the money for a room overlooking the escarpment and Masai Mara, once in a lifetime stuff.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Hello,

We appreciate the time you have taken to share your experience at Mara West Camp and for your kind feedback.

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we will gladly share your positive feedback about our hospitable staff.

Thank you for being part of the Mara West Camp history, and we hope to host you again in the future.
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Fantastic piece of earth and an wonderful and inviting quality of relaxation to this place. I felt like I was taken to a higher realm of life there - more aesthetic, peaceful, and contemplative than what I usually ever have!
Thanks guys

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Hello,

We appreciate the time you have taken to review your stay at Mara West Camp.

We are glad that you were able to relax and enjoy natures best.

We look forward to having you stay with us the next time you are in the Masai Mara.

Regards,
Mara West Camp
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We were very well taken care of and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely! I would definitely recommend to family or friends. The price was reasonable, the food was great, and the location had breathtaking views of the plains and animals.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grace G, Marketing at Mara West, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Hello Srhopping,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Mara West Camp.

It is always a joy to hear our guest had a great experience with us.

We look forward to having your family and friends here with us and most importantly, that they will enjoy their stay just as much.
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Address: C12 Keekorok, Masai Mara Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West provides nature lovers with luxury accommodations while experiencing the sights and sounds of an unforgettable African safari. Luxury tents are perched in secluded spots on an escarpment edge overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve giving tremendous views and a sense of private exclusion. Mara West is an American owned and managed private safari camp providing high quality service with beautifully designed, comfortable accommodations. ... more   less 
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Mara West Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara West Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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