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“A Wonderful, Memorable Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Mara Timbo Camp
Masai Mara, Triangle | near Olololo-Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya   |  
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“A Wonderful, Memorable Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We had a wonderful time at Mara Timbo and the service was exceptional. The staff (Gideon, Felictas, all the security men and our guide Charles) went out of their way to ensure we have a memorable and enjoyable experience. The camp itself was very beautiful and we had a bathtub outside our room :-). I will certainly go back to Mara Timbo and also suggest it to people I know.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

We spent 3 days at mara Timbo as part of our honeymoon and the staff couldn't do enough for us! The tent is amazing, probably the most comfortable beds in whole of Africa! Everyday they lay flowers and in the evening they even put a hot water bottle to keep the bed warm for you. I can't fault the service, it was really great, on our last night they even baked a congratulations cake and sang typical Kenyan songs for us!
The camp is about 35/40 mins from the Olololo gate and yes do be prepared for a rough drive but it's all part of the fun and we never minded it infact we took some lovely pictures of the landscape and saw a lot of animals on the way.
Gideon our guide was a really nice guy, trying his best to make us see as many animals as possible, make sure you ask for him as I truly believe he's the best guide at mara Timbo. August is a great time to go to Masai Mara if you are looking to see the migration, however is a little harder to see Cheetahs and leopards as the grass is really high and makes it difficult to spot them so on this occasion we didn't see any...
If romance, a bit of luxury, good company and a bit of adventure are your thing then head to Mara Timbo , you won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

CAMP LOCATION: Although a bit further away from the entrance gate to the Mara Conservancy, we enjoyed our daily Mara Timbo Camp to Oloololo Gate drives. There was plenty of general game and some nice birding in the vicinity of the lodge and on route to the park. Being "Bush-crazy" made us look forward to this daily stretch of road.
MARA TIMBO CAMP: Congrats on a fabulous camp and having a great team of individuals who looked after our needs and wishes at all times. They certainly understand the essence of customer service and what it means going "the extra mile". Special mention must be made about GIDEON KIMAI: What a gentleman throughout - his ability to bond with the guests in a very short time is an asset itself. Having spend 5days together on the Land-Rover, experiencing different game viewing situations, some very lucky sightings and others not so i.e. patiently waiting in vain for hours to see a crossing of the Mara River which than did not materialize, Gideon never lost his composure and there were always interesting facts about the wildlife and natural habitat which he mentioned. Staff members like Duffling, Anton and Joel were always there when needed, as usual with a big smile and full of motivation to assist us. Compliments to the kitchen staff / chef on a menu which was thoroughly enjoyed by us during our stay. Good breakfasts served next to the river, great lunchboxes and scrumptious dinners contributed to our daily wellbeing.
ACCOMMODATION: Staying in the family tent, space for oursevles and our 11yr old son was ample, everything worked, the unit was always clean and it was a pleasure spending the little time we had in it.
CONCLUSION: We have been fortunate to have visitied many game lodges in the past - the experience at Mara Timbo Camp counts amongst the best. We have no hesitation in recommending Mara Timbo Camp to anybody who is looking for that special Masai Mara experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We were very fortunate to stay at Mara Timbo Camp as part of our safari to the Masai Mara National Park. This is a small camp, only 9 tents/rooms but has all the amenities and luxuries you would want! Each tent/room had full services including a large sheltered patio/outdoor living area including open air tub. The staff were very attentive and helpful and the food was wonderful. A highlight was breakfast set up by rivers edge in the morning at sunrise while listening to the family of hippos nearby waking up! All in all a delightful stay and we would absolutely go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

This property was fantastic- we stayed for 2 nights and are already planning our next trip back! The breakfast watching the hippos in the water was great. As you drive here you think- are you kidding- this is so out of the way!- But it was worth every second of the drive. Loved it!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

Stayed at the Mara Timbo for 2 nights from the 14th May.The camp is a bit of a drive to get there and the road not the best however..... The camp with the en-suite luxury tents were fantastic far superior to our 4 star hotel near Mombasa. On the first night we were the only guests staying their and the staff really wonderful, Special thanks to all, in particular Gideon the guest relations Manager and our excellent guide for the 3 days, Antony the bar person who's ...recommendations for the wine for dinner was excellent, Tafling (sorry if the spelling is wrong) our ever attentive Butler who was superb, the the long conversations we had with Julian? the naturist, who enlightened us to the Masai people and their traditions. It was great to sit and eat breakfast with the Hippo family in the river. The food freshly prepared and served hot to your table in the open air, bliss. Thouroughly recommend staying at Mara Timbo when you go on a safari. We arranged with our guide in the evening on our preferences for the next day game drive, we opted for the full day drive with an excellent packed lunch supplied by the camp and consumed on the reserve surrounded, at a safe distance, by a multitude of animals.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

We've visited Kenya twice in the past three years and did many game drives and game spotting. But at Mara Timbo Camp it was the first time we sometimes actually felt like staying at our room, sitting on the terrace over the river, just observing the wild-life.

The tents are large, comfortable, and secluded. They have outdoor bath tubs! No prying eyes. What more do you want?. The furniture is comfortable.

Every morning we had breakfast at the river bank, together with 'their resident' hippos. And in the evening even the elephants came down to the water. What an experience!

The food at the camp is delicious, high standard, three course menus.

On the second day we went on safari. It was beautiful, and also taxing. In the evening it was time for a massage at their tree-house for a perfect conclusion of a perfect day.

And one of the most beautiful experiences I had was, when we left the camp with the Masai naturalist and some askaris for a Nature Walk. A few hundred feet from the camp we ran into a herd of giraffes. Wow.

We stayed for a week. We will definitely be back for migration!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Masai Mara, Triangle | near Olololo-Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic camp under German Management ideally situated on Mara River with two large hippo families in front of only 7 spacious 45sqm luxury tents. They are situated on big terraces and offer outside bathtubs with view to the wild animals. A personal Butler Service pays very much attention to the maximum of privacy. Tent-facilities include king-size bed, safe, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, flush toilet, 220/240volt power supply. Activities: Game Drives, Nature Walk, Maasai Village, Balloon Safaris, Night Game Drives. ... more   less 
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