We stayed here for the first 2 nights of our 6-night safari, and of the three tented camps we stayed at, this was our least favourite one.
The tent was very basic, but spacious. There were no electrical outlets in the tents, so we had to leave our battery chargers and phones with reception overnight to charge - a minor inconvenience. There is no WiFi anywhere and the lights go out from 10pm to 5am so make sure you have a flashlight if you need to go to the washroom in the middle of the night!
We had a problem with the light in our bathroom and it didn't get fixed until our 2nd night, so we spent most of our stay showering in the dark with our flashlights. The tents are down a hill along a stony path, and at times it felt like a lot of walking back and forth to the main reception/dining area. While we were there, it looked like they were either renovating or building more permanent bungalow rooms, so these might be better accommodations than the tents.
Dining was probably the only highlight, offering a delicious variety of selections (fresh roti & pizzas!) and amazing service from the waitstaff. One night there was a Maasai dance during dinner and it was interactive and fun as they moved around to each table of guests.
We had no expectations going in, so we thought our stay was pretty decent. It's not until we reflected back on our entire safari and compared it to other similar tented camps that we realized Sentrim Mara was only okay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sentrim Mara Game Lodge is located in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, 3 km from Sekenani gate. The entire camp is spread out over 100 acres of tranquil surroundings and where acacia trees whistle through the night. The main guest area consists of the Reception, Lounge, Restaurant, Bar, Fire Place, Pool Bar, Jacuzzi and Swimming Pool. The lodge has a total of 64 en-suite standard, superior tents as well as family houses (Concrete). All rooms are equipped with Private hot shower, In-room safe deposit box, solar power and coffee making facilities. Maasai Mara is 260 km from Nairobi and takes 4 1/2 hours drive by road and 40 minutes by air. Transfer from the airstrip to the camp takes 20 minutes. The Masai Mara climate is mainly humid, with temperatures averaging 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Long rains are anticipated from mid April to May and the short rains from November to early December. Recreation activities e.G. Guided nature walks, game drives, balloon safaris, Maasai culture talk, Manyatta village visits & Maasai dancers; can be organized upon request at a fee. Other services offered at the camp include; sundowner cocktails, bush breakfast / bush lunch and dinner within the lodge, massage services and can be organized upon request at a fee. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sentrim Mara Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Sentrim Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve