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“Ein tolles camp mit abenteuer Flair - a great camp with adventure feeling” 5 of 5 stars
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Mara Bush Camp
..., Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Ein tolles camp mit abenteuer Flair - a great camp with adventure feeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Im Gegensatz zu den anderen bietet dieses Camp etwas ganz besonderes. Es ist eben nicht großer Tourismus sondern klein, sehr privat aber dennoch luxuriös. Die Zelte sind sauber und schön, auch die sanitären Einrichtungen in sehr gutem Zustand. Essen war sehr lecker! Die Mitarbeiter sind sehr nett, sehr bemüht und immer zu Stelle. Ganz besonders lieb sind auch die Massai, die Nachts durchs Camp patrouillieren und die Gäste von zudringlichen wilden Tieren abhalten sollen. Wobei ich nie welche gesehen, dafür aber gehört habe. Die Mahlzeiten werden unter freiem Himmel eingenommen und jeden Abend brennt ein Lagerfeuer. Eine wunschschöne Atmosphäre und genau das richtige für eine Safari. Ich kann das Camp nur empfehlen!
In contrast to other camps this one is really special. It is not the big tourist attraction but small, private but anyway luxuary. The tents are clean and beautiful, bathrooms in very good condition. Food was very good! All stuff is very friendly and extremly helpful. Especially the massai that patrol through the camp all night to avoid wild animals get in contact with the guests! Although I must admit never having seen one, just heard them. Dinner and Lunch are outside and every evening there is a fire. A wonderful athmosphere and the best thing you can do for a real Safari. I can really recommend this camp!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Au, Austria
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Haven of tranquility and total relaxation in great surroundings – 2nd visit
Details about the camp have been given in various reviews, and yes, they are all 100% true.
Mara Bush Camp is a great place to relax at.
Wild-life is at your hand, in and of course also out of the camp, and that is just a couple of hundred meters. Pure wilderness in the heart of the mara

Competent staff ensure a perfect holiday, wild-life there to be enjoyed. I love it – will be there again in September 2013. Thanks the camp crew that make a holiday an unforgettable experience.

Room Tip: Tent No. is near the restaurant. So for handicaped people ideally located
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

A very nice hotel/camp. We had a lovely stay for the few days we were there. Nice staff and good food. The owner, a German lady was very friendly and helpful. However there was one incident where one member of my family had their earrings stolen from the tent. After looking and questioning the staff it was never found... beware.

Very nice stay otherwise!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

After being in the Mara several times we decided this time to try out the Mara Bush Camp. I just can say: WOW. This experience was really special. The camp itself (directly on the river) provides the real africa feeling. Hence in the middle of the bush it made extremely tasteful. Also the staff is very well trained and assists you with all your requests (how difficult they might be). One should not forget to mention the cuisine which is served there. To find such a quality in a bush camp is hard to find (I've been in many camps but never had such experience). Just can mention that we will be back there!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Just come back from Mara Bush Camp and the camp is simply out of this world, a simple yet 5 star experience you get from the camp is un matched. The camp is natural and easy, the experience is authentic and welcoming...... Mara Bush Camp is a top notch Eco friendly Lodge with all that it takes to offer the Mara Experience.

The staff are professional, personal and hospitable. Sabine and Nicholas kudos to you and the entire team.

I highly recommend Mara Bush Camp for your next visit to Mara.

Room Tip: All tents are the luxurious, comfy and private but tent 5, 6 and 12 are exclusively private......
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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6 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

No way to argue: come here to enjoy animals, nature, 5 stars service but at the same time feeling at home.
Everybody is helpfull, you just need to think something and you get it!
Excellent experience, thank you Sabine thank you mbc staff!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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istanbul
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We recently stayed at the Mara Bush camp for four nights. It was our third safari style holiday. The Mara Bush camp is small tented camp with personalized service, so you feel pampered and special. Sabrine, the camp manager, is very efficient and welcoming. She takes time to see each group off in the morning and welcome everyone back from each of their game drives.

The tents are comfortable and the room stewards look after every detail- including putting hot water bottles in your bed for the cool nights. Our only comment was the solar lighting was a bit dim for reading- providing small reading lights or recommending we bring one would be welcomed.

The food was excellent; well presented and nicely served. It was a pleasure to experience an African food night as many places shy away from serving local dishes. The wine election was very reasonable and the prices were not extravagant. Only the bread selection could be improved.

The camp makes a point of using local products and produce. The locally produced toilet items and soap were excellent quality and a nice surprise. The small gift shop makes a point of stocking quality locally produced products and we were pleased to make so many purchases there as many other shops sell mass produced "African style" souvenirs. The camp also helps support a nearby school and thanks to Sabrine, we were able to visit this school and take some gifts we had collected from home.

It was a nice bonus that a number of types of Kenyan tea, local coffee and homemade cookies were available free of charge, at anytime.

Many people who go to the Masai Mara stay in overly luxurious camps/lodges with everything from jacuzzis to swimming pools.( I don't know who they have time to use them anyway as the game drives fill up a good part of your day) For us a real safari experience means staying in a tent under the stars, experiencing the sounds of the animals and getting away from our hectic lives. The Mara camp lets you experience Africa in this way without compromising on first rate service and life's little luxuries.

Room Tip: rooms over looking the river are nice- room 5 seemed nice
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mara Bush Camp

Address: ..., Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 108 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Bush Camp is a luxury tended camp and discreetly ‘tucked away’ in a riverine forest on the banks of the seasonal Olare Orok River.The Luxury walk-in tents are equipped with large comfortable beds, mosquito nets, clothes rack, carpet and writing desk. The en-suite bathrooms have a flush toilet and hand washbasin. All tents have been placed far from each other to guarantee complete privacy and have a verandah with sun chairs. ... more   less 
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Mara Bush Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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