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“The BEST way to discover Mara and its wilderness” 5 of 5 stars
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Amani Mara Lodge
Olare Orok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 61394 - 00200, Kenya   |  
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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2 reviews
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“The BEST way to discover Mara and its wilderness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I spent almost a month with the family that own and operate this lodge. This place is a labour of love. The family is well respected in the community, passionate about conservation and has a wealth of knowledge about the local eco-system, culture and tradition.
Unlike places where you are just another guest, the Amani Mara ensures you are welcomed into the Amani Mara family, and ultimately the Masai Mara.
This lodge is located in the best location - away from traffic, mass-tourism hotels, and is just about 30min drive from where you can spot the Big 5 - without having to go through heavily used dirt roads.
You will be welcomed and treated like royalty, but the service you will receive is genuine and down to earth. Though priced higher, you will wonder how much each dollar is more than well spent. Meals are made with passion, with fresh ingredients from the local market and the lodge's fertile garden.
The beds are amazingly comfortable. Made from local hard wood, with the best pillows and doonas, you will get undisturbed rest to prepare you for another day of adventure and exploring the vast Masai Mara or the nearby ground.
Take advantage of the walks with local Masai guides. They are friendly, very well informed and ask to be taken to the hippo creeks.

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

The lodge has been built really well and attention has been paid to be every detail.
It gives you a feel of the wilderness and tranquility of masai mara.
The staff is among the most friendly i've ever seen. The food and service deserve a michelin star!
among the best lodges in masai mara and definetly look forward to visit again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

One of the most beautiful and peaceful places i have been to. The lodge is really appropriately named. Amani means 'Peace' in Swahili and i couldn't ask for more than i got at Amani Mara. The management and staff were so friendly, i was totally comfortable and at home. My family loved the break and i look forward to another stay at Amani Mara. I truly do. Amazing place! We even got to plant some trees!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Salta, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

You really have to experience it to believe how truely special Amani Mara is!
From the moment we arrived we were overwhelmed not only by the warm welcome from the friendly staff but by the stunning eco friendly lodge that looks out over the vast mara and river full of hippos, crocodiles and stunning birds. The highlight for me had to have been the early morning wake up call to sit on our balcony watching the spectacular sunrise, and lions chasing zebras right infront of the lodge! I can't say enough about Amani Mara - the food, atmosphere,staff, accomodation, and game drives were all out of this world! A truely unforgettable and special experience!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

How lucky we were! The lodge we orginally booked had some problems and by coincidence we ended up in the Amani Mara Lodge. Beautifull place and very friendly staff. The Masai guides were very skilfull and knowlegdable. Excellent food. Nature at your doorstep!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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east greenwich, ri
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I came here with my sister in April, 2011 for a 3 day safari after it was highly recommended by a friend. Although I very rarely post on websites like this, I wanted to this time because of the amazing experience we had. Our gaming trips were individualized - oftentimes it was just my sister and I along with our driver, who was very experienced at finding the Big 5. The tents we stayed in were very comfortable without feeling out of place in the Mara. I loved being able to sit outside our tent with a cup of tea and cookies, watching the sun rise over the nearby hippo populated river. The service here was outstanding - every was very attentive and friendly! Finally, the cost of our stay as significantly cheaper than many of the other safari lodges that we looked at. I would love to come back one day!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Words cannot describe the experience at Amani Mara, paradise definately has a new defination..

This was my first stay at the Amani Mara as a birthday treat and stayed in other lodges in the Mara and this by far takes the number one spot and will be the first choice of accomodation for all future trips to the Mara.. from the moment we were picked at the airstrip to the last minute when we returned back never felt like you are far from home.

All the staff were just amazing and made you feel at home, They even did a special birthday cake and song (adding the personal touch) ... game drives were just awesome and amazing ..

The rooms were so unique each design to take comfort to a new level and very cozy and warm. The hippos residing by the river near by made things a little interesting with their activities, lions roaring in the middle of the night was just a cherry on the top ... Having meals overlooking the hills and watching Zebras, Impalas, Giraffe's all graze while you have your breakfast or lunch.. Basically i could go and on and on ...
The yummiest ever meals... be it at the lodge or a special picnic lunch by the Mara river :-)
Had lots and lots of fun and definately looking foward to my next visit there ..
All in all Amani Mara Rocks !!!!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Amani Mara Lodge

Address: Olare Orok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 61394 - 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #69 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amani Mara is a peaceful haven located in Olare Orok on the the banks of the Ntiak Ntiak river in the World Famous Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. It is a small and exclusive boutique lodge with exquisite accommodation, with each structure beautifully designed to give unobstructed views of the scenery with minimal impact on the environment. Guests are able to view a variety of game right from the comfort of their own rooms. ... more   less 
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