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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amani Mara Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve