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Amani Mara Lodge
Olare Orok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 61394 - 00200, Kenya   |  
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Alabama, New York
1 review
“Didn't want to leave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

(I hesitate to write this because I think this place is the best kept secret when it comes to the Masai Mara)

This was my first time to the Masai Mara. I chose Amani Mara b/c I wanted a more rustic experience. I didn't want a typical western hotel/resort in the middle of the reserve, with cable TV/spa/multiple floors/etc. Amani Mara was perfect. The most striking thing to me was the...silence. You are away from everything in the middle of the reserve. Hippos are milling about just below the reserve and sweeping views are there just outside your window, so you don't have to leave the grounds to experience the reserve. Also, the service was excellent. Ashif and Anna greeted me personally and were wonderful. The staff went out of their way to provide personal attention. The lodge and rooms are out of a movie. I didn't want to leave, and I can't wait to go back with my family. The food was excellent as well.

Staying here is in my opinion the best way to experience the masai mara.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our trip to the Amani Mara Lodge was truly wonderful, from the moment we arrived till we left (very reluctantly).
The Staff and owner Asif were so attentive to all our needs, going out of their way to make us feel "special" and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms, views, game drives and wildlife were amazing. It was with very heavy hearts that we left this "paradise" and cannot wait to return.The whole idea behind this lodge is unique due to it being owner built and managed and fitting in with the environment so well. While we enjoyed our game drives, i especially loved going on a walk through the reserve late in the afternoon, and seeing the horizon at sunset with all the animals silhoutted against it. We were lucky enough to see almost all the types of wildlife, hyenas, buffalo,wildebeest, lions, elephants, a leopard with his 'kill', hippos - in their pools, viewed from the deck of the lodge. Having 2 little children with us, we thought it may be a problem with the lodge, but they were outstanding with them, preparing meals at odd times and making them welcome. " KARIBU " - ALL THAT IS LEFT TO SAY IS " ASSANTE SAAN".

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

It is unique and beautiful trying to blend in and work with the environment. The action from the wild life around the lodge is huge there was a lion kill one night very close. Staff are all from the local community and very willing and friendly. The idea that it is reclaimed land that is now working to preserve the environment makes you feel like you are doing good while enjoying luxury. Truly a spectacular place.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Amani Mara Lodge is an experience of a lifetime. We were personally greeted by the owner, Ashif, and the manager, Anna, upon our arrival. Our drive in to the Lodge was extraordinary as we saw all types of wildlife, including a pride of elephants. The staff at the Amani were attentive, kind and informative. We enjoyed the personal service as well as the meals. Our lodgings were very comfortable. Walking to our personal lodge at night was an adventure hearing the hippos nearby. Of course, we were in safe hands as we were guided by staff to insure our safety. It was extraordinary to listen to the hippos and other animals mill about while we slept. The view from the Lodge is stunning. We had a constant view of the hippos and crocodiles. Our Masai safari driver, Simon, drove us directly to every possible animal the park has to offer (except a rino or leopard-but we were able to see these another time). Thank you, Ashif, and staff for a unique and life altering experience!

  • Stayed August 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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Cairo, Egypt
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20 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We are a family who lives in Kenya. We have been to Masai Mara many times. We spent 3 nights in Amani Mara Lodge and it was a great experience. The management is very attentive and present all the time working on solving any issues. Alex was our waiter and he hasn't saved any effort to make our meals. The meals were not the traditional buffet that you would expect in similar lodges. The lodge tents and location was unique among all of our previous stays in Mara. The view on the lake was fabulous and the animal noise by night was thrilling. The number of guests are limited and provides a high sense of customization. It is highly recommended to give it a visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kampala, Uganda
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner - Asif - and his staff, offered refreshing fruit juice and towels to wash our hands. From there on it just got better. The accommodation is unique in every sense of the word. Made to look like a large tent, our room had ample room for us and our 2 children. The balcony overlooks a small river with over 30 hippos (my favourite African animal) living there. Al of our meals were fantastic and Asif went out of his way to make our two kids feel special with strawberries and ice cream! We will definitely return - without the children next time probably. Thank you so much for making us feel at home!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ashif s, Owner at Amani Mara Lodge, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure hosting your wonderful family here at Amani Mara . We hope to see you back in the Mara and next time make it even more pleasurable for you and more quiet than last due to the larger group. Enjoy your remaining stay in Africa.
Regards Ashif
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Farmington, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed at Amani Mara for 3 nights during our E. Africa Trip. This is an OWNER MANAGED hotel with exceptional quality of service. Having been home for more than 5 weeks now; we still yearn for the hospitality and friendship extended to us during our stay- Joe the Masai Guy, Ashif the owner and the whole crew.

This property has a very unique structure and being an eco-friendly lodge is focused on conservation than the dime a dozen “big chain” hotels that sprawl all over Masai Mara. My honest word of advice is that if you are looking for a big buffet spread, 3 swimming pool, 3 to 4 restaurant style accommodation then Amani Mara may not be your “thing”. This is NOT Las Vegas by any means and that’s the beauty of this place. Isn't it?

When we were there they had 9 operational units/rooms. The artwork and the attention to detail here is immaculate. Most of the building material was locally obtained and the owners (Suleman Family) make conscious attempt to hire locals who are much more familiar with the land, environment and other issues pertaining to Masai Land. We enjoyed our trip and will go there again….

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #58 of 108 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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