Our tour agent booked us into Kempinski for the last 2 nights of our 8 day Kenya trip. Having experienced excellent service with another hotel chain thus far, we were apprehensive initially to check-in to a relatively new name in the Mara.
But the high quality of service and amazing game drives just was too good. The property apparently used to be called "Simba Court" (?) and was taken over by Kempinski just few weeks ago. There are just about 10 tents overlooking a river; no fencing between you and the Masai wild residents. A hippo obstructed our path to the tent one night. But not to worry - there are Masai warriors guarding the tents day & night.
The chef kept throwing surprise after surprise including a private b'fast by a hippo pool and John, the banquet mgr arranged a special little b'day surprise for our son atop a Masai hill at sunset. All very magical.
Thanks to Bernard, one of the 4 hotel wildlife guides and brand new Land Cruiser 4x4's we were up and down hippo pools and just few meters from a Leopard kill and Cheeta family's. We were happy to see they did not break any park rules unlike some other operators and kept to the tracks, yet discreetly took us close to many a Lion prides.
There may be other Masai properties with better vantage or years of experience under their belt; but I can say with confidence we have NEVER experienced a better treatment than what we got at Kempinski . So if you want to surprise your partner or kids, these guys can do it.
Thank you Bernard, John, the Chef, all the girls & boys at Olare Mara Kempinki - a big thank you ! See you again for the migration !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara is located in Olare Orok Conservancy. The resort comprises of 12 deluxe suites tents of which 1 is a honeymoon suite. The deluxe suites cover an area of 80 sq m and are furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its very own plunge pool, ideal for watching the sun set over the Mara and toasting to life together with champagne. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve