We stayed at Mara Intrepids 3 nights after 2 nights at Samburu Intrepids. The two camps are very similar , but according to us Samburu had more intimate atmosphere despite the number of tents which is the same, probably because in Mara visitors are more.
Masai Mara is a wonderful park: the heavy rain of the previous days made everything greener and even though the grass was very high and animals difficult to see, we were able to spot all the big five just in 1 day
The camp is very nice, tents are like rooms in a hotel , they are very clean and comfortable.You can find everything you need from the mosquito repellent for your skin to the mosquito spray for the bed net , to a torch and many amenities The shower is quite big and the inside of the tent is well lighted in the evening.
The staff is caring and helpful.( we had hot bottle water at night , which we appreciated very much as well as the nice wake up coffee in the tent ) - the last day we were allowed to check out at two when we had the flight to Mombasa because no tourist s were expected to occupy our tent.- so very kind of the management.
One evening we had problems with the water in the shower and the staff was very helpful and caring and solved the problem very quickly ( we imagine it may be difficult to manage water for all the showers in places like that!)
A special thanks goes to Edwin the waiter who took care of us during our staying: he was lovely and caring always ready to help, exactly like the girls at the reception ,Doriana, always cheerful and smiling and the Masai boy . The general atmosphere was very friendly !
We liked very much the show at the end of the year where the Masai children of a local school performed dances and songs : really lovely.
We were also very lucky because we were given Silan as a driver : especially in the muddy areas where it was very difficult to manage the situation – due to the heavy rains of the previous weeks- he proved to be very a good and safe driver and a precious source of information about animals. He showed a stunning attitude to find animals. We strongly recommend him as a driver.
Another tip is to have breakfast in the savannah staying out all morning instead of coming back for breakfast and go back on a safari later.
We have been on a good number of game drives in the past 6 years in South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania but we must say that the number of animals that can be seen here is absolutely outstanding .
In addition the views in the park are definitely stunning .
We highly recommend a safari balloon which, despite being quite expensive , it is absolutely worth doing.
Just 2 notations:
1-Other reviewers pointed out that many tents do not have a nice views: not all the tents actually have ; the camp is in the bush along the Talek river and this seems to be in contrast with the famous Mara great plains. Anyway also in the bush the atmosphere is quite nice.
The advantage of the camp is that it is 3 minutes drive from the air strip and this allows you to enjoy the safaris until the last minute the day of your departure
2-the camp provides additional activities to the safaris: one of them is sundowners ( a drink with a few canapés ) in a location not far from the camp with a beautiful view. As the 30th dec it was my birthday we wanted to celebrate it having it ; but we were told that this activity is available only for a minimum of four people so unless we paid for 4 we couldn’t have the chance to enjoy it.; we were only two and so we missed it- which we regret very much .
Last thing :
We knew that wildebeests and zebras had migrated to the Serengeti but we expected to see at least a few of them: on the contrary wildebeests and zebras were completely missing .
It was a pity but this is a good reason for us to come back to Mara Intrepids again!!
Anna and Francesco from Italy
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- Mara Intrepids Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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