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Mara Intrepids Club
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   C14 Keekorok,, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Top class safari experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stayed from 19 - 22 Dec 12. Just after arrival set off on our first game drive which was fantastic. This was our first safari so nothing to compare it against but it surpassed our expectations. We were woke up for our early morning game drive with tea and hot chocolate and nothing was too much much trouble for the super friendly staff. Each drive we saw different animals and apparently this site is centrally located so its easier to see a wider variety of animals. We got lucky as we saw a black rhino and a leopard. The tents were luxurious and the food was excellent - was expecting buffet but the food was approaching high end gourmet. Overall a wonderful experience and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Room Tip: We had a tent by the river which meant we could see baboons from our terrace!
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Hello Guest,
It was indeed our pleasure to host you. We do look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Till then it is a Happy new year from us.
The Mara intrepid Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

As part of our Seven day Safari with Lets go wild Safaris we stopped here for the Last two Nights. This is truly an amazing camp, outstanding in every way, tents unbelievable, the food was excellent both at the buffet breakfast, lunch and at the sit down dinner, The staff were so helpful, polite and ever smiling, We had Raphael as our guide and he was smart and polite, finding us all the animals including the Big5.The game drives were phenomenal and the wildlife truly wonderful, we saw 35 different species, This is one of those luxury tent resorts and they are amazing definitely 5 star in every way, Having stayed at many lodges and camps while on our seven day safari, Intrepids out shined the rest and we are glad it was our last stop. Big thank you to the Management and all the staff, Alex & Maggie

Room Tip: The Tent next to the pool gives you a better view of the river to the left there is a sandy area whe...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Hello Guest,
So glad you had a blast. We are so honored we were of service to you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We researched long and hard before deciding to stay at Intrepid, we certainly made a good choice. We flew from Nairobi with Safarilink - a remarkably smooth flight on a 13 seater plane (one of those next to the pilot!). We were met at the 'airport' by our driver and driven a few hundred meters to the camp. From the moment we arrived we were treated like valued guests. We have never stayed at such a friendly place. Our tent was very luxurious with a wonderful view of the river from our veranda. Our attendant, Musa, went out of his way to make our stay memorable - the same can be said for all the staff at the camp. Our waiter, Kirkland, immediately remembered our names which was very impressive. What can I say about the food? It was fantastic, every meal was a gourmet's dream.
Of course we were staying there to go on Safari and this experience was everything we had hoped for. Plenty of animals , we saw the Big 5 easily, and particularly enjoyed seeing some of the lions we had seen on the TV at home.
You can feel very confident choosing this camp, you will have a wonderful experience and will long to return.

Room Tip: Some of the tents are quite a walk from the Restaurant and central area, look at the camp plan if yo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
So glad you liked your experiences in Mara Intrepids. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I was on safari in September and stayed at MIC for 4 nights. This is a very well run luxury camp. We were made to feel very welcome from the minute we arrived to the all too soon moment we had to leave. The room steward Musa was always smiling and ably and quickly responded to any request we had, the dining staff were attentive and pleasant with special note of thanks to Denis who made every meal one to look forward to. Our guides, Tappen, Samson and Silas were all excellent and guided us on fantastic wildlife viewing and a much greater understanding of the Mara ecosystem. I highly recommend spending your time at the Mara at MIC.

Note that is a two minute drive from one of the main airstrips in the Mara as well so coming and going were done with exceptional ease.

Room Tip: This is a luxury tented camp. There really isn't a bad spot to be had.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Hi,
So glad you had a Ball. We can only look forward to seeing you again soon.
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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights during a 14 day A & K safari through Kenya and Tanzania. It was one of our early tent experiences of the 2 week trip in a permanent tented camp and it was great fun. Upon arriving, we were welcomed graciously with a fruit plate and cookies ( the plate personalized with our names in icing) in our tent. Everyday they refilled with fresh fruit and cookies. The tents are very well maintained though they are a bit close together and personally this would be a camp for couples, friends and families. A more intimate and romantic stay would be, I think from my visit, better at the Mara Explorer Camp nearby where the tents are much further apart and more remote - overall a much smaller camp than Mara Intrepids. I was very impressed with the breakfast and lunch buffets at Mara Intrepids which were extensive and also the vegetarian option offered daily. Dinner was served and was always a treat. Every evening a presentation, mostly educational about the Masai tribes, customs, and the local animals, was offered in the bar area which overlooked the Talek River. One animal that we heard but never saw was a bushbaby. He decided to scream one evening above our tent and it was a good hour later when he finally quieted down and moved on. The locals said that it sounded like a warning noise and that maybe he had seen from his perch high in the tree, a lion across the river. This camp was fenced so you could walk around after dinner by yourself unlike other camps that we visited that were not fenced. We also enjoyed going up to the lookout and watching the small planes land as well as the Marabou Storks sitting in the trees.

Room Tip: The tent that I saw that is close to the river is #18 while #19 and 20 are situated in a lovely grou...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
hello Guest,
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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The Mara Intrepid Club
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Spent 3 nights here last week. We flew in with SafariLink and got collected by our driver, Ketembo, who was to be our safari driver for our stay. He was an excellent driver and spotter, seeing things we would have NO hope of spotting, a leopard hidden in a bush, a cheetah on a safari truck (yes you heard right!!) a kilometer or more away!

The camp is only 2 minutes drive from the airstrip, so no lomg drive to get there! From arriving to leaving, we were treated like kings and queens. We got a very courteous and friendly welcome, with fruit juice and a nice cold towel, it felt like they were welcoming old friends! We got showed to our tent (number 11) which was a lovely tent with a great view of the river. Calling it loosely a tent, because camping it was not, this is GLAMPING (glamorous camping!!) the tent had 4 poster beds, teak flooring, flush toilet, shower, 2 lovely vanity sinks, a deck with cushioned relaxing chairs, basically all very luxurious. We had stayed at a tented camp in tsavo 2 years ago and we decided this was the way to go. We didn't want to stay in a lodge, to us, a safari didnt mean staying in a brick building not having the true experience of staying in the bush. We feel that staying in a tent does give you that true safari experience, feeling at one with nature, intrepids allows this, but with the luxuries of a 5 star room.

The food was absolutely Michelin quality, I have eaten in many great restaurants, and this was up there with the very best. How they can produce this high quality, high presentation food in the middle of nowhere baffles me (assume they get daily food flown in with the plane that we took into the Mara from Nairobi). The chef Tom has been trained in the very best hotels in Nairobi, and boy, it shows! Kirkland, our waiter, was equally proficient, within a few minutes he had remembered our names and during the stay always welcomed us, by name, with a huge smile and lovely personality.

Musa our tent attendant was fabulous and nothing was too much bother for him, which in fact, was the same for ALL the staff. When passing every team member, you always got a friendly and happy 'Jambo'. You can tell that they really love their job and the camp.

Edwin the manager regularly came up and chatted with us, wanting to know how our experience was going, what we saw that day on our game drives, and anything he could help us with.

There Was also a lovely girl whom I forget her name, but she did a masters in Eastbourne (a small world, my parents live next door to the part of Brighton uni that she studied in!!) her name began with a K. She was absolutely fantastic and so interested in our experience. She was so excited for us when we came back from our drives sharing with her what animals we saw!

Suzanne at reception also deserves a mention and everyone else whom I forget their names!

Tsavo will always be special as it was my first safari, but you can't beat the mara for the amount and different types of animals. In tsavo you could spend half an hour driving looking for animals (tsavo is MUCH bigger than the Mara). In the Mara within metres Of the park gates, you can see animals. We saw pretty much all of those who live there, from all the different antelopes (impala, tommy's, grant gazelles, eland, hartebeest etc), MANY lions (even the marsh pride of Big Cat Diary fame), cheetah (keke's daughter, also from Big Cat Diary, she actually jumped up on a neighbouring safari vehicle much to the amusement and nervousness of the occupants, but this was a regular happening and not unsafe at all), leopards, elephant, giraffe, loads of different birds (we liked the secretary birds!) tons of hippos (one small stretch of the mara river had 50, one started grunting and they all followed suit, a hilarious experience!) Nile crocodiles, baboons, and we were VERY VERY VERY lucky to see a black rhino in the open, one of less than 20 in the park, and they are usually in the bushes, this chap slowly walked from one bush area to the next, all in the vehicle we silent in absolute awe), and so on. The concentration of animals in the mara is second to none, and we feel that you can't beat it.

We did a walking safari with Jospeh, a Maasai. This was a totally different experience to being in the safari truck, he did a great job of talking to us about the various uses of plants and trees, got up close to giraffe and zebra, impala etc, we felt very safe as a ranger, Naomi, came with us to protect us (don't be put off that they have to carry a gun, it's exactly this that made us feel so safe, along with the level of knowledge of Joseph). A real MUST!!

So in conclusion, we were so happy we chose intrepids, after MUCH research We definitely chose the right camp! The individual care and attention we received was the best we have ever experienced in all our travels.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF! We hope to return. In fact, the percentage of return guests is incredibly high, around 40-50%. I am not at all surprised by this figure.

Room Tip: Tent 11 has a good view of the river (they all overlook the river, but this tent had a lovely patch...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Hello Guest,
So glad you enjoyed. I notice you have been in Tsavo before. Next time try Voyager Tsavo which we manage too.
I am sure you will like it. Let us know when you come next.
Good Day.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is my second visit to Intrepids and while I wrote a review last time I wanted to write another one to just say thank you to the amazing staff who made the trip even more wonderful than last time. I took my friend who had never been on safari before and I asked for Dennis to be the guide. When we were headed out I told him it was my friend's first time and we needed to see 'everything' and everything is what we got and more. He was very sensitive to the more experienced among us as well as the first timer. After 6 years of safaris in Kenya, this has to be one of the best. Dennis is a 'silver' ranked guide and it shows. As far as the camp, it is lovely as always. The tents are very well-maintained and the view of the Talek river just in front of the veranda is lovely. Julius, our waiter, was very keen to be sure we always had what we wanted. After the first meal, he knew the kind of bread, water, condiments we would request and they were on the table waiting for us. Edwin, the manager, was always present and helpful. But, as far as guides go.... Dennis really made the trip for us. Thanks to all for making it yet another excellent adventure.

Room Tip: If you are traveling in a small group - ask for the family tents 1-2. Otherwise, tents 8 - 12 have...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
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We are glad we contributed to an awesome stay at Mara Intrepids. We are glad your Guest was impressed too.
Denis is MAD. "Makes a difference" and I am so honored to be working with him.
Good Day
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Address: C14 Keekorok,, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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