Mara Intrepids far exceeded our expectations - which were high! Our three night stay was due to be the pinnacle of our 2 week Kenya trip, and wow it was! From the minute we arrived, every member of staff was friendly and welcoming, in a really genuine way. Julius, who assisted us every mealtime, learned our names on day 1 and was fantastic. We generally struggled a bit in Kenya with late evening mealtimes for our 3 young boys (2, 4 and 6 years) but Mara Intrepids were great - they took special orders for the boys at lunchtimes and their food was brought straight away in the evening, no hanging around waiting for the adults to order or for different courses (there were 7!!!) to be finished before bringing the children's food, as so often happens in restaurants. This was really appreciated. The food itself was amazing - everything beautifully presented and tasted great. 4 out of 6 of our party are vegetarian and the choice was very good. As for our game drive guide, Sammy, he was outstanding. He found us amazing and new spectacles every drive and was very patient with our less-patient offspring. How he spotted a leopard's tail in a dense tree, whilst driving, I do not know!! Nothing disappointed, everything delighted. Very much hope to go on more drives with Sammy in the future - only animal not ticked off our list is the elusive black rhino, so certainly need to try again for that one! (Though if you're reading this Sammy, we did manage to see the black rhino that Oscar adopted in Nairobi before flying home!).
Intrepids is situated in a great spot - never drove long before spotting giraffe, a leopard, hippos, and so much more. The airstrip is also a handy 5 minute drive away. We even had the pleasure of seeing a plane surrounded by a dozen or more lions when we made a quick stop to pick up more passengers at a nearly airstrip. Such amazing memories.
I hope we will be fortunate enough to return to Mara Intrepids someday (hopefully soon!).
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- Also Known As:
- Mara Intrepids Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara Intrepids Club Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve