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“Friendly safari camp” 4 of 5 stars
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Mara Intrepids Club
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   C14 Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Friendly safari camp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

From the moment our charter flight landed at the airstrip next to the Intrepids Camp until when we departed four days later, we were charmed by the friendly "Jambo" greetings from the staff and their happy smiles. Our tent was spacious, had very comfortable beds, and OK bathroom area, but located some distance from the dining area and pool, with no real outlook. Not all tents have a view of the Talek River. Recommend taking a torch to negotiate the pathway at night and early morning. One small bother was that our tent was near the Massage room, and found that when some of the staff sat chatting there in the afternoons, and when they were frequently getting water from a tap right next to our bathroom it disturbed our rest time. They were not noisy, but in such a quiet place the sound imposes. Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - very good food selection, pleasant eating lunch under the trees, wake up call with hot chocolate and biscuits in time for early morning game viewing was appreciated, and entertained one evening by young Masaii dancers. We saw game that we had not encountered on a previous safari, so were thrilled to see hippos (especially while having breakfast near the hippo pool), leopard sighting, and cheetah and young.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the Massage room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 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, March 18, 2013
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we are glad you enjoyed. The concerns noted and will be addressed immediately.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The accommodation, food, the game runs, our walk about in the Mara.... in short every minutes of our 48 hour two night stay was perfect! JOHN, our amazing guide went above and beyond to show us all that he knew was out there! We saw so much out on our early morning runs complete with breakfast under the Mara tree, then came back to the resort for a truly relaxing and enjoyable lunch... and off we went again for the afternoon/sunset game run...Wow! Our evenings were magical with a formal dinner and informative Massai presentation at the bar! Just Reseve, Pack up and Go! You will love it!

Room Tip: we had #18 and 19! River view!
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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, March 18, 2013
Jambo,
Indeed. What a honor to have been of service to you. We are glad you came.
The Mara Team
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed at Mara Intrepids Club in february. Our fantastic driver Silas Siele showed us the wild life with respect for the animals but understanding for our need for great photo ops.
Nelson treated us with great hospitality together with his colleagues, and Anna gave us massage.

Besides all lovely people working there I especially want to stress that Mara Intrepids Club has beautiful tents, situated by the river side. It is perfect in size, 30 tents, and the food was over all expectations. It has a boot camp trail for the ones with ants in their pants, and a pool with lovely fresh water for the lazy people.

I will certainly do everything i can to get back there as soon as possible.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, March 14, 2013
Hello Guest,
So glad you enjoyed your stay. We all look forward to hosting you again soon.
Good Day
The Mara Intrepids Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We 5 adults have just made our annual pilgrimage to Intrepids and it just gets better ! Our sincere thanks to Edwin , Nelson , Tappen , and John - all such lovely people - we still miss you ! great tents, perfect location and if you want to see the big cats well its unbeatable ! See you again next year. The Big Five !

  • Stayed February 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hello,
It was such a privilege to be of service.
Kind Regards,
The Mara Intrepids Team
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

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!).

  • Stayed February 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Hello Guest,
So glad you enjoyed your stay. WE do invite you to visit again.
Good day.
The Mara Team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Holiday of a life time. This place completely exceeded our expectations in every way! From the moment we landed every single staff member we came across were just so genuine, friendly and helpful. We travelled with our 10 year old children who also have not stopped talking about their holiday at Mara Intrepids. They were at a great age - wouldn't recommend for younger children. Firstly our family tent was divine and so comfortable to come back to after the game drives, just as you see in the photos - amazing! Beds very comfortable, clean - perfect. Little touchs eg the hot water bottles at night, the morning wake up with the hot chocolates and tea and biscuits - perfect. We were right on the river - had a croc on the bank for our arrival and lots of action noises at night of things running through the river. No matter what time we came back in the morning our 'tent' had always been cleaned and was ready for us again. The food - AMAZING!!! So much food I felt like a hippo when we left. Nelson our personal waiter was lovely and did a fine job for us all and was great with the kids. George deserves a mention too - he does a fine job and is a real character. The wine we felt was good and not over priced. I can not fault the food or service here. The game drives - omg ! Silas our guide was so professional and worked so hard to ensure we saw as much as possible. He really made our holiday and I thank him so much for that. Very impressed with his driving skills too! The girl in the kids club ( I dont remember her name) - so lovely and great with the kids! My children are so not into kids clubs but she managed to convince them to go along with her - they finally did it on the last day and they loved it. Had they done it the first day they would have gone everyday. It was great having the pool to freshen off for the kids. You don't have a lot of time to sit around but it was nice having it there for the kids. The pool is fresh but its nice. You will not go wrong by staying at this wonderful camp. It totally was a holiday of a life time. I would love to return!

Room Tip: Our family tent was fab. It's nice to have the children in the same tent as you especially with...
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  • Stayed February 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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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Hello Guest,
We are so glad you had such a wonderful experience at the Mara Intrepids. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Kind Regards,
The Mara Intrepids Team
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We were at Mara Intrepids for three nights during our stay in Masai Mara. The game drivers at Mara Intrepids are very experienced and do an exceptional job. The location is perfect and the tents are beautiful. The staff are all very friendly and helpful.

Well as for the rest, you really don´t feel the Masai Mara experience in this camp as it´s geared more towards the American tour operators. It´s more like the watered down Disneyland version.

The food is good, especially breakfast and lunch. I wasn´t all that impressed with dinner as it was nouvelle cuisine which I´m not a fan of. I really would have preferred a buffet as is done with lunch.

The camp does seem to have some security issues within the property as we were disturbed in our tent during a late hour by an intruder who was throwing objects at our tent and then running a pointed object along the length of the tent that frightened my girlfriend. I proceeded to phone security and the intruder must have heard this as we could hear him running away. The security people asked us for more information the following day but never heard anything further regarding the incident.

The camp is very nice but in my opinion, not really worth the money. There are so many other camps out there which don´t cost nearly as much and are excellent.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hello Guest,
Thanks for this review. I will follow up on this security issue that you have raised. As you know the unit is in the Reserve and has an Electric Fence all round it. ideally therefore you would hardly get an intruder in such a surrounding. However I will take it up.
Have noted your other comments too.
Kind regards,
The Mara Team
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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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Ranked #27 of 134 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mara Intrepids Club 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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