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“First but not last visit to the fantastic Mara Intrepids camp” 5 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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“First but not last visit to the fantastic Mara Intrepids camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I took my daughter, Rebecca (Becky) for her dream 21st Birthday present, a week long safari on the Masai Mara in Kenya. Our first 3 days were spent in the Mara Intrepids camp and wow what a start to the week. A very warm welcome when we arrived at the Ol Kiombo airstrip, just minutes from the campsite. A further warm welcome at the camp itself and met with refreshments and a quick introduction to the staff and guidelines for our stay. We were then taken to a beautiful large tent (18, right by the river), where we were met by an unexpected host, a lone hippo in the river, approx 50 m away. The tent itself was luxurious with a large and very comfortable 4 poster bed and a single bed, both with mosquito nets although we never saw any, plenty of furnishings for storage and hanging clothes, a desk with 2 UK style plug sockets above it, a toilet cubicle (proper flush toilet) and a wet room style tiled shower area. There were twin sinks, with hot and cold running water (hot water provided between 5:30 and 8:30 morning and night, but requests for other times, as required, can be made) and a few toiletries provided (essential to take toothpaste with you. Small shampoo and shower gel provided plus bars of soap, shower cap, facecloths, bath and hand towels) floors were dark wood with mats and the walls were canvas with meshed windows and roll up covers, which were closed at night. Outside, overlooking the river, was a lovely deck with seating and lots of trees around, for the local monkeys, bush babies and lizards.

Duncan, who took care of our room, was a very chatty and smiley young man, who always addressed us by our names and made sure we had everything we needed, every time he saw us. He put hot water bottles in our beds in the evening, while we were at dinner, which were very welcome in the chilly evenings.

The food was delicious, with plenty of choice at the lunchtime buffet and a well balanced 5 course evening meal menu (you can have as many or as few of the options as you like). Note that cold drinks, including bottled water, and alcohol are charged as extras but hot drinks are free. The dining staff were great fun, in particular, Julius and George, who were a great double act and played along with us in many jokes and japes. They also played a big part in organising a staff gathering for a Happy Birthday song and dance for Becky, including presenting her with a beautiful cake, with Happy Birthday Rebecca written in it. A great way to round off her special day, so thank you all once again for all your hard work and such a touching gesture.

There is a small but well kept pool, with sunbeds and plenty of towels provided, close to the bar area, overlooking the river. Attentive staff make sure you are supplied with refreshments whilst sunning yourselves.

The reception area provides ideas of trips you can do, at an added cost e.g. Fishing on Lake Victoria or a Hot air balloon trip, including a champagne bush breakfast, which we did for Becky's Birthday (fantastic experience). Suzanne was extremely helpful in general and made sure Becky got her balloon trip on her a birthday, despite there being a full booking for that day (great service once again).

Now, to the game drives...our guide was the legendary, extremely knowledgeable and fun, Raphael. The jeeps were open topped and open sided so you always got a great view, no matter where you were sitting. We tended to head out at 06:30 to catch the sunrise and the big cats on the move. We always saw plenty of the resident impala, Thomson's gazelles, Zebra, Topi (blue jeans), Eland, Elephants, Hippos, Cape Buffalo, vultures, eagles, ostriches, olive baboons, wildebeest, crocodiles...and then there were the lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals and eventually a leopard. The only thing we didn't see was the elusive black rhino. Next time... We did, however, see an unexpected lone Roan Antelope, which hasn't been seen on the Mara for many years. An exciting spot by the eagle eyed Raphael! The drives were always fun, albeit bumpy at times, understandably, and with the chilly June mornings, several layers are advisable, which can be peeled off as the sun becomes warmer. The jeeps have blankets in them to keep you warm.

Overall, we had a 5*+ experience at the Mara Intrepids camp, which was not only due to the accommodation, the location and the fruitful game drives but also mainly due to the very friendly staff, who always greeted us by our names and with genuine smiles and waves as they shouted "jambo" (hello). Edwin, the camp Manager, came to bid us farewell and we saw him again when we touched down at the airstrip on our way back to Nairobi. We really hope to be back in the not too distant future. Thank you all.

Room Tip: We loved tent 18 because of the location overlooking the river, however, you may prefer one a bit cl...
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  • Stayed June 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, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Indeed. This place is contagious. I first worked here in 1993 and i will never leave this Group. I served as Manager here for Four years and I am still associated with place in a different role. You cant go wrong with the Mara.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Stayed her on 15/16 June as part of a flying safari. Amazing place, airstrip just outside the lodge, could have walked in if they would have let us. Fantastic variety of animals within easy reach of the lodge. My wife spotted a lion in the bushes as we drove past, went back to it & the smell was awful. It was then we saw she was eating a warthog. Must have missed the kill by a few minutes. She was so close we could have reached out & stroked her, but I like having 2 arms. Food & service were superb, Francis our waiter was great, excellent service and a very funny man. Edwin the manager made every effort to make sure we were all happy, came round every meal time to have a chat & at the airstrip overseeing everything. Chefs also came round to tlak to us as well. Silas, our guide, very knowledgable and had eyesight with a 50x zoom lens, think he must have been the six million dollar man in a previous life. Struggling to find anything bad to say as it's all incredible.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Superb Indeed. So glad you came, you saw and you liked it
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Masai Mara was the last stop for our family's 12-day safari adventure. It was definitely worth the voyage! We traveled to Masai Mara from the Serengeti, which is geographically close in location, although because the border is closed between Tanzania and Kenya at the Serengeti/ Masai Mara crossing, most visitors fly in small planes to get from one park to another.

Our family was on an Abercrombie and Kent trip and had been accustomed to A+K safari drivers. When we got to Intrepid, we were all surprised not to have an A+K driver, but a driver from the Intrepid company. Our driver was "Tappen", and he provided the same top-notch service as did our A+K guides. He spoke very good English, was excellent at spotting animals (the Leopard is his favorite), and his personality was really funny, mellow, sweet and friendly. Great sense of humor! Super cool dude. He even taught us some Swahili slang and the lingo for the different animals. Great driver too! The roads at this park were more technical than at the other parks- lots of deep ruts and river crossings made the jeep trips adventurous, but I always felt that Tappen could transport us safely- no matter how slanty the vehicle got!

The accommodations at this lodge were very charming. Visitors stay in permanent tents which were very comfortable and provided adequate privacy. All the tents have nice bathrooms/ showers. Every night there is a slide show before dinner to talk about the animals/ culture in the nearby areas. We watched one about the Great Migration (don't miss it!) and Predators and Prey. The food is excellent here! Dinner can be a lengthy experience because it is served in courses, but it is certainly worth the wait. Delicious desserts.

  • Stayed June 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, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
You will never go wrong with Mara Intrepids. It will be our pleasure to host you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Its some time since we stayed at the intrepids but we're just framing the photos and it has reminded us to write a review!

This was by far the best holiday we have ever had. The tents are amazing and extreamly well maintained, the food is great and the staff are wonderful - nothing at all is too much trouble (including when we asked them to receive a massive fax for us and then scan and return it with our comments....it took a long time but they were happy to help).

Our driver was Matthew and he clearly lived and breathed the Mara. He always asked what we wanted to see and always found it. On the first day I asked to see some lions and within 10 minutes we were parked up beside 11 lionesses! We saw everything over the course of four days. Having spoken to other people who had been on other safaris at our beach stay after the Mara, we realise just how lucky we had been to pick this loaction - other people hadn't seen nearly as much. There was nothing Matthew didn't know and he was happy to answer our endless questions. He ALWAYS went the extra mile and stayed out with us between the breakfast and lunch drives so that we had hours and hours of safari.

We also had a lot of conversations with Edwin the manager as he wandered around checking everyone was happy. He also did a managers dinner one night which was absolutely first class...we sat around a fire talking and were served a lovely three course meal. Everything was perfect. He also arranged for a cake on our first wedding anniversary....again, he was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble.

I cannot stress enough how brilliant.this place is. The accomodation, the animals and the staff - perfect.

  • Stayed September 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, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
indeed. What a pleasure to have had you
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I stayed Mara Intrepids with my family for four nights with wife and 2 children from June 6-10, 2013. Last year i stayed for three nights in Oct for three night during migration time. This time we were in the family tent (1and2) overlooking the Talek River. The tent simply amazing. Right from the welcome at the airstrip till the check out and see off at the airstrip, Mara Intrepids has once again shown excellence in hospitality. The staff is courteous and well informed. This time our guide was Tappen who is a brilliant guy. He showed us Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant) during our various game drives. He knows how to maneuver around the park, keeps himself updated with whats happening around. Apart from the big five we had a great sighings of Cheetah, Python, All the antelopes. We did a lot of Birding as well. Tappen has great knowledge about Mammals, Birds and Flora at Masai Mara. John has been a good support as well.
The food quality is awesome. Tea/coffee/chocolate milk with cookies with wake up call, Buffet: breakfast, lunch and dinner is fantastic. There are three game drives but packed breakfast facility is available if you want to combine morning and afternoon drives. Julius served us well. Massage at Intrepids is really relaxing after strenuous game drives... Ann is an expert masseur at the camp. I highly recommend a massage from Ann. There is fully loaded bar as well. The gift shop can be upgraded. Evening slideshow by Chief is good. Overall we've had a great time at Mara Intrepids and look forward to our third visit in future.

For my pictures please visit www.facebook.com/amardeep.samra or www.amardeepsamra.com

  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BeutifulKenya64, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
So glad you liked it.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We did a 2 night 3 day fly in package and from the word go staff were so helpful and friendly and made you feel very welcome. Our game guide Teppon was so knowledgable and we also managed to see lion, cheetah and leopard on our very first game drive so what a start, he also had a great sense of humor so a lot of laughs along the way. Food really good and plentiful, our waiter for our stay was a lovely man called Julius and he looked after our every need. Daniel in the pub was very attentive too. From the wake up call with hot chocolate to the hot water bottles at night, can't fault this camp, would most definitely return!

  • Stayed June 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, Chief Operations Officer at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Indeed. We are honored to have been of service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The stay at Mara Intrepids well exceeded our expectations in every single way. Clean and comfortable accommodation with top notch service. Food was excellent and all home made (including the ice cream). We got to see different animals at every single safari ride out.

Josef Kange, our game guide, delivered way more than we could ask for. He's highly recommended for people who want to get great shots of different animals. Very knowledgeable about different animals and where to find what. He's our official Leopard man too. Go with him if you want to be a step ahead of everyone.

Nelson waited on us the whole way through for all our meals and went out of his way to make sure we were well fed and more than satisfied for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A very friendly chap who made us feel right at home and was a pleasure to have around.

Evans and Anthony were fantastic cooks who work their magic and their friendliness on the food.

Highly highly recommend Mara Intrepids for a safari vacation. No wonder there's so many repeat customers there. We're already decided to head there again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear Guest,
We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing with the World this awesome review.
Regards,
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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 111 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mara Intrepids Club 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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