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Mara Intrepids Club
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   C14 Keekorok, Kenya (Masai Mara Reserve), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Fantastic, wonderful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My wife, our 15 year old daughter and I spent 4 days and 3 nights here in mid July.  The camp is situated on the bank of the Talek river, with luxurious tents set on solid foundations. Ammenities include wood floors, seperate shower and toilet, really comfortable beds. Wifi is available at the reception area, cell phones work fine with a tower nearby. Electricity is available almost all the time (off between midnight and 5 am).  The beds were turned down at night and a hot water bottle was placed in under the comforter.  Really special!!! So was the wake up call, where our room steward Gedion would come to the tent with hot coffee and tea, which we had ordered the night before.

We had an absolutely fantastic time here. The staff are superb. They were consistently warm, helpful, and really genuine. Abby and Francis were our waiters/tress, Both were always welcoming and friendly.  They remembered our names the first day.  Many of the staff are Maasai, who have grown up in this area, and they know it so well. The food was consistently good. 

We have to mention our guide Samson. He has to be one of the very best guides in the business! His knowledge of the animals and their behaviour is astounding. He can see animals miles away, when they are just specks on the horizon, knowing immediately what they are, how many of them, and where they are going. Often, we would be the first vehicle at a particular viewing spot (with the best location), and others would follow. His love of the animals and the entire environment is obvious. He stopped the vehicle at one point to pick up a pop can that some bonehead had left behind. He is warm and funny, and we feel so lucky that he was our guide.Thank you, Samson.

  • Stayed July 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, July 23, 2013
Hello Guest,
We are all so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We do look forward to seeing you soon. Do refer your friends too.
The Mara Intrepids Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed two nights with our grandson as well as at 6 other lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. Mara Intrepids was the best experience of all. It is in the midst of a superb game viewing area. Sightings start as soon as one leaves and continue all day. We saw several animals that we did not see anywhere else. We also got better views of many animals we saw elsewhere.
Now to camp itself. Luxurious tents with all amenities.The best food we had while on safaris. Wonderful dinners. But don't miss the wonderful breakfast crepes with carmelized sugar.

The staff were friendly,very helpful and more than willing to make an extra effort. One noticed i was n't feeling well and arranged for the medic to see me.The medic quickly recognized my unfavorable reaction to my malaria medication and saved me much misery by switching to another.

All in all, an exceptional experience I wholeheartedly recommend.

  • 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
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Guest,
We are truly glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We all do hope that we shall host you again soon.
The Mara Intrepids Club Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We were so thrilled with Mara Intrepid! We booked last minute and had an excellent experience from the questions that were answered promptly when booking to the staff member who stayed with us until we were safely on the plane back to Nairobi. The staff were all exceptional, from check in to dining to room steward to Anna the best masseuse and John, the most wonderful guide. John really made the trip. We spent about 17 hours on game drives on our two night, three days of safari. John is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and knows the area so well. He is Maasai and was happy share his knowledge and answer our millions of questions about the animals and the Maasai people. The landscape is so vast, with so many animals! We enjoyed every minute. He is very thoughtful and passed out Maasai blankets on the chilly mornings. He is also a gifted photographer. He made sure we were well positioned to get the best photos possible. The location in the middle of the Mara was also ideal. The guides all work together to share locations and maximize the animal sightings.
The rooms were very well appointed and very comfortable. The tents (real tents!) had hardwood floors, cozy beds with down comforters, two vessel sinks, and a great rainshower. Absolutely clean, fresh, and well maintained. The morning wake up service with hot coffee and cookies was a wonderful way to start the day. Vey highly recommended camp!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, July 23, 2013
Dear Guest,
I can only agree with you that indeed John is a very gifted Driver Guide. Indeed the Mara Intrepids has some of the best Driver Guides i have ever known.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
Regards,
The Mara Intrepids Team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Just placed a review of the Samburu Intrepids and the Mara Intrepids is an equally amazing camp. Edwin (manager) and his staff were phenomenal! We happened to be there when there was a very large traveling party at the camp at the same time. They were always very loud, rude, and very demanding. Yet the entire entire staff worked super hard to patiently accomodate their wishes and still with a smile on their faces. The staff works very long hours and this group of tourists was quite disrespectful and treated them what I think was poorly. The staff also graciously accommodated all our needs. From our last minute game drive changes to our late night hot water requests for the shower, they did it all!

I definitely recommend the Nature walk with "Chief" the camp Naturalist. The feeling of being out of the truck and walking in the reserve cannot be described, only experienced. Thank you again for a very memorable vacation!

Room Tip: Tent 30 is the last and farthest tent. It is very private but if you have mobility issues it might...
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  • 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
    • 3 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, July 23, 2013
Dear All,
We are all so grateful you enjoyed your stay immensely. We do look forward to hosting you again soon.
The Mara Intrepids Team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Can't rate our 3night stay at Intrepids highly enough.
Airstrip right beside camp but don't worry, this is not Heathrow! Camp nicely set out amongst trees and shrubs and next to river, tents VERY comfortable: huge bed, mossy net, ensuite toilet, separate shower, wardrobes etc etc, food and drink all wonderful, staff outstanding: friendly, helpful and very willing (have to mention the manager Edwin who was great at going round tables at meal times making sure your day had gone well and answering any questions, Abi who attended to our every need come meal times and also at the bar and Vincent our guide who was very knowledgable and made our safari a real top 3 lifetime experience), some really nice touches were the selection of hot drinks (coffee, tea or hot choc) brought to your tent at time of your choice before 1st morning safari which was at 6.30, hot water bottles put in your bed in the evening so cast toes when you went to bed not to mention my birthday cake brought by the entire restaurant staff, chefs and all singing and dancing!
As far as safari went our 1sr drive on day 1 we saw elephant, giraffe, hippo, lion and leopard what more can I say but it just got better and included cheetah, croc, fish eagles, vultures, buffalo, black rhino and more.........all from the comfort of very new long wheel base land rover, soft top which was luxury compared to some of the vehicles we saw out and about!
Other general comments:
Flight into Mara with SafariLink - weight limit 15kg was cumulative, our party of 5 had bags weighed en mass. Plane sat approx 12, bus stop service so we were 3rd drop, very glad to get there after overnight flight from UK
Water: free in safari vehicle, not in camp 250ksh/litre
Safaris: 3/day you can do as many as you want, by day 3 some of our party missed 1st one. Left camp 6.30, 10.30 and 3.30 and lasted 2.5-3hrs each. Poss to combine them, we combined 2 morning safaris 1day and took breakfast with us, great idea, went a bit farther and no hurry to get back.
Drinks: beer (Tusker) 400ksh for half litre, cocktails 800-900ksh and well worth it (pimms cocktail was like a starter in the restaurant!), house red 300ksh/glass and very drinkable.
Temperature: daytime shorts and t-shirt, night time cool! Long trousers and jumper!! Getting into the pool was a challenge!!!
All in all just an outstanding experience!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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BeutifulKenya64, COO at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
So glad we made a difference.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were surprised at the size of our tent and how quite the overall camp was. We did not have a view of the river because our tent was #25 but it was in a very quiet area. We still could hear the hippos and was suite a few smaller animals around our tent. The food service staff is absolutely amazing! They took care of every little thing at all three meals every day we were there. Francis the head waiter always made sure to check in with us at each meal as well as if he jut was us walking. I was most impressed that he remembers our names from the first moment we told him. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a great experience and food too.

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  • 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, Chief Operations Officer at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Great. We are glad you enjoyed
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed in tent 20 during our recent safari in Masai Mara. The Intrepids camp was quite
nice. It is about a quarter mile from the airstrip, and located directly on one of the small
rivers feeding into the Mara, complete with a suspension bridge. The tents are quite large,
and equipped with running water, showers, and toilets. The electicity is provided by generator,
and goes off in the mid-afternoon when most guests on on game drives, and again late at night.
Similarly, hot water is only available at ceretain hours, but you can arrange with the front desk
to have it turned on at any time you like. The pool and bar area are very nice, as is the open
air dining area. Meals were very good, with buffets for breakfast and lunch, and menu service
for dinner. The game drives from the camp were excellent, and we spotted 4 of the Big 5 here
(no rhino).

This is a very good permanent tented camp, and well worth visiting. We would do it again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BeutifulKenya64, Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Club, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
It is true we are found where one can see all Animals within a very short circuit. We are glad you enjoyed.
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Mara Intrepids Club Hotel
Mara Intrepids Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Address: C14 Keekorok, Kenya (Masai Mara Reserve), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #16 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mara Intrepids Club 4.5*
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