Once booked thought it might be a bit far from the entrance gate of the Maasai Mara. However when we arrived we were excited seeing the 50-75 hippos taking their sunbath in front of the bar of the lodge. What a welcome after a day long driving from Nakuru! Friendly and helpful staff, cool towel and drink and still a game drive before sunset. Since Maasai Mara takes 45 minutes we did the periphery near the lodge. What a surprise to immediately see so many animals: zebra, wildebeest, thomson gazelle, impala, topi gazelle and eland with young of only 1 day old, buffalo, giraf, pride of lions and 2 cheetahs. Not a bad start! Lodge is under new South African Management and delivers superb quality. It is worthwhile the extra drive to the park entrance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mara River Lodge commands one of most spectacular views in the Serengeti - Mara ecosystem; the lodge lies on the Mara River at the edge of Maasai Mara Game Reserve and overlooks deep pools where crocodiles and hippos bask all day. Painted in traditional Maasai red ochre and lit by hundreds of lanterns, the lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and plants and is an attractive complement to the local environment. Guests can see hippos across the river from their tables as they sit down to enjoy the international cuisine on offer. Families of hippos spend their days basking in the deep pools beyond the bars and restaurant throughout the day. After a hot day's safari Maasai warriors in full regalia greet guests as they return to their 'bush home'. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara River Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve