Keekorok is one of the most prestigious “regular” places to stay if you don’t want to spent outrageous amounts per night (and it’s recommended by Lonely Planet). It’s a big place and very well situated; the moment you drive out of the area you are having your game drive (but that probably applies to all places in the area). In fact, as there are no fences you ARE actually already in the park (although there are some natural barriers). We saw a zebra when we returned late to our chalet. That type of room is small but has all the facilities for a positive stay. But please beware that the chalets come in two, and if you haven’t the rented the other one for your group (we were just with two persons), you have to deal with that. On our first night I got our neighbors to quiet down in the middle of the night, as they woke up very early (probably for a balloon trip) and we could hear every word of their conversations (they were not even speaking out very loud) which seemed to go on forever. We had a little talk the next day, and they were much more quiet the next night. There is Wifi (with OK connection), but that’s only available near the reception (you can pay for 1 hour or for 24 hours). The hippo pool is well-known, and you can reach if by a fine board-walk. There is a good pool, and there are some hammocks within the ground. Every night the local guys from the Masai have their tribal dance. There is a souvenir shop with some good items. Overall, what was best (and which applies to East-Africa in general) is the staff. All of them are friendly, relaxed and very helpful. They are just out to make it a good time for you. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always guarantee positive behavior of guests. Please be beware that this is a multi-cultural place where different people from many different countries (Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Asia) have different ways of behavior. The restaurant is ok, nothing special, and aimed at the large crowds. Finally, the place is visited by people who have something to spend, and the prices are accordingly. Expect to pay a few dollars/Euros for just a cup of coffee. So, for us it was a mixed experience, which nevertheless was positive overall. And you will be absolutely be focused one nature only when on safari!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over 700 square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains encircle Keekorok Lodge, the oldest property in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya. The lodge was opened in 1962 and is ideally situated in the direct path of the spectacular animal migration that occurs every year from July to October. Guests can experience unparalleled safari adventures and morning and evening game drives are a must for anyone visiting the reserve ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keekorok Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve