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Sarova Mara Game Camp
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya   |  
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“Magnificent is an Understatement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The Sarova Mara is my favorite hotel of all time. We spent 10 days in Kenya on a mission trip with friends and finished our stay at the Mara. I came in not expecting to love the safari experience, but I was completely blown away! We were met at the landing strip with fresh juices, cool towels, and Tony our driver. He also was our safari guide for the weekend, and he was the best. We immediately went on a game drive, and the landscape was breathtaking!

The hotel is absolutely magnificent. You enter through a long covered bridge to an outdoor lobby made of beautiful dark woods. The lodge encompasses beautiful hardwoods and natural stone. Massai warriors give a show in the lobby for guests with traditional dancing. The restaurant is also beautiful with a gourmet buffet of items from around the world. The lobby bar had live guitar and a fire in the fireplace. We spent our nights on the patio with a chimenea and a glass of red wine.

The tent rooms were just beautiful, cozy, and luxurious. They all had hard-wood floors and designer touches. We actually had a regular King room with zip-up door, and the door was no problem at all. The windows zip up at night for privacy. The bed was heavenly with high quality linens, down, and pillow-top. We had a mosquito net but didn't have a problem with mosquitos in the room. Great size dressing area and bathroom with walk-in shower. There is no heat or air in the rooms. But they bring hot water bottles for your bed at turndown to keep your bed warm through the night. My favorite part was the sound of the rolling stream and birds in the background. The tents are below a beautiful canopy of trees, and the sounds are simply enchanting.

The property is spiraling with stone sidewalks and covered bridges over the river. My husband spent the afternoon fishing and had a ball catching loads of fish - all catch and release! The pool was beautiful and a great place to catch some sun. There were lots of outdoor games to play if you're into that. I had a great massage, and it was only like $40.

The Safari is breathtaking. I'm not a morning person by any means, so getting up in the dark to go on Safari was not my heart's desire to begin with. But it was so worth it. Watching the sunrise over the Mara was one of the most magnificent images I've ever seen. We had the Bush Breakfast with giraffes in the middle of the Mara with no other human in sight. Champagne with gold flakes, Mimosa's, hot breakfast, fresh juices. We loved having Tony and Sarova as our safari guide each day. The Sarova land cruisers were so much more luxurious than the other safari vans that people had. Tony made sure we saw absolutely everything and was so kind and knowledgable. We learned so much from his stories about the Mara and Massai life. I can't say enough good things about Tony!

Sarova Mara is nothing less than perfection. We've traveled all over the world and stayed at the most luxurious and the most simple hotels. Sarova is quintessential Kenya. We will be back and wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else in the Mara. Of all the hotels I've stayed at in the world, this experience takes the prize. My advice - stay longer than a weekend! You won't regret it. Can't wait to return with the family next time!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed in Mid-April. Excellent reception, very clean facility, well staffed. Even have in-house doctor. Standard room was extremely comfortable. Everything you need is in the room. Food was buffet style and much of it cooked to order. Nice pool. Generators go off between 2400 and 0400. Flash-light and candles in room. Would stay there again without a doubt. Highly recommended. No need to look elsewhere during your safari.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed here for two nights while doing game drives they the Mara. I am not a camper, but was able to survive in these tents!! King sized bed, running water and hot water bottles at night made me a happy camper!! There are no doors or locks just tent zippers. We had no problems with this at all. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was the best!! Best bread pudding for dessert! We saw a lot of animals while game driving and even got stuck in the mud super close to a herd of elephants. We even visited the Maasai village while staying here. That was an Experience I will never forget and I would recommend it. Just wear some closed toe shoes you will walk thru mud and cow dung. You will learn a lot from them and how different we live.
We loved coming back at night and sitting by the fire pit while drinking a Tusker or two. This was the busiest place we stayed, but it was still quiet and very enjoyable.

Just beware this is about 39km down the bumpiest road ever!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Very professional hotell, used to groups. Food and restaurant was very good and the "tent" luxourious! The best part was naturally outside the hotell area. We saw leopard, lions, buffalos, both white and black rhinos, chakals, hyeenas, elefants and my favorites - giraffas!

  • Stayed March 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you get a club tent. Well worth the money. You can sit on your porch and watch the animals.

The other tents just do not cut it.

We visited kenya on a lion world tour package. Wonderful pricing. Super value.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We did stay here 3 nights with our children (8 and 10 yo) this to have a perfect closing of our great safari with Africa Veterans Safaris. Helpful and friendly staff and a great location. The connected family tents are just perfect ! During breakfast, lunch and dinner everybody was very attentive and helpfull ! Very happy that we had this very positive experiene !

Room Tip: Connected family tents are perfect when travelling with children.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

First time here and just loved it. We upgraded on arrival to one of the luxury tents overlooking the camp and were not disappointed. made such a difference and the extra cost was worth it. The peace and tranquility were almost overwhelming.
The tents themselves were just lovely. When we stayed the temperatures dropped a bit at night and it was quite cold. the best thing ever one night was walking back to the tent in the evening after dinner and finding three hot water bottles had been placed in our bed! What a lovely touch that was, and so needed :)
All staff were lovely and friendly, and always at great pains, especially in the restaurant, to explain all the daily dishes to you. Must admit, I am quite used to going to hotels where the buffet dinners are huge and high quality with loads of choice. Although there was not as much choice here as I have been used to we always found at least one or two items each night that we absolutely loved, and always went back for more.
The hotel is perfectly located for the game drives, I think we did six in our four day stay. The early morning drives were my favourite, and actually really romantic. Luckily just me and my fiance and driver. It was very special and we have memories that we will always cherish from here.

Room Tip: Upgrade if you can! Negotiate with the reception for a better deal, we did and it worked.
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  • Stayed January 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
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Mara Game Camp 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nothing quite captures the true spirit of East Africa, like a safari in Kenya’s richest game reserve, the Maasai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp offers front seats to nature’s most breathtaking show - the wildebeest migration. The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle where, from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass. Sarova Mara Game Camp is well positioned to enjoy this unique phenomenon. The rolling plains around the Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, during the migration months and the Camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. Sarova Mara Game Camp is also the ideal choice for those seeking a richer experience of Maasai Mara that goes much beyond just game drives. By virtue of its location and layout, the Camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village. ... more   less 
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