First time to Africa and first time on a Safari and everything surpassed our expectations! We decided on the Fairmont Mara Safari Club because I get an excellent travel industry rate at Fairmont's across the world and when I found out that Fairmont had a Safari club in the Masai mara it was a no brainer! Travelled with my husband and 3 boys (17,15,12) We took Safari Link to our air strip from Wilson Airport and we were greeted with cold towels by Fairmont Staff and a welcome drink right beside the air strip! We felt like celebrities! On our short drive to the Club we lucked out and stumbled upon 3 lions who had just filled their bellies with Zebra. What an amazing start to our trip of a lifetime!
Check in was a breeze and we were guided to our luxury tents (34 & 35) I had my reservations about sleeping in a "tent' as I am used to 5 star accomodations and I have to say the luxury tents were so beautiful and the only thing that felt like you were in a tent was the canvas walls surrounding your beautiful 4 poster bed, tiled floor and 5 star bathroom including bathrobes, rain head shower, regular toilet, sink, tons of outlets, blow dryer, coffee maker, mini fridge and all the regular ammenties you get at a Fairmont. Everything was spotless and the fact that you were in a tent with all of these 5 star ammenties is an experience you can't get just anywhere! We LOVED laying in our bed listening to the hippo's, birds and wildlife surrounding us. The river below us is filled with hippos and monkeys were swinging from the trees! It felt like a dream or a movie scene and we were plopped right in the middle! Every morning we were woken up with a friendly "Jambo!" and hot brewed coffee and biscuits to start our day! Our boys received hot chocolate or coffee whatever they had requested. Each night our beds had plaid covered hot water bottles in them, keeping our beds toasty warm when we crawled in after a long day on a Safari.
The food was amazing!! The selections and quality were some of the best we have ever experienced, The chef was very talented and he even took special requests and prepared our favorite "butter chicken" dish just for us one night! There was plenty of fresh fruits, salads, drinks, desserts and mostly "a la carte" meals. Lunch was served outside and 2 of the days they served a buffet with all of the dishes served in clay pots on stands. Everything we tried was outstanding.
We booked our Safari's and transfers through Adventure Wildcats Safaris instead of going with the Fairmont Safari's. We were very pleased with Adventure Wildcats. Our guide Peter was very knowledgable about every animal and bird we came across and we loved the flexibility to decide when and where we wanted to go out on our Safari's. Also we had a private vehicle which I would highly recommend! I received excellent service with Hamadi Njoroge (founder of African Wildcats Adventure Safari's) and he made sure his staff was there to greet us at the airport or transfer to our hotel to and from the airports. I would highly recomend this tour company if you are looking for a private, personal service experience. We saw 4 out of the Big 5. Leopards are not easy to find in the area we were in and this would be my only hesitation in staying in the same area again, as we were told that other areas of Masai Mara had more animals and more of the big 5. Our friends were staying at the Mara Sarova Camp (different area of the Masai mara and they saw 100's of elephants and all of the Big 5 in one day and we saw approx. 20 elephants and only 4 of the big 5 during out stay. There is a bit of a trade off though as we saw tons of Buffalo and they saw very few. Our accomodations were 5 star all the way and I got the feeling that the Mara Sarova was maybe a 3-4 star feel.
All in all, our experience at the Faimront Mara Safari club was amazing beyond description. It was a once in a lifetime kind of trip for our family and we were blown away by this place! It was a dream come true and the accomodations, food, service and Safari were first class in every way. We will never forget this trip!
we stayed in tent 34 & 35. Mostly quiet except for the odd hippo belching at night!
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April 10, 2013
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Thank you very much for taking the time to share the amazing experience of your recent stay at Fairmont Mara Safari Club!
We are glad that we surpassed your expectations on your first ever Safari in Africa and that you and your family had a great time enjoying especially our luxury tents with 5* ammenities, warm and engaging staff, amazing food with great selection, talented staff and great game drive experience all culminating into a trip of a life time!
Thank you for your great feedback and we look forward to welcome you back to our hotel next time you visit Africa.
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