We booked through Emirates holidays, who recommended the Mara safari club as a 5 star tented lodge- and they weren't wrong! There are many hotels that would struggle to meet the standards set here, and I never realised how much you could fit under a canvas roof! Our tent was positioned right on hippo corner, with amazing views down the Mara river. The four poster bed was amazingly comfortable, and the bathroom facilities were superb and clean, with a rainforest shower and dressing gowns provided. After our dinner we returned to the room and got into bed, and found a hot water bottle beneath the sheets - perfect for keeping warm at night - the resort is at 2000m, so there is a definite chill! We had absolutely no problems with insects inside the room - which was impressive given our proximity to the river - but do be prepared for the occasional baboon scuttling across your roof! The staff were fantastic, and the selection of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner was superb. Now on to the fun stuff - on our first afternoon we went for a game drive, and in a single afternoon saw giraffes, wildebeest, buffalo, zebras, antelopes...and a pride of lions! The Masai Mara reserve is HUGE - and unlike some other reserves the cars are allowed to explore most of the terrain, as opposed to sticking to set paths. This means that, thanks to the radio links between cars, you would have to be very unlucky to not see any big cats during your trips. The balloon excursion is expensive, but one of the greatest experiences of our lives - viewing thousands of game animals from a height is breathtaking, and the morning was completed with a full fry-up served in the middle of the savannah! I can't imagine anywhere better to go if you have never been on safari.
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- Fairmont Mara Safari Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Fairmont Mara Safari Hotel
- Mara Safari Club
- Fairmont Masai Mara National Reserve
- Masai Mara National Reserve Fairmont
- Fairmont Mara Safari Club Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve