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“Luxury lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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C14 | Keekorok, Kenya (Masai Mara Reserve), Maasai Mara National Reserve 58402-00200, Kenya   |  
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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“Luxury lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

We stayed at this lodge while on a safari in July 2007 but I just noticed that I never finished reviewing the lodges for that trip. Our experience here was very brief- one night. We were upgraded here after we had booked and paid for the safari and only stayed for one night-a $200 increase in price. We had a fabulous safari but until now had stayed in mid-priced lodges, all of which were very nice. We arrived at about six P. M. after a long day and left the next morning after breakfast. The lodge has a magnificent setting on a hill over the Masai Mari. The entire lodge is extremely modernistic in design- lots of concrete-almost looks industrial. The reception area looks out over the Masai Mara through several stories of glass. The individual accomodations are all separate cabins with all glass fronts which overlook the Masai Mara. The room and bathroom were definitely more luxurious than places where we had been staying-the sheets had to be those multiple thread sheets you read about- very nice. Dinner that night and breakfast were excellent- no buffets-individual service and dinner was gourmet. We didn't go on game drives from here but as others have noted the road to this lodge is probably the worst road we were on in Kenya- a very slow experience and we wondered if guests would get sick of it, especially if they went back and forth twice a day for morning and evening safaris. The pool and grounds were magnificent. The service was superior but of course that was the case everywhere in Kenya.

  • Liked — Views/luxury room
  • Disliked — Access road
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2007

Whilst on holiday for two weeks in the Voyager Resort, Kenya we booked a 3 day air safari to the Masai Mara with Bruno who operated on the beach at the Voyager on behalf of a local travel agency!

Before we went to Kenya, we had read all about people booking safaris with vendors on the beach and this guy - Bruno's - name kept coming up in really good reviews. I must admit though i was still a bit aprehensive about it, but the experience i had from booking the trip right until i came back again was nothing short of Excellent.

We booked to stay for 3 days, 2 nights at the Mpata Safari Club which was rated 5 star and it cost us $700 each which was a bargain in comparison to booking with holiday reps.

Included in this price was return flights from Mombassa to Masai Mara - what an experience the very small plane (which incidentally was also carrying others who had booked through holiday reps for so much more) took off and landed 3 times before it got to our hotel airstrip - it was like a bus! 2 nights in a beautiful lodge, all meals (including the most wonderful picnic breakfast on our last game drive), the services of a professional and highly experienced game ranger who found us almost all of the Big 5, as well as a total of 4 game drives of which the last one was a half day!

The Food at the Mpata Safari Club was excellent. As we were there low season the place was pretty quiet but it is Japanese owned and run and is clearly of such a high standard because it caters for hundereds of discerning Japanese tourists every year.

The actual rooms were lovely too, i think rustic is the right word. Although you aren't staying in a tent, as you can in some safari camps, it is still pitch dark and pretty cold at night - they sort this out though as when you go out to dinner each evening you return to your room to find a cosy hot water bottle in your bed! Also, even though you are in a room you can still hear the sounds of wild animals - all be them small ones - scurrying around outside - it honestly is amazing! The electricity automatically cuts out between 11pm and 4.30am and is also off for a long spell during the day, we were so impressed by this "eco-friendliness" in a place were electricity really didn't fit in anyway!

One small thing that i will mention - if you are like me and will face a lion or goliath for that matter but are utterly petrified of small insects - beware! If you leave your lodge lights on at night you will come home to hundereds of moths in the room! This is avoidable though by simply keeping only the very top light on so they all remain high up and you can have a nice moth free sleep! You may also on occasion find a wee lizard or two in your room just ask reception to deal with this for you and they will remove them!

When you arrive at Mpata you are allocated a game ranger who will take you on your game drives for the duration. We were so lucky! We got allocated Geoffrey - who was without a doubt the best in the whole of the Masai Mara! I know this because with the exception of the rhino which evaded us, we saw everything... lions, cheetah, all the various deer, elephants, monkeys, warthogs, hippo and even a real live kill and so much more i can't even list them all!!! And it was always Geoffery who tracked and found these things and who then got on the radio to other vehicles for them to see it too.

You will hear people say that if you book Safari's outwith the normal holiday rep deals you will all get piled into a big bus and it won't be authentic - not true. We went in a toyata land cruiser and there was the two of us plus two other girls that came with us from the Voyager and we had a window each and could get our heads out of the roof anytime we wanted it was amazing. We had only just met the four of us and we shared a truly wonderful experience!

I need to apologise now for having written a novel about a 3 day experience - but i hope this gives you some small idea of how utterly amazing this trip was and i hope you get a chance to do it some time!

  • Liked — Rustic, in the heart of the Masia Mara with amazing views!
  • Disliked — Nothing! Well maybe the Moths - but what can you do?
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2007

This hotel was located 1000 feet above the Mara River over looking the National Reserve. There was a central complex housing all the public areas - lounges, dining romm and bars with the swimming pool area adjacent.

The accommodation was in individual thatched huts and connected to the central area by pathways. Each of the huts was circular and had a large bedroom with a bathroom behind and a balcony in front. The front wall of the bedoom was glass and gave the occupants an uninterrupted view over the Masai Mara.

The penalty for the magnificent view was the half hour journey to the Reserve for any safari but the facilities made up for that in every other way. The staff were extremely helpful, the food was outstanding and the accommodation was perfect.

The hotel provided the driver/guide and the vehicle and they gave us some of the best safari experiences of our African holiday. We saw the big five, we saw cheetah, hippo, crocodile, jackal, ostrich, hyena, giraffe, many gazelle, many birds and above all we saw the start of the wilderbeest migration. An emotional experience to say the least.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — The extra half hour travel (each way) to the National Reserve
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2007

I have stayed at a few lodges in the Mara over the years and this is by far the worst. If you have never been, obviously you would like it.

Location: It sits at the top of a hill so the views are great. However it is its location that is its downfall. To get to Mpata from the main game area takes 30 minutes. This means you loose 30 minutes to get to the animals so in effect loose 1 hour on every game drive! Also If you are unlucky enough to be there when its raining, you will struggle to get back to the lodge so your driver will probably cut the gae drive short at the first sight of rain.

Food: Stay at Governers, Oloololo or Mara Serena and you will be presented with a fantastic buffet lunch every day. Here we had to tolerate a 'just ok' a la carte menu, meaning our choice was limited. Heaven help you if you are a vegetarian! Its only because Ive been spoilt by better lodges that I was struck by this. Apparantly the lodge has a famous chef who makes great Japanese food but he was on holiday!

Rooms: Nothing here to like nor dislike. Only issue is the abundance of glass means a hot room during the day and very cold room during the night. But then you get the same thing if you are staying in tented accomodation. The jacuzzi is only available in the Dulux Rooms.

Service: Great as it in in most lodges in Kenya.

Unlike other lodges its also impossible to get a cold drink during the daytime which is when you really need it. They should really invest in some cool boxes because the other lodges seem to be able to get you a cold drink even though they dont run the generator all day.

All in I would not go back to this place. It was ok at best. Not worth the money spent.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — The food, distance to the game, lack of cold drinks during the day
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St.Helens, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2007

This was our first visit to Kenya and so, of course on safari here. We were inundated with ideas and offers as to which safari to take and eventually went for the Masai Mara overnight. Mainly for two reasons, firstly we didn't know what to expect as to whether we would enjoy it or not and didn't want to stay too long in case of that reason. Secondly we wanted to experience the animals close up, in the Masai Mara you can drive straight up to the animals as I'm led to believe you can't do in Tsavo East and West.

That said we finally booked with the beach boys at our hotel in Kikambala, the Sun n' Sand Resort.

We arrived on day one via a ten seater airplane from Mombasa which was an experience in itself. We then went on our first drive en-route to our lodge. Within the first half an hour we saw giraffe, elephants and a family of cheetah that came so close to our jeep we felt like reaching out and giving them a stroke (thought better of that though).

We arrived at our lodge and were instantly impressed by the greeting by the staff who supplied us with fresh drinks and showed us our rooms.


The lodges are situated on an escarpment looking out over the Masai Mara. The views are fantastic, especially the sunrise. There were two single beds that face the large windows which overlook the Mara. A fully equipped bathroom with twin sinks, shower and toilet, and fridge with mini-bar in the main room.

The main hotel consists of bar, library and restaurant and all have views over the Mara.

The food here was the best we'd had all holiday. Four course meals with choice of starters and main. Steaks, chicken, octopus all cooked to perfection. At night time whilst having your meal small buckets of hot charcoal are brought to the table to keep you warm (be advised it does get really cool at night so bring a long sleeve top or fleece, I KID YOU NOT!!, it was blooming cold).

The outdoor pool again has views over the Mara but unfortunately we didn't have time to try it out.

The overall decor of the Mpata has a modern feel yet keeps the feel of a safari lodge, all with a hint of japanese architecture.

Our stay here was fantastic and would without doubt recommend to other people. The only down side, if there is any, is that the drive up to the camp could, I imagine, be a bit tedious if you were staying here for a long period of time. Saying that the views when you get to the lodge are well worth it, and you get to see lots of wildlife on the way.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2007

My boyfriend and I have just returned from the best safari experience ever. We stayed in Mpata Safari Club in Massai Mara after one night in the Nairobi Safari Club (highly recommended hotel - not modern but with a soul). We flew from Wilson airport in Nairobi and boarded a little Kenya Airways flight. We were met at the airstrip by Florence from Mpata Safari Club who knew our names and took us to a jeep who took us to the Club. The location is fantastic on an escarpment overlooking the National park. Accommodation is in individual bungalows with that wonderful panoramic view. We arrived there on New years's eve and the dinner and entertainment they laid on was just fabulous. The game drives (one at 6am and one at 3pm) are in roomy jeeps with a maximum of 6 people in it. You can stand in them and stick your head through the roof. we saw so many animals and could observe them from very close by. Our driver Chantrag was a mine of information and the best driver we ever met. Throughout our stay the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The best organised safari ever. Highly recommended. We also stayed for one night in Mara Siria which is a bush camp a few miles from the Club. These are luxury tents and we had the most incredible experience walking through the bush with the Massai guide called Lishow and a visit to a Massai village where we were able to give sweets to the lovely children. The happiness on their little faces when they saw the chocolate made it all worthwhile. Cannot thank staff at both locations enough for a wonderful experience.

  • Liked — Individual and roomy
  • Disliked — Liked everything
  • Tips/Secrets — bring some sweets and little presents for the children of the Massai village
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: C14 | Keekorok, Kenya (Masai Mara Reserve), Maasai Mara National Reserve 58402-00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #87 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mpata Safari Club is perched right on top of the Oloololo escarpment in the world's famous Masai Mara. The Club is endowed with a breathtaking view of the panoramic Masai Mara and the Mara river. ... more   less 
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