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“Almost perfect” 5 of 5 stars
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C14 Kerekorok - Siria Escarpment Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya   |  
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Davis, California
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“Almost perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Mara Siria is a nearly perfect safari experience. The accommodations are comfortable and open to the great views of the Mara. The tents are well separated from each other. All the amenities are there except piped water to the tents - so you have to give notice for a hot shower. (A triviality). The food is fine, or great considering the supply challenges. Service throughout is wonderful. In fact we wished they would back off a little at meals. Safari guides are really top notch. Ask for Paul. The 20 minute drive up the track from the plain to the escarpment edge to the camp is unbelievably rough. It was hard to take after a long day out in on the plain.

The following criticism effectively evaporates once one arrives at the camp; the website is spare on details. For instance the luxury tents are a lower value than the deluxe. But these terms are distinctions without difference in English. Since no prices are listed one does not know what you are buying. The reservation process with Safari Tours is frustrating because one can't get answers to specific questions, or commitments regarding a particular tent, or any other special request. They ask for all the money up front but provide very weak documentation.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

What can I say except that my experience was phenomenal. From personalized attention during the booking process, fabulous accomodation, friendly, helpful staff, and an INCREDIBLE guide, my safari adventure was perfect. I plan to recommend Mara Siria to everyone I know and hopefully I will be able to come back and visit again someday in the future.
The site is set on hilltop with a spectacular view of the Mara. Zebras and giraffe are frequent the camp area so it feels like the safari experience continues even after the game drives are over.
The friendly staff are accomodating but not intrusive and really make you feel welcome. Paul was my safari guide and he was absolutely, hands down one of the best guides I have ever had on any vacation. He is so knowledgeable and taught me so much about the animals I saw. Highly recommend!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Without doubt my favourite place to stay when on safari. The staff are wonderful, they are polite and friendly, the food is excellent and nicely varied. The drivers, ours was Jesse, were knowledgable and interesting and most of all the setting and the wildlife were superb. You must try and stay here if you can!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We booked our Safari through a travel agent in Nairobi, Phoenix Safari (not helpful & informative enough) and stayed in the Mara Siria Camp.
3 nights under the stars, this beautiful camp is situated along the ridge 1000ft overlooking the Mara plain. each tent is sparsely spaced from each other with an environmental understanding encompassed with the natural surroundings. There are no fences, as is the way of the Masai people, so you may hear wild animals near your tent grazing at night which made for some excitement.
There is a Plunge pool built into the rock face & heated by the masonary with a Safari shower nearby to warm up or cool down depending.
The food served, by our very entertaining Maitrede Maurice was piping hot, exquisite & locally sourced. There was an additional cost for soft drinks & alcohol which I wouldn't consume if your are taking a prescription of Malerone; we found out a day or two after our trip after a night on the sauce in Nairobi.
Joel, the camp managed took care of us and our arrangement most warmly & the camps naturalist, Leshau provided very interesting facts & information about the Masai people & the surrounding nature on our Nature walk, an addition cost of $10 pp.
Definitely a place I would love to visit again, especially with its exceptional location & wonderful wildlife to discover nearby.
Asante sana rafiki

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Mara Siria Camp is situated on top of a hill in the northern part of the park, right by the Mara Triangle. It has, by far, one of the most (if not THE most) breathtaking view of Masai Mara. The staff was wonderful and we were treated like kings by everyone we met.

The tent was large, spacious and well maintained. There are “normal” toilets in the tent but no other running water. Not that we missed it! Remember, this camp is situated in the middle of the Masai Mara, far from any large city. Still my wife, our two daughters (7 & 8 yrs old) and I were more than satisfied. The staff would warm up water for our showers and fresh drinking water was placed in bottles in our tent. If you’re hot you can take a dip in the small pool. I have never experienced a better view from a pool.

There is no fence around the camp and so now and again we were greeted by wild animals such as zebras and impalas along with a wide variety of birds. After dark, a masai takes you to dinner and back for your safety. If it is the first time in Mara, it is good to know that evenings can get cold. Therefore, it was wonderful to find that the staff had placed warm water bottles in our beds during dinner.

The safari was amazing and we had a picnic by the Serengeti border, organized by the camp and our guide to make up for the fact that we arrived at the camp later than expected the previous day due to heavy rains. The second day we took a hot air balloon over the savanna and had breakfast with elephants walking around us. Amazing!

This camp proved to be so much more than we had ever expected (and I have lived 4 years in Kenya). Our only disappointment was the fact that we had only booked two nights and not four. We could easily have stayed longer, even a day without a safari, simply enjoying the wonder view, a good book and a drink as the sun sets behind dry horizon.

A great big thank you to Iris and Phoenix Safari for helping to organize this wonderful trip. We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Our family of four stayed at the Mara Siria Camp for 3 nights and truly enjoyed the entire experience! This is not a top of the line luxury camp, but was in many ways an even better experience (we have stayed at those as well). The tents were perfect for what we needed, the personalized service excellent (even preparing special meals to accommodate a food allergy), and the view unsurpassed! The camp is situated at the top of the escarpment with unbelievable vistas! We saw every safari animal on our list - even the elusive leopard. The cost is excellent value for the service and overall experience. We would not hesitate to return to Mara Siria again!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

As others have remarked, "luxury" in the name may mislead some. This is a solidly comfortable, well-managed little resort that has nailed many important ingredients, starting with the friendly, knowledgeable staff who are all willing to go the extra mile. I certainly wasn't expecting full-service game drives with just one other person sharing an open-sided four-wheel-drive that was perfect for photography. The drive up and down the escarpment didn't feel that long, and was less bouncy than some of the park tracks. Fabulous views, including from the front porch of my tent (13 or 14?). The tents are very large for one or two people, with flush toilets and a private outdoor shower (plentiful hot water under a starry sky - sign me up!). Shared tables and a little lounge help in striking up conversations with the other guests. The meals are tasty and the packed breakfast for our early-morning game drive was plentiful, but not precisely gourmet. Please don't come expecting Aveda toiletries and champagne mimosas for breakfast! The overall reasonable price should tell you that this is not over-the-top luxury.

Do come if you want your game drive guide to know a lot about animal behaviour and to have cultivated such good relationships with all the other guides that he can pick up the radio messages and bring you to one spectacular sight after another. Can't say enough good things about Paul, after a short two days that included two lion kills, cheetahs, a rhino and Oh My Goodness, a herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River even though this was near the very end of the migration. Others had waited all day to see that; Paul figured out the golden moment to show up! Lots of birdlife and all the other animals you could normally hope for, too.

Booked through Phoenix and was very happy with their door-to-door service from Nairobi. It is not always easy to feel perfectly safe as a woman travelling alone in Africa, but their seamless transfers were just what I needed. What a weekend! Thank you all so much.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C14 Kerekorok - Siria Escarpment Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Siria is a specially designed luxury tented bush camp for those travellers who want to experience a true wildlife safari off the beaten track. Mara Siria Camp reverts to the original spirit and to the true meaning of “Safari” by offering individual services and private atmosphere.The camp's location on top of the Siria Escarpment offers an unique and stunning view into the plains of the Maasai Mara Triangle and at the Mara River. ... more   less 
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Mara Siria Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Siria Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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