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“Amazing Mara” 5 of 5 stars
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Ol Choro Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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19 reviews
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“Amazing Mara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My family of four stayed here last summer and we LOVED it. The teenagers were duely impressed with their tent, bucket showers and food. Our hosts were beyond excellent and our guide through the Mara was absolutely wonderful. We cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richards-camp, Manager at Richard's Forest Camp, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear NatalieClaire,

Thank you so much for your post! We are so happy to hear you had a great time and we do hope to see you again sometime in the future!

All the best to you and your lovely family!

Kaila
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I hardly know where to begin my positive ravings about this camp. For our party of 5, it represented the ultimate safari experience, a luxurious oasis in the Masai Mara. Upon arrival at the airstrip we were met by our guide, who transported us to the camp, which I understand is the newer "settlement" of Richard's Camp, originally designed as a private camp. The location on the river took our breath away, as did the beautifully designed tented dining and lounge area. White canvas-covered plush sofas, beautiful decor, and so comfortable. The tents here were new; we had a super comfy king-sized bed, and a wonderful open air bath with all the comforts (and then some) of home. Lots of hot water. The food was divine and plentiful; we had dinner out on the plains one night and it was a fantastic experience we'll always remember. Our hosts Sean and Kayla were so wonderful and hospitable. Oh -- and did I mention the animals?? Finally, we saw a cheetah! Guides were great. Can't say enough. We were there 3 nights, and would have loved to stay longer. Nice little gift shop with locally made crafts, too.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Richards-camp, Manager at Richard's Forest Camp, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Dear Malia8,

Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was so nice to have you and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us!

Our Family tent is indeed up now! It has turned out great. We have had some families with small children in there and it seems to work really well!

We hope to see you again here!

Kaila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Our family stayed for two nights at Richards and we loved it.
We were able to see so many of the Mara's animals and on our last game drive a leopard, what more can you ask for! The guides were really great, and the service was outstanding,
breakfast in the bush, drinks by the hippos, and dinner by candle light.
The tents were comfortable, the showers are somewhat weak in water, and make sure to just drink bottled water.

Room Tip: All the tents have a great location and private , enough space between each one .
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarah H, Public Relations Manager at Richard's Forest Camp, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Borton Overseas,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Richard's Camp, how lucky with your leopard, they are so stunning.

We have also noted your comments regarding the showers and will look into this matter, thank you for bringing this to our attention.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards,

Sarah
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Five nights and my fifth visit to this lovely camp (previously with diverse family members). An incredible amount of wildlife highlighted by an exciting view of two leopards, spotted by the laser accurate eyesight of guides Sandera and Andy ; good companions in the Land Rover.
Very well looked after by Shawn and Kaila and the members of the camp staff - friendly and helpful, with a good sense of humour. Lovely tents and must mention very comfortable beds pre - warmed with hot water bottle for a good nights sleep: until a gentle awakening with a cup of tea before the sunrise game drive.

  • Stayed January 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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Sarah H, Public Relations Manager at Richard's Forest Camp, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear JM Ball,

Thank you so much taking the time to review Richard's Camp after your stay in January. Fifth visit - and we very much hope not the last one!

The game has been exceptional recently and guests a couple of weeks ago were able to spend the morning with Wild Dog - they came through camp as everyone was starting to rise and the rest as they say is history. They are a really rare sighting on the Mara and were in the immediate area of Richard's Camp for a few months last year and are now back again, a true reflection of the conservation efforts.

Many thanks once again and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind Regards,

Sarah Humble
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful experience we had at Richard's Camp in the Masai Mara. We have stayed at other places but this was unique in every way. Kiala and Sean manage the lodge and their care and expertise shows in every way. From the knowledgeable guides, to the incredible chefs and housekeeping, every element fit together to make our stay perfect. We will be back every year and bring more friends to enjoy this beautiful place, which is located at the most perfect spot in the Mara for game watching. I can't believe we saw leopard, cheetah,and lion on our very first day of the safari! Not to mention all the other animals that proliferate this area of the Mara. Every evening the sun-downers and dinner were magical, creating an ambiance that makes memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for a perfect trip!

Room Tip: All tents are luxurious and even though you are in the wilderness it creates the feeling of warmth a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Richards-camp, Manager at Richard's Forest Camp, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you Anne for taking the time to give Richards River Camp a review. WE really enjoyed having you both to stay, and we too hope that you will be back again soon! The rains made an appearance recently so everything is so beautiful and green!

Lots of baby animals as you said! We will be sure to pass on your comment to Lenkume, he never fails to surprise us with what he can spot!

All the best, thanks once again.

Alisa
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Washington, Ct, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My son & I spent 3 nights at Richards Camp and were treated by Kiala & Sean as if it was our own place. They were enchanting. Joseph & Sendara were wonderful guides out on the Mara during the day. The bush lunches & dinner on the edge of the Mara was fabulous.
The food & company was excellent & the memorable "bucket" showers refreshing!
We look forward to our next visit & recommend this camp to anyone looking for an experience of a life time.
Thanks Kiala, Sean, Liz & Richard

Room Tip: I was in tent #5 & my son #6 all the tents are spread a part and privately sited in a semi circl...
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

An amazing experience, beautiful tents with fantastic views! Everyone was amazing! When we were out on the Mara looking for wildlife we were always the first ones on scene. Thank you all so much it was great!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ol Choro Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #68 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in a cool and shady forest, which is home to resident leopard as well the elusive Narina Trogon (a beautiful forest bird), the camp looks out onto the Mara plains. Big cats, giraffe and all other wildlife are regular visitors to the camp's perimeter, while hippos graze the lawns by night. ... more   less 
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