Stayed there for two nights on 15 & 16 August from the moment we landed at the nearby airstrip to the moment we left everything can be described as truly amazing.
The camp tents, if you can call them tents, are better than some 5 star hotels. We had a family tent which was more than big enough for the 4 of us. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here and their service is second to none. On arrival at the gate we were met by the resident Eland who is domesticated and loves attention. Steven met us in reception and explained the camp rules and what we would be doing during our stay. The food here is brilliant with a good selection and outstanding quality (our first lunch consisted of soup, T- bone steak and desserts to die for). The price of the drinks is also very reasonable with a good choice of wines etc. Meals are taken overlooking the Mara river with a log fire burning in a pit during the cooler evenings.
Thank you also to william our very attentive waiter who could not do enough for us.
The tents overlook the Mara river and on this stretch they have their own resident pods of Hippo and several crocodiles also inhabit this area and you can watch them from the safety of your tent going about their daily routines. Of a night time you can hear animals wandering around the grounds safe in the knowledge that the camp is well protected by the staff.
Our housekeeper Simon kept the place spotless and woke you up prior to the morning game drives with fresh tea/coffee or hot chocolate. The laundry in this camp is also incuded in the cost and when left comes back ready for you the next morning.
The game drives with our guide another Simon were stunning, Simon knew all the animals habits and their territories and within two hours we had seen as four of the big five (no rhino) Simon found us the three resident prides of Lions, Leopard with a kill (zebra up a tree) Cheetah with two cubs and his knowledge of the animals was brilliant. He also knew the best places for us to get some stunnig photos of the landscape. We wanted to see rhino so Simon took us the next day to a place where he said we would get close to Rhino, about an hours drive away from the Royal Mara. On arrival at the place we got out of the vehicle and were introduced to a ranger, Peter, who then took us on foot into the bush where we walked with the two resident rhinos a truly amazing feeling and one which we wil never ever forget.
Also whist at the Royal mara we did a bush walk with Reagan one of the camps staff and he showed us things and places you would not see from a safari vehicle this walk lasted about 1 1/2 hours and was very informative. We also did a night drive with Simon and Moses and saw a different side of life in the bush. Simon and Moses found us a leopard hunting, pride of lions, white tailed mongoose and an Aardvark. The area around this camp is teeming with wildlife of all varieties and importantly the staff of the Royal Mara know their importance to the area and to the conservation of the species resident there.
Sadly when we had to leave to continue our safari at other camps George junior was there to wish us a fond farewell.
I would recommend this camp to anybody, their customer serviceand attetion to detail is second to none. We will be going back there one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Mara is a luxury safari and game viewing lodge located in Kenya's world famous Masai Mara, home to the annual Great Migration of the Wildebeest. We are situated directly on the Mara River with six riverfront guest suites. All suites are raised upon wooden decks with full mahogany flooring and original hand carved furniture. See the same wildlife-rich areas as broadcast on the BBC Big Cat Diary. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Royal Mara Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve