It's hard to put in to words how amazing our 6 nights at Royal Mara were. We cannot say enough good things about our visit from start to finish. From being greeted at the airstrip by Julius on day one, through our last morning game drive on our final day with Simon, everything was perfect!
We were constantly impressed by the food. The variety of soups that preceded every lunch and dinner were always amazing. The setting for meals was even better. The breakfasts and lunch by the river provided constant entertainment. We loved watching the hippos and crocs in the water and all of the beautiful birds and monkeys along the banks. Dinners around the fire pit were relaxing and delicious after a long day of game drives. The wine and beer were surprisingly inexpensive. Joshua, our waiter, is a very special person. Completely genuine and provided flawless service. He even taught us many words in his language so that we were prepared when we went to the Masai village.
The game drives were simply stunning. We saw the big 5 and so much more! Julius did an amazing job of alway finding the big cats (and anything else we wanted to see). We never knew what we were going to see next. From an elephant stampede to a pride of lions feasting on zebra, to jackles and monkeys fighting, we always found something remarkable. The walking safaris with Steve and Samuel were also awesome. A great way to stretch your legs and see the beautiful scenery.
The room was perfect! I especially enjoyed napping during the day on the daybed with the sounds of the river and all the animals in the background. The bed was very comfortable and we did not get a single mosquito bite during our entire stay. Thanks to Mark, our room attendant, for always keeping our room perfect and bringing drinks to our room. We always enjoyed our walks to and from our room, and to meals/game drives with Moses and Samuel. They were always waiting to keep us safe and enquire about how we were doing and what we had seen on our game drives.
If you are debating on whether or not to book Royal Mara, stop debating and do it! You will not regret it. After our first emails with George, everything was taken care of and straight forward. We are already trying to plan another trip back to Royal Mara as soon as possible to see all our friends... and the animals.
FYI the electrical outlets are three prong Great Britain style. Bring lots of sunscreen and clothes for all weather. The early morning game drives could be quite chilly.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Mara Safari Hotel
- Royal Mara Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve
- 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