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“Absolutely Amazing!! A holiday everyone should experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Masai Mara North Conservancy | P.O Box 260, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya   |  
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“Absolutely Amazing!! A holiday everyone should experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Words cannot express how grateful we are to the staff at Royal Mara for making our stay in the Mara such a great experience....

My husband and I have traveled a lot and we have never stayed with such lovely, hospitable, friendly, caring people as we did at royal Mara. The staff are the best we have ever come across. In particular, Camp manager James, Simon our driver, Steven our waiter and Steven the security guard, Samuel the security guard, Moses and Johnson.

The owners, George Snr & George Jnr, as well were amazing, so helpful and no request was ever too much for them.

The rooms were out of this world, they are huge all with a large balcony overlooking the river where the resident hippos & crocodiles are on display, all wood used inside the cabin & furniture is hand carved, and the attention to detail is sensational! The game drives were great as well, seeing 4 of the "Big 5" multiple times across the week and getting great pictures of them all. The staff took so much pride in ensuring we had a great time.

The food is restaurant quality, never once were we left feeling hungry. Great variety and wholesome good food. There are also only 8 cabins so it gives a very intimate feeling and everyone gets looked after well.

We would recommend the Royal Mara to anyone who is thinking of this type of holiday, we will most definitely be going back!

  • Stayed June 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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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Looking for a relax four-day holidays, we contacted Royal Mara Safari Lodge. Although the way of paying from another country was kind of difficult, we had an amazing time in the Lodge.
From the first beginning we were warmly welcomed. The staff, rangers, drivers, etc were kind and tried to make us feel relaxed and unwind.
The day when we were transferred from the airstrip to the lodge we could even see lions, zebras, lost of different types of antilops, hippos, etc.
It was useful to mention in advance that I was vegetarian, so they could prepare special food for me. However,every lunch menu was similar, but during dinner we got more interesting dishes.
Cottages are practically the same. We stayed in the cottage number 1 and 7, however we preferred #1 because of small details, although the hippos make more noise during the night.
We loved the picnic we had after visiting the Rhino Sanctuary. It is a must and highly recommended, as well as the visit to the Masai Community.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This was an astonishing trip. My friend and I spend 3 days at the Royal Mara Lodge in a beautiful wooden lodge next to a river full of hippo and crocodiles. Our meals were served overlooking the river and we had visits from colourful birds, monkeys, Eland,Mongoose and other assorted creatures as we ate. The staff were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble. Out on safari we saw the big 5 (though I don't really think it matters if you don't as there is wall to wall wildlife everywhere) and spent many magical hours pinching ourselves as we were a few feet away from lion, cheetah , elephant, rhino and giraffe. This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone ( except teens need to be keen as requires 6am start so I left mine at home!)

  • Stayed June 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Safari trips can be a mixed bag: you can get great accommodations but lackluster wild game viewing, or great game viewing but dismal rooms and service. This hotel gave us plentiful doses of both. Our room tent #6 was perfectly placed on the edge of the Mara River opposite a river drinking point where impala and zebra would come down to drink river water in the late afternoon. For the duration of our stay, we had our own hippo herd below in the Mara River that never seemed to leave except at night when they foraged. The first time we heard random hippo grunting 20 meters away we were startled, then it grew on us and reminded us where we were, and now we miss their hippo singing. Our room was bigger than we anticipated. Beautiful wood floors, carved furniture with carvings of animals big and small, massive king size bed fit for an elephant (as a skinny Turkish man I used very little of the bed real estate), safe deposit box, sink area, toilet area with carvings of a stork holding our toilet paper because tent #6 has the stork marabou animal theme, and large balcony area with sun chairs.

Meals: continental breakfast in the morning, mostly barbecue style lunches with salads, pastas and other sides, with European style meals at night. The soups at every sitting were amazing. On one afternoon the staff took all the tables out to the plains and we had lunch in full view of zebra and giraffe herds. We didn't pay for the outside plains lunch, and when we asked them how much it would cost they said no charge. Ok! The staff were always smiling and very friendly. At every meal they would ask how are we doing. We are doing great! How was the game drive? Excellent. The volume of wild animals running around the Mara is truly staggering. Every few minutes we came across something different. Lions cubs tugging on their mother's tail, elephant mama nursing her calf, giraffe walking across the horizon at sunset. Magical.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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Glyfada, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

From the moment our flight landed at the airstrip, we could see zebras, gazelles, warthogs (you name it) running free on the savanna. We were not expecting to see so much, so fast, during our 3 night stay. Before the driver took us to the lodge for check-in we saw a herd of 20 giraffe walking around, a herd of 50 or more buffalo, it just went on and on, and within 20 minutes we were overwhelmed. I asked our driver Julius if we would see lions on this drive between the airstrip and the lodge, and he smiled and pointed to a stretch of bushes in the distance. He told us the lions caught a zebra earlier in the night, had eaten, and were busy resting in the shade. "Would you like to see them now?" I told him it was too much to take in so fast, I needed to check in. He laughed and said that in the afternoon we would see the lion pride, and surely we did. But not before we saw our room at check in. The photos on the website do not do these rooms justice. The location is amazing right next to the river, and we could hear and see the hippos thru the day and night. I did not have high expectations given the placement of a hotel out in the middle of nowhere, but it exceeded my expectations with pleasant, tasty food and good, clean rooms. I also felt extra safe with the room on a wooden platform. On one night I heard a hippo eating grass behind the room. The manager James was especially friendly, as were the security staff, Steven and of course our driver Julius. When we finally found the cheetah, my heart melted. I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and safari seekers.

  • Stayed March 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

These people were really amazing.

1) the rooms are amazing: large, hand carved furniture, mahogany floors, double vanity, showers and private balconies overlooking the river.

2) the food was awesome. a new soup every night, meals in different places withing the camp as well as out on the plains in sight of many animals, and food that I would have expected in a hotel in a large city, but not in the middle of the African savannah.

3) service: our game drivers, our room keepers, and the waiters for food were all so wonderful. They not only provided great service, but were honestly interested in learning about us and making sure that we were happy with everything. We felt like part of the family there.

I went with my wife, but I will certainly be back again with family and friends.

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  • Stayed April 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
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st Petersburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

It is difficult to put into words my love for this place and allots staff. The Royal Mara Safari Lodge provided everything we had hoped for, great friendly, knowledgeable staff, good accommodation, excellent food and the most hospitable and can do attitude you could ask for. The game viewing was fantastic as was our guide James. In fact ALL the staff we outstanding. Having spent 8 days in this little corner of heaven we enjoyed it so much we are returning in June 2013. If you want the "best of the best" give the Royal Mara Safari Lodge a visit, you will not be disappointed unless you really are not into the wildlife.

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  • Stayed June 2012, 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
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Address: Masai Mara North Conservancy | P.O Box 260, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Mara Safari Lodge 4*
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 
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Royal Mara Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Royal Mara Safari Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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