We stayed here from the 1st -4th Nov 09, myself, husband and 12 year old child. We have never done a safari before and didnt really know what to expect but we were met at the airstrip by Julius and knew then that we were in for a fab time. Julius was our driver for our stay and he was so warm and welcoming as well as being very knowledgable about the whole area, in fact he was from the local masai village as were many of the staff. On arrival to the the camp we were amazed at how beautiful it was with all the wood carvings etc. we were met by Simon and George with some welcome drinks and a talk about the camp itself. We were escorted to our tent which was far more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. Daniel was our room attendant and he bought us hot drinks in the morning as requested and nothing was too much trouble. Our son couldnt wait to get up at 6am each morning for the game drives. Each tent is situated along the mara river with the most wonderful views of the hippos and crocodiles. We had the jeep to our selves which we loved and Julius took us out for the game drives finding everything but the leopard. We felt very priviledged to have experienced being close up to the lions etc and to have seen the wild life in their natural environment. it is an experience we shall never forget. Julius took us to see the white rhinos which are guarded 24 hours a day, the journey is quite long and rugged terrain (we got a puncture on return) but it is well worth it to see the rhinos and the view from up there is spectacular. Julies also did us a packed breakfast which we had not far from the rhinos, this was amazing, very peaceful, amazing views just the most amazing experience to have breakfast out on the mara. During the journey you pass by many masai villages and see lots of children running to school, we wish we had taken pens and paper etc which we could have given them along the way.
After the morning drives you are taken back to camp for breakfast, and are greeted with welcome smiles and everyone wants to make sure you have the best experience possible. All the meals were fab and varied each day, and it was great to have your table set ready for your return either along the river for breakfast or by an open camp fire for even meals. My husband was celebrating his birthday whilst we were there and they made him a huge cake with his name iced on it and they had masai warriers come and sing and dance for him which again was something really special.
During our stay, Reagan took us on a bush walk which was fantastic, again he is so knowledgeable and a genuinely lovely man. The camp is open and guarded 24 hours, we felt very safe at all times. We were mesmerised to see crocodiles eating a hippo right in front of our tent on our last day.
We cant thank all the staff enough for the wonderful job they all do in making sure everyone has the best experience possible. we could quite happily have stayed their for the rest of our holiday. Our friends have been on 2 previous safaris's over the years and they said that the Royal Mara has been the best camp they have stayed at. They are building a new reception area and swimming pool which will be amazing when its finished. we would love to return here in 2 years time when it will all be finished. We stayed in tent number 1 which was right near the building area but this did not spoil our stay in anyway at all. Big thanks again to all the staff from the Smith family.
- 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