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5.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   C14, Keekorok - Masai Mara Reserve | Mara Bushtops private Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stayed between 2nd July and 5th July 2013.
We were greeted from the local airstrip by a guide and Masai warrior in the bushtops Toyota land cruiser. From this point on we were treated fantastically. We had an initial game drive before being greeted by the manager Georgot. He gave an informative welcome chat along with a refreshing cool towel and drink.

We were introduced to Geoffrey and Joseph our guide and Masai warrior who would look after us on our game drives for the next few days.

The accommodation and food was first class. Little touches of putting hot water bottles in our bed at night and on the seat of our land cruiser for early morning starts was great. The temperature at this time of year at night and early morning is quite chilly.
The camps vehicle like everything else about the camp is first class. The land cruisers are able to cope easily with the terrain unlike some other camps vehicle which are cramped and in some you have to stand up looking out of a roof hatch to see anything.
Bushtops don't over crowd you in their vehicles which hold 6 guest each having an outside seat so no blocked views. I never saw them put more than 4 in each vehicle unlike other who crammed people in.
The restaurant run by Stephen was excellent producing meals that would rival most major city restaurants in the Uk.
All round excellent service from staff who couldn't do enough for you. Would love to return one day. Thanks to all at the Mara Bushtops for an excellent start to married life for us both.

  • Stayed July 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We have just returned from our stay at Mara Bushtops where we also had our wedding.What a truly magical experience. Georget and his team offer a first class personalised service that met our every need. Our guides Alfred and Stanley ensured our safari's were memorable experiences at all times and they were fantastic company.The food is outstanding (thank you chef Phillip) accompanied by the best waiters you will ever meet- thank you Stephen, Joseph and Emilki. There is a butler service that makes your stay extra special, especially the hot tub and G&T on return from safari ( thank you,Joyce).Our wedding was everything we could have imagined with a magnificent Masai ceremony that we will always remember.A return visit is a must!

Room Tip: We stayed in dicdic tent which had amazing views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Bushtops, Owner at Mara Bushtops, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Dear guests,
thank you so much for this wonderful feedback on your recent stay and wedding at Mara Bushtops.
We are delighted that your wedding was everything that you could have imagined and that our team in camp made your stay so magical.
Wishing you all the best and we very much look forward to hosting you again hopefully in the not too distant future.
Best regards
Andy & Claudia Stuart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed for the 2nd time here because we love everything. The tent are the best we ever stayed in. Indoor + outdoor shower + hottub. The best bed we've had when we go on safari. They have a la carde menu (thanks chef Philip). Bushtops use open cars With love Space for the legs and everyone sitt comfortable and are able to take Perfect photos while sitting Down. We find it's a must. You can desite weather you want a hole day safari, a morning and afternoon safari. They have their own concervancy so you can also have gamedrive by night. You can eat bushbreakfast or bushlunch. We find that is Perfect. You can have a hottub after a hole day on safari. They have names on the tents: A = Antilope B = Buffalo I = Impala. They also have a pool With stunning view over the savana. We recoment it HIGHLY and we'll come back to this Place.

Room Tip: You have the same Comfort in each tent. You also have a Family tent. If you don't want to walk t...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 June 10, 2013 via mobile

Bushtops is the best of both worlds! You get the offroad experience in their own conservancy and just 20 min to drive into the mara main gate. Brilliant staff! Lawrence we salute u, Charles our guide and james our Maasai spotter !! What an amazing experience! Pampered beyond belief, special touches, awesom safari car, amazing food, I don't know what more to say ! Thank you bushtops , you are the best!

  • Stayed May 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had booked our second stay at the Mara Bushtops over the easter weekend, and took the liberty of booking the 2 bedroom leopard suite which occupies a prime position within the lodge and very near to the dining room.
Our experience was fantastic and we enjoyed every moment of our stay in the Mara Bushtops. The 2 bedroom suite was spacious with its own hot tub, outdoor dining and indoor living room along with the opportunity of taking your meals and massage in the suite.
The food and beverages was world-class even though we were vegetarians.
The service was exceptional which included an early morning light breakfast at 4am before the balloon ride.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the 2 bedroom leopard suite especially if you are a group of 4
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  • Stayed April 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 April 23, 2013

After visting Mara Bushtops for my second time in three years I felt it was time I wrote a short review.

I do not know where to start. The hotel is incredible.

The rooms are beautiful. Comfortable beds, lovely indoor and outdoor showers, a large bath on the decking and an incredible view. The restaurants are brilliant, lovely food and a great selection of wines from their cellar.

Perfectly planned activities and game drives were the highlight. In my first visit I saw every animal and my second visit I saw all but the elusive Rhino!

The main reason I will continue to come back to this hotel is the world class staff. I have been lucky to stay at some of the best hotels around the world but I have never felt as welcomed as when I stayed at Bushtops. The guides and spotters are very knowledgeable and amusing (the days can be long without a laugh or two) and the rest of the staff are friendly and efficient. Last time I went they had the balance perfectly right between looking after us and giving us space.

I really cant speak highly enough of this hotel. I dont think anyone could leave dissapointed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 April 12, 2013

We enjoyed Mara Bushtops experience very much. The leopard tent was perfect for our time with our daughter since we had private time, yet togetherness all in one luxurious setting. Complete with a wet bar, expresso maker and a hot tub on the frequently used game path, the setting couldn't have been better. But, the people!!! Our Ranger, Alex, and our Masai guide, Joseph, made the trip super special. The entire staff is friendly, smiling and ever pleasing! The food made by Chef Philip exquisite as well. Loved learning about the Masai culture and the things that make this beautiful part of Kenya so unique. The only thing a little odd was the king size bed was split in the middle making it hard to cuddle at night. The towels and robes should also be replaced with new less worn looking ones.

Room Tip: leopard tent perfect!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bushtops, Owner at Mara Bushtops, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear guest,

thank you very much for taking the time to write about your stay at Mara Bushotps.
We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience very much and that you were particularly impressed with the Leopard suite and our staff who made your stay so special.

In regards to the bed configuration at Mara Bushtops, we would just like to clarify that one bedroom in the Leopard suite has a king size double bed without any division and the other bedroom has two single beds which can be pushed together or kept apart depending on guests preferences. The same applies to our luxury tents where we have a configuration of either king size double beds (without any division) or single beds.
Thank you for your comment about the towels and robes. We have already addressed this.

We hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the not too distant future.
Best wishes
Claudia Stuart
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Address: C14, Keekorok - Masai Mara Reserve | Mara Bushtops private Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 110 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mara Bushtops 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience 'civilised' wilderness living, in inimitable style. Freedom, comfort and breathtaking views. At Mara Bushtops, you step into a world where nature and contemporary comfort blend into one. Wander through a timeless space where natural wooden decking links the sun-drenched outdoors to cool interiors; where fine furnishings reflect the elegance of African culture; and where your luxury tent affords utter privacy, as close to nature as you can get. ... more   less 
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