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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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Essex, UK
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is without a doubt the most luxurious "hotel" I've ever stayed in. The rooms are fabulous, the food sublime and the staff are all warm, friendly and eager to help in any way. There is free wifi, but it may not reach all the rooms, so you may have to use it in the reception area.

The camp itself is on a privately leased area of land on the edge of the Masai Mara. As noted in other reviews, there's a 20-30 minute ride in the land cruiser before you enter the national park. That is the only criticism I could possibly find.

The view from the room and the restaurant area is magnificent. You never know what animal you'll see next!

There is a nice looking pool, but since it's over 5000 feet above sea level it's significantly cooler than at the coast, so I didn't feel inclined to try it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The accommodation, staff, service and food were all first class. Our guide was not as informative as we had experienced at Serengeti Bushtops, but the game drives were excellent with plenty to see.

A few things to note: the camp is around a 20-30 minute bumpy ride to the Masai Mara Reserve, but there is plenty to see en route; once in the Reserve it was another 20-30 minutes to the main game viewing area (due the grazing animals preferring the shorter grass further from the Reserve entrance) - not sure if other camps are more centrally located; the mornings in July were very cold; there are a large number of animals in the immediate camp vicinity which was a real plus; we shared a vehicle here, whereas we had the car to ourselves at the Serengeti camp - if we had our time again, we would have pre-arranged our own vehicle so that we could determine our own schedule; there is a toilet at the entrance to the Reserve but none inside; we transferred from the Serengeti camp - you can only cross the border by land, making it a cumbersome trip.

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I cannot rate this place highly enough. Aside from the fact that you can see the animals from your bed, there is a hot tub on your deck, which is filled for you so it is ready when you get back from along day on safari, drinks and nibbles at the ready too, and you have a masai warrior to escort you from your 'tent' after dark, they put a hot water bottle in your bed at night, the staff and lovely, happy and helpful, the food was great, the lodge/ tent area was huge and amazing......go there...please...just for me. You won't regret it!

Room Tip: We were in Kudu, good view of animals, but I think they were all equally as good
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  • Stayed September 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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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Stayed 4 nights at Mara bushtops camp and it was an amazing experience where you can feel the real Africa and freely roaming wildlife with no fences, the service and food was great, tent is nicely arranged and equipment with all necessary amenities, they stock bathroom with Bulgari toiletries.

as for safari, the timing were very flexible and you can opt for full day safari to Mara reserves, or bush walk and 3 hours safari around the private land of the camp.

I give Mara bushtops 5 stars with hesitations.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have traveled many places in the world so we feel quite comfortable making bold comments about our time at the Mara Bushtops. First and foremost the staff are truly exceptional. No matter what the accommodations, in the case of going on safari to Africa, the staff can make the difference between an exceptional experience or just an OK experience. Kudos to the GM Lawrence for making us feel special and knowing we could call on him at any time. Our safari guide Charles and Masai spotter Sammy, were extremely knowledgeable and made extra effort to make sure we were comfortable (early morning drive had extra hot water bottles for us in the vehicle!) and always checked to see what we wanted to do. We echo the other reviews about the food, everything was fresh and delightful to the palate. Each evening our server greeted us with "I have good news for you" and then eloquently described the special for the evening. At times, we could not believe we in Kenya with the incredible food and service. Last but not least was our tent. We were in the Leopard Family tent and it was fabulous. Located on the far end of the camp, we enjoyed the private fire pit which came with a Masai guard who stayed around all night to stoke the fire and keep watch for animals. We would highly recommend this wonderful place!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 September 1, 2013

Mara Bushtops is simply outstanding. What exceptional service standards. We cannot wait to go back in a few years and very much hope the same helpful and charming staff are there. Also I would like to highlight the very high quality of food produced at every meal.
As a side note, we had our wedding here and cannot use enough superlatives to describe how helpful the team and management staff were in arranging a perfect event. We did not have to worry about a thing as everything was taken care of to the highest standards.
We will always be truly grateful for the hard work and effort put into making sure we had a perfect stay by every member of staff.

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Our tent was amazing. Actually ‘tent’ doesn’t really do it justice. With a king size bed, double sink, inside and outside showers and a hot tub, this is not like any ‘tent’ we’ve ever stayed in before.
From the moment we stepped off the Safari Air aircraft and met our wonderful ranger Daniel and Masai spotter James - who stayed with us all five days from 7th to 11th July - we were treated like royalty.
Cold towels on arrival (and after every game drive…thank you Joyce!), were followed by even colder G&T’s (thank you Georget!) before Georget was joined by Dario to give us a welcome we will never forget.
With James spotting (how on earth he saw some of those animals we'll never know) and Daniel driving (mainly offroad!) we saw all of the big five....and lot's and lot's of everything else besides! The migration is spectacular and to share it as part of our honeymoon will be truly unfortgettable.
The chef (Philip) and the waiters (Stephen, Joseph and Samuel) were faultless. We rolled out of that restaurant each evening. The food is superb....and the wine cellar is amazing...and puts several London restaurants to shame. Ask Georget to give you a tour!
Philip and the team also prepared lunch every day which was served in the bush - and surprised us on our last morning by treating us to a cooked breakfast, champagne and coffee half way up a hill in the middle of the bush at the end of our walking safari. They were even wearing their chef's whites!
Our butler (yes, you get a butler!) Pascal was fantastic, waking us each morning with hot chocolate in our tent. Thank you also goes to the armed ascari who took us to and from or tent to dinner every night (just in case).
Everyone of the team - Daniel, James, Pascal, Georget, Dario, Joyce, Stephen, Joseph, Samuel and of course chef Philip, are a credit to Mara Bushtops. They made a truly magical place even more special - what a great way to start our married life together!

Room Tip: We stayed in the DikDik honeymoon tent (they mate for life apparently).
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  • Stayed July 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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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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mara Bushtops 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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Mara Bushtops Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Bushtops Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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