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Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa

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Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500 Kenya
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#4 of 7 Specialty lodging in Naboisho Conservancy
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Set in the sought-after Mara Naboisho Conservancy, award-winning Encounter Mara is the stuff safari dreams are made of. Enjoy some of the best game viewing in Africa all year round from the low-key yet lavish comfort of this superb eco-camp. Shaded by a thick acacia forest, Encounter Mara enjoys glorious views of the surrounding savannah, while closer at hand a salt lick attracts a range of animals throughout the day, from plains game to big cats. The sheer comfort of the traditional-style safari camp combined with the opportunity for bush walks and night drives mean that there are few more rewarding places from which to experience this slice of wild Africa.
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Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500 Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport22 miSee all flights
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ava-wyatt wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
We visited Encounter Mara in August 2019 for our honeymoon and had the most amazing time. The camp staff, hosts and guides were all fantastic. So helpful, welcoming and knowledgeable yet gave you plenty of space so we could enjoy some 1 on 1 time together. Our guide Winston was perfect, we always felt so safe in his company and he was always happy to plan our days safari around whatever suited us best. We saw everything but Leopard (which are very rare to see) and he managed to get us up close to so many big animals with not another person or jeep in sight which felt so special. The food in the camp was all delicious and we loved the sociable feel of the dining tent and mixing with the hosts and other guests. The tents were immaculate and spacious. We had never experienced a bucket shower before but they worked perfectly and we could always have a shower whenever we wanted to. 100% recommend visiting and we would love to go back one day.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded Aug 11, 2020
Hello, Thank you for this wonderful review! It was our pleasure hosting you and making your honeymoon extra special. We are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable stay and what an adventure you had with Winston on your game drives. We hope to welcome you back again, perhaps an anniversary? Until then, hold on to the fond memories! Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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annlen88 wrote a review Aug 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
Fantastic service all around! The staff and facilities were best in class. Sammy, Ezina, Mercy, and the whole team provided the most exceptional service! I would highly recommend to any traveler seeking the maximum Mara experience.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Asilia Africa, General Manager at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Responded Aug 10, 2020
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience and taking the time to post this review. It was our pleasure making your stay a memorable one and we are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time with us. Do come back soon! Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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REH wrote a review Jun 2020
Memphis, Tennessee5 contributions
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I have been to Encounter Mara more times than I can count, and I cannot say enough good things about the camp. The staff are some of the most hospitable and kind individuals I have met, and the accommodations are like none other - comfortable, classy, and environmental. I've lived in Africa for 18 years of my life, and I can confidently say that Naboisho Conservancy is one of the richest landscapes I have encountered. It's rare for you not to see the big 5 while staying at the camp, and the views are breathtaking. If you have any doubts about booking here, have no fears - I'm confident you'll love it.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Responded Jun 28, 2020
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review and share one of your many Encounter Mara experiences. It was our pleasure welcoming you back again and making your stay a memorable one. Our Encounter Mara family look forward to once again welcome you back hopefully in the not too distant future. Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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KKM wrote a review May 2020
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Encounter Mara was the highlight of our 12 day safari in Kenya and Tanzania. The staff was incredible (Sem was our guide- we ADORED him!), the food was great, the camp was stunning. We hope to return one day!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded May 4, 2020
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post this review and share your Encounter Mara experience. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time with us and thank you for making us part of your Kenya and Tanzania adventure. We look forward to that return visit! Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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J F wrote a review Mar 2020
New Bern, North Carolina4 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 4 nights at Encounter. Our tents were not like any tent I had stayed in before. It was like a room at a really nice hotel. We had hot showers every day, hot coffee and cookies delivered before our morning safari began. We heard the sounds off in a distance of the safari animals during the night. It was a bit rainy while we were there, but we had no issues with mosquitos. I would not hesitate to return to Encounter Mara in the future. There was a viewing area where we watched the giraffes in the fields. The tents were spread out and you felt like you were the only ones there. The meals there were wonderful. We loved it so much!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review and share your Encounter Mara experience. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful stay with us in every way. We hope to once again welcome you back again in the not too distant future! Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National ReserveNaboisho Conservancy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Which popular attractions are close to Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Nearby attractions include Mara Naboisho Conservancy (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.