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Maasai Mara National Game Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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#96 of 177 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Maasai Mara National Game Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport25 miSee all flights
Olkiombo Airstrip19 miSee all flights
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Ajda S wrote a review Sep 18
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam8 contributions
I loved everything about this place. First of all, with the money from the camp, they support a local school. The hosts are the most welcoming and nice. The place is run by local Masai so it is a great local authentic experience just being there. We had a nice chat in the evening with Izak who told us a lot about Maasai culture. Very cool. I loved the beautiful, spacious tent with the most beautiful view of the valley. We also saw zebras there in the morning. The tends are very clean. The food is simple but freshly made and delicious! We also booked a one-day safari at the camp. With Traditional Masai Safari and Cultural Tours. Julius and Jackson, we're our guides and driver. Highly recommend this safari as it was wonderful and we saw many animals. The camp is just a 3min drive to Sekenani gate. So basically just in front of the national park. As it is outside it makes it cheaper, but you still get the real atmosphere of being in the park.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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dorispayne wrote a review Sep 12
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We stayed here for two nights in August, 2022 (a group of five people). Booking was easy, someone from the camp met us on the main road to guide us (at night!) into the camp, and the staff were extremely helpful, informative, and kind. Two of us stayed in a newly-constructed platformed tent, and three in small permanent single-roomed cottages, each with its own bathroom. The food was great (more than ample), the view spectacular. The camp is owned and operated by a Maasai community, with the goals of supporting local community development (including school opportunities for community children). I strongly recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Manuel O wrote a review May 2022
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Really nice place! Nice staff, we loved it! The area is very calm and you have a good view on the landscape. Oke of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen so far. On the day we did a game drive to the safari. The staff were very helpful and we just needed to tell them when we want to go.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Track to the camp is really tough for normal cars
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cor89 wrote a review Jan 2022
Worthing, United Kingdom2 contributions
Brilliant experience with fantastic staff who really made our stay. They helped organise a birthday surprise and also went out of their way to help us buy an SD card on the evening before our game drive when ours stopped working. The game drive and walking safari were both great, although the guides English wasn't the best and slightly more information on the animals and park would have been welcome. The accomodation was a permanent tent with electricity, comfy beds, hole-free mosquito nets and an attached simple bathroom with hot water. WiFi, charging points and soft drinks / beer / wine all available in the dining room. We loved the place and the people and would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Marie H D wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We are just back from a 2-night stay at Semadep with my husband and 2 teenagers and although I rarely do it, I needed to take the time to write a recommendation on the place as we found it a fantastic on all aspects. Wheter you sleep in one of the (permanent) tent or in a "solid bungalow", you find nice, comfortable clean rooms with attached bathroom (toilet, sink, and shower with hot water). Although not European style (but is it what you are looking for while discovering other countries and cultures?), this has matched our needs perfectly : comfortable, clean while authentic, quiet and close to the nature. The surroundings are great and the view too. The evening fire creates a cosy atmosphere too. The staff is lovely, helpful, and looking to advise you (and chat with you if you like). To add to the positive experience, the cook is great. Even our vegetarian not easily-satisfied daughter loved it! If you go for a game drive, they will offer a take away lunch and you won't be disappointed there either. We took a walk of about 2hours around the camp with one of the massai staff too. We really enjoyed it as beyond guiding us in the area and protecting us from potential dangerous animals, he has told us about trees, flowers, recognizing animal poes (!)and he spotted several animals (girafes, gnus, antilope, buffalo, in our case). Last but not least, the money you spend there goes to the local community as the Semadep school for example (Semadep stands for Serenading Mara Development Project). So long story short, we definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Éric L. wrote a review Dec 2021
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Day 1 After a long drive (5 hours from Nairobi), we take a rest. The discovery of the camp is a nice surprise; its soothing tranquility adds to the scenery. A beautiful view, full of promise, overlooks the Masai Mara. On arrival, Mary and Victoria greet us. Their radiant faces express the pleasure of meeting us. The visit of the camp. The tents (bungalows) are equipped with showers (soaps, towels, flip-flops, etc.), individual toilets, beds, on which rest comfortable mattresses. Later on, we will notice that the housework is done every day and that, at the end of the afternoon, Charles, a member of the team, comes to prepare our night by putting up the mosquito nets above the beds, closing the windows and doors of the tent and turning on the outside lights. The whole team is very attentive to our needs, especially to take note of our allergies and food preferences, which will be very kindly presented and served by Stephen. If the service is largely up to our expectations, we take care not to compare the infrastructures with those found, for example, in Europe. During the night we hear the animals of the Masai Mara (hyenas, lions, etc). They are very close. Fortunately, Pirikani and Keture, two Maasai warriors (the majority of the team, women and men, are Maasai), watch over our sleep😁. Day 2 Having opted for the Game Drive Safari, at 6:00 am we are ready and board the 4×4 driven by Joshpat 😎 our guide, accompanied by Victoria, who will make sure we don't miss anything during this day. We were able to observe, sometimes less than two meters away, many animals moving freely in their natural environment (without worrying too much about us): lions, hyenas, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, servals, buffaloes, wildebeests, gazelles, antelopes, ostriches, zebras, impalas, warthogs, secretarybirds, herons, etc. At 5:00 pm, back at the camp, we share with the other members of the Semadep team what we have seen and can display, with some shame, a nice sunburn on the nose (cap and sun cream are essential and should not be forgotten in the tent 😬). Day 3 9:00 am: equipped with hiking boots and water bottles, guided by Prikinani and Sopia Luka, two agile Maasai warriors, armed with sturdy spears and sharp knives, we set out to assault the bush on the hillside adjacent to the camp. They make us discover the fauna and the flora. From the beginning of our expedition, we see buffaloes and impalas. On the way, excrement inform us: zebras, buffaloes, giraffes and elephants have preceded us. We then realize that, although outside the reserve, strictly speaking, we could find ourselves face to face with wild animals more or less dangerous or hostile to our presence (without benefiting from the reassuring protection of the body of the 4x4 from which we observed them the day before). At 12:30 pm, an elephant, which was obviously not waiting for us to have lunch, forces us to turn back with a strong demonstration of its lumberjack abilities. The two hours walk turned into a little adventure full of emotion (and breathlessness 😅). Back home, we had lunch and a well-deserved nap. Fresh and ready, at 3:00 pm, it's the visit of the Masai village, at 30 minutes of walk accompanied by John. Mike, the chief of the village receives us and, after some explanations and a welcome dance performed by a dozen of men in traditional costume (who pretend to be able to jump higher than us 😛), we enter the village, then a house. Some principles and customs are presented to us. The daily life and the organization of the village are exposed to us: the need to make live the cultural traditions while allowing the teaching of the children, the construction of a school of proximity, the safety of the members of the tribe, the food, the constraints related to the presence of the wild animals (limited cultures, because destroyed by the animals, protection of the cattle, etc). We are back to the camp around 6 pm. Relaxation soda in front of a sunset and a campfire, dinner then preparation of the luggage and, finally, a last tour of the camp (with already a little nostalgia in the head). Day 4 We conclude our stay with an exchange of gifts and head back to Nairobi with a heavy heart 😭. We hope that our visit will be followed by many others in order to allow the conservation of this priceless natural treasure and the way of life of the Maasai, respectful guardians of the common good of our planet.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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richard h wrote a review Nov 2021
159 contributions64 helpful votes
Excellent location overlooking the Mara. Comfy tented rooms with hot shower, sink, toilet. Dining room & outdoor seating in extensive grounds. Staff very helpful. Food good, but no choice. Cold drinks, inc beers available. Sunset views. Drive from main road extremely rough. A good 4x4 necessary, which you need for the Mara anyway. Electricity via generator not 24hrs. No sockets in rooms. WiFi available.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Eilaf A wrote a review Oct 2021
4 contributions2 helpful votes
We camped here for a few nights and also they offered to us a stay at one of the permanent tents for one night. I felt the stay at Semadep Camp quite comfortable. Hot water was available and electricity is obtained with solar panels. They also have a restaurant where they offer a nice buffet and a bonfire to sit around at night. During the day views are beautiful. Fixed tents are cozy and have their own bathroom and shower. They cared about the security, a Masai provided with a lance takes care of the place, bonfires were kept all nite along and the facility is fenced. The Masai that work in this camp where always kind and helpful. Last day as our transport was too late they offered us tea and snacks while we were waiting. They are working hard to develope and run this camp. The price is quite high, as everything around Masai Mara but still a good place to stay if you are on a budget.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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D. wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay of one day was just great. Beautiful and spacious tent with a great view. The staff took very well care of us and the food was delicious, especially for a vegetarian. The game drive they organized was awesome and they brought the best brekkie we could ask for. We saw alot of animals and learned alot about the masai. I would definitely recommend Semadep Mara camp when visiting Masai Mara.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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shaghayeghkoup wrote a review Jul 2021
Shiraz, Iran178 contributions114 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights, had our safari to Masai Mara, and enjoyed 2 of their short tours, with a pick-up and drop-off (all arranged with the team). They provided super professional service on a budget. Would never forget their smiles and kind hospitality.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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$118 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about SEMADEP Camp
What are some of the property amenities at SEMADEP Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at SEMADEP Camp?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at SEMADEP Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at SEMADEP Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does SEMADEP Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, SEMADEP Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.