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#45 of 156 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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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.
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Masai Mara North Conservancy P.O Box 260, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621 Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport3 mi
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great location - right by the river. You can sit on your balcony and watch the hippos in the river. The accommodation is very nice. The rooms are tents pitched on a wooden deck with the solid wooden roof over the top. They are spacious and well furnished with a sizeable shower and toilet. They have finished off the rooms with some wooden branches which look great but if you are tall beware banging your head on some of them as i did 3 times in 2 days! We were there for 2 nights so not long. The food was good and there is an open restaurant area. We also had breakfast & lunch by the river which is really special. The guys have to walk some extra distance to serve the meal but its worth asking them if you can eat there. On our first night the dinner was from a menu but for the second night it was buffet style which seemed a little odd given there were no more than about 15 guests. I had a suspicion that it may have been left overs from lunch as the options were similar. It felt a bit like a school canteen and was not as pleasant as selecting off the menu. The team were very friendly and helpful.
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From the photos and the name, we were expecting a lodge, but it turned out to be more of a glamping experience. The luxurious and spacious tents are raised on platforms and covered with a roof which turned out to be really practical because our first afternoon there, we experienced a hailstorm! From the 'Maribou' tent we had an amazing view of the river and the entrance/exit for hippos. The staff are all Kenyan and most were local Masai. Since the lodge is not enclosed with a fence, when you walk, you are accompanied by a Masai warrior. We stayed in five places during our safari across Kenya and Tanzania and Royal Masai was the most wild and where we felt closest to nature. They have had hippos, lions, and elephants come into the camp--some of their skulls are near the dining area. During our two nights, we saw a family of dik dik living underneath the next tent, a pair of waterbucks, a few warthogs, crocodiles, lots of monkeys, and of course, dozens of hippos. We also highly recommend the night and walking safari tours Royal Mara offers. It was a completely different experience from our day safaris with Natural Tours. In the night safari, we saw the elusive aardvark! According to the locals, this means we will live a long life. Also, the hippos are extremely active since they are foraging for food. On our walking safari, we traced the hippo road (they always walk the same way for food and create a path), followed the river, and we were able to catch a couple of dung beetles hard at work. Special thanks to Benjamin (the GM), Simon (security), Samuel (walking guide), Faith (safari guide), Michael and Nixon (food).
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Our group of 6 people (including a 1yr old) recently had the pleasure of staying at the Royal Mara. The accommodations were sumptuous and the staff were kind, gracious and helpful. Food was excellent and particularly delicious when served outdoors overlooking the river. The tents are large, comfortable and beautifully appointed. There is a huge deck for when you simply want to watch the hippos in the river below or the prolific bird life in the trees. The night drive was a highlight of the trip - make sure to do it. The only problem we experienced was very low water pressure in one of the units. Hopefully this has now been addressed.
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Great place. Excellent staff. Very nicely located. Masai mara is mesmerizing. The staff was very cooperative. Food is slight concern. But overall deserve 5 stars. The staff makes extra effort to make your stay good. Thanks to mr benjamin, sam, felix, housekeeping staff ... Not to forget mr james our safari man...
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We had an amazing stay at Royal Mara. When we checked into Royal Mara in November we were the only ones. And the service was amazing. They did their best to give us a memorable stay. Royal Mara is located in a conservatory (Mara North Conservatory) which is not part of Masai Mara National Reserve. Initially, we were hesitant as to what we can find and the number of wild animals. Once we landed at the lodge, we knew it was going to be special stay. It's right by Masai Mara river which has Hippos and Crocs which you can watch all day. This lodge is not fenced which means wild animals do come all the time. During the day, we saw Zebras, antelopes, gazelles and Dick dicks etc., And during night, it's a whole different story, there were lions, leopards, elephants and hippos wandering around in the lodge. And there is a guard to walk you around (and you do require a guard) in the morning. In the night, needless to say, you won't come out of your tent. We never felt unsafe during our stay but full of excitement. Power is on between 5:30AM to 9AM and ~5:30PM to 11PM. After 11PM, nothing but wild animal sounds and it's a must have experience . Guards were very friendly, staff was amazing. They even arranged our breakfast/lunch by the river and you can watch giraffes walking on the other side of the river/hippos soaking in water/Crocs sun bathing while you are having breakfast/lunch safely on this side of the river. James from the lodge tagged along with our guide and he was amazing. Thank you so much James for tagging along with us and spotting hard to find leopard for us (along with its kill nicely tucked on the top of a tree). During morning drive, James spotted Lions, during the second morning drive, James spotted Leopard and during evening drive, James spotted Cheetah & Leopard again. Amazing!!!
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Response from Benjamin M, Manager at Royal Mara Safari Lodge
Responded Dec 19, 2018
We thank you our esteemed guest for taking time out of your busy schedule to give such a worthwhile feedback. We are humbled ! To James and other staff who made your stay such a memorable account we shall pass your regards . We look into the future with high hopes that you shall accord us another chance to be your host while on Safari holiday. Kind regards,
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