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Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say enough good things about the Mara Explorer! We LOVED it! We really liked that it wasn't fenced in like other camps so it really felt like we were in the park. Our luxury 'tent' was spacious, super clean and so great. We loved having the balcony overlooking the river and everything was so wonderful. The service was...

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Reviewed October 18, 2016

We happened to be here in the last month of the migration season (October) on strong recommendation by our tour operator, and we were more than satisfied for several reasons. Firstly, the Olkiombo airstrip where we landed into from Nairobi is just 3 mins away from the Explorer camp. This makes a lot of difference, as the deplorable road conditions...

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Receive greetings from the Mara Explorer team and thank you for posting the excellent review. It is indeed our great joy when a guest leaves our camp satisfied and we are grateful we made that happen during your stay. Mara Explorer is truly a gem and we all take pride working here. Thank you for the comments on...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed October 3, 2016

By far the beset vacation I've ever taken. A luxurious and relaxing getaway as well as an adventure of a lifetime, it was well worth every penny. Recommended by friends in Nairobi, I can't imagine having gone anywhere else. We were in Kenya for work and only had one night to do a Safari and we saw every animal imaginable....

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We highly appreciate the excellent review on this forum and thank your friends for recommending Mara Explorer. It is evident you had an amazing time and experienced value for money while staying with us and the team is delighted by the awesome notes. Mara Explorer is a gem and we all take pride working here. We look forward...

Melbourne Beach, Florida
Reviewed October 3, 2016

This was the our second stay here. It was better than the first!!! We stayed 11 nights this time instead of 3. We got to see many river crossings and our guide was excellent at putting us in the right spot at the right time for excellent photos. The camp was getting a little worn down though as no real...

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time to give us feedback about your recent stay at Mara Explorer. We are honored that we made your stay truly memorable for the 11 nights you stayed with us you experienced improved delivery of services. We take pride in our staff who continuously ensure our guests get personalized service and the compliments have...

Cape Coral, Florida
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Mara Explorer Camp was our second stop on our Kenya-Tanzania safari vacation. The Camp came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint. Our tent, the common area facilities, the staff, the food, and our camp guide were first rate. The highlight of our stay was seeing a Mara River Wildebeest crossing. We would highly recommend this camp to anyone visiting the Maasai...

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Receive many greetings from the Mara Explorer team and thank you for posting the excellent review. We are grateful that you found the service and facilities as first class and all your expectations were met. The team looks forward to hosting you on a repeat visit. Kind Regards, The Mara Explorer Team.

New York City, New York
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Mara Explorer Camp is great and I definitely will go back with my family. This time it was a weekend during a business trip. You can do it in two days, but three or four would be much better. Tents/rooms are very comfortable, staff is great, food is excellent, what else can you ask for. They provide officially three game...

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time to post the excellent review and for choosing Mara Explorer. It is evident that you truly enjoyed from being engaged by our ever friendly staff, excellent meals to the game drive experience. I have noted Joseph went out of his way to ensure you had an amazing stay and special regards have been...

Vienna, Virginia
Reviewed September 21, 2016

I visited Heritage Hotels' Mara Explorer in Feb 2015. It was the trip of a lifetime and I wish I was there right now. The rooms are elegant and situated right on the river bank where hippos rest and feed. The staff is outstanding, caring and attentive and above all else -- they are kind and the most happy and...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking your time to post the wonderful review and most of all for choosing to stay at Mara Explorer. We are delighted to note that you found the camp luxurious and that you would not hesitate to come back. The team is grateful that you enjoyed the experience from wildlife sightings, amazing landscape, great service,...

Reviewed September 20, 2016

We visited Mara Explorer Camp in January 2016 (long overdue in writing this review...). It was phenomenal! Excellent in every way. Luxurious and private tents - ours had an outside claw-footed bathtub right next to the hippo river hangout! Staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating. Our personal guide, Samson,did not disappoint! Highly recommend! Just go! If not now, when? (feel...

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Kevin M, General Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to stay at Mara Explorer and for posting the excellent review on this forum. We certainly value all our guests and importantly your patronage in our camp. My team and I are humbled that we measured up to your expectations during your entire stay and that we made your experience ever memorable and that...

Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was our second hotel (after visiting Mara Rianta) on our honeymoon. We had room/tent nr 3. Amazing to sleep so close to the river and have a outdoor luxury experience. At night you can here the hippo's, this might wake you up a couple of times, but this is Africa and i really loved it. Food quality was outstanding...

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Dear Guest, I would like to thank you for taking your time to post the excellent review about your stay at Mara Explorer and for choosing our camp as your safari destination during your honeymoon. It is evident that your stay was truly memorable and the team is delighted that we made your holiday memorable through provision of outstanding service...

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed August 30, 2016

This is truly an amazing getaway for the wildlife lover. There are 10 camping tents situated in the bush all facing the Talek River. The tents are permanent with a comfortable bed and a spacious room with attached toilet and shower. There is a partially covered bathtub outside each tent for a dip in the sunny afternoon. The terrace facing...

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Dear Guest, Greetings from the Mara Explorer Team. Thank you for taking your time to post the wonderful review and most of all for choosing to stay at Mara Explorer. I am humbled that we made your stay a memorable experience and that we exceeded your expectations. It is an honor that you found the meals, service and product at...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the world famous Masai Mara, Mara Explorer Camp is set on its own private peninsula, with each of its ten luxurious tents opening to the Talek River and the stunning savanna. The tents, equipped with all mod cons are set on wooden decks opening out to a private verandah where you can enjoy time alone in the wild away from it all. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mara Explorer Camp

Address: C14 Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $718 - $1,639 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Mara Explorer Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Mara Explorer Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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“Tent No.4 on the bend of the river!”
 of 5 bubbles RohitBihani, Oct 18, 2016 | Read review
“I was in tent 2 first asked to be moved further into woods and management was kind to move me to 4, sharing a patio with hippos.”
 of 5 bubbles zoranm596, Sep 25, 2016 | Read review
“Any bungalow on the riverside is the absolute best!”
 of 5 bubbles Stephanie148, Sep 21, 2016 | Read review
“Tent #4 was the farthest tent out -next to the loud, but very cool hippo hangout.”
 of 5 bubbles bethl186, Sep 20, 2016 | Read review
“Room nr 3 & 4 for ultimate hippo experience”
 of 5 bubbles nickn975, Sep 13, 2016 | Read review
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