My friend and I recently spent a few wonderful days at Mara West as part of our Kensington Tours safari.
What a great place!
Super accommodations, staff, food, and view of the Mara.
Lots of activities and a unique, wonderful experience, with a who's who of African wildlife wandering through the camp at night and a Masai 'warrior' to escort us to and from the dining room after dark, to protect us from lions, tigers and bears. This sounds hokey but it is anything but that.
In fact, our stay at Mara West, along with our stay in a similar place on the Tanzania side (Mbugani Camps) was not just the highlight of our 2+ week safari tour of Kenya and Tanzania, they were two of our favorite travel experiences of ANY kind, EVER!
(In fact, our idea of the perfect trip would be combining the above two venues, with some time in the Masai Mara in Kenya coupled with some time in the Serengeti in Tanzania). Even though we've only been back to the states for the past couple of weeks, we could both head back over tomorrow! It was that superlative an experience!
To be this close to nature, in a lovely, friendly place with Western amenities but the sense of being in the middle of the fabled Masai Mara preserve was an extraordinary experience.
As I explained it to someone over lunch today, the experience was like the movie Jurassic Park, only on steroids.
It is indeed a trip of a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West provides nature lovers with luxury accommodations while experiencing the sights and sounds of an unforgettable African safari. Luxury tents are perched in secluded spots on an escarpment edge overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve giving tremendous views and a sense of private exclusion. Mara West is an American owned and managed private safari camp providing high quality service with beautifully designed, comfortable accommodations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara West Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara West Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve