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Mara Leisure Camp
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Quezon City, Philippines
2 reviews
“Unforgettable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

It was my first time in africa, first time in Kenya and i did not know what to expect. I was really surprised with what i saw. Tha camp is a couple of minutes away from the park. It is covered by trees and bushes but the place is really quite beautiful. The new general manager was accomodating and staff was very helpful. The lobby provided guests with free wifi and the prepared food was good. The rooms were perfect. Great room, very spacious, very clean, safe and well maintained. The lay out was excellent. Great bathrooms. The camp provided guests with short traditional dances from the masai which i think can be further improved by adding some order in the presentation. I wasnt sure if it was their first time to perform but it did feel a little bit unorganized. It was still very entertaining and masai were very accomodating. Great once in a lifetime experience for me .

  • Stayed November 2013
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High River
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have been traveling to Kenya for the last 4 out of 5 years and am so happy we had the chance to stay at this location. First of all the Staff... absolutely amazing, including the General Manager. Second of all the tents... so much fun to be sleeping in above ground tents that have all the amenities... you can hear the animals at night! Thirdly the location... right in the Masai Mara park so it is perfect for getting out there to see the animals! Fourthly the food... delish! When I go back next year I will be staying here again. I have been to 5 national park hotels and many other hotels in Kenya and this is by far the best. Has internet in lobby, a swimming pool, gift shop, and attractive bar with TV even. Tents are spacious with large bathroom area (2 sinks, shower and private toilet), our tent had 2 beds with mosquitos netting, a writing desk and good size storage area. It also featured a beautiful spacious patio with 2 chairs for us to sit out on at night. Staff was so incredible. One of the girls in our group was having a birthday and they brought us a cake and sang songs. One of the girls wasn't feeling well and they gave us hot water bottles each night for her, and checked up on her through out the day. Masai Warriors came and danced for us on the Friday night. We were also able to get gluten free food at this hotel, including pancakes made from maize instead of flour! I highly suggest this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank princessleahg
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Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a fab place to stay. Of our entire trip to Kenya the Mara Leisure camp was the best.The tent was very clean and far beyond any expectation we had. Food was very good with a decent variety. The beds very comfortable, Completely insect and mosquito proof !
They are no telephones / TV sets / WiFi in the tents. However, they provide WiFi free of cost, round the clock at the lobby.
We would recommend this for anyone travelling to Masai Mara as it is located very close to places of interest where you can see all sorts of animals and also you can reach the Mara River .

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stacy020
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Located outside the Masai Mara reserve my stay at the Leisure camp was good. The tents were an interesting idea and provided both clean and comfortable accommodation. There was a variety of food and the hotel provided picnics when we took a full day trip to the reserve. Being located outside the reserve does add on to the journey time (more of a problem if you do multiple trips in a day) and I would take that in to consideration when returning. Overall it was an enjoyable stay for 2 nights.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AFCBreeze
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Abu Dhabi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is a fabulous place to stay. Lovely ambiance. Living one with nature. Serene. Clean and beautifully maintained property. The best part is the staff- Martin, Ann & Patrick - made us feel completely at home. Infact they go out of their way to make sure everything you need is provided for. We booked this camp through 'Kenia Tours' at a discounted price.
The tents are large and extremely spacious with an ample wooden decked balcony. Completely insect and mosquito proof ! It can get a bit chilly night though. They are no telephones / TV sets / WiFi in the tents....that was the simply awesome. However, they provide WiFi free of cost, round the clock at the lobby.

Will definitely stay at Mara camp should we visit Kenya again !
Thank you Martin, Ann & Patrick.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sidmarch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Excellent way to enjoy the safari. Our driver would pick up and drop off right at the front door to this luxury lodge. Wake up to the sound of Maasai putting herds of cows with bells out to pasture. Perfect wifi, comfortable tent style lodging, and gourmet meals.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Mara Camp is located immediately adjacent to an entrance to the Masai Mara Park in Kenya. It provides high quality and spacious tents (if you choose the Jumbo option). Food is mostly buffet but well prepared with excellent vegetable dishes and African spicing (similar to curries) on several dishes. Meat and fish was impressive quality considering that it had to come a long distance to a very remote location. Head cook Joyce is frequently seen making sure the food and service is kept to high standards. In the tent, we had some issues with plumbing as the shower only dribbled and the septic system occasionally had bad smells, but it is in the middle of Africa and you need to keep an open mind to inconveniences like this. The main building is very comfortable with inside and outside dining options overlooking lush forest. Morning and evening hundreds of Masai cattle, many with bells, cross the adjacent river crossing on the way to grazing or milking providing a unique sonic backdrop to the experience.

Room Tip: Jumbo tents are substantially larger than the regular and have wooded flooring.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John O
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Property: Mara Leisure Camp
Address: C14, Keekorok, Talek River | PO Box 17545 Enterprice Rd, Maasai Mara National Reserve 254, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mara Leisure Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Leisure, a Luxury Tented Camp nestled in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and this makes all areas of the park accessible for game viewing. Our accommodation facilities include 1 exclusive honeymoon tent, 8 spacious jumbo tents, 17 standard “nyati” tents and 3 family “jamii” cottages. With these, all social groups are adequately catered for. You will have the chance to meet the local Maasai community. ... more   less 
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