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Mara Timbo Camp
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“We liked it”
Reviewed April 7, 2011

We've visited Kenya twice in the past three years and did many game drives and game spotting. But at Mara Timbo Camp it was the first time we sometimes actually felt like staying at our room, sitting on the terrace over the river, just observing the wild-life.

The tents are large, comfortable, and secluded. They have outdoor bath tubs! No prying eyes. What more do you want?. The furniture is comfortable.

Every morning we had breakfast at the river bank, together with 'their resident' hippos. And in the evening even the elephants came down to the water. What an experience!

The food at the camp is delicious, high standard, three course menus.

On the second day we went on safari. It was beautiful, and also taxing. In the evening it was time for a massage at their tree-house for a perfect conclusion of a perfect day.

And one of the most beautiful experiences I had was, when we left the camp with the Masai naturalist and some askaris for a Nature Walk. A few hundred feet from the camp we ran into a herd of giraffes. Wow.

We stayed for a week. We will definitely be back for migration!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

We have been on a 14 days Safari through the main Nationalparks of Kenya by road. We dare say that Mara Timbo Camp is for sure one of the best camps we have been visiting during this trip.

The set up of the camp is breathtaking at Mara River, hippos in front of you during breakfast and lunch.

The tents are not just "tents" but houses made out of canvas, very stylish, very extraordinary, beautiful bathroom, very many nice details (i.e. hot water bottles at night in the bed) made our stay very much comfortable.

We were told by our driver guide that the road to Mara Timbo Camp was done recently. It is very good now and the camp easy to arrive in only 15min from the entrance to the Nationalpark. But anyway, there have been always so many animals on our way to the park, that we sometimes thought, it is not even worth while to pay the park fees, because we had seen so much even before we got inside the park, like elephants, any kind of antelopes, zebras, crocodiles and hippos in the river, Ilands, Baboons etc..

The camp itself is a dream. The food perfect: We always had the choice between three different 3-course menus, one always vegetarian.

The camp offers a very much personalized service, done by so called butlers. They are really very much attentive, whatever we wanted and needed, it was always there in a minute.

All in all, the camp is recommendable for sure. The money worth every penny.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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kenya
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

My wife and me had been to Kenya three times before, because we love this country and its diversity of nature and wildlife. We had seen nationalparks like Amboseli and Tsavo East before, and last time shortly paid a visit to Masai Mara. We found out that we had to come back again for Migration and because of the beauty of Masai Mara. This time we had booked at a relatively new camp in Masai Mara called Mara Timbo Camp.

Only short after arrival we found out, that this was a good decision because the location of the camp in a loop of Mara River in the middle of the bush is very natural. All tents are lined up at the river bank. They are very spacious and elegant set up on a big terrace with a swing and an outdoor bathtub we enjoyed very much.

The dinner set up was what took our breath away – under the open sky around a romantic fireplace just next to the river with hippos grunting in background. The food is excellent and the staff very well trained.

The game drives start directly after having left the camp. We saw so many Elephants and Giraffes in the acacia bushes around the camp, as well as Antelopes and Impalas. For the migration they took us on a fully day game drive with picnic boxes so we had time even to wait at the crossing points where the wildebeest are gathering. What an unbelievable spectacular scenery that was. Thanks to our driver guide who convinced us to be patient and wait, we finally saw the crossing of – as he said – roughly 5.000 wildebeest in one go. Amazing! We were so grateful.

So all in all we really enjoyed our safari at Masai Mara very much. And the whole team of Mara Timbo Camp made our stay unforgettable.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vevey, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

This was my second visit to Masai, and this camp was unimpressive compared to the camp I stayed at on the previous visit. To start off with, it is a long way outside the camp. In addition, the service is mediocre with unreliable and apparently poorly trained staff. On the first morning, I was woken up unnecessarily early when the tea I had ordered arrived 40 minutes before the time I'd asked for it. On the second morning, no such problem -- the so-called "butler" didn't bring the tea at all. On the second day, no-one put fresh bottles of water in my room -- something I only discovered when I retired for the evening and wanted to clean my teeth. When you are paying around $500 a day, you'd think they could do a bit better than this. Finally, because they don't send separate cars to pick up people from the airport, you wasted quite a lot of time on your daily trips (on top of the long drive too and from the camp itself) going to the airport to drop off or pick up other travellers -- including waiting until their planes depart. Not sure why all the other reviews are so positive -- maybe the people have never been anywhere else on the Mara.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

Although isolated, this luxury "tent" surpassed our wildest expectations. King-size beds with thick brocade comforters, glass sinks in a well-appointed bathroom, a charming personal butler, delicious meals overlooking a hippo pool, it all took our breath away. Warning: the road getting there is brutal, but this magnificent camp is well worth it. The staff is intelligent, friendly and well trained to give guests a memorable pampering. Every day we had freshly laundered clothes and every evening a hot-water bottle warmed our toes.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

After a short haul flight from Nairobi, my husband & I, along with another couple, were picked up at the Kichwe Tembo Airstrip and driven straight to the Oloololo Gate by our driver/guide Gideon. Please note that you are not given the option to head directly to your lodge but that your safari begins as soon as you disembark the plane which is understandable as the camp itself lies 45 minutes away from the main gate. Also note that no "free' water is provided in the jeep, you must either purchase it or have brought your own (my husband & I had stocked up on bottles of water & soda prior to leaving Nairobi). You are however provided a boxed lunch... nothing fancy, but satisfying.

After a scenic drive from the main gate to the camp, you are greeted with a wash cloth and glass of juice. You are then required to fill out some forms, and are given a security briefing before being assigned a Butler. Please note that no open toed shoes are allowed at camp, this means if you didn't bring any, hiking boots become the new casual elegant (we didn't mind at all but would have liked to have been informed beforehand so we could have packed some comfy shoes and not just sandals).

The rooms/tents are exactly as pictured on their website. They are truly spectacular. Stella, our Butler proceeded to explain everything from the amenitites in our tent, to the services provided in the camp. The Butlers at camp are extremely hard working and are eager to make your stay as memorable as possible. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, and beds turned down every night with a hot water bottle inserted into the sheets to keep your feet warm at night. Bottled water for brushing teeth is provided daily...and unlike most lodges when electricity is turned off during the day, you can still have a hot shower as it is coal generated.

Take advantage of staying at camp for a day. Enjoy the swing on your private veranda, the L shaped couch brimming with pillows or the stone bath. There is nothing more relaxing then taking a bubble bath (everything from washcloths, to scrub brushes, to bubble bath is provided) while watching hippos swim by in front of your veranda. There are even privacy screens surrounding your tent and a "do not disturb sign", should you wish for a siesta.

Drinks, including water, pricey. Food fantastic. Although the boxed lunches became repetitive, the in house meals did not. We dined in a different area for almost every meal. Our favorite by far, was our first supper by lantern light along the Mara River. As the evenings were cooler, they had small charcoal pots next to the tables to keep the guests warm. The menues are varied and offer something interesting for everyone. The homemade bread that accompanies the hot soups is mouthwatering. Also note that the chef will easily accommodate any dietary needs you may have. I was having a "bad day" and the chef sent some homemade soup and a thermos of tea for my lunch while on safari. I was quite grateful!

We stayed six days at Mara Timbo and only found one negative. We gave Mara Timbo a five star rating for service due to the camp staff but found the safari guiding a three star. Please remember that they have limited vehicles and that all guests must agree upon safari timings if you have not booked a private vehicle. It takes 45min. to arrive at the main gate, another 20min or more to proceed through. The main gate closes at 6pm but our guide was always eager to leave by 3pm. You pay $60US per person to be taken out during the hottest part of the day...even worst if you are a photographer. We did manage one day to convince Gideon to take us out at 5am as we were the only clients at camp. This was also the same day our safari vehicle ran out of gas but we did manage to stay in the reserve until 5 min. before the gate closed. It was quite the adventure!

We have been on safari several times now, and Gideon is by far our least memorable guide. If he only used his cell phone for emergencies that would have been fine but his phone rang every 5 minutes and after several days of safarying, it grated on our nerves. He spent more time on the phone then spotting for wildlife. Our best guide was a last minute replacement on our last day because 1) our vehicle broke down and 2) the other couple had to be driven to the airstrip by Gideon. He was amazing at spotting and explaining animal behavior. My best photography shot of the trip was with him... a giraffe leaping over a large brook.

Other than the safari service, we had an amazing time. Please don't let the safari portion influence you from experiencing what Mara Timbo has to offer. The staff at camp are absolutely phenomenal and are truly there to make your stay a dream come true. From welcome drinks, to a welcome massage, to menued meals, to a hidden oasis on the Mara River, to impeccable service...what more could you want?

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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den bosch
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

book more days than you want... because you find it terrible wen you have to go..
Its so amazing... beautiful.... nice ...lovely its not to speak out in words...

Bring warm cloats for the evenings...

We come back thats for sure
paul en danielle (HOLLAND)

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mara Timbo Camp
Address: Masai Mara, Triangle | near Olololo-Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #99 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic camp under German Management ideally situated on Mara River with two large hippo families in front of only 7 spacious 45sqm luxury tents. They are situated on big terraces and offer outside bathtubs with view to the wild animals. A personal Butler Service pays very much attention to the maximum of privacy. Tent-facilities include king-size bed, safe, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, flush toilet, 220/240volt power supply. Activities: Game Drives, Nature Walk, Maasai Village, Balloon Safaris, Night Game Drives. ... more   less 
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