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Ashnil Mara Camp
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Every image you conjure upon looking at this Camp which not only excites you but tingles that nerve to say "this is different" fulfills that wish to bring back the golden days of travel and in luxury and modern style too.

The tents are spread across the hilltop as the hotel is right beside the river. You cant actually tell this very well from inside the camp because of the dense greenery but your tent is an oasis in the expanse.

They are solid base wooden floor platforms with permanent shower, toilet and large bathroom area. The canvas is stretched over the base with a large four poster bed, desk and mirror, double arm chair and balcony with sun lounger bed. A fan and the breeze is all you get for coolness but the photos dont lie and it is just as nice as your web browsing has shown you.

The food and dining hall is very nice, reception has torch leasing, concierge, money exchange and a gift shop. The food is very good and was very varied and was the most consistent in terms of delivering high standards during our tour of kenya.

You are at the very heart of the masai mara here and journey is long and bumpy, the game drives are brilliant and I thoroughly recommend the hot air balloon ride with the champagne breakfast. One of the most amazing things you will ever do!

Drinks prices were above average for Kenya but you are 320kms from civilisation so that is fair enough as far as I am concerned.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed at the camp for 2 nights as part of our safari tour and were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and homely it was.

It was a bit cold in the mornings but if you request a hot water bottle and use your dressing gown you should be fine.

The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was very nice.

We saw some amazing sights on the safari itself and from the reception area of the camp (overlooking the river), you can see hippos and if your lucky, the odd crocodile. Definitely take your binoculars!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Don't hesitate to stayi at this wonderful tented camp. The service was just extraordinary. Tops. I do not have any buts. Close to the games, great sights and aanimals. We satayed is several places and thsi is one of the best.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Arrived at this camp after a long road trip from Lake Nakuru, upon entering the Mara within 20 minutes we were lucky enough to see a Cheetah bring down a young wildebeest. The camp itself is situated right on the Mara river with the sound of Hippos going about their daily business echoing around the camp. The camp is ideally suited to seeing the Great Migration and we saw thousands of migratory animals waiting to cross the river. We also saw two male lions dragging a wildebeest and zebra up from the Mara river, a truly remarkable experience. The Mara is a truly excellent place to see Kenyas wildlifeThe tented camp is excellent with the accomadation more than adequate for your stay in the Mara, the tents have good comfortable beds each with mosquito nets and the batroom facilities are excellent. the food in the reataurant is good with plenty of variety and the staff are very friendly and will help you without hesitation with any of your requests. It has a reasonably priced gift shop which also sells toiletries should you need them. Would I come back here ? then the answer has got to be yes in fact we are already looking at an itinery for next year to include this camp. Thanks to everyone at the Ashnil for making our stay an wxcellent experience.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

This is a tent camp in the masai mara along the bank of the river with all modern amenities. Its fab to have breakfast watching the hippos in the river. The food was excellent with a wide range of cuisines of good quality. All drinks have to be paid for and this is a real pain. The game drives are superb. The wildebeest crossing was amazing.Sadly Rhinos are becoming more scarce and difficult to spot. Our guide was Alan, young and enthusiastic and sharp eyed to spot all the birds and animals. There isn't much to do in the evenings and kids may find it hard. No TV but mobile phones work!

Room Tip: Ask for a riverside room. They are quieter and have fab views from the 'balcony'
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Really friendly / obliging reception staff. Excellent waiter calles Moses.

Good set-up. Only gripe was pool / pool area small and gets easily overcrowded.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

I went there with my family in august. I was really looking forward to it considering the good reviews on tripadvisor. I was disappointed the first second I arrive in the camp. The welcome was very bad. Kathy who was the woman that did the welcoming speech was very unpleasant, not smiling and arrogant! The service overall during our 2 night stay was very bad. We did stay at cheaper places in kenya where the service was far better !
If I knew the service would be that bad , i would never have chosen this place!
The tent are beautiful but to my mind service is much more important. As well, only a few tent have views on the mara river : what a disappointment as well! The view was rubbish!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: | Narok County, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $200 - $709 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ashnil Mara Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ASHNIL MARA CAMP The game drive experience offered at Ashnil Mara Camp is guaranteed to fascinate any safari enthusiast. For those in love with flora and fauna, the drive to go on safari is triggered by the desire to see wildlife and vegetation in their natural habitat. We give you an opportunity to spot wildlife on a running commentary of information given by our experienced driver guides. Our game drives are conducted in 4x4 vehicles, which are equipped to cover the rough terrains associated with safaris. The camp comprises 56 luxurious tents set overlooking the picturesque vast of Mara. Come catch the wildebeest migration amid a raw blend of luxury and the wild. A true destination with a difference. ... more   less 
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Ashnil Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Ashnil Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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