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“Amani Mara Lodge”
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Amani Mara Camp
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Amani Mara Lodge is an experience of a lifetime. We were personally greeted by the owner, Ashif, and the manager, Anna, upon our arrival. Our drive in to the Lodge was extraordinary as we saw all types of wildlife, including a pride of elephants. The staff at the Amani were attentive, kind and informative. We enjoyed the personal service as well as the meals. Our lodgings were very comfortable. Walking to our personal lodge at night was an adventure hearing the hippos nearby. Of course, we were in safe hands as we were guided by staff to insure our safety. It was extraordinary to listen to the hippos and other animals mill about while we slept. The view from the Lodge is stunning. We had a constant view of the hippos and crocodiles. Our Masai safari driver, Simon, drove us directly to every possible animal the park has to offer (except a rino or leopard-but we were able to see these another time). Thank you, Ashif, and staff for a unique and life altering experience!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We are a family who lives in Kenya. We have been to Masai Mara many times. We spent 3 nights in Amani Mara Lodge and it was a great experience. The management is very attentive and present all the time working on solving any issues. Alex was our waiter and he hasn't saved any effort to make our meals. The meals were not the traditional buffet that you would expect in similar lodges. The lodge tents and location was unique among all of our previous stays in Mara. The view on the lake was fabulous and the animal noise by night was thrilling. The number of guests are limited and provides a high sense of customization. It is highly recommended to give it a visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner - Asif - and his staff, offered refreshing fruit juice and towels to wash our hands. From there on it just got better. The accommodation is unique in every sense of the word. Made to look like a large tent, our room had ample room for us and our 2 children. The balcony overlooks a small river with over 30 hippos (my favourite African animal) living there. Al of our meals were fantastic and Asif went out of his way to make our two kids feel special with strawberries and ice cream! We will definitely return - without the children next time probably. Thank you so much for making us feel at home!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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ashif s, Owner at Amani Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure hosting your wonderful family here at Amani Mara . We hope to see you back in the Mara and next time make it even more pleasurable for you and more quiet than last due to the larger group. Enjoy your remaining stay in Africa.
Regards Ashif

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed at Amani Mara for 3 nights during our E. Africa Trip. This is an OWNER MANAGED hotel with exceptional quality of service. Having been home for more than 5 weeks now; we still yearn for the hospitality and friendship extended to us during our stay- Joe the Masai Guy, Ashif the owner and the whole crew.

This property has a very unique structure and being an eco-friendly lodge is focused on conservation than the dime a dozen “big chain” hotels that sprawl all over Masai Mara. My honest word of advice is that if you are looking for a big buffet spread, 3 swimming pool, 3 to 4 restaurant style accommodation then Amani Mara may not be your “thing”. This is NOT Las Vegas by any means and that’s the beauty of this place. Isn't it?

When we were there they had 9 operational units/rooms. The artwork and the attention to detail here is immaculate. Most of the building material was locally obtained and the owners (Suleman Family) make conscious attempt to hire locals who are much more familiar with the land, environment and other issues pertaining to Masai Land. We enjoyed our trip and will go there again….

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Amani Mara is special in so many ways it's hard to know where to begin! It's located minutes from Masai Mara with breathtaking views of the wildlife - lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, zebras, giraffe, deer, antelope, water buffalo, wildebeest and more! The lodge itself is surrounded by protected land where it's often possible to enjoy views of these same animals from the main dining hall or even your own room. Ashif and his team have taken great care to create facilities that blend in with and help protect and recover the land, planting new trees and using natural wood and stone designs that are both comfortable and architecturally inspiring. The team gives even greater attention to extending warm hospitality and ensuring memorable stays for all guests. The Masai guides are genuine, generous and attentive, sharing their traditional knowledge, kindness and humor during eye-opening bushwalks and game drives. If you're looking for a relaxing, awesome safari experience that gives back to Nature and the Masai community as much as it offers you, then Amani Mara is the place!

Room Tip: Everyone room has an amazing view and charm!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Having read the comments from other visitors there isn't anything new I can add but agree wholeheartedly with their sentiments. This lodge is outstanding. Not only is the accommodation unique but the warmth shown by Ashif and the team was greatly appreciated. Whilst we were there we hit pay day and I needed access to the Internet. Ashif drove me to his "office" on the borderline with the park so I could do my banking. The lack of Internet access was a true bonus as my youngest daughter finally read a book rather than staying connected! We will be going back.

Room Tip: They matched us up perfectly when we got there
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

SECOND time to visit Amani Mara since we luckily discovered it, and this trip exceeded even the exceptionally high standards we experienced the first time. First-class game viewing (including from the lodge itself, and from the rooms themselves too), first-class hospitality, innovative and eco-friendly (and very spacious and comfortable) accommodation and architecture, stunning location, attentive staff, knowledgeable and flexible owner/management, good food, and a wilderness experience which is surely second to none. The lodge has a social and environmental conscience and its offering is for the avid wildlife watcher/photographer or the beginner alike. Families are very welcome and very comfortable. The resident hippo pool is easy to see and to walk to, within minutes you are in the heart of the Mara animals' greatest concentrations, and the GREAT MIGRATION we experienced with Simon the game driver/guide/tracker was simply awe-inspiring. Our family of two adults, one 11-year old girl, and one 4-year old boy, all LOVE THIS PLACE and the people who run it.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Amani Mara Camp

Address: Musiara Gate | Olareorok conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00800, Kenya (Formerly Amani Mara Lodge)
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #86 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $298 - $740 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amani Mara is a peaceful haven located in Olare Orok on the the banks of the Ntiak Ntiak river in the World Famous Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. It is a small and exclusive boutique lodge with exquisite accommodation, with each structure beautifully designed to give unobstructed views of the scenery with minimal impact on the environment. Guests are able to view a variety of game right from the comfort of their own rooms. ... more   less 
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