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Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
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“Excellent Camp and Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in 3 tents over Easter - wonderful experience with excellent service from all staff - the tents are huge, beautifully furnished, with great views of the river - hippos, crocodiles etc to be viewed at the end of the garden. The baths (with scented candles) are a delight - don't be put off by the outdoor showers - they are great fun! Food is outstanding and we were even left home made chocolates in the tents too. The manager, Annamette, was very attentive and all the staff could not be faulted - Annamette arranged for a cake for our son's birthday whilst we there, along with Maasai dancers, singing etc too. All in all a great experience and we would definitely recommend - one of the best places we have stayed in, not only in the Mara, but throughout Kenya.

Room Tip: We stayed in 4, 5 and 6, which were all excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in early Feb. 2012. From the moment we got there until the moment we left there was not a single detail left to prepare for. The tents, which are more like apartments with canvas walls, were totally inviting and had all the amenities you could need. The water was hot, the lighting was ample, even little details like having bug-spray and toiletries already in our room were taken care of.

The staff were extremely hospitable and we interacted with everyone from the manager to Maasai tribesmen also on the premises who are there to escort you from your tent to anywhere in the camp anytime, day or night.

Location wise, the camp is on a cliff overlooking the river where Hippos and sometimes a Crocodile were present. It was the slow time of the year but we still saw all the big attractions (Hippos, Crocs, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Ostrich, Zebra) and about 30 types of deer, and the list goes on. The river has a junction point just metres beyond the far end of the camp and during the migration is supposed to be very active. I myself was able to walk down close to the river bank in the day time (again, happily escorted by a camp tribe member who patiently waited while I got my fill of picture taking of the Hippos 30 metres away).

My wife and I loved every minute of our time there and are anxiously looking to make some time to go back again during the migration season.

Room Tip: Only 6 tents, they are all equally good from what I understand.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

Summary: At the start of this year my partner and myself spent 3 nights at this camp. For the first two nights we had the place to ourselves having just missed the new-year rush. This new camp stands out over the other camps that I have previously stayed at. The whole experience felt like being on an exclusive honeymoon which will now be hard to beat when the real one comes around!

Service: Everything flowed exceptionally smoothly. The staff were friendly and within a short time it felt as though I was catching up with friends I had known for years. Annemette (manager) and her crew obviously enjoy their job and are good at it. Every need is tended to and every aspect worked like a well-oiled machine.

Value: For a luxury camp, no question it is excellent especially when combined with the flying package.

Sleep Quality: Depends on how you look at it... I find it a novelty being woken up by the sound of the wildlife in camp and loved it, some might not. The beds for me are very comfortable and it is easy to get a great night sleep.

Cleanliness: Tents were cleaned every day. Free standing bath and outdoor shower was enough to keep even myself clean on a dusty safari.

Location: Junction of two rivers in the heart of the park. Enough said. The sounds of the birds and insects are occasionally broken by the sound of the hippos calling out to each other. I had no end of entertainment watching the hippos. The road into the camp itself from the open part of the park is a bit bumpy (excused as an "african massage") and takes a few minutes. The recent unseasonal wet weather had caused the road to break up and it in the progress of being sorted.

Rooms: Have a look at the brochure, does what it says on the tin. Only marginal issue is that each tent, although it has its own private garden down to the river is not "on" the river in the true sense of the word. The 15 yard walk to the edge was not a hardship though. On a different note, there is 24 hour electricity in all the rooms useful for charging a camera that you are guaranteed to keep busy.

Other Info: When you get the choice, definitely opt into the sun downers. A neighbourhood friendly herd of giraffe tend to want to get involved.

Amazing experience to be repeated soon.

Room Tip: Rooms 4, 5 and 6 tend to have more wildlife walk past during the night... Your choice what you prefe...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

Excellent service, luxurious tents and great people. Your guaranteed to have a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

This hotel was my highlight of my recent trip around kenya.

Rooms - these were excellent, very high quality and I loved the design. They are also great for couples are each room is very private with open showers.

Staff / food- they were very friendly and on hand to deal with our every request. We were especially impressed by the quality of food that we had and the presentation. At points we forgot where we were.

Location - Having been to the mara many times before I have never seen a better located lodge with excellent views.

I will definetly be back with the girlfriend.

Room Tip: There are only six rooms so all are ideally located.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2011

We went as a group of 12 to visit the Masai Mara and go on Safari for 3 days. It was rolled into our honeymoon trip and we ended up having the time of our lives here at Mara Ngenche!! There are only 6 tents, so we took up the entire camp and made it our home. Each tent has their own Masai warrior to guard your tent, especially at night from the wild animals. The camp used to be a popular spot for elephants, lions, and hippos, so they still experience "visitors" at night, which keeps us and definitely the Masai warriors on their toes. You can hear these animals throughout the night and it makes for an incredible experience. The camp itself is situated at the convergence of two rivers (Mara and Telek) on top of the river bank where there are hippos and crocodiles (which you can hear!). Right outside the camp site you will see hippos, elephant and giraffe. All the tents are huge and have separate claw bathtubs, outdoor rain showers, his-and-hers sinks, toilet, wardrobes, desk (with outlets), and sitting areas inside and outside as well. Food service was excellent, with plated meals for the whole group. Breakfast buffets and lunch was outdoors riverside and simply fantastic -you're given choices for meal options (style of eggs, 3 choices for lunches and dinners each, including vegetarian options). Pre-dinner drinks in the lounge was amazing -with a full bar, several couches and outdoor seating. Dinner was in a formal dining tent -it was candlelit with a long table. This place was better than any 4 star hotel we have stayed (anywhere in the world) and rivals most 5 star hotels -simply for the equally amazing atmosphere, staff, accommodations, and hospitality.

Room Tip: Farthest room from the camp (#6) is the quietest (from the rest of the guests).
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

WE stayed here mid August 2011 and were initially apprehensive because it was an unfenced camp - idea being to get immersed in the experience, nature etc..Within half an hour all jitters were gone.

The camp is amazing and very intimate (only 6 tents) which made for a more authentic and personal experience. Located at the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers...you dont need to go far to see action as this is one location for the Wildebeest crossing. Tents are 5*, Food is excellent (try having breakfast by the river bank), staff are friendly and professional. The guides for the game drives always seemed to have the upper hand on their counterparts with other agencies.

All in all an experience (The Mara) everyone must have...No need to over kill it on here...check it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
Address: Pio Gama Pinto Road Westlands, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya (Formerly Mara Ngenche Luxury Tented Camp)
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Ngenche Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp. Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp offers panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful large animals with crocodiles always in close proximity. The 10 spacious well appointed tents are en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in its own "Boma." has a large four poster king size bed or two queen size beds, offers wonderful view on the river and is equipped with a large bath tub and outside shower. Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. In addition each tent has its own private plunge pool. ... more   less 
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