My husband & I took a trip to Kenya between Christmas & New Year. We decided to spend 3 days in Masai Mara & then the remaining days on the coast (Diani Beach).
From the moment we landed at the National Reserve, we were greeted by our ranger Daniel who drove us back to the camp. The beauty of this set up is that we got to drive through the conservancy/game drive itself to get to the camp so we got a sneak preview of what we could possibly see on our trip! More about Daniel below, he is truly a gem!
The Mara Rianta Camp itself is unbelievably beautiful. We were greeted by Mary, the Camp Manager, who you can tell clearly loves her job & takes great pride in making sure the guests are enjoying themselves. We got a tour of the facility, all the beautiful amenities (the spa, shop, dining, etc.). The common areas are so beautifully decorated, you just feel relaxed the moment you walk in (& are greeted by a lovely glass of fresh juice & a fresh/warm washcloth to freshen up). Walking from the common area to the rooms is also a lovely experience as it is a long trail & a Masai man will guide you with a lamp if it is dark. The spa at Mara Rianta was wonderful as well. We did a couples massage & then also relaxed in the hydrotherapy spa after.
The dining venue of the Mara Rianta is wonderful as well. You are given a specific server for the entire trip which also makes for a meaningful experience as they really get to know you & the hospitality we received from Moses, is like none other. As an example, one day during breakfast (an extensive, tasty menu) I ordered my food but then just mentioned to my husband that I should have added hash browns to my order as he had. I do not know how Moses did it, as he was not around when I said this, but when Moses came with my food, he said "I wanted to surprise you with hash browns as I think you would want them as well". Every meal we had during our stay was delicious & the service impeccable. Lunches were served outdoors overlooking the river, there was always some sort of hippo action going on while we ate! Breakfast & Dinners were served indoors, with a beautiful view of the river as well.
The safari luxury tents at Mara Rianta are also like none other. They have incredibly high ceilings, spacious bedrooms, beautiful bathrooms (the size of a small apartment in NYC in fact!) with showers overlooking the outdoor nature & a beautiful claw tub. The attention to detail also stuck with me, from the port carafe left for us our first day, to the Christmas cookies & the various turn down treats. The camp thought of every little thing, from bug spray to sunblock to daily laundry service. My favorite part was the hot water bottles that are in the bed at turn down. It made the bed so lovely & warm after a long day of game drives!
As for our game drives, I think we were incredibly lucky! We saw the Big Five in the first day & a half of our stay! The safari vehicles are fantastic, great quality, clean, & rugged enough to go on adventures! They are fully stocked with drinks, blankets in case it gets cold, & binoculars. In addition, we were lucky enough to follow a Mama Cheetah & her two adorable babies on a hunt for animals. Daniel, our ranger, has an amazing eye for finding the animals & tracking them from start to finish. His night vision is crazy! He took us to a leopard who was up in a tree finishing off his kill, with hyenas scavenging under the tree. This is a sight I will never forget. We saw so many lions, including the Granddaddy all lions & so many prides of lions in action! In addition to the Big Five, we saw zebras, gazelles, wart hogs, giraffes, beautiful birds, hyenas, hippos, etc. Daniel himself is ridiculously knowledgeable about the animals, their behaviors, & I would even go far as to say that he even predicts what the animals will do & drove us accordingly so we always had front row seats to all the action! We spent three days with Daniel, whether it be day drives, evening drives, rhino sanctuary, sunset drinks in the middle of the conservancy, & he made our trip so beautiful & wonderful that I don't feel words can even describe how talented he is.
In all, we could not have asked for a more amazing or lovely trip. All of the staff at Mara Rianta were friendly & welcoming & the energy there was just wonderful. I was actually a bit overwhelmed & sad when I had to say goodbye to everyone as this was one experience that we will never forget. I highly recommend this beautiful luxury tented safari camp. The warm memories of the people & the camp will stay with me forever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect base for your exclusive Safari adventure is the Neptune Mara Rianta luxury tented Camp. Nestled in the heart of the North Conservation Masai Mara Reserve. Immersed in the original bush among indigenous plantations and trees, the 20 luxury tents are directly overlooking the Mara River, which winds itself around the camp with gently flowing waters surrounded with wild life and teeming with large groups of Hippos. Early morning and afternoon game drive in the North Conservation Masai Mara Reserve included in the price. Soothe your body and mind with a relaxing and invigorating massage at the Mvua African Rain Spa or enjoy an al fresco lunch or an evening BBQs around the pool complemented by activities of Masai dancing and talks on the Masai culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve