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Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

The Mara Intrepids Camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara right at the Talek River. After landing at Ol Kiombo Airstrip we were picked-up in the Landrover by our guide James who showed us Masai Mara’s wildlife during the next three days. Mara Intrepids has 30 luxurious, beautiful decorated tents, mostly with Talek River view. The service is outstanding – from the wake-up call with fresh coffee or tea served at the tent, lunch and dinner in the open-air restaurant up to the hot-water bottle in the bed at night time. For lunch they usually offer a buffet while for dinner a menu is served. You have three game drives per day: at 6:30 am, at 10:30 am and at 3:30 pm. We always merged both morning game drives and went for a picnic in the savannah instead of breakfast in the camp. In the afternoon you can relax in front of your tent and watch hippos in the Talek River or hang out at the swimming pool. The camp is perfectly integrated into the natural environment, at dinner time there is sometimes even a bush baby visiting the restaurant. The variety of animals in the Masai Mara went far beyond our expectations. We even saw a lion kill, several lion prides, a cheetah kill and a cheetah with two cubs. Furthermore we had the chance to watch the leopard Olive, her daughter Bahati and her grown-up son. Thanks a lot to James and the whole Intrepids team who made this safari an once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. And that we didn’t see the rhino is a good reason to come back to Masai Mara and to the Mara Intrepids Camp…

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2011

Dear Guest,
we thank you for the wonderful review. The team is elated that you had a nice time and we all look forward to having you on board again.
Good Day.
The Mara Intrepids Team

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Reviewed December 24, 2011

Absolutely amazing! We saw about 70 lions in 1 week and many other game such as cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, elephants, etc. We have been on safaris in Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tansania. The Masai Mara was hands down my families' favorite due to the absence of crowds of any kind and an abundance wildlife, especially large game. We also liked that the reserve is protected so no hunting is allowed. Food at camp was great and tents were beautiful. 

  • Stayed: December 2011
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear Guest,
We are glad you enjoyed your stay in the Mara Intrepids. We are happy you liked the efforts done to conserve Maasai Mara for the future. We note that you did like the Food which we always try to ensure is the best you can get.
We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Till then we wish you a happy and propsperous 2012

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

Mara intrepids was a wonderful way to see the park. Many of the other reviewers have touched on all the basic points, but there are a few highlights/tips to note.

1. Some tents are really far from the lodge. We stayed in a low-numbered tent and felt that it was a good walk to the main resort area. Since the tents are along the river, this makes sense, but someone who is mobility challenged may have issues.

2. The food was very good, though limited in selection. No drinks are included in the price, including sodas. Overall, no real complaints. We especially enjoyed the crepes prior to the afternoon safari.

3. The guides and drives were great, try at least one full-morning drive. Also, the hot air balloon ride was 100% worth the price (although it will take an entire morning).

4. The camp is fenced in, which gives you a false sense of security. The power is off in the camp from midnight to 5 a.m., and I wouldn't wander outside of the tent then.

5. Understandably, hot water only runs at certain times during the day (but can be arranged for off-hours). The water is VERY hard, and it is hard to lather the soap.

We were extremely impressed by the camp and would not hesitate to stay there again.

Room Tip: Tent #6-12 are closer to the main dining area.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear Guest,
I have taken note of the five points that you have raised. I take particular note of the waters being so hard and the distance of some tents when has some challenges with mobility. These will all be put to our Think Tank so we can continue reviewing them and seeing how to improve.
We are elated about the other good cooments raised and we appreciate that you took time to write to us.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Till then it is "Ashe Oleng" Maasai for "Thank you very much.
The Mara Team.

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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We stayed at the Mara Intrepids for 4 nights on our honeymoon in November. It was the most fantastic experience and one we will always remember.

The accommodation at the Mara Intrepids is very luxurious whilst also maintaining the feel of being close to nature. The beds are very comfortable and all of the amenities well kept and of a high standard.

The food was always excellent. We chose to return to camp for breakfast each day and enjoyed a wonderful buffet cooked breakfast. Lunch was a buffet with a great selection of hot and cold food. Our first night dinner was also a buffet, apparantly as there was a very big group in, however the other nights the evening dinner was a very high standard sit-down affair which we enjoyed a lot more. (Not that the buffet was bad but it was nice to have a change for the third meal and the food served in the evenign meals was of a very high quality). Tom's service throughout was very friendly and he alwyas made sure we were well looked after, even carrying us some hot chocolate back to our tent at the end of dinner.

The game drives were what really made this trip so memorable. We were gently awoken by Gideon each morning with tea and cookies, making the 5.30 am start a little easier! Our thanks go to Samson, a wonderful and very knowledgable guide who seemed to have a knack of tracking down whatever we were looking for. He was also very good company and good fun over the 3 and a half days we spent with him. We were very lucky to see all of the 'big 5' several times over, including the elusive Rhino and Leopard. The 1500 photos we came home with after just 4 days are testament to the great variety we saw! The scenery as well is absolutely stunning and just the experience of bouncing over the plains in a 4x4 was great fun.

We would thoroughly recomemnd the Mara Intrepids and hope we will be able to return again one day.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Stayed for 4 nights 5 days at the Mara Intrepids. We were met when we landed by 'James' our driver who was with us for all our game drives. His knowledge of the animals and area was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him, he would try and get as close as he could to the animals to enable us to get that extra special shot. We saw all the animals except for the Rhino. We were met at the Camp by Edwin and shown to our tent - which surpassed all my expectations it was like being in a 5 star hotel. The food provided at every meal was excellent and there was so much of it. Thanks to Julius for being our 'waiter' during our stay. Edwin and his team work very hard and their customer service is excellent. Every person we came into contact with whilst we were there was very friendly. Edwin you have a team you should be proud of. We will definately visit again

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear Guest,
Most grateful for this special review. It means a lot to all of us at the Mara Intrepids
The Mara Team

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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Visited Mara Intrepids first two weeks of Dec 2011 in-between building two footbridges for marginalized villages in Loisiijo and West Pokot. The Mara is one of the most beautiful places and interesting places on earth and Mara Intrepids was an absolutely perfect place to experience it from. The "rooms" (imagine a hotel room built inside a tent on stilts) were comfortable and clean and the staff were all very helpful and friendly. Most of all, the game drives were amazing. We elected to go on all 3 per day and saw new and wonderful scenery and wildlife on each trip. I especially want to recommend Vincent Nkai our guide for all our drives. His knowledge of the Mara flora and fauna was very impressive but more than that, his sincere passion and love for his work and good humor made each trip a real joy. If you decide to visit try to get Vincent as your guide. I highly recommend Mara Intrepids.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Although I missed the annual migration I would still say it's simply fantastic. I have a wonderful experience there and the service and friendliness of the staff was excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Address: C14 Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $460 - $702 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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