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Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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Calgary , Alberta , Canada
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
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“Wonderful wonderful!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

As part of our overall Safari Adventure , we stayed at this resort for 4 nights. We landed at an airstrip 5 minutes from the camp and were greeted by a host of wonderful staff, all wanting to make our stay as comfortable as possible. This is one of those " luxury tent" resorts and they are amazing ! Makes you feel like you are a part of the great outdoors around you. The resort is bounded by an electric fence, so predators cant get in. The daily game rides were AMAZING! The animals that we saw, in large quantities. Lions, hippos, wildebeests, zebras, elephants, cheetahs, ostrich, giraffes, baboons, leopards, buffalos, and more. Best of all - we got to see a 'crossing', animals in migration crossing the Mara river. National Geographic stuff , complete with crocodiles! So so happy that we stayed here. The height of our trip ! We could have stayed here for our entire trip.

Room Tip: We stayed in tent # 26 , right on the river bank. lovely view. A long walk from common area though.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Hello,
We are glad we were MAD "Made A Difference" to your experiences in this Safari. We all look forward to hosting you and friends that you will refer to us in the not so distant future.
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

friendly, courteous service from all personel in the camp. excellent food both at the buffet breakfast and lunch and at the sit down dinner. highlight:the "bush" breakfast, a kind of picnic breakfast held outside the camp perimeter at the river edge. nice cocktails around a camp fire at the bar. don't miss the viewing tower that looks out of the camp into the surrounding bush from a height of aboit 10 metres.

Room Tip: you can't go wrong here!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Hello Guest,
We are glad you came, you saw and immensely enjoyed. So grateful you had time post some feedback on this forum.
The team looks forward to hosting you again.
The Mara Intrepids Team
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

The Maasai Mara is one of the most amazing places we've ever visited. The game drives here are amazing - despite being on a "group tour" it feels like you're own private safari. We had Rafeal and he was charismatic and smart, finding us all the animals other than the leopard. The tents on this site are luxurious and more than anything I could have imagined. Perfect vacation spot. Food, also excellent. Service personal and attentive. Just be careful of the tip box - after we tipped we were told that it didn't include personnel you come into contact with (wait staff and the people who clean the tent) and had to tip again (Which is different than in the other hotels we encountered).

Room Tip: Ask for a room by the river.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear Guest,
So glad you had a nice time in Mara Intrepids. Have noted comment on the Tip Box and will review the procedures.
We look forward to hosting you again.
Good Day
The Mara Team
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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Memories for a lifetime. The unbelievable service, the location for seeing game, the delicious food, I don't know what is better than the other. I also have to add that I arrived ill and they had a doctor on the premises who came immediately, gave me medicine for strep and an ear infection. He checked on me every day I was there. He was so wonderful and calming when you think about having a higher fever and strep out in the wild! Within days I was almost back to normal. The staff was so caring and thoughtful and kept bringing me hot soup, etc, and were very concerned about me. I would say that if I was to get sick, the Mara Intrepids Camp was wonderful with the zippered walls and the care I received. It was much better than be stuck inside a hotel room. My sister went on game drives two or three times a day with Rueben and she said he was amazing. She showed me great pictures. I do want to add that on the 40 minute drive to the tented camp from the air strip, I saw giraffe, hippos, wildebeest, elephants, etc. I also want to say that our next destinations were to the Ngorongo Crater and Seregenti but we saw more animals in Masai Mara.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hello,
We are glad you found our Units to have people who care. That is our identity. We look forward to seeing you again soon
Good day
The Mara Intrepids Team
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

This was our second trip to Mara Intrepids in as many years. Again, the game drives were phenomenal and management made every effort to make our stay absolutely seamless. Having stayed at many lodges and camps in the Mara, Intrepids has the best viewing I've encountered. Guides are particularly knowledgeable, on both trips we had a vehicle solely for our parties use, and with many leopard resident in the area chances of spotting one are quite high.

Recommend tents lower than 26 if looking for view. Higher numbers (14 and above) have less privacy but great views of the river. Tents 9-12 are close to camp center, so quite convenient, and provide more privacy. Camp has many activities for children at the Adventurer's Club and though we were not traveling with kids, this seemed a nice amenity. Sister camp "Explorer" does not allow children if you are looking for the more secluded holiday.

HIGHLY recommend Intrepids if you are going to the Mara for game viewing.

Room Tip: Recommend tents lower than 26 if looking for view. Higher numbers (14 and above) have less privacy...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Good Morning,
Thank you for visiting and for posting comments in the Tripadvisor forum. We hope to host you again soon
The Mara Intrepids Team
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Four days of wonderful experiences. Saw lion, wildebeest, hyena and water buffalo even before we arrived at the camp. Our guide/driver, Samson - The Leopard King - was brilliant, constantly seeking out new animals and fantastic vistas including a visit to the Serengeti border and wildebeest and zebra crossing the river. Found a couple of cheetahs just after they'd made a kill and caught lions mating! Spotted servals on two occasions. Superb meals with the added entertainment of bushbabies in the rafters. Super tents with en suite facilities, four-poster beds and a hippo in the river at the bottom of the garden. Staff delightful especially Edwin, Musa, Francis & Dennis. A fantastic holiday for all three generations of our family. Shop superb value - Masai shukas, soapstone carvings and lots of other souvenirs. Cheaper than anywhere else. Sadly no time to try out the swimming pool - too busy on the drives. Absolutely fantastic!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear Guest,
So glad you came, you saw and you enjoyed. thanks for posting a review on the Tripadvisor Forum.
Good Day.
God Bless
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Absolutely our best family vacation ever. As a family we have traveled around the world many times, had many luxury vacations, but none of them compares to our time at the Intrepid. We just returned from a 3 night, all inclusive vacation, including the games drives. The Intrepis is one of the few luxury tent facilities, that has a pool and a fence around the club. For children, this was incredibly important so that they could move freely inside the facility without being concerned about animals getting too close. The pool was also a fine distraction on our few free moments.

The tents are unbelievably luxurious suites, masquerading as tents. The family tents are incredible and are recommended for any family of 3-6 people. 3 large tents artfully brought together into 2 bedrooms, 2 bethrooms, and a large livingroom. Beautiful hard wood floors. Exquisite hardwood furniture and decorations. Each bathroom with double sinks, and decorative wood furnishings. The family tent has a large furnished porch with a lovely view overlooking a river. The kids would run back to the room after our 3 hour game drive, just to see if they could spot hippos or elephants from the porch.

Most importantly, the service was exceptional. The Intrepid assigns to each family or group a specific guide/driver, tent attendant, and waiter to you by name and who will provide personalized service to you for your entire stay. Upon arrival you will be picked up at the airstrip, we were picked up by our guide Parmesau. He was truly superb. His knowledge, understanding and passion for the Mara animals was infectious. We didnt want our game drives to end. Imagine 12 and 13 year old children sitting still, on the edge of their seats in the vehicle for 6 hours a day? No complaining or fighting or whining! They couldnt wait for the next game drive, thanks to Parmesau. he was able to locate every anmial that we wanted to see; rhino, leopard(and cubs), lions, giraffe, a fight between a hyena and a lion, animals migrating across the mara river, etc. We came to learn that he was the head of all of the guides, which was absolutely evident. Parmesau even gave nightly presentations on specific aspects of the Mara, which my kids didnt miss a minute of. ( by the way the Intrepid Land Rovers are specifically made to order and unique to the Mara. No other company has these same comfortable yet tough vehicles)

As for Gedion, our tent attendant, and Abigail, our waiter, they were also extremely detail oriented and supported for each and every request that we made of them. The hot water bottles in our beds at night, and the 6am coffee and hot cocoa delivered to the tent before the morning drives were wonderful.

On our last night at the Intrepid, we were treated by the camp manager Mr Edwin Nyamanga to a superb private BBQ with him, which included a Masai performance. We cant thank Edwin and his entire team for making our holiday and stay at the Intrepid, Beyond Outstanding.

Room Tip: Family Tents
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Guest,
We are glad you enjoyed immensely. We look forward to hosting you again soon
The Mara Team
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Property: Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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 #15 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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