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Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I just stayed here a little over a week ago and was very pleased with the accomodations, the lodge itself, the surrounding grounds, the entire staff and the food! I might not have found this lodge on my own, but because I traveled with Gate 1 Tours, they once again managed to select yet another fantastic hotel far in the middle of seemingly nowhere! Just when you think the lobby entryway to the lodge is impressive enough, they continued to amaze me with the guest rooms and buffet dining experience. It appeared as if most rooms had their own little patio sitting area, where you could relax and watch the monkeys frolic about in the afternoon. (The staff warned us to keep our doors closed, as the monkeys liked to steal things from people's rooms if left open!). At night, I was always accompanied back to my room by one of the hotel staff members and each night, the bed was turned down and the mosquito nets were drawn over the bed. I personally never had a problem with mosquitos, but I was happy to see the netting, regardless.
Each meal there, served buffet style, was delicious and varied enough to satify even the pickiest of eaters. I was thrilled to have lentils and vegetables daily. And I should not forget to mention the bar overlooking the large pond of happy hippos! I should also mention that Samson, the bartender at the Hippo Overlook Bar, was lovely, sociable and very welcoming each night we were there. This hotel was wonderful and in the perfect spot to go out on a game drive daily.

Room Tip: I believe all of the rooms are very similar, except there appeared to be some free-standing A frame...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We chose to stay at this small oasis. We have stayed at other logdes at a higher room standards and etc, but no place surpasses this place. So friendly staff do all to make this place so very special!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Lars I
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

An amazing setting for our safari. The staff were friendly and very helpful (and genuinely so too) The rooms were clean and well equipped, food excellent. I would highly recommend this lodge.
We would especially recommend going to see Samson who mans the hippos lounge! What a great guy, and a fantastic setting for beer as the sun goes down, watching the hippos come out to eat.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

thanks to the head chef's honoring of my request, we were able to get some ugali, typical kenyan porridge eaten daily by almost all kenyans, and sukuma wiki, its kale accompaniment. this was one of the highlights of our trip. no need to talk about animals and game drives because everyone else has described them. oh, i almost left out the ballon trip with its champagne breakfast which were once in a lifetime experiences.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife and I (and a group of six other friends) stayed four nights at the Keekorok Lodge at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The positives for this property are numerous. The location in the park is outstanding, with magnificent wildlife on display during game drives (big 5 plus numerous types of antelope, birds, monkeys, etc.). On the hotel property itself, we saw hippos, monkeys, mongoose, and birds. The staff are genuinely warm and friendly – everyone from desk staff to restaurant hostesses to bartenders to porters were all fantastic – not merely doing their job by inquiring about us, but going beyond that to communicate their genuine interest in our enjoyment of their special place. The restaurant has a wide variety of food, including Western, Asian, and Indian (including vegetarian) options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all buffet-style. We loved the naan and chapatis that were baked fresh each night at dinner. The room and bathroom were good-sized, with a comfortable bed and good-quality linens. Maasai warriors process through the dining room each evening and perform a traditional dance on the patio.

The only real negative was that some items were not available – for instance, several of the wines on their wine list were not available and there was a limited selection of beers – at the gift shop, shirts weren’t available in some sizes, jewelry selection was limited, etc. Perhaps this is because we were there in January rather than in summer during the migration (high season), but it was nevertheless a negative for us. As minor points, there is no fitness center, and wi-fi is only available for a fee ($15 per day).

Overall, we had a great time and would recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had 2 nights there in suite room. The lodge wasn't good like Sopa or Serena. They turn off electricity at night time. The choice of food for breakfast was poor and dinner also wasn't good. But they have a hippo's lake with special point to see them. Staff is friendly like everywhere in Kenian lodges. If you are not very exacting this place is good for stay for 1-2 days, else you should choose another lodge.
PS location of this lodge is also not bad, local airport is close to lodge and interesting sites also are not far.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

From the moment you take on one of the small flights from Nairobi bound for Masai Mara Airstrip Hop in hop off trip, you are bound to experience Awesomeness...

One of the hidden secrets of Sun Africa Hotels - The Keekorok Lodge is a masterpiece amongst the 100 plus lodges and resorts in Masai Area. Hats of the the Group MD Rahul Sood for managing the Lodge the way a natural jungle safari lodge should be managed.

The Lodge has a traditional welcome by the Masai Warriors for every Guest, most probably you will be greeted by the Hotel Manager Mr Steve himself, a Masai Gentleman, full of grace and dignity. A warm welcome by Dominic is one more happy feeling you get here.

The Lodge is in middle of the Masai Mara Wild Reserve and the Lodge doesn't have any Fence, so in the Night the animals are visiting you and not the vice versa unlike other resorts. The Lodge has its on Hippo Bar, from the Hippo Bar deck while sipping on your favorite drink you can see one of the 70 plus Hippos, who have made Keekorok their Home.... The Lodge also has an awesome Elephant Deck for evening Sun Downer Dinners and most stunning Sun Sets and Rises.

The team members name is worth mentioning - Few of them who made mine and my Wife's stay so memorable are as follows: Chef Tara , Edward - Exec Housekeeper, Lapapa - Guide and Masai Warrior, Janet - Housekeeping Lady, Daniel - Guest Relations, Simon - Hippo Bar Attendant, Dorcas - The restaurant Hostess, Jobs - The security Guard..... Bless each one of you, you were some of the best.......

We also experienced not only the jungle safari on road, we in-fact did the BALLOON Safari as well, that cannot be shared in this space in writing, you have to go on this 1 hour hot air balloon flight to feel what we felt, from the thousands of animals below you on the ground to the most awesome Sun Rise, ever witnessed, the full flight finishes with an awesome made to order, hot and fresh and live Champagne breakfast in middle of the jungle...

I would personally recommend, every one on earth to visit Keekorok...

Much Love and Keep Travelling

Rohit and Sandra Beri

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the Lodge Reception are better for night view of Zebra's and Hippos as they graz...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: C14 Keekorok | Masai Mara Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $190 - $623 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels 5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Over 700 square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains encircle Keekorok Lodge, the oldest property in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya. The lodge was opened in 1962 and is ideally situated in the direct path of the spectacular animal migration that occurs every year from July to October. Guests can experience unparalleled safari adventures and morning and evening game drives are a must for anyone visiting the reserve ... more   less 
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Keekorok Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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