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Sarova Mara Game Camp
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This was the largest Safari Lodge we stayed in during our week-long safari. The tents were a bit too small, but had a nice layout and lovely turn-down service that zipped up the tent and set up the mosquito netting. The restaurant was amazing in all the offerings it had. Beautiful desserts, cook-to-order pasta and big buffet with Kenyan and Indian food. Lots of fresh salads and vegetables were always plentiful. The pool was small, but never had time to use it anyway. The grounds were beautiful and the check-in process was easy and thorough. Good wi-fi, great gift shop, friendly bar service with a great camp fire in the center of it. Just beautiful and its only minutes from the great animals in the Reserve. Great Place!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

The tents are nice. Food OK! Hotels expensive and don't see why! Safari $70 per person, u need to also pay the park $70 p/p per night. Hotel is full board, around 700 per night for 2. Not including the above fees. If u go, arrange safari from somewhere else, much cheaper!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Francis M, General Manager at Sarova Mara Game Camp, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your feedback on our lodge. We do appreciate it and I have noted your comments on the charges for the hotel and for the game drives. Also of note is the charge of USD 70 per person on park fees which is payable directly to the park authorities.
We do have all inclusive packages which incorporate game drives, air fare, transfers from and to the airstrip and inclusive of bubbly breakfast. Kindly do get in touch on sarova.mara@sarovahotels.com for further details on these when next planning your trip to the Mara.
I do hope the next time your travels bring you to Kenya, you will return to Sarova Mara Game Camp and be sure to let me know. It’ll be a pleasure to meet with you and for you to enjoy our good facilities, excellent food and amazing hospitality.

We definitely look forward to hosting you again.
Kind regards,
Francis Msengeti Lodge Manager Sarova Mara Game Camp

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp was the highlight of our 10 day Kenya and Tanzania safari. We stayed for two nights, but wish we could have stayed longer. We were greeted by a Masai gentleman in full regalia. We stayed in the club tents which were absolutely beautiful. There was a large queen-sized bed and a cot for a child. The bathroom was amazing! Our tent was at the very edge of the property so we were a little scared the first night, but quickly became used to the sounds of the tree branches hitting the roof. The fairy-like dikdik deer outside our tent just added to the ambiance! We loved the furnishings, especially the canvas shelves. There was a large variety of food at every meal. We enjoyed the different stations where they cooked the meat and fish on request. The location is unbelievable. We were there in July in the middle of the wildebeest migration. The staff could not have been kinder. Esther went out of her way to make the experience unforgettable for my 11 year old nephew. She took time out of her busy day to take him fishing in the lake on the hotel grounds, and also taught him card games. We received the highest quality of service at the Sarova Mara. I wish I could go back and stay for a whole week!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was a great location inside the park, a large property with very nice service, lovely people and very nice rooms. The food was nice, but not what I would describe as outstanding. I would highly recommend getting a club tent, although be aware you might have a good 5 minute walk to the main reception and restaurant area. I didn't like the fact that the rooms could not be locked except when you were in it, but there was a safe for valuables.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We stayed at Sarova Mara Game Camp for two nights in early July. It was a good place to stay. The location was fantastic - right in the middle of the park (this alone is a reason to stay there); the staff were very friendly; the pool and amenities were good. The food was of variable quality - one night (an Indian night) was sensational. The following night the food was ordinary. Permanent tents were the sleeping accommodation and they were very comfortable, the only thing to note is that it can be a long walk from the tent to the main facilities - so if you forget something in the tent (glasses, camera etc) it can be a bit of a pain. Overall I'd recommend it as a place to spend a night or two.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Our group stayed here on our last two nights in Kenya. We arrived to cold towels and a staff with a great sense of humor. The tents are made of thick material and seemed to do a good job of keeping the bugs out. At night you can hear wildlife all around you, and I even almost stepped on a dikdik while making my way back to my tent. The tents are well furnished with a large bed, but I will just note that you have to duck a little while making your way to the back of the room. The food was buffet style and consistent (if not a tiny bit better) than some of the other lodges. The entertainment (Masai Mara village dancing) was quite a bit of fun and the bar featured a nice warm fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating. I really enjoyed my stay!

Room Tip: I didn't really notice any bad rooms.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed at the Sarova Mara Game Lodge In Sept 2013. The dirt roads leading to the lodge are rough but the pampering begins as soon as you arrive. Beautiful lobby area, outdoor pool, good restaurant and bar (not that you have any choice) and the deluxe tents are spectacular. The tents have polished wood floors and roof with canvass sides that the room staff roll up and down...
The tent was wonderfull with a hotel style Hot shower and Granite sink along with Quality full amenties, including coffee/Tea maker. in tent safe!
As it got little chilli at night. our turn- down service. included couple of hot water bottle to keep our feet warm in bed...The staff was excellent. i found the food to be little on the bland side. Don't get me wrong, this place had very good quality food, you name it they had it, Quite large selection....including Cooked to order steaks and lamb chops good. I asked the cheif to make my food little spicy, Since i am a very hot chilli eater, He went out of his way and cooked me up some Indian style Butter Chicken. Which i shared with other people from UK who we had met. We all loved it. Oh Yea!That hit that spot.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $299 - $757 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Mara Game Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sarova Mara Game Camp is located in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in South West Kenya. It is 260 km from Nairobi, a 1-hour flight from Nairobi, 20-minute drive from the airstrip and a 5 1/2-hours drive from Nairobi on the new tarmac road. It is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams. The Camp is uniquely laid out over the sprawling grounds that include rolling manicured greens, a virtual mini forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, mini bird sanctuary and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the Camp. The Camp includes 20 club tents, 51 standard tents, 2 family tents, a main restaurant, bar and many bush dining options. The free form swimming pool has its own pool bar. In addition, it has its own fleet of well equipped safari vehicles with excellent guides. There are meeting rooms and numerous outdoor venues for dining and leisure. The entire Camp is surrounded by a 24 hour electric fence. The climate is very pleasant with clear warm days and cool nights Temperatures average from 26ْ C during the day to 12ْ C at night. There are sporadic rains in March, April, November & December. ... more   less 
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