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Fairmont Mara Safari Club
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South San Francisco, California
1 review
“Safari 2010”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

You must go here before you die! This was my best trip ever. Everyone needs to visit the Masai Mara. You get up close and personal with the animals. The guides are excellent and well informed. The hotel is perfect. Loved it!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 9, 2010

I had the pleasure of staying here in April, for 2 nights. The property is divine, all the way around. Gorgeous grounds, wonderful staff and superb food. As my friend and I were preparing for dinner on the second night, we had no idea that the staff was quietly bringing everything to our deck for dining in private. What a surprise, when we opened the tent! Everything was there, and everything was perfect.
I cannot recommend this property more. It is on the east side of the Mara, which is very different from the western entrance, but no matter. The scenery was something to behold, and we were fortunate enough to see many animals - all but the white Rhino.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2010

We stayed here for the second time and loved it just as much as the first time we visited.
The tents really add to the experience, they are four-poster with ensuite. We found them very clean and very comfortable.
Each tent has it's on viewing deck looking down at the River, where you will see the hippo's below, be warned - they make some very strange noises!! The camp is fenced though so no risk of wildlife venturing into the camp.
Even if you come as part of white-minibus tour, you'll probably fly into the airstrip which is very close and the camp uses its own 4x4's for game drives and offer 3 game drives per day....our driver offered us to have breakfast in the bush which was amazing and of course greatly extended the game drive....you just need to ask
The food was very nice although not as up market as our previous visit where they had a top chef serving a 5 course meal, this time round it was a buffet service.
The only downfall for some is the location, its not the best place to see the migration for example and you do see the Masai herding their cattle over the river near the bank but that didn't put us off, on both occasions we saw pretty much everything, including a very brief sight of a leopard.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

the tents were absolutely beautiful and the service excellent---food was good too. I would have given it 5 stars but the location ruined it. It is not inside the Mara reserve so you have to drive really far in your bumpy jeep to get there---waste of time and not good on your butt!
we had a 2 hour hell ride from our balloon company at 4:00am in the dark over boulders most of the way---we actually were bumped out of our seats several times---not for the faint hearted. the wildebeest migration was great once we got there and so was the balloon ride but it's now 2 years later and we still have awful memories of that ride. stay in the mara reserve--not at this hotel---PS--my 15 year old was freaked out at night by the hippos noises--my daughters had their own tent but we had to switch so neither of them was alone---might be scary for young kids (and nervous teens!)

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Michigan
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Reviewed May 26, 2010

I stayed at the Mara Safari Club in January. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The first night I was there, there were a few other visitors. The second night, my guide and I were the only guests in the camp. It is very quiet, except for the 'hippo speak' during the day. At night, they go elsewhere to graze. There are some dogs that belong to locals across the river that can get to barking but they didn't disturb me. The staff was extremely friendly, food very good. My best dessert of the trip was here - a warm macadamia nut torte with ice cream. Tents were amazing.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2010

It is lovely to stay in luxury tents which are so perfectly designed in a quiet setting (if you don't mind no door on the ensuite loo - be careful who you share with!). The service and staff are very attentive but it is certainly the most expensive place I have ever stayed in.

The Fairmont is the parent owner and their online booking system is deliberately obscure. For example a room that starts of at $309.00 on the first booking page actually ends up costing you approx $650.00 per night! It will not tell you this final rate until you input your credit card details. I rang the American head office afterwards to complain; interestingly no member of staff could work out the price either - they were bashing away on calculators in the background adding on all the extra taxes and levies that are not clearly displayed. Staff at the Club itself have absolutely no idea how much it costs to stay in their hotel either - so its all a very frustrating and expensive experience.

Bear in mind that the park where the safaris take place from the hotel is not the Masai Mara per se - it is a reserve on the northern edges....You still pay $60 per person per day to go in. It's fine of course; if you are lucky yes you will spot the Big 5 but there is not an abundance of animals.

Kenya is a very expensive country - and known as being one of the most expensive places in Africa for a safari - but I still think you should be able to find cheaper accomodation at similar quality than the Mara Safari Club.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Taiwan
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Reviewed March 12, 2010

The hotel was simply beautiful, it's situated right next to the Mara River so all tents are spread along the river, where Hippos swim by all the time. The staff were all super friendly and helpful. The buffet was amazing as well. We saw all big fives in our safari trip and our driver, Cosmos, was just the best! The only complaint I had was the unstable water temperature (oscillating between hot and cold) in the morning. But I seemed to be the only one with that problem among my group. Despite that, I'd still highly recommend Mara Safari Club to anyone!

  • Stayed March 2010
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Property: Fairmont Mara Safari Club
Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Mara Safari Club 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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