Stayed in the lodge for 2 nights during my safari holidays in Kenya. As some other members have already pointed out, this resort is not in the masia mara reserve, it is situated on top of a hill that overlooks the masai mara reserve.
We arrived at the lodge way past the usual lunch hours due to the long, bumpy and terrible drive from Lake Nakuru (and the drive had to stop at a petrol station mid-way for about 1 hour to wait for a "call from his office"). The view from the lobby took my breath away instantly -- the entire masai mara lies at your feet with the view of the mara river glimmering in the distance! This view got even better in the room. Throughout my stay, I was able to witness 2 beautiful sunrise, and night sky filled with twinkling stars just from my bed -- what else can you ask for?
The flip side -- you have to endure an additional 30 minutes of slow and bumpy ride from the resort to the oloololo gate to get to the reserve. That means you have less time at the reserve for your game drive. To overcome that, we did a full day game drive with packed lunch. During our stay, there were only less than 10 guests in the resort. I guess this has something to do with the distance from the reserve.
The staff at the resort were very friendly, and the food was really good. If you have more days in Masia Mara, you may consider breaking your stay with 2 nights here and the rest in the reserve. If you only have 2 - 3 days in Masai Mara, I will recommend staying at the Serena or some other camps that are more centrally located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mpata Safari Club is perched right on top of the Oloololo escarpment in the world's famous Masai Mara. The Club is endowed with a breathtaking view of the panoramic Masai Mara and the Mara river. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mpata Safari Club Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mpata Safari Club Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve