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“Top notch luxury tented camp with the best views of the Rift Valley” 5 of 5 stars
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Mara Siria Camp
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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“Top notch luxury tented camp with the best views of the Rift Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

I just got back from a trip to the Maasai Mara and can confidently say that the Mara Siria camp is the best camp you could stay at in the Mara. You will see review by people moaning about the bad roads and long drives but this is the bush and comes with the territory (literally!). Thanks to the bad rains this year the roads are a bit worse for wear, but it's an adventure travelling up and down the mountain to get to the camp or down to the park itself for a game drive.

The camp really is luxury - it's like a 5 star hotel but with tents instead of rooms. We stayed in tents 5 and 6 which had some of the most spectacular views of the rift valley. In a double tent you get a king sized bed (2 mattresses and duvets along with blankets and hot water bottles when it gets cold!). An en suite bathroom with two wash basins, amenities, a flushing toilet and a gravity fed shower (which is filled with hot water each evening on return from safari).

The camp is not enclosed so you will be escorted through the camp after dark -we saw zebra at night in the middle of the camp! Recent additions are the plunge pool which is right on the edge of a cliff so gives a fantastic panoramic view of the valley below. There are plenty of other activities besides a safari too such as a visit to the Maasai village or mountain biking etc.

The food is absolutely out of this world - I've actually had worse food at city hotels so the quality and variety of food was a massive surprise.
Peter (or the 'minister of stomach' as he's otherwise known) is an absolute legend and will make food to order as per your liking. Main meals consist of meat, potatoes and vegetables and breakfasts include continental, pancakes and cooked! As a food lover this was a highlight for me.

The views from the main tent area are a sight to behold. I got up to see the sunrise each day which I would highly recommend doing from the main tent as you get a fantastic panoramic view of the sun rising over the rift valley below.

The safari trips (run by Phoenix) were excellent - we saw a whole plethora of animals and our driver had people in the know who called in with sightings of lions and elephants etc. The only bad point was getting stuck in the mud for 3 hours in the heat of the day due to the heavy rains. This can be avoided by making sure the vehicle you go out on has the correct tyres (ours should have had mud tyres considering the recent weather!). The best driver we had was Emmanuel. The rest of the staff at the camp were very friendly and were dedicated to making our trip enjoyable.

In conclusion if you are looking for an authentic Maasai Mara experience including all of the lumps and bumps of a real safari, and if you want to be able to return home to an oasis of peace, calm and luxury each evening I would strongly recommend booking a place at the Mara Siria Luxury Tented Bush Camp in the Maasai Mara.

Room Tip: Ask for a tent with a view - 5 and 6 are good!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Vancouver, BC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

The staff at the hotel are very friendly and funny. The location has great views and the tents are good. I had been warned about the food - not good. So overall, good, but room for improvement.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Rosenheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

I have tried this several times, but after writing the text, each time I would then try to upload photos, the app would crash, so now writing with Word and then lets hope…

This was our Silver (25th) wedding anniversary trip and my 5th, my wife’s 4th and our children’s 1st trip to Kenya and Massai Mara.

To start this off right, this was our BEST trip to Kenya !! One of the main reasons is that a good school friend of mine was in Kenya for 10 years. When our anniversary approached I asked him for some tips and I was pointed to Phoenix Safaris. Phoenix Safaris is run by a German Pair who decided after their tenure in Kenya to stay and they built a High quality travel and Safari Service. As you would expect the organization was perfect, planned and executed in detail, which if you know Africa is quite difficult to achieve.
The area of Massai Mara also seems to have much more wildlife than the other areas we had been to. We were once there during migration which is an experience, but the number of buffalo, Lion, Elephant and Cheetah families we saw was incredible. Also seeing them hunting (successful and not). We had the Big Four already on our first day, missing only the Leopard which we saw the tail of many times, but not more. We completed the Big Five with a full Leopard sighting then in Nakuru.

We travelled on Christmas Eve via Cairo to Nairobi and were picked up at 5am Christmas Day by our Driver and Guide Richard, and during the several hour drive to Mara Siria Camp, experienced the rough roads of Kenya outside of towns and also already Richard’s awesome driving skills.
We had booked our own offroader and driver, which afterwards turned out to be a great decision, being able to take breakfast or lunch in the Serengeti with breathtaking views.
Africa…the scenery addicts you, which is why we were there already so often.
We stayed in a Family tent which was a bit tight inside for us four, but we were there only to sleep anyway. After a full day of game drive coming back and being able to take a hot shower was really an experience. On the road back Richard would ask us how many showers we would like (it was always four…) and by the time we were back in the camp our shower water was prepared (this was all solar heated, but needed to be cooled to shower temps). The water was filled into big sacks from the outside of our tent, heaved up to about 3m height and then we could shower with gravity creating the water pressure…(on one of the pics you can see on the left side the apparatus).
Breakfasts, Lunches (even the Lunch packs to take along with us) Dinners were delicious.
Richard: Our driver was an experienced scout and driver, also with the right distance to customers. He would bubble with information when asked.
Our Massai guard and story teller Lishuu (I am sure I misspelled) would tell (and discuss) with the residents pre-dinner on Massai tradition and the challenges they have with civilization (as we call it) effecting their tribe.
Service was excellent in the entire camp. It is perfectly organized…
A BIG BIG thanks to Phoenix Safaris who also manage Mara Siria Luxury Tented Camp.

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Emblem, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Jambo

I just got back from a lovely stay at the Mara Siria Luxury Tented Bush Camp.
It was the most enjoyable vacation thanks to the very friendly staff en especially through the good care of driver Paul. I recommend it to all my friends and family!
I'll try to come back next year!

Kind regards
Els Claes

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

I'm a repeat visitor and was thrilled with the genuine welcome from the friendly faces I remember so well from my previous visit with my daughter. It was truly a homecoming. The contrast with the big impersonal 'posh' lodges couldn't be more complete. Yet there is nothing lacking in the comfort of the tents, the quality of the food, and the expertise of the tour guides. Being outside the boundary of the park means you can have an early morning walk - I saw plenty of game while on foot with a local guide. This is a great place to interact with nature, and with people on the ground.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

If you want the best safari guide, get Daniel.
25 liters of hot water for your shower, but you can get it whenever you want it.
Tent 13 &14 have the best view in the camp.
Owned by incredibly nice Germans.

Room Tip: Tent 13 & 14 have a great view.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I just returned from a 2 day masai mara safari to Mara Siria. A couple highlights to point out:

1. Camp is on TOP of the escarpment (for those who haven't been there, the 'escarpment' is a 500ft high ridge that runs the length of the park. Camps/lodges are either on top of the escarpment, or down on the plain level next to the park.

Being on top offers some cool advantages - you get magnificent views of the vastness of this beautiful place. It's out of the way, and you feel like you're truly with nature, enjoying the natural beauty, unencumbered by any modern fixations.

Being on top also has some disadvantages - you have a +25 minute ROUGH ride to get down to the park to start your safari, or back to the camp after a long bumpy safari ride. In total, every dame drive takes an hour longer if you're on top.

2. This camp has both tents and a few hard-side bungalows. Clarify which one you're getting (if you have a preference.

3. No real running water - if this bthers you, make sure you take note. You have to give some notice if you want a hot shower, but it is available.

4. Food - most packages are inclusive. The food is good, usually there's some fun salads, and a starch/meat as the main. The staff kind of shares the duties, but they are generally attentive, and I've found they're amazing and remembering who you are, and what your name is.

5. Game drives - NOTE: ON TOP OF ESCARPMENT - long trip to the park. However, the guides are as good as any camps, in fact, one of the guides made what I consider to be an "EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT" to get us on to some lions/cheetahs. These guys love what they do, and they get excited when they see cool stuff, just like you will. Yesterday, we found a lion lounging in the top of a tree - he was taking pictures while we were. It was amazing, by the way...

6. Service & overall care: They make a good effort to make you comfortable, but I remind you: This is a tented camp, not a resort! Make sure you know that this is what you want.

Summary: I loved it, I really had a good time. The price cannot be beat, and at the end of the day, I felt like I had a great experience and would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Make sure you specify what you want -they have tents AND hard-side bungalows. All rooms have toilet...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Mara Siria Camp
Address: C14 Kerekorok - Siria Escarpment Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mara Siria Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Siria is a specially designed luxury tented bush camp for those travellers who want to experience a true wildlife safari off the beaten track. Mara Siria Camp reverts to the original spirit and to the true meaning of “Safari” by offering individual services and private atmosphere.The camp's location on top of the Siria Escarpment offers an unique and stunning view into the plains of the Maasai Mara Triangle and at the Mara River. ... more   less 
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