The tents were adequate and clean but we had no power our first night and morning. There was a short in the electrical system. That did not pose too much of a problem and was fixed on the second night. The food was just ok (3 of the 4 got some sort of tummy upset). We prepaid for a drinks package and Leshao (the host) did not seem pleased by this, we did get basic beer and wine, the wine was also just ok - I would not recommend the pre paid drink package, buying as you go gets you better wine at reasonable prices. The staff were helpful and pleasant especially Lazarus, Morris and Zavo.
We visited a local school on our last day and wanted to pay for school books for the children. Lashao had come with us on the trip and invited the headmaster back to camp to do the paperwork for the transaction. Not sure what that entailed as no paperwork was done. We gave $90 to the headmaster and bought him a beer (he seemed like a decent chap). The headmaster no sooner got his beer than he was asked to leave. Seemed rude so we offered to buy him lunch (again, Leshao seemed displeased). I asked not to have lunch as I has an upset stomach from something I had eaten. They brought my lunch which I did not touch and charged us $25 for the teachers lunch. This whole transaction left a bad taste with us. The $25 stew was THE most expensive meal we paid for in Africa, including high end restaurants in Capetown. We were just about to add to the tip envelope prior to leaving and decided against it. Anyway, enough about what displeased us about the camp as that was not the highlight.
The Mara and the safari were unbelievable. Our guide was Peter and he was patient, dedicated and enthusiastic. He really made our whole experience the best it could be. Even when we were tired and thought we should just head back to camp, he said he had one more place to look for elusive animals we wanted to spot. This got us the chance to see a black rhino. We looked and looked but never did see a leopard - but it was not for lack of effort on Peter's part. We had a fantastic balloon ride with Adventures Aloft - not the closest balloon company but definitely in the right area for seeing the wildebeest. We saw 3 wildebeest river crossings and 4 of the big 5. Every time we thought our safari could not get any better there was another WOW moment. I think September is the perfect time to visit, especially if there is a chance to see the migration.
I would not stay at this camp again even if the food was better and our host had been more gracious. The road to the camp was in dreadful condition, I had read about this before going but another day driving up and down the road to get to the game reserve would have done me in!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mara Siria Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara Siria Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve