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“One of those places you inevitably fall in love with”
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Mara Siria Camp
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Beijing, China
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11 reviews
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“One of those places you inevitably fall in love with”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Mara Siria Camp offers you exactly what you expect from a luxurious safari camp. The view is simplly stunning, with the camp overlooking the Mara River and Maasai Mara NP. We stayed in a tent for two nights, and it had everything we needed for us to feel at home. Staff are very pleasant and willing to help. I personally liked their individual approach to every visitor, even though they were fully booked at the time we were there. Roaming zebras, mangoose family and hot bottles in bed make the whole experience totally worth the money!

Room Tip: The Maasai Huts are a bit darker than the tents but more spacious.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

A big thank you to Saj and his team for making our recent stay at the camp so special. Our tent and the location were good. We thought that all the staff did a great job at making us feel welcome. Both Moses and our driver Richard deserve a special mention, as their service was excellent.

It is without reservation that we will recommend Mara Siria to our friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

I booked a 3 night package, from Nairobi by air plain, through Phoenix Saphari.
Mara Syria is located on a hill with a fantastic uninterrupted view of the Mara river and entire park.
The lodge is not fenced, therefore at daytime the animals are free to wonder around (no danger at all). Over night the guests must be always accompanied.
The tents are big and comfortable. Hot water for the showers is provided upon request.
My guide (Peter) is an competent and enthusiastic professionist, who knows very well the movements of all animals around the park and struggles to give the guests as much as possible changes to spot the wild bests.
Service and food are surprising in proportion to the overall cost.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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VivienKenya, Guest Relations Manager at Mara Siria Camp, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Hello Nicola,
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We look forward to provide serve you next time.
Welcome to Mara Siria again.
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

My friends and I went to a Masai Mara safari with Phoenix Safaris' guide Ambe. The experience was amazing but what really made it even more amazing was the skilled, enthusiastic and jolly guide Ambe. He was a true, dedicated professional in his job. He was always on time when he came to pick us up. The amount of knowledge he had about all the different plant and animal species was incredible and he also knew the scientific names for different species. He could tell hundreds of details about the behavior of different species, their habitats, their what’s and why’s. Especially impressed we were when we were looking at the hippos. When one snorted, Ambe said: “They are very territorial animals. That’s a territory grunt. Soon you will hear the next group grunting back.” And that’s exactly what happened.

What also was heartwarming to notice was that he was truly concerned about the animals and nature. We didn’t go too close to the animals and avoided disturbing them the best we could. If he saw something making the animals uneasy he immediately spotted it and mentioned it. We’ve all worked with animals for years and have a strong background from animal behavior. We could tell he was at least at the same level if not even further in reading the wild animals’ signs.

He could also spot different species from very difficult spots. We were able to see animals and plants we wouldn’t have seen if not for this gifted guide.

Ambe had a good network of colleagues and cooperated with them in order to find interesting animals and things to see. His driving on the roads was conscious and he didn’t take too big risks in the chaotic Kenyan traffic.

We also enjoyed our stay at the Mara Siria camp. The tents were outstanding and the staff was great.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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VivienKenya, Public Relations Manager at Mara Siria Camp, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you for your review and feedback.We look forward to give you even better services.
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

The Mara Siria Camp has a awsome view from a hill which has to be climbed before. If you can you should take a flight instead of driving for 5 hours offroad. The camp is 30 minutes from the park entreance away and you have to drive a really bad road. Anyway tha camp is a little bit to german you can hear it in any corner but the food, the service is good. The tents are really big but you cant enjoy from anyone of them the beautyful view that you have from the lunch place. Ordering your shower and enjoy it coming from the bucket but be aware the it is limited. The safari cars are good but they could provide some water for the gamedrive. Food and drinks are OK and in the middleclass of what is possible. Enjoy you stay their with a warm welcome

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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VivienKenya, Public Relations Manager at Mara Siria Camp, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you for your honest review ,we look forward to give you even better services next time.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at Mara Siria. We are in our mid-fifties and went with another couple in their late fifties. The other couple had been to the camp a few years ago with their son and daughter-in-law and all had enjoyed themselves immensely. From the moment we arrived we knew this was a special place. The staff greeted us warmly, accommodated our every request, and made our stay most enjoyable. The tents were very spacious and spread out. Our tent was near our friends but far enough away for privacy. The game drives were unforgettable - many elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, antelope, etc. Our guide, Jackson, was very knowledgeable and seemed to know just were to go and how to pace each game drive. The camp provided great boxed lunches for us so that we could stay out in the Mara most of the day. The views from the camp were great and the sounds of the animals in the night was magical. We thought the food was great given the remote location. Zebras and giraffes in the camp! I got up early one day to view the sunrise. Just awesome! Only complaint was that our bed was a bid too firm. We were there for three days and two nights which was just enough. Will probably return in a few years with other friends or family. Would highly recommend paying entry fees online for the Maasai Mara - we had issues with our credits cards which took a while to remedy (this had nothing to do with Mara Siria Camp). Would also recommend flying to the camp over driving. The flight only takes an hour from Wilson airport in Nairobi to the airstrip which is about a 20 minute drive from the camp. February was a great time to be at the camp - days are warm and dry and nights cool, and the camp was not busy.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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VivienKenya, Public Relations Manager at Mara Siria Camp, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
We are happy to receive your wonderful feedback after your experience in Mara Siria ,and we look forward to provide even better services and make your stay even more unforgettable .Thank you!
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Nairobi
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went to Mara Siria as a family for two nights as a flying package arranged by Phoenix safaris. We were nicely surprised how good the camp was and we had an excellent weekend away. We stayed in the deluxe tents which were very spacious and nicely decorated with large verandas. The bathrooms were also very spacious. While you have to ask for hot water for showers this gave a feeling of a real safari, and it was very well organized each evening, with water brought at whichever time you liked. This was absolutely no worry and only added to the charm. The service was the highlight—very attentive to each visitor giving it a luxury feeling. The staff were also very child friendly making it easy to visit with a 4 year old. The food was very good; with lunch provide outside, and dinners taken in a very intimate and cozy tent. My personal highlight was the packed breakfasts we were provided with both mornings on our game drive. As a close second in terms of highlights the amazing little plunge pool hidden away as a gem of the bush camp, overlooking the Mara with stunning views. A must to visit one of the hot days in between game drives!

Our safari guide Jackson was excellent and we had stunning game drives each time. He was very calm and focused on finding animals. We all appreciated his calm way of finding the animals and good angles to see them, and we got to see all the animals (aside from leopard and cheetah) in a very natural way. Lots and lots of lions! He took very good care of the rules of the Mara triangle which we think should be commended (i.e. no off-side driving or disturbing the animals unnecessarily during hunting etc).

The only thing for visitors to be prepared for is the slightly bumpy 15-20 min uphill drive from the park main gate up to the Mara Siria. It is a beautiful scenic drive but can get a little long with children. But this is something we quickly got used to and did not take away from the charm of the place. The reward for the climb is of course the beautiful views up from the camp itself. For morning game drives we tried to leave 6 am sharp to get down to the park on time for the sun rise. This was a very nice alternative to the larger lodges we have been in the Mara and we would happily come back.

Room Tip: Choose the deluxe tents which are a little further away but very good and new!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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VivienKenya, Public Relations Manager at Mara Siria Camp, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Much appreciation for your wonderful review ,we look forward to hosting you again.
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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 #6 of 8 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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