My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Royal Mara in September 2010. We booked our Safari with Abdul of Tunda Tours like the previous 3 Safari’s we had done. Abdul picked us up from Turtle Bay for our Transfer to Malindi Airport. Flight was about 2 hours flying past Kilimanjaro and wow what an amazing sight that is. When we landed on the Mara our Jeep was waiting for us and our Driver did a small Game Drive on the way to the Royal Mara Lodge.
Once arriving at Royal Mara we were shown to our Room. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we got to the Room, it was absolutely beautiful and nearly everything was carved from wood. We had a spacious living area, a four poster bed, a separate bathroom and toilet area. Outside the room we had our own private sun deck with loungers. The view from the room was the river where we could clearly see Hippos and Crocodiles. Every room was built up off the ground.
We had our own Waiter, a young man called William who was very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. He did long shifts as he served us early morning breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Food was excellent.
Our Game Drives were early morning at 6am, so we had a young lady bring us Coffee and Hot Chocolate at 5.30am then off on our game drive, back for breakfast at 8.30am, then out again from 10am to mid day, then we ate lunch and relaxed until 3.30pm, our next game drive was 4pm until about 6.30pm, then we returned to Royal Mara for Dinner and an early night.
On the Game Drives we saw Cheetahs, Lion's Elephants, Zebra’s, Antelope’s, Warthog’s, lots of different species of Birds, Wildebeest, Hippo’s, Hyena’s and much more. Our Guide and Driver was Wilson, such a great guy and very knowledgeable about all the animals.
Royal Mara has no fence around it, but plenty of armed guards around day and night. Every time you walked either to your room or you just fancied a walk you were accompanied by a guard with a Gun...!! Every night during the early hours there were Hippo’s outside our room who weren’t the quietest Hippo’s
On our last day we did The Bush Walk with a Guard, we walked for about an hour along the River seeing a massive Crocodile on the opposite bank watching us....!!! We continued walking and saw Warthog’s, Antelope’s and Zebra’s but nothing much more which was a relief to me being on foot as I spent most of the walk looking behind me.
Our Driver Wilson took us back to the Airstrip where we boarded our plane back to Malindi, where Abdul was waiting for us to take us back to Turtle Bay Beach Club Hotel
We can highly recommend this Lodge to anyone you wont regret going there..... we will return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Mara is a luxury safari and game viewing lodge located in Kenya's world famous Masai Mara, home to the annual Great Migration of the Wildebeest. We are situated directly on the Mara River with six riverfront guest suites. All suites are raised upon wooden decks with full mahogany flooring and original hand carved furniture. See the same wildlife-rich areas as broadcast on the BBC Big Cat Diary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Mara Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve