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Royal Mara Safari Lodge
Reviewed September 28, 2012

The Royal Mara was truly what you would expect from a tented camp.It has really old world appeal with the heavy wood furniture. Nothing was too much trouble for all the staff. As I have difficulty walking great distances everything was moved to make my life easier. The game drives with Julius were amazing. We saw everything including a crossing. The rest of my family went on a bush walk. This was a great experience for them as Reagan the guard was so knowledgeable and took them up close and personal with the wildlife. If you want to hear hippos munching the grass outside your tent during the night, this is the place to go! The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed the sundowners at the end of the game drives.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We have just spent 3 days 2 nights at the royal mara the place is absolute paradise every aspect of it is perfection and the food is just to die for I can't reccomend it enough we had an absolutely wonderful time we booked our safari with julius t safaris from England I can't praise him enough either the booking process was easy and when we got here he met us at the hotel so we could pay our balance on the day we were going he personally collected us from the hotel and took us to the airport and then collected us on our return it was all completely seamless he even bought us a gift. Please don't be frightened of dealing with him he is a consummate professional

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank coxy1209
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Stayed at the Royal Mara for 5 nights in late August. We really enjoyed our stay and were very well looked after. I would highly recommend this place to anyone considering visiting the Mara. There are many positives:

Great location
- Right beside the river with resident hippos outside the veranda providing entertainment
- No fence around camp means that animals often wonder in and graze beside the lodge.
- Abundant wildlife at this time of year, far superior compared to the National Reserve which is we also visited. We saw 4 of the big five within the first 2 hrs of our very first game drive.

Large, comfortable lodge
- Plenty of hot water for showers
- Tent set up on a raised platform with wooden roof so you still get the “tented” safari feel, with a lot more comfort
- Very large: includes a four poster bed, sun loungers, separate shower room and toilet, his/hers washing up vanity, table & chairs on veranda
- No mosquitoes or any creepy crawlies. Didn’t even need insect repellent throughout our time there.
- Very intimate, as there are only 8 rooms

Keen and friendly staff
- Assigned staff who will be with you throughout your entire stay including the game driver, waiter and house keeper.
- Staff are very keen to ensure that you are happy. They are friendly and courteous, rather than being overly formal.
- A morning coffee/tea/chocolate wake up call and turn down service
- We were not scheduled to leave until the afternoon flight (pass check-out time), but nevertheless where feed lunch and given an available lodge to fresshen up prior to leaving
- Laundry service is included in the room rate

Great game drives & extra activities
- Rooms seem to pretty much have their own cars. It is their policy to not overcrowd the vehicle so you can move about more freely to view the animals and take pictures. We were only a couple and shared the car with a single traveller for half our stay and then it was only us for the remainder of the time.
- Drivers are very proud of their jobs and are so accommodating. When we wanted to visit the rhino sanctuary, this was promptly scheduled. You simply talk to your driver about what you want to cover
- Situated in a private conservatory means that the cars can go off road providing better game viewing
- You are not limited to the conservatory itself as the guide will take you to the wildebeest crossing points in the national park (although, I would not go for any other reason as there was so much to see at our conservatory)
- We also got to go on a night game drive which was an amazing experience (followed a pride on lions on the hunt). Again you just need to schedule with your guide
- There are also daily walking safaris which are tailored to the group’s level of fitness

Good Food
- We were not expecting a lot, but were very happy with the food. Simple and well executed. During our stay there was a good breakfast spread with fruit, bread, cereal, eggs to order, sausages & bacon. Lunch consists mainly of BBQs and stews with soup and desert. Dinner was 4 courses with 2 choices for mains. Considering that it was such a small camp, they do a great job with the many dishes on offer. My husband loved the soups and freshly baked breads. Coffees & teas provided.
- Location changes, they move dining service around the camp. One of the days, our group was treated to a bush BBQ under a nice tree in the middle of the plains, complete with giraffes and gazelles strolling by.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank SydneyBarney
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Great staff. Very personal. Make you feel at home atmosphere. Amazing food in the middle of the bush. Top class. Thick steaks, great selection of soup, exceptional stir fry dinners. Loved their Apple Brie soup. Had a fantastic bush barbecue lunch inn plain view of wildlife. Game drives amazing. Saw lions galore, cheetah, leopards, elephants. Even got the migration en masse. A truly fantastic safari stay. We have stayed at other camps in the Mara over the years but this place was truly the best. A gem in the Mara. Will surely return with family next time. Thanks for a great safari Royal Mara.

Room Tip: Dont miss a game walk with Reagan in the bush.. Very knowledgeable not only about the wildlife but a...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Stayed there for two nights on 15 & 16 August from the moment we landed at the nearby airstrip to the moment we left everything can be described as truly amazing.

The camp tents, if you can call them tents, are better than some 5 star hotels. We had a family tent which was more than big enough for the 4 of us. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here and their service is second to none. On arrival at the gate we were met by the resident Eland who is domesticated and loves attention. Steven met us in reception and explained the camp rules and what we would be doing during our stay. The food here is brilliant with a good selection and outstanding quality (our first lunch consisted of soup, T- bone steak and desserts to die for). The price of the drinks is also very reasonable with a good choice of wines etc. Meals are taken overlooking the Mara river with a log fire burning in a pit during the cooler evenings.

Thank you also to william our very attentive waiter who could not do enough for us.

The tents overlook the Mara river and on this stretch they have their own resident pods of Hippo and several crocodiles also inhabit this area and you can watch them from the safety of your tent going about their daily routines. Of a night time you can hear animals wandering around the grounds safe in the knowledge that the camp is well protected by the staff.

Our housekeeper Simon kept the place spotless and woke you up prior to the morning game drives with fresh tea/coffee or hot chocolate. The laundry in this camp is also incuded in the cost and when left comes back ready for you the next morning.

The game drives with our guide another Simon were stunning, Simon knew all the animals habits and their territories and within two hours we had seen as four of the big five (no rhino) Simon found us the three resident prides of Lions, Leopard with a kill (zebra up a tree) Cheetah with two cubs and his knowledge of the animals was brilliant. He also knew the best places for us to get some stunnig photos of the landscape. We wanted to see rhino so Simon took us the next day to a place where he said we would get close to Rhino, about an hours drive away from the Royal Mara. On arrival at the place we got out of the vehicle and were introduced to a ranger, Peter, who then took us on foot into the bush where we walked with the two resident rhinos a truly amazing feeling and one which we wil never ever forget.

Also whist at the Royal mara we did a bush walk with Reagan one of the camps staff and he showed us things and places you would not see from a safari vehicle this walk lasted about 1 1/2 hours and was very informative. We also did a night drive with Simon and Moses and saw a different side of life in the bush. Simon and Moses found us a leopard hunting, pride of lions, white tailed mongoose and an Aardvark. The area around this camp is teeming with wildlife of all varieties and importantly the staff of the Royal Mara know their importance to the area and to the conservation of the species resident there.


Sadly when we had to leave to continue our safari at other camps George junior was there to wish us a fond farewell.

I would recommend this camp to anybody, their customer serviceand attetion to detail is second to none. We will be going back there one day.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Ebonyuk
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Fantastic service, amazing tents,super location 5 mins from airstrip. Well worth a visit as this place is so personal, all the staff are so friendly they make you so welcome. Great game drive, very few vehicles but so many animals.
If you want a real safari this is the place!

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed at the Royal Mara for three nights from 15th to 18th August..
we were very impressed with the hospitality and the level of personalized service
Steve our waiter plus trip arranger was fabulous and could meet all our requests with a smile.

The guides were superb and knowledgeable .most of the time we were with Simon but one day we went with Wilson and he was fabulous as well in terms of drive comfort .. flexibility and ability to spot the cats from a distance

in our 3 days trip we spotted all the three prides of lions in that area..the marsh pride, the river pride and the peacock pride.

we saw a cheetah with her 2 cute babies .. we saw a male cheetah and another female with her young cub

we were lucky to have many leopard spotting s and even saw one with its zebra kill atop a tree

our night game drives were fruitful too where we saw a pride of lions and a leopard on the hunt.
the royal Mara people were happy to oblige us for night drives whenever we requested them to

the food was simply awesome .. the variety of soups and the desserts baffled us and the preparations were served right by the river an awesome feeling

the guides at royal Mara are well informed hence we went to see the migration/crossing on the right day at the right time ..and we saw a huge herd of wildebeests and zebras crossing

we even took a village tour which was nice

the ever smiling and friendly George Junior was there at the lodge during our stay and went out of his way to please customers .. even offering his hi-tech camera to one of the guests whose camera had conked off

The bathrooms were neat and clean and we had hot water whenever we wanted

A blissful place . nice decor lovely lodge and friendly people who know their business .. i would definitely recommend royal Mara as a favorite destination in the Masai Mara area

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SuhailOman
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Address: Masai Mara North Conservancy | P.O Box 260, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #55 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $261 - $699 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Mara Safari Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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