Complete perfection - a truly exceptional experience and probably the best place we have ever stayed. Manages to be incredibly comfortable while unmistakably a true safari experience, with wild animals never far away and great views of the landscape and it's inhabitants. The service, from reception to the restaurant to the in-room butler was just outstanding - great touches such as running the hot tub so it's ready for when you return from safari and hot water bottles when you get into bed at night (it can get chilly). Food is excellent, both in the restaurant and the superb packed lunches and breakfasts provided for game drives.
Best bit of all though were the game drives. Our guide Nicholas and Masai 'spotter' Daniel were just brilliant and knew the reserve and it's inhabitants like the back of their hand - while they are clear there are no guarantees, we saw all the big five in one morning! There are real benefits to being on a separate conservancy - you can do night drives and there are no other cars. But it's only 30 mins drive to the national park itself. The land cruiser they use is much better than the minivans most other safari companies offer, and provides great views and picture opportunities.
The camp was running at very low occupancy when we were there - perhaps the problems in other parts of Kenya are putting people off. That's a real shame - this is a unique and very special experience, not cheap but worth every penny, and we would recommend it without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The words "exclusive" and "luxurious" are often exaggerations: at Mara Bushtops they fit like a glove. Watching from your own 100 square metre private deck as an abundance of wildlife congregates around the adjacent salt lick is, literally, unforgettable. Having your butler draw your hot tub after a spectacular game drive is heaven while our award-winning safari spa takes Wild Luxury to new heights. Together, these experiences create an oasis of five-star luxury, blending peace with adventure. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara Bushtops Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara Bushtops Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve