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Mara Concord Game Lodge
Ranked #7 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Narok
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The new Wildebeest resort is simply the best place to stay at the Mara. It's right next to the river..amazing view. The Hippo view point is well placed the hippos are just right next to the cottages if you wake up early you get to see the massive creatures outside the water. The ambiance is relaxing good food, friendly staff plus he cottages are so homely. I simply loved the place!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

African Safari Club promises when you visit Mara Buffalo camp as part of their safari tours that you'll be seeing animals in the "world famous Mara reserve". Well, don';t be fooled! The world famous Mara National Reserve is 30 km south of Buffalo camp! Instead you'll be driven around the Lemek Koyaki Ranch which is outside the Mara Reserve and they hope you won't notice. Other safari operators also use this area for their tours, but at least they are honest enough to tell you that you're in an area outside the reserve! Your transport for the trips will be completely knackered 20 year old jeeps with collapsed suspension ( which makes for a seriously uncomfy ride and a bad back later on), crudely welded repairs and filthy interiors. If you're in luck the jeep will make it back in one piece, more likely it will break down (3 times over 2 days for us!). The jeep engines are on their last legs so the stench of diesel fumes belching from the exhaust will also accompany you. You _will_ see wild animals here, but you'll also see herds of cattle as this is Masai farming country, not the wide sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara you've seen on Big Cat Diary.

The camp itself is very basic - you're not paying Governers Camp prices and it's OK, that the best I can say. Big praise for the local staff though as they do erverything they can to help (but who are treated appallingly by the company knowing there are so many unemployed in Kenya that those with jobs will work like slaves).

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Jackson82
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

We stayed at the Buffalo Mara for three days as part of a seven night safari.We had previously spent over twenty weeks on safaris and this was by far the cheapest, so our expectations were not high, but we could not have been more wrong!The flight was exciting,the accommodation,though basic, was comfortable and within minutes of arriving we were sittiing on our verandah watching elephants bathing and hippos wallowing.
Our game drives were excellent. The Landcruiser had seen better days -not surprising as most of the driving was off-road-but did the job. Highlight of the trip was watching the migration- certainly our most awesome experience in a lifetime of wildlife watchiing.Our game walk also was unusual-we didn't expect to get within a few feet of three White Rhinos.
On our last morning we had a real treat-a leopard and two cubs just feet away from us
We found the ambiance in the camp delightful,the staff friendly and helpful and the meals enjoyable-though five of the twelve people who had a picnic lunch suffered terrible diarrhoea the following day,and missed the leopards.They might be able to eat meat that's been out in the hot sun for five hours but we should be wary.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DerbyWildman
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Reviewed 19 June 2008

Our stay at the Mara Buffalo Camp was amazing. The individual lodges are comfortable, staff are friendly and the food was really nice! Admittedly the showers in the camp are not ideal but I went on safari to see animals and that was my main priority. The camp itself is on the river ....... home to a large family of hippos. I found it amazing that I could stroll out my room on the first day and watch this wildlife already. There is also a resident zebra which was brought up by camp staff when she was orphaned. She roams free and is a sight to be seen.

The safari trips were brilliant. I never realised that wildlife was in such abundance! We got incredibly close to lions, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, white rhino, elephant, baboons.....in fact the only thing we didn't see was a leopard. I realise that there are a few bad reviews because people haven't always seen all the animals they had hoped for but safari does involve a bit of luck. Would you expect to be able to find a badger, deer and hedgehog for a visitor to england on demand? I would therefore recommend at least three days as this gives you a much better chance of seeing everything. During my 2 week Kenya holiday every single safari trip that went to the Mara from from our hotel (i think there were 6 trips) managed to see the lions which sounds like a pretty good return rate to me. The leopard is notoriously difficult and I think 2 of the 6 trips managed to find one. All in all a brilliant safari. Not to mention the sheer beauty of the Kenyan landscape even without the animals.

I have also noticed a few complaints on the food on this site. I thought the food was lovely..... It isn't typically english steak and chips but surely that is not what people come to Africa for!!! If it is maybe they should try Brighton next year.

There is also an opportunity to go to a Masai village. This was a really interesting experience. I admit that it is set out for tourists but it still gives you insight into the life of masai people. There is a charge of 500 shillings per person but I do not begrudge this seeing as it is mostly used for schooling children from the tribe. In recent years this has become an important priority.

I would also like to note there is was no sign of any political trouble seen in December! I felt completely safe throughout my holiday!

Fantastic holiday! Brillinat experience with the people and animals!!!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Lily4567
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Reviewed 7 August 2007

Buffalo camp fantastic experience.
Murphy celt ireland 7 AUG 2007
Got back from kenya last week what a fantastic trip,our best holiday ever + we ve been to nearly 30 countries.
Stayed at the flamingo hotel also did the mysterious zanzibar cruise, hotel + cruise were brilliant.
The massai mara safari was superb ,the buffalo camp was right on the mara river, complete with large pod of hippoes, staff were very good + so friendly also the tame zebra,melia, was great craic.
We got the worst looking jeep + feared the worst,but we neednt have , our guide/driver laurence was a brilliant driver + brought us places the others wouldnt chance + never got stuck.He found us all the herbivours +2 male cheetas, a mother cheeta with 2 cubs, jackal,hyena+ best of the lot a17 strong pride of lions with 2 cubs who then killed a gazzel about 12ft from our jeep it was unbelieveable.The safari was one of our best ever experiences ,laurence is top class,if you go to the buffalo camp try to get him as your guide.We have been to 2 game reserves in south africa + last year, in kenya , we went to ambosseli ,tsavoeast +west, but this was easily our best safari.Another highlight was the flight from bamburi airstrip ,past killimanjaro+ over the great rift valley ,what a sight ,all round a great holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2007

Terrible organisation. Safaris a joke. Food terrible. Masai Mara was supposed to be the highlight of our holiday but this camp was the low- light!

  • Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed 25 March 2007

We flew to Mara Simba Buffalo Camp on 24th January 2007 from Bamburi Airstip, near Mombasa in a 2-engined, 18-seater plane for two hours. During the flight we had wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the large soda lake Lake Magardi, the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara before landing on the local airstrip.

As the Mara had had an unusual amount of rain during the previous months and it had been closed for two weeks not long before our arrival, we were lucky to be there at all. Instead of the red dust we'd been expecting, everywhere was very muddy with great holes and ruts which made it very difficult for our drivers. Our driver drove a Toyota Landcruiser and never once got bogged down though he had to rescue others who had. The Landcruiser was a brilliant viewing vehicle for its six passengers. It had a liftable roof which enabled us to stand on the seats to take photographs and had the added advantage of shading us from the strong African sun. Our driver had been driving safari passengers for 20 years, he loves his job, is very knowledgeable and consequently was able to give us lots of information about the terrain and its animals.

Buffalo Camp is certainly not luxurious but it is clean and functional and sited on the bank of the Mara River amid pretty gardens. The A-frame lodges are comfortable. The Maitre D is a delight and he and his staff produced wonderful breakfasts, a good buffet lunch and delicious dinners. While we were there, there was a semi-resident young zebra called Milia. Her mother was eatern by a lion so she was hand-reared. She chooses to stay around the camp where she likes buns, sugar and almost anything else, given the chance! She's very friendly, a bit pushy and inquisitive most of the time but she IS a wild animal so remember to respect her!

The camp is an open one which means wild animals can roam through it. One morning some friends were woken by a hippo at the window! Don't worry!! An armed guard will take you to your lodge after dinner and come and wake you in the morning before your early-morning drive. They patrol frequently and are always aware of what is around.

We had hardly arrived before we were off on our first morning drive and we saw quite a lot of daytime animals, notably great herds of various types of gazelles, zebra and water buffalo and then it was back for lunch. The afternoon drive was longer and we saw hippo, giraffe and lots of wildebeest.

We'd not been back at camp for long when there was a tremendous flash of lightning and crash of thunder and the rain was as nothing we'd ever seen before. Everything was surrounded in thick mist - almost like a fog and the noise was tremendous. The campfire tonight was abandoned!

On our second day we went for an all -day drive when we saw Tanzanian lions. Our guide told us that Kenyan lions sleep on the ground whereas the Tanzanian variety lie-up in trees but since the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mara in Kenya run into one another, I don't suppose they notice a border-crossing! We also saw more elephant and giraffe and the very ugly but comical warthog which is known locally as the Kenya Express because of their speed across the ground. They are usually followed, in line astern, by the youngsters and all with their tails in the air! There were plenty of eland, topi which tend to stand look-out on anthills, kudu, water bullalo and zebra as well as some Masai herds of cattle in the distance.

We were taken to a Masai village for a fee which some people found rather too touristy. It was, of course, but it gave us the opportunity to take photographs of the Masai which is something you are not permitted to do elsewhere. Our young "chief" guide proudly explained his friend's headdress of a lion's head. They may only kill a lion when it is threatening a herd of their precious cattle so a lion headdress is something very special. My husband and a friend wandered off to investigate what they thought was a water tank but which turned out to be the very latest in methane conversion plant and which will eventually give the village gas for lighting and cooking!

The picnic, on day two consisted of rolls filled with tuna and cheese, a hard-boiled egg and fruit which we ate in sitting on camping stools under shady trees over-looking the Mara River and listening to hippos sounding like a bunch of teenagers revving up their motorbikes! The fruit of the trees, which give off a smell not dissimilar to lavender and lemon, are particular favouites of elephants as evidenced by what they left behind! On the way back to camp we saw a large herd of elephant, about 30 of them, big bulls, mothers and babies near a watering hole where they were rolling, wallowing, blowing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. The scenery is so beautiful and the acacia trees silhouetted against the wide African sky (and it really IS just that), were very photogenic!

On the last morning we were woken at 5am in order to leave before dawn to see the Kenyan sunrise which has to be seen to be believed - it is just so vivid and lasts a very short time. We saw a few different animals such as hyena and jackal but even the ones we'd seen before looked different in the clear morning light. Then it was back to Mombasa in the little plane - sit on the left on the way out and the right on the way back if you can - for views of Kilimanjaro!

We had not been on a safari before so we do not have anything to compare this one with but we loved it and felt, despite the difficult weather conditions, we had been very fortunate and had been extremely well looked after. Mara Buffalo Camp is great!

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Address: Lemek Conservancy | Maasai Mara, Narok, Kenya (Formerly Mara Wildebeest Resort)
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Narok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Narok
Price Range: £98 - £224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mara Concord Game Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mara Concord Game Lodge is on the banks of River Mara on the eastern edge of the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, situated in the Lemek Conservancy, 228 km drive from Nairobi. It sits on a 26 acre plot and offers you a tranquil stay amongst tropical gardens and our tastefully furnished chalets offers complete privacy with breath-taking views. the grunts and puffs from hippos and crocodiles idling by the river is a sight to behold. ... more   less 
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