Sometimes luxury can feel like living in a bubble. Mara West is an exception, striking a perfect balance between creature comforts and hints at the constraints of the primitive lifestyle led by many living in the area. The beds are comfortable and fitted with nice linens, and the bedside light only works for a few hours in the morning and evening when the generator runs. The bathrooms were decorated with beautiful tile and featured showers with lots of hot water that is only available in mornings and evenings when the attendant lights a wood fire under the boiler outside the tent. There are great views of the wildlife below on the plain, and sometimes those wild animals pass right outside the tent since there is no electric fence around the camp to keep them out. I loved it.
We had a chance to chat with the owners and enjoyed learning of the beginnings of the camp as a base for people visiting for service trips to build, for example, local school buildings. They continue to be very active in the local community.
Everything others have said is also true: friendly service, delicious food, and terrific location on top of the escarpment with great views, yet close to the park entrance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West provides nature lovers with luxury accommodations while experiencing the sights and sounds of an unforgettable African safari. Luxury tents are perched in secluded spots on an escarpment edge overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve giving tremendous views and a sense of private exclusion. Mara West is an American owned and managed private safari camp providing high quality service with beautifully designed, comfortable accommodations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara West Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Mara West Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve