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Sentrim Mara Camp
Reviewed 5 September 2013

This sprawling resort with its rugged charm luxurious cottages, tended accomodation with excellent mosquito proofing...many of these are perched on stilts and all have wooden sitouts overlooking the forest are good for city dwellers looking for a break.
The layout in the midst of a wooded sanctuary itself makes it a prime location for bird watching. Once back from the safari , one can relax on the property, walking around, watching and listening to birds and mixing with the changing groups of tourists. Every one has a story to share...about animals they came across, their travels in other countries, their photographs and their memories.
Late evenings, the security guards escort you to and from your room, leopards have been sighted on the property they say, so a tremendous amount of care is taken.
Early morning wake up calls are provided, otherwise the stillness is amazing and welcoming. There are no phones or bells in the rooms, a welcome change.
In the main area are the swimming pool, gift shop and the restaurant, the nearby

Room Tip: All rooms excellent, ask for rooms together and confirm your reservations before travel, the resort...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stayed for 3 nights as part of a tour group. We were assigned a cabin rather than a tent. The cabin was large enough and the bedding was good. The service from the staff was very good as were the drivers on our game drive, although many of the animal sightings were by the tourists rather than the driver. The lighting in the cabin was so poor we could not find things in our luggage without a flashlight. We were also disappointed in the food. While other reviewers thought the food was good, our group disagreed.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Amazing food and service. Impeccable grounds and professional staff. Great location. Saw a rhino on our way back home. Learned about Masai culture from the staff and wish we had visited their village right next to the camp. We truly enjoyed our stay here. Highly recommend this place.Be sure to bring enough cash as their credit card machine didn't work while we were there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed here for the first 2 nights of our 6-night safari, and of the three tented camps we stayed at, this was our least favourite one.

The tent was very basic, but spacious. There were no electrical outlets in the tents, so we had to leave our battery chargers and phones with reception overnight to charge - a minor inconvenience. There is no WiFi anywhere and the lights go out from 10pm to 5am so make sure you have a flashlight if you need to go to the washroom in the middle of the night!

We had a problem with the light in our bathroom and it didn't get fixed until our 2nd night, so we spent most of our stay showering in the dark with our flashlights. The tents are down a hill along a stony path, and at times it felt like a lot of walking back and forth to the main reception/dining area. While we were there, it looked like they were either renovating or building more permanent bungalow rooms, so these might be better accommodations than the tents.

Dining was probably the only highlight, offering a delicious variety of selections (fresh roti & pizzas!) and amazing service from the waitstaff. One night there was a Maasai dance during dinner and it was interactive and fun as they moved around to each table of guests.

We had no expectations going in, so we thought our stay was pretty decent. It's not until we reflected back on our entire safari and compared it to other similar tented camps that we realized Sentrim Mara was only okay.

Room Tip: Tents 1 & 2 are closest to the dining area.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Mara Sentrim Lodge for 3 nights while on safari with a organized tour group.

This isn't a five-star lodge but the property is nicely laid out and in the wild. The rooms are permanent tents but large and basic. Security guards escorted you to and from your room. They were always prompt, nice and engaging. Our tour of 16 people always felt safe.

In order to get to the lodge, one needs to drive through rough, bumpy roads and also through a Maasai village. I think this makes the lodge experience very authentic and a nice introduction to the Masai Mara.

The food was great! Everyday we were served lunch and dinner. Buffet style, the variety of foods amazed our group.

The staff was wonderful and always friendly. I think it was great that the tour leaders and staff ate in the restaurant with us.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Stayed here for two nights as part of our 7 nights safari trip around Kenya and was very very disappointing. Basic rooms, seemed like there was no management which showed at every step. While one could live with the poor food, uninspiring rooms and many little things that did not work, the place does not have electric supply to the rooms for most of the day and night! Electricty is switched on at 6pm and stays till 10 pm and again comes on for just an hour from 5 am to 6 am in the morning. So just when you are getting showered and ready for your safari in the morning, there are no lights and one has to grope arund in the dark and wait for it to get a little brighter outside! And God forbid if you need to get up at night to use the washroom, as there is no lamp, torch or even a candle provided in the room! When i complained at reception the first morninng, they pretended that there must be a fault in our room and would have it looked at, and of course nothing happened. I found out from other staff and guests later that this was switched off as standard practice though they claimed that it was switched on in the morning from 5 am to 7.30 am. Needless to say, next morning it was off like clockwork at 6 am again. The packed lunch provided was barely edible and another major negative is that it is miles away from all the wildlife action.It is a good 30- 45 minutes drive through bad roads before one can see even a monkey! All thats around are some Masaai villages and only animals one sees before getting to the plains are endless herds of cows ! I would probably have been ok with the place if i had paid for a budget trip, but considering we are on a deluxe package, this place did not match up to any acceptable standard and was nothing like the nice places we had stayed elsewhere during our trip!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Indira D
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

On a round trip through Kenya and Tanzania we stayed two nights in this lodge from June 12th until 14th. First of all, we as two woman travelling felt very safe in this lodge and were overwhelmed by the friendlyness and helpfullness of the staff. The food was phantastic, a big variety to choose from and very tasty - no stomack problems.
The tents were built on concrete and very spacious and confortable, after sunset we were always escorted to the tent.... A wonderful place to be if you stay in the Masai Mara.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Sentrim Mara Camp

Address: Sekenani Maasai Mara | P.O. Box 43436, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £175 - £295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sentrim Mara Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sentrim Mara Camp is located in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, 3 km from Sekenani gate. The entire camp is spread out over 100 acres of tranquil surroundings. The main guest area consists of the Reception, Lounge, Restaurant, Bar, Fire Place, Pool Bar, beauty spa and Swimming Pool. The lodge has a total of 64 en-suite standard, superior tents as well as family houses (Concrete). All rooms are equipped with Private hot shower, In-room safe deposit box, solar power and coffee making facilities. Recreation activities e.G. Guided nature walks, game drives, balloon safaris, Maasai culture talk, Manyatta village visits & Maasai dancers; can be organized upon request at a fee. Other services offered at the camp include; sundowner cocktails, bush breakfast / bush lunch and dinner within the lodge, massage services and can be organized upon request at a fee. ... more   less 
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