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Mara Bush Camp
Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews
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“Bush is best”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

From the day we arrived to the last day, the service at Mara Bush Camp, by the river, was superb! The chef was tops, the food excellent. The Masai warriors accompanied us to our tents & lodge area when dark, with morning wake-up calls, hot coffee or tea served at wake-up. Beds made up every day, hot showers, flush toilet, real "out-of-africa" style tents. Special tents for lounging, or work-shop tent for lap tops and photography equipment with outlets for recharging batteries, etc. Leslie, the manager, was very hands on in making everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Hippos, hyenas, baboons, and elephants usually around tents at night, making sounds in the night. Beds sooooo comfortable. Laundry service. Sunworld owned and operated, with best safari guides and 4x4 open top vehicles. All nestled in the African bush along side a hippo filled river. A real wildlife experience in the Masai Mara. Was with a Safari group led by Piper MacKay, world renown wildlife photographer from Los Angeles, who knows her stuff! Google her and go!

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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We recently spent 4 nights at the Mara Bush Camp, this was the last stop of our Safari 12 day tour, and the best was kept to last. Leslie and her team were brilliant, every member of staff welcomes you and help you to feel at home. The staff look after your every need and nothing is too much trouble and Leslie was the perfect host. The camp is on a river bank and gives you a taste of being in the bush on safari, the location is excellent for being out in the Mara. We enjoyed the "African Night" evening meal, when the food served was typical Kenyan fare, and the entertainment was great. The food was excellent, catering for our vegetarian diet perfectly. James, our driver and guide throughout our tour was brilliant, his knowledge was unbelievable and he knew exactly how to position the vehicle when an animal was on the move, he could spot them miles away, sometimes without the need of binoculars.
For anyone thinking of a Safari. we would highly recommend Sunworld Safaris both for touring and especially a stay at the Mara Bush Camp.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hidrasund
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This was my third and fourth visit to Mara Bush Camp. I enden up visiting Mara twich this summer and of course I had to go back to stay in this beautiful camp. Leslie (the manager), Peter (the barkeeper) and the rest of the staff just know exactly how to make you feel at home in the bush. Mara Bush Camp is situated in the central Maasai Mara. beeing a photographer, I need easy access to the "action" in Mara, and this is just what you get in Mara Buch Camp. New since my last visit was a photographers lounge with access to charging 24 hrs a day. here one can sit and look at today's catch in peace and quiet. One minute and you are on the savannah! Hearing the hyenas and lions during the night just get you fully prepared for the next morning action! Mara Bush Camp is peaceful and completely free from the commercial sounds and action you find in so many lodges. Here the sounds of nature rule. There is simply no better place to stay in Maasai Mara! Many thanks to Leslie, Peter and the rest of the staff - see you next year!
Alf J.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

have already commented in detail on the mara bush camp in previous reviews, no change so far.
had another great stay at the mara bush camp - for 8 days. great staff and management, great drives every day, delicious food, relaxing atmosphere, neat accomodation, zero stress, there to be pampered by the MBC crew.
with regard to sightings, have dinner or lunch and enjoy gnus and hippos across the river, just some meters away.
leaving the camp takes you already in the middle of action, great location that camp is in. crossings at the mara river complete a great adventure, in a positive way.
and yes it is a great advantage to have the tour operater/owner at hand, because they live in nairobi. my return trip to VIE via ZUR by swiss for some time was in question, due to the fire that destroyed most of the NBO airport. with the nowaks at hand, in nairobi, i never had the feeling that anything might go wrong with my flight - and it didn't.
am ready for another stay next year - i'll be back......

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Tsawwassen
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

My friend and I stayed at the Mari Bush camp in early August. Our photo Safari (Sunworld/ Naturescapes) was the best choice. Mari Bush camp accommodated us completely . Leslie was a superb host and made sure our stay was special. I highly recommend the Mari Bush camp as your base of operations while in the Maasi. Well done Leslie and staff!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

My wife, 19 year-old son and I had an incredible three-night stay at MBC. While the sleeping tents are not the high-end of luxury as at some other camps, they well appointed and clean, and the attentiveness of service, warmth of hospitality and the quality of food at MBC were fantastic. With Big 5 sightings within just a few minutes of MBC every day, no place in the Mara could be MBC!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Im Gegensatz zu den anderen bietet dieses Camp etwas ganz besonderes. Es ist eben nicht großer Tourismus sondern klein, sehr privat aber dennoch luxuriös. Die Zelte sind sauber und schön, auch die sanitären Einrichtungen in sehr gutem Zustand. Essen war sehr lecker! Die Mitarbeiter sind sehr nett, sehr bemüht und immer zu Stelle. Ganz besonders lieb sind auch die Massai, die Nachts durchs Camp patrouillieren und die Gäste von zudringlichen wilden Tieren abhalten sollen. Wobei ich nie welche gesehen, dafür aber gehört habe. Die Mahlzeiten werden unter freiem Himmel eingenommen und jeden Abend brennt ein Lagerfeuer. Eine wunschschöne Atmosphäre und genau das richtige für eine Safari. Ich kann das Camp nur empfehlen!
In contrast to other camps this one is really special. It is not the big tourist attraction but small, private but anyway luxuary. The tents are clean and beautiful, bathrooms in very good condition. Food was very good! All stuff is very friendly and extremly helpful. Especially the massai that patrol through the camp all night to avoid wild animals get in contact with the guests! Although I must admit never having seen one, just heard them. Dinner and Lunch are outside and every evening there is a fire. A wonderful athmosphere and the best thing you can do for a real Safari. I can really recommend this camp!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Mara Bush Camp
Address: Riverside Lane Off Riverside Drive Nairobi | P.O. Box 39094, Masai Mara National Reserve 00623, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Bush Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Bush Camp is a luxury tended camp and discreetly ‘tucked away’ in a riverine forest on the banks of the seasonal Olare Orok River.The Luxury walk-in tents are equipped with large comfortable beds, mosquito nets, clothes rack, carpet and writing desk. The en-suite bathrooms have a flush toilet and hand washbasin. All tents have been placed far from each other to guarantee complete privacy and have a verandah with sun chairs. ... more   less 
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