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Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
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“A True Gem”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

I stayed for 3 nights during the annual migration and the experience was magical. The location is truly superb as the camp is situated between the Mara and Talek rivers. This truly unique and secure location allowed me to walk freely through the camp with beautiful and expansive views on either side.

The morning and afternoon game drives were led by friendly guides with a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife, birdlife, culture, and surroundings. As my particular hobby is birding my guide was essential in helping with sightings and putting me in the best locations to get the right photograph.

Overall the service, food, and experience were of the highest standard and the attentive hostess Annemette made sure that all requests were met. I was truly impressed that the staff as this camp made sure that everyone (of all ages) had a unique and personalized safari experience.

Room Tip: Tent #6 has the best location.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Paul Maina and his team are exceptional, welcoming and anticipated our every need. The camp is located at the fork where the Mara meets the Talek River in the amazing Maasai Mara. Crocodiles and hippos share the spotlight in the luxurious and intimate setting. There are only six tents and the service was personal and simply put, amazing.
Luxury at its finest in the Maasai Mara.

Room Tip: they are all amazing...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Netherlands
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Going to the Maasai Mara it is very important which camp you pick. There are a lot of camps in this area and not all of them have a good location. A lot of camps are outside the gate. Of course you will see a lot of animals in these areas but the best changes of seeing the big cats and the wildebeest migration is inside the park. If you’re out of the park it can take you a long time to get to the river to see the migration which means that you have to leave early in the afternoon again to be on time at the gate. The gates opens and closes at 6:30. We stayed in several camps in de Mara and all were inside the gates which will give you the best changes of seeing what you wanted to.

The location of the camp is one of the best in the Mara, it is right at the river side were the Mara and the Talek join each other. If you have seen African Cats, the film of Walt Disney you will recognize the palm tree in the river that is close to camp. For the people that are interested in the wildebeest migration: There is a crossing point at the camp but we haven’t seen the wildebeest cross there. The camp is very close to the main crossing points so you’re right in the middle of all the action and you can be there before it gets crowded.

This is the most exclusive camp with the most beautiful tents we have ever stayed in. It is small and intimate with just 6 tents. The tents are just breathtaking! The tents are huge with a wonderful bed and pillows, a nice corner for relaxing which chairs and a table. A nice bathroom with two sinks a bathtub and an outdoor shower. The tents are very clean as well as the rest of the camp, they maintain it very well. The room has a lot of power sockets so you can charge all the batteries. Power is on 24/7. The nice thing about the camp is that everything is solar powered so good for the environment too.

The food is just amazing! The best we had in the Mara! The chef is a nice men who comes to dinner and check if everything is OK. He also asks you what you want for the day after in case of breakfast time and lunchboxes. They prepare amazing lunches, it isn’t a box but just a whole meal that they bring in boxes that keep the lunch warm. They have 4 choices at dinner, which I think is amazing since they only have 6 tents. They have 4 courses and all are very good, you will need to exercise at home if you stay here too long. Soda’s and water as well as several alcoholic drinks are included. You can make your own plan for the day, so go out first and come back for breakfast or have breakfast first and come back for lunch etc. This is nice since some of the camps have their own program that cannot be changed.

The staff is super friendly and amazing in what they do, they give you a warm feeling. The Masaai guards that escort you to your tent at night are the only ones that we had real faith in. In most camps you will be escorted but they mostly only carry a torch and that’s it. The Masaai at the Ngenche camp are real warrior’s and look fears. They are very nice and appreciate it if you learn some Masaai words.

We didn’t use the driver/ guides from the camp since we had our own driver but the guides of the camp seemed to be very good and knew what there were doing. What we thought was extremely kind was the fact that we had left the camp already for a few days and stayed somewhere else but they called our guide to tell him they spotted a leopard. We believe that was very thoughtful and gives a good idea how the camp works.

Room Tip: They do not have bad rooms on this lodge. This lodge is absolutly fabulous.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Excellent Location, Great staff and food. Joseph our guide and driver showed us the big 5 all in one day. Amazing how they put it all together in the middle of Masai Mara. The best place I have stayed in the Mara.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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New York
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We stayed four nights at Mara Ngenche in early August. Everything exceeded our expectations. The tents were luxurious and the service was impeccable. It is a very small camp with only six tents. All the service was very personal. The tents were also much better than my expectation. It had electricity, full plumbing bathroom and plenty of lights for night. The food and service was also great. The cooked food was delicious and the beers were cold and refreshing. It was hard to ask for anything more.

We arrived shortly after the wildebeests arrived from Tanzania. We saw so many animals and action. We even saw a lion pride plan and execute a hunt on a group of wildebeests. Our guide Lucas was also excellent. He was able to pick out lions in the grass with his naked eye when I can’t even see them with my binoculars! The entire trip was simply amazing.

I included some pictures from our trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Markham, Ontario
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The four of us (two couples) spent two nights at the camp in June 2012. For the first night, there were only 6 other guests, a film crew, whom we did not see at all and the second night, we were the only ones at the camp. The tents are luxurious with all the amenities that are provided by 5-star hotels. The location of the rooms with an overlook into a gorge is about 20 feet away and afforded the most beautiful view of the Mara river with several hippos lounging around. The service was absolutely incredible and the staff extremely well trained. Breakfast and lunch were served outdoors near the edge of the gorge and were very enjoyable. The dinner was gourmet quality with desserts which were personalized with our names on the last night. Annamette, the young lady manager was a wonderful, warm and friendly host and we were very happy to have met her.
Kunal and Chitra Shah

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Tortola
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in 3 tents over Easter - wonderful experience with excellent service from all staff - the tents are huge, beautifully furnished, with great views of the river - hippos, crocodiles etc to be viewed at the end of the garden. The baths (with scented candles) are a delight - don't be put off by the outdoor showers - they are great fun! Food is outstanding and we were even left home made chocolates in the tents too. The manager, Annamette, was very attentive and all the staff could not be faulted - Annamette arranged for a cake for our son's birthday whilst we there, along with Maasai dancers, singing etc too. All in all a great experience and we would definitely recommend - one of the best places we have stayed in, not only in the Mara, but throughout Kenya.

Room Tip: We stayed in 4, 5 and 6, which were all excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Mara Ngenche Safari Camp
Address: Pio Gama Pinto Road Westlands, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya (Formerly Mara Ngenche Luxury Tented Camp)
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #37 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Ngenche Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp. Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp offers panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful large animals with crocodiles always in close proximity. The 10 spacious well appointed tents are en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in its own "Boma." has a large four poster king size bed or two queen size beds, offers wonderful view on the river and is equipped with a large bath tub and outside shower. Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. In addition each tent has its own private plunge pool. ... more   less 
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