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Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Quiet, natural beauty, attention to details, outstanding welcoming staff, thrilling game drives, WOW tent and delicious food and two families of hippos... that makes this on my select "I Can't Wait To Return List"! My first experience into the Mara and it was terrific. Traveling alone I believe I received even more TLC. My "private butler" was a delight and he cared for me as if I was a special family member. The deck off my tent gave me views of the river and hippos. I loved it there and had coffee and lunch there on several occasions. The spa service was sensational. The ambiance more than I could ever have expected. My guide, Jackson, was terrific. I learned not only about the Mara but also about the Maasai as he is part of that peaceful tribe. The cuisine and dining service was spectacular. I would strongly recommend this property for not only its amenities but also the game viewing. The first day we watched a leopard in his favorite rock encampment and he was not just sleeping!

Room Tip: My tent was the "Eland" - the largest of the antelopes. Loved the location - private and...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Last weekend we had a faboulous long weekend in Mara Rianta with great people, food and company. The game drives were just excellent and we were very happy and lucky to have David Waithaka as guide during our stay! He is very knowledge and able to share his experience with us in a nice and a little humouristic way. The time we spent together were a true pleasure. This in combination with the lodge , its people, ambience and food made it great weekend for us. THANKS

Room Tip: They are good good with personal butler located in tents along the river. The hippos will wake you u...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We stayed one night of which our travel agent paid for which was good because it was very pricey. The place was beautiful and we had a great time but I'm glad we weren't paying the bill. Our room like so many other rooms on our safari was very very nice we had a queen size bed with down comforter with bath robes and slippers even had a bottle of wine in the room.. We had the best view of the river below us and a patio to watch the hippos and geese,. The food was just fantastic .

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank bianca1111
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Spent three nights here and it was the second of four places we stayed. The staff was great. The safari driver was the best we had in Kenya. Ask for Daniel. I can't say enough good things about him. First night there he found a leopard, which we watched as it woke up, stretched and started its evening prowl. The tents are huge and luxurious. There are only 20 tents so this is a small place. The excellent food service is by menu at your table rather than buffet and there is a very decent selection of house wines.

Room Tip: tents go out ten on each side of the central lodge area. Our tent was the furthest out and it was a...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Roy M
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Went to Mara at the end of August 2013 to view the migration. Did not manage to see the migration but had a great stay at Mara Rianta. The staff and the drivers were wonderful as nothing was too much trouble.

Room Tip: If you are vegetarian please have a word with chef unless you like pasta for lunch and dinner.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Buck1957
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Our two night stay at this boutique luxury tented camp was a wonderful experience. The camp is located on the banks of the Mara River and we slept to the background noise of the grunting of hippos in the river. Each tent is the height of luxury and comfort and provides guests with individualized attention - such as the private butler who brought us hot chocolate and cake to fortify us prior to an early game drive. The food is wonderful, elegantly served to a set menu with friendly and attentive staff. One rather nice touch is that most things such as wine are inclusive. The camp provides its own drivers and vehicles for the game drives and we found the drivers (particularly David) to be expert not only in locating game but knowing about their habits. To say that we enjoyed staying here would be an understatement. Not only was the lodge fantastic in terms of service and comfort but the game drives and the information given on them made the whole stay memorable.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Marilyn674
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We went for a long weekend from Europe to celebrate a birthday and the right choice of safari accommodation was a critical element of our trip. We wanted an intimate and boutique-like tented camp such as this one, with great food and service and that is what we got.

I’ve had the pleasure of staying in some fine tented camps in the Mara but this place stands out. It benefits from a gorgeous, isolated location at a bend in the Mara River - even more beloved by the hippopotamus population than by us. You haven’t lived until you’ve fallen to sleep at night to a symphony of hippos playing in the rapids below your tent. You are seriously deep in the bush, surrounded by nature in all its forms and yet have all the comforts you could want. There are only 20 tents and they are elegantly appointed and well spaced out to give you a sense of privacy and luxury. As it is a relatively new property the physical environment is in great shape.

About the game drives: I don’t need to repeat all of the great things others have said but the Mara North Conservancy did not feel as teeming with animals as the Mara itself or other places I have seen. At times we would ride for up to an hour without seeing any animals. But know this: everything you want to see is there (except perhaps rhino) and, most importantly, the guides work with each other and the park rangers to create special, once in a lifetime viewing experiences. They will find out where the lionesses and their cubs are lazing in the grass and take you to spend time with them up close, unhurried, and without 6 other jeeps jockeying around, kicking up dust. Less game, perhaps, but higher quality viewing.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp

Address: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Exploreans Mara Rianta Camp)
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 141 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £628 - £1,015 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect base for your exclusive Safari adventure is the Neptune Mara Rianta luxury tented Camp. Nestled in the heart of the North Conservation Masai Mara Reserve. Immersed in the original bush among indigenous plantations and trees, the 20 luxury tents are directly overlooking the Mara River, which winds itself around the camp with gently flowing waters surrounded with wild life and teeming with large groups of Hippos. Early morning and afternoon game drive in the North Conservation Masai Mara Reserve included in the price. Soothe your body and mind with a relaxing and invigorating massage at the Mvua African Rain Spa or enjoy an al fresco lunch or an evening BBQs around the pool complemented by activities of Masai dancing and talks on the Masai culture. ... more   less 
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