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Mara Crossings Camp
Reviewed 26 August 2013

We spent 2 nights at this camp to experience a luxury + raw tent in the middle of the wild animals' area. The location is perfect. As mentioned by all below comment, it's near the Mara river and hiding in the bushes. You can always get a surprise immediately once you drive out from the camp. Lions, hippos and crocodiles are just few meters away from you.

When you go out from your tent to dining place, you need to call the Mara guards to walk with you. I believe it is a quite special experience to all of us.

It should be a good experience for you if you want to do camping with tent but with luxury service.

Room Tip: Only Eight tents available in the camp.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We just spent three nights at Mara Crossings Camp – and I would definitely return! At first I was a little thrown off by the camp, as I have been to a couple of luxury camps in East Africa, but this is quite a bit more rustic and true to the sense of camping (perhaps poor research on my part). For example, whenever you want to shower, you need to request the water ten minutes in advance and be ready for it when you can hear someone shout to you from outside the camp! All part of the eco experience you start to embrace!

One of the key highlights of the Camp is the location – it is situated by Mara River within the Mara Triangle. This gave us the advantage of getting to a lot of the game at least half an hour before most other vehicles. We were lucky enough to see two kills before 7am without any other cars! If you are going for the migration – it will definitely make your trip worthwhile (that and obviously luck).

The second highlight is the staff- they were always smiling and friendly and definitely made the Camp feel like home. Noah, our waiter didn’t seem to stop smiling (even after our tenth different request of the morning). Our driver Nick was also excellent with an instinct for the unexpected, which made our trip amazing! The food is also very good, particularly the packed breakfasts which are very luxurious and a step away from the standard stodgy packed boxes at other lodges. The chefs made an effort to make us all our own individual and labelled breakfasts!

I really enjoyed the quaintness of the camp and hope it remains this size. It was clean and well thought out, with nice toiletries in the tents. I am not sure it quite fits the bill of a luxury tent, and will need some finer attention to detail, but I think part of what you’re paying for is the location.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We came to Mara crossings not knowing what to find. I was nervous at first, since we were driving inside the bushes to get to it and our last camp experience was horrible!!! Our guide Julius did not say anything to us about this place, but he set my expectation low...How surprised I was!
We arrived and immediately panic took over when Sajid (the manager) told us about the hippos that live in the river right on the waters under us! I started to cry because I was so scared!
Sajid was very calm and assured me that we were in no danger!
As I entered the camp slowly, I was shocked to see a beautiful setting, right by the river, with tens of hippos and the leftovers from the animals right there! Oh My God! I was not expecting this, but sure was special! The tents are confy with a beautiful bed, a nice bathrooms and super strong (just in case a hippo wondering around want to pay a visit..;)
I slept so well, met nice people, had excellent food and warm conversations with the staff.
The sunsets are espetacular! Get a drink from the beautiful Tented bar and just enjoy it listening to nature call.
Since energy is very limited, they run a generator when needed, but Sajid was very accommodating to our needs. Hot shower and food need to be ordered in advance. It's a very cool experience. 6:30 am two people come behind our tents to pour hot water in our bucket shower. 25 L per shower. reminded me of my basics back home in Brasil. If you are an adventurer, you will not be disappointed. It's small and off the beaten path. I hope they stay like this. What a treasure!!! We had the most amazing time and I cried when I left!

Room Tip: I think there are only 10 tents. It's a small tented camp. We stayed in tent number 8, I guess...
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We were at the Mara crossing camp last week and it was a flawless and perfect stay in the Masai Mara. The staff is warm and welcoming, you feel as being a superstar. The rooms are very comfy and beautifully decorated. The landscape around the camp is perfect. Right beside the Mara river.
The crossing trail is only few kilometers away.
It is one of those places you will remember for a long long time as you feel like being in paradise. Unforgettable experience. Thanks to the family running this business in Masai Mara and Nakuru with the Lakira camp and Flamingo hill.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank LadyRider33
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

As soon as we landed we were greeted and taken on a game drive. After the game drive we were introduced to the camp site staff and were very welcomed by everyone there. Kenyan hospitality at it's absolute best without a doubt. The camp's landscape gave a very intimate yet open feel and captured every accent of it's natural surroundings perfectly. We decided to extend our stay an extra night because every part of the experience was brilliant! Our game driver was very experienced and knowledgeable and of course the animals were the stars of the show!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ling L
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed three days at the well appointed Mara Crossings safari camp. The owners/hosts, camp manager, chef and staff ensured the stay was flawless from the excellent accommodations and multi-course meals to the spectacular location and twice daily safari outings. The staff was warm, welcoming, accommodating. The camp location, nestled above the Mara River, was simply breathtaking. This is my new favorite vacation destination.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Priscilla P
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

From the moment we set foot in the camp we were treated like royalty. A welcome drink, and tour of the camp, with an introduction to staff members.

The camp is very intimate, and the perfect relaxation point after a day out on safari. You can sit by the river, and watch the hippos bob around the nearby waterfall. The tents are luxurious, and still manage to keep their rustic charm. Food was delicious, and the waiters went out of their way to accommodate. A special mention to Noah who was just brilliant.

Will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #70 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £483 - £502 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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