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Sentinel Mara Camp
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Mahébourg, Grand Port, Mauritius
1 review
“Very Special Place”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We stayed at the camp from 7-10 August and absolutely loved it. The tents were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. All tents have showers and toilets - so no need to bump into any animals at night (ha ha). Thank you to Peter, Edward and all staff who made this trip for us a dream come true. It was a true "out of africa" safari experience. Hope to be back some time and would highly recommend it due to its personal service and homely feeling.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Nairobi
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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! This camp ticked all the boxes, from the stunning location on the Mara river to the luxury tents, to the wildlife experience, to the cuisine & the personal attention from the expert guides, we would recommend this camp to anyone!

Stayed August 2014
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We just came back from a two-weeks wonderful safari trip in Kenya and Tanzania. During our trip, we stayed three nights at Sentinel Camp in Maasai Mara in Kenya between 4th and 6th of August 2014.

The Sentinel Mara Camp is an Eco-camp, operated with minimum impact on nature. We stayed our nights in Eco tents, each with bucket shower and flushing toilet. The tents are spacious and furnitured.

The camp is located on the shoulder of the Mara River, from where one can see hippos and crocodiles in the river, being close to the nature and the African wildlife. The camp is not large, consisting of seven tents, which made us feel as a part of a big family including the camp owners, manager, staffs and even other guests.

Upon our arrival and departure, all staffs waited and welcomed/saw off us at the gate. In two evenings, the owner and the manager of the camp organized a small gathering party for all guests around a bonfire. Food and service in the restaurant are excellent. Our three days safari was organized by the camp and guided by the camp manager Edward who is highly knowledgeable as a safari guide and always showed respect to animals and other safari tourists. Our safari jeep was well organized with a bottle of drinking water per person for each safari tour together with a pair of binoculars and a warm blanket for each person.

I happened to celebrate my birthday during our stay at Sentinel Mara Camp. A very special celebration was organized by the camp. We sat in the wild landscape and watched the sunset. They made also cocktail drinks on site for the celebration. After dinner, the camp prepared a birthday cake, delivered to the dinner table by all camp staffs with Maasai songs and dance, a true lifetime experience.

In one word, all staffs at the Sentinel Mara Camp received truly our full trust during our stay. Our wonderful experience at the Sentinel Mara Camp made our safari trip in Maasai Mara more memorable.

We would highly recommend the Sentinel Mara Camp for excellent close-to-wildlife experience and warm and excellent service.

Doctor Xiaolong Feng, Sweden

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Mission Viejo, California
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Sentinel Mara Camp is an amazing oasis with beautiful accommodations, amazing gourmet food, professional and attentive staff and highly knowledgeable wildlife experts. From the moment we arrived we were in awe of the camp. The "tents" are furnished with luxury bedding and beautiful furniture. Each tent has a flush toilet and warm shower. At every meal we were treated to a delicious 5 course menu. The staff was friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We felt so at home and pampered at the same time. It was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish forever!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Grand Ledge, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

I had an absolutely incredible experience during my safari with Sentinel Camp. The camp is set in a forest along a beautiful stretch of the Mara River providing a comfortable and serene place to relax in between expertly guided safaris. The canvas tents are basic on the outside, but packed with comfort and luxury on the inside. For the environmentally conscious traveler still seeking comfort and luxury, this is the perfect accommodation. The staff set up and take down the entire camp each season, keeping their footprint to a minimum while still providing their guests with a unique and high quality safari experience. Wildlife abounds throughout the camp; pods of hippos were our nearby neighbors in the river that provided constant entertainment while sipping a cold beverage in a lounge chair on the bank. And the ever attentive staff always made sure you were well taken care of. After the first day, they new all 14 of us by name as well as our preferred beverages. The lounge area and dining room were tastefully decorated and always kept clean and tidy, as were our rooms. Each room had it's own river front view, complete with very comfortable beds, flush toilet, and hot showers upon request. Even for such a short stay, the camp and the staff made us all feel right at home. They kept us well fed all day and the meals were delicious. Our two guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and just fun to be around. They both had an intimate knowledge of the Mara and were enthusiastic about sharing their wildlife knowledge and entertaining all of our questions. They always stopped when we asked them to stop for pictures and went above and beyond to make sure we saw as much of the Mara's incredible wildlife as possible. I highly recommend staying at Sentinel Camp for your Maasai Mara safari!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 review
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Sentinel Camp in the Mara was a once in alive time experience for our family! We were treated to probably some of the best game viewing in the world as well as an incredible time in the Sentinel camp itself. We loved the mix of luxury accommodation and camping, and found the whole experience one which we will never forget. Lying in bed at night and hearing the sound of hippos just a few meters below us in the river, or enjoying the five star cuisine at every meal and savouring the spectacular views from our luxury tented camps on the banks of the river…But what stands out most was the warmth, hospitality and excellence of the staff itself. They were remarkable and definitely made the trip out of this world! Thank you! HIGHLY recommend!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We were fortunate to have 4 glorious nights in this outstanding Eco Sensitive Sentinel Mara Camp.The accommodation is in beautifully appointed luxury tents in a forested area on the Mara River.The delightful camp staff were on hand to meet our every need and certainly made our stay comfortable and so memorable.The meals were abundant, delicious and all served in a beautiful dining tent so tastefully decorated . So much thought has been put into every aspect of this camp. We enjoyed and valued every drive under the keen eye of a very experienced and knowledgeable ranger.All in all an outstanding experience.Highly recommended...

Room Tip: All tents private and overlooking the Mara river...with en suite bathroom,Tents fitted out with flus...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Sentinel Mara Camp
Address: Box 216 Karen Nairobi 00502, Masai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sentinel Mara Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our exclusive luxury tented Eco-camp set up in a forest on the banks of the Mara River in the Musiara Marsh area within the Masai Mara National Reserve. Our bespoke approach includes high standards of guiding and personalised service in a stunning setting with outstanding game viewing. The camp has high guest appeal and low environmental impact. ... more   less 
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