A wonderful stay. We experienced outstanding service during our 5 night stay.
The driving safaris (in comfortable vehicles) were superb. Julian, our driver has a great knack of finding animals and went out of his way to look for which ever animal we wanted to see.
The great thing about staying here is that it's situated in the Mara North Conservatory and there are rules about viewing animals. This means there are not hoards of vehicles crowding each animal. Only a limited number of vehicles can observe an animal/animals at the same time. So, on many occasions we had a pride of lions, etc, to ourselves and you don't feel like animals are being hassled by tourists as it may feel in less regulated areas.
The cabin's are far enough away from each other to offer privacy and are a perfect place for viewing wildlife (without even leaving the balcony). We delighted in watching the resident hippos in the Mara river from our cabin's balcony.
The manager, James, runs a great team. All staff were very friendly.
The chef makes delicious soup and even made them with vegetarian stock whilst we were there.
George, the owner was very good to deal with in the booking process answering all my questions via email.
The only suggestion I would make (and this goes for all lodges), is that rather than providing so many plastic bottles of drinking water every day, guests are given metallic, refillable bottles on arrival which they can refill as required from a water dispenser at the dining area or lounge. (they could even take these home as a memento of their trip, with Royal Mara printed on the side!) Or a large jug of spring water could be delivered to cabins each day to cut down on plastic bottle litter.
Also, the weather means it'd be a great place to install solar power. I think these environmental practices would be welcomed by guests. Just a suggestion to make the place even better!
I recommend the Royal Mara 100%. If you're going to travel all the way to Kenya you may as well stay in a place where you won't be disappointed. The experience of seeing all those animals up close will stay with me always. We were close enough that I filmed them all on my iphone. Didn't need a zoom lens at all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Mara is a luxury safari and game viewing lodge located in Kenya's world famous Masai Mara, home to the annual Great Migration of the Wildebeest. We are situated directly on the Mara River with six riverfront guest suites. All suites are raised upon wooden decks with full mahogany flooring and original hand carved furniture. See the same wildlife-rich areas as broadcast on the BBC Big Cat Diary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Mara Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve