Our stay for 4 days was filled with awesome drives in the Mara. The lodge far exceeded our expectations, everything was first class with all the hand carved furniture adorned with animals. The tents are right on the banks of the Mara river loaded with hundreds of hippos seranding at all hours. The lodges are very spacious and comfortable with a really huge king sized bed.
All the staff was fantastic and went out of their way for you. The food was amazing and plentiful. Who would have though you would be served Osso Buco and Fettuccini Alfredo in the wilds of Kenya. The game drives were really good with John our driver spotting the animals with an eagle eye. We got to see 4 out of the big 5 the on;y one we didn't see was a leopard but that didn't stop John from trying really hard to find them. We did see and lots of other animals including three prides lions, giraffes, elephants, etc, etc, etc. We took a long drive to see the protected Rhinos which was extraordinary. We visited a local Masai village which was interesting to see their way of life and how they live in harmony with the animals. Somewhere in the Mara there was a Masai "Duty Free Shop" great marketing idea. We did a bush walk with Regan out onto the mara and got close to some giraffes. Regan, with his rifle, or another security guy was always there to escort us to and from our lodge as we were living in the animals habitat without fences. They will also do your laundry.
Prepare to get up early for the first ride of the day starts at 6:30am and you will be served coffee or tea at 6am in you lodge. You will return at around 9am for breakfast of fruits, cereals. Lunch is a feast around 1pm sometimes in the bush with the babboons (Elvis and family) following along. Another ride at around 3:30pm coming back at sunset for dinnner. There are some Elands (Sooswah is her name) that have been rescued by George who you can hand feed. Our thanks to the Georges (Sr. & Jr.) for creating such a wonderful oasis, and all the other staff we met - Regan, Simon, Charles, John, Sammy and Daniel and all those who we didn't. After this experience I will never be able to visit a zoo again.
- 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