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Mara Explorer Camp
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Masai Mara
1 review
“Once in a lifetime”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Thank you all for making our stay such a memorable one. From the management ( Paul ) to the reception (Andrew ), the guides ( Paul, who made such an effort to find all the animals from Lions, cheetah , Leopard, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Hyenas, elephants, crocodiles, hypos , giraffes, elephants, u name it he found it ! and Lucas who was being trained by Paul ) , Tom who made our sundowner very special, Anne who has such wonderful hands for the massage, John who took care of our tent, George who served our meals,all of the staff has been wonderful ! We look forward to going back again and seeing you all and will tell our friends about your wonderful warmth and charm.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Nadia

Thank you so much for the lovely review on Mara Explorer. we are extremely pleased to read that we exceeded you expectations. Thank you for your comments regarding on the game drives and that you enjoyed the overall experience of game viewing in the park. Will pass your lovely comments to the entire staff for making sure that you had a memorable safari. thank you once again for offering to be our good ambassadors out there by recommending the Camp to your friends, cant wait to host you once again.
ASANTE SANA, KARIBU TENA
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Loved the atmosphere - a combination of sophistication mixed with the wild side of Africa. Staff remember your name from the first meeting. Staff show interest in how your day is unfolding and all the exciting animal sightings. The wait staff in the dinning room and lounge were efficient. The best of all was the Safari driver who made certain both sides of the jeep had opportunity for equal photos by turning the vehicle around and positioning for best photos. He turned the engine off to reduce vibration for best photos. He was knowledgeable about the wild life species. He was polite, efficient, and on time.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Dena
Thank you so much for your recent review on your stay at Mara Explorer.
My team and I are pleased to read that you had an absolutely fantastic experience at the camp Thank you for the lovely comments on the service and game drives. Our location in the Mara is best suited for game viewing and incredible sitings. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to host you and hope to seeing you back to the Mara once again.
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Absolutely fantastic experience! The camp was amazing with great amenities, excellent food, clean facilities, and extremely friendly staff. We felt very welcome, pampered, and had personal attention from staff!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for your review about Mara Explorer I am glad to read that you had a great Masai Mara experience. We’ll share your lovely comments with the entire team and we Look forward to having you back with us at Mara Explorer,
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

I celebrated my birthday at the Mara Explorer Camp in August 2013. Of all the parks I have been to, none beats the Masai Mara. Beyond the splendor the park offers, the Mara Explorer Camp does an exceptional job of making you one with nature. From the people, to the tents, to the food, to the environment... it all adds up to an unforgettable experience. Our guide Matthew was amazing. His game spotting and tracking ability is incredible.We saw all the big five except the rhinos. We watched cheetahs hunt, male lions fight for territory and females, wildebeest crossing the river..... all these from a few meters, in our safari jeep. Steve, the manager was not only a great host but also became a great friend. The experience offered by the Mara Explorer Camp can not be expressed by words. I highly recommend that anybody planning to visit the Masai Mara stays at the Mara Explorer Camp. I will definitely be going back!

Room Tip: Noisy neighbors....... the hippos :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Titus
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Mara Explorer. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed the entire experience, I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed the company of your driver guide during safari and that you had such wonderful sightings and a taste of the Great Migration, Mara Explorer is perfectly positioned to make you feel close to nature and of course has incredible game viewing opportunities. We do hope that we will have the opportunity to host you once again in the near future.
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Bessemer, Alabama
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Full Course Meals and big safaris. We did this for 4 days and 3 nights. I can't say how much we enjoyed our stay, We went during the low season and had a wonderful time exploring the Mara and staying at the camp. George was the camp manager and was responsive and talked to us each day. We had the place to ourselves for most of the trip which may have been why the service was so excellent. Rueben was our guide and if you can ask for him. He knows every animal in the Mara and only gets twitchy around the big bull elephant. The only thing I would ding them on would be hard beds. They are tough but I guess what to expect sleeping in a tent. Otherwise the tent and the environment was great. When they tell you to call for an escort at night, believe them. We saw a Hippo track on the ground outside our tent.

Room Tip: Tent 4 is great unless you like to sleep past 4 am. Hippos are really noisy then. Tent 8 was great...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for your review on Mara Explorer. I am delighted to read that you loved the experience at the Camp, we are committed to providing memorable travel journeys for our guests. Thanks for loving our meals and the game drives, the camp location in the Mara is great for amazing game viewing at any time of the year. Will definitely pass your nice words to the Chef, Reuben and the entire team for the wonderful job they did. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to host you and we Look forward to having you back in the near future.
ASANTE SANA, KARIBU TENA
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We can not thank stella and her team for the wonderful experience we had camping in the mara explorer. words can not describe the magic and how special we were made to feel during our stay. this is a must for anybody who wants to experience the bush and know the magic of being under canvas at luxury. It was so sad to leave. the night time sounds of the birds and hippos will stay we us forever. we were lucky to catch part of a storm which was a sight to see.

Room Tip: each tent is wonderful and it is so special as only ten tents.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Helen

Thank you for the review on Mara Explorer. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed the entire experience. The team at Mara Explorer simply love to host guests and are even more pleased when they note that guests are enjoying the safari experience, hope to be able to welcome you back to Mara Explorer very soon.
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We stayed at 4 lodges/camps on our safari to East Africa and hands down the greatest place we stayed was Mara Explorer. The staff is amazingly helpful and friendly and the food and wine outstanding. Our server for meals Maureen was absolutely wonderful!!

The camp location on the river is the best we experienced and we were lucky enough to get tent 4 which is on the river bend and has a herd of 30+ hippos residing just a few yards from our tent deck – talk about being in the wild!! We had to keep pinching ourselves to remember we weren’t dreaming! We had great fun taking baths in the outdoor tub and watching the hippos watching us - too cool for words!!

Our guide was Reuben and he was fantastic taking the time to show us the little things in addition to the big ones. We saw everything in great numbers - lions, elephants, leopards. cheetahs, servals, crocodiles, giraffes, and the many grazing animals were ever present.

We loved the sharing of days with other guests at the fire pit and the lounge area - the camaraderie was fantastic.

We had the best 3 days of our life and can’t wait to come back.

Explorer location just minutes from the airport is also a plus.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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George O, Unit Manager at Mara Explorer Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for your review on Mara Explorer. I am delighted to note that your stay with us exceeded your expectations I will definitely pass on all your great words to all members of the team. Explorer being located at the heart of Masai Mara truly it is an area that has abundance of wildlife, it remains a great location for memorable wildlife viewing experience. We hope that we will have the opportunity to host you once again in the near future.
ASANTE SANA, KARIBU TENA
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Property: Mara Explorer Camp
Address: C14 Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #24 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Mara Explorer Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the world famous Masai Mara, Mara Explorer Camp is set on its own private peninsula, with each of its ten luxurious tents opening to the Talek River and the stunning savanna. The tents, equipped with all mod cons are set on wooden decks opening out to a private verandah where you can enjoy time alone in the wild away from it all. ... more   less 
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