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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Maybe it was the rose petals floating on the foam of our hot tub as we wallowed by lantern-light on our private deck.
Or was it the friendly variations of "welcome for dinner please" (or breakfast, or lunch)?
Perhaps the answer was the hot water bottle thoughtfully provided on early morning or evening game drives (and of course when retiring to vast beds unders swathes of canvas).
Could the real reason be the padded stanchions on our superbly-equipped-and-adapted Landcruiser, protecting us against the buffetting of rocks and potholes as we set out to spot Mara wildlife?
Actually, we decided it was all and none of these special touches which won our hearts - and told us what no image or description could.
We knew the camp was luxurious: we'd seen the pictures.
We knew the meals would be good: we'd seen the menus, winelist and cellar.
We knew the rooms would be stunning: we'd read the reviews.
And we knew what to expect - after all, this was a return visit to Mara Bushtops.
But what we'd forgotten were the multiple smaller gestures and inspired comforts which make the difference between the merely excellent and the truly exceptional.
The Masai guards walking us to our palatial tent in the dusk.
The flickering lanterns, magically lighting the way.
Our butler waking us to breakfast on our spacious verandah.
And it was the little things which distinguished the wildlife too - the myriad less glamorous (but equally fascinating) animals: a spring hare, bounding like a kangaroo; a family of dwaf mongoose; a bright green chameleon crossing in front of a leopard tortoise.
They added to the undoubted excitement of searching out the big five.
And nothing could compare to a lion's cough as it passed our tent in the night, setting our pulses racing.
And when - on the following day - you stop to admire a family of giraffe or hippos, your realise that a foolish smile has become plastered across your face.
What really keeps that smile in place is the fusion of ALL these ingredients into something which is, in the end, indescribable.
Like a perfect meal, or falling in love - you simply have to experience it.
So don't trust me. Or travellers' tales.
Visit Bushtops. It's the only way to find out for yourself how a host of little things and big things come together - unforgetably.

Room tip: Allthe 5-star tents are superb but Leopard is astonishing, being more than twice the size and the epitome of luxury. Lion is a good option, since it overlooks the salt lick where an almost constant flow of animals can be seen, without having to leave the camp
Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

This was my third time at Mara Bushtops, and I can't wait to return. Everything was perfect, and we were well looked after. I was staying with a couple of friends at the end of June for two nights. I wish we could have stayed longer.

We were welcomed as usual at the airstrip with drinks, very refreshing. There is also a gamedrive on the way back from the airstrip in the bushtops private conservancy. We saw elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, impala and thomsens gazelle just outside the camp. The camp itself is located by a saltlick which attracts a lot of game to the area. You can enjoy your meal, while looking at the wildlife going about their daily lives. The resturant is beautiful, I love the weaver bird nest-inspirated lights. Fantastic design! The tents, well I wouldn't really call the tents, far too luxurious: A big double bed, an indoor and outdoor shower, a bathroom, a hot tub and an outside deck. With of course a great view!

We went on a full day game drive in the Masai Mara game reserve. An early start is well worth it, with the possibility of seeing rhino and lion kills. Mara bushtops will of course have a blanket and hot water bottle ready for you in your car seat, as the mornings are cold. We saw an amazing 2x near lion kills, elephants, cheetah ++ Stuff you only see on national geographic. Credit to our fantastic guide Peter. And the best thing is that after the gamedrive a hot tub can be made waiting for you when you get back!

I highly recommend a stay at Mara Bushtops, your will get a fantastic safari experience.

Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Trekker-AR
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

I was at the Mara Bushtops in the end of May with my brother for 2 nights. It was such an amazing experience. The tents are extremely luxurious and the view from the deck of the tent is a sight that you only see in magazines and paintings. It is on its own conservancy so it was really nice to be able to drive around wherever you wanted during the game drives in the conservancy. We saw 2 jackals attack a baby impala and it was great that we could follow it without having to stay on a certain path. Our guides Daniel and Joseph could spot animals that I could hardly see on the binoculars, it was unreal. I don't know how they managed to spot the animals. Not only were they great at their job, they were super friendly and great to be around during the drives. We found a leopard in a tree and sat underneath it for a little while which was wild as well as seeing 4 male lions who looked like they had just been in a fight with the older males in the pride, who had most likely been kicked out as our driver had explained. I saw all the big 5, except for the rhino, who we tried to find on our last day but were unsuccessful.

The food at the camp was also great, but even better was the waiting staff. They were so friendly, and since it was the was the low season, there weren't very many other people there. That let me and my brother joke around and talk with the staff, and it made lunch and dinner so much more enjoyable.

Words can't explain how great my time was there. It is pretty hard for me to afford and make it all the way out there, so I can only wish to come back. Now that I know how great it is, I will make sure that I can come back for another weekend. I have been telling everyone I know how great the Mara Bushtops is and if anyone asks what camp to go to, that is the only place I will recommend. They will need to have the same guides as I did though, because those guys were great.

Date of stay: May 2012
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2  Thank Joey D
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Mara Bushtops exceeded all of my expectations - so much so that I'm writing a review while I'm still here! All the other reviewers have covered most major advantages of staying here and it is all true - you feel like a VIP every second of your stay. I happened to be here in low season, so all of my safari drives were private - such luxury! My guides - Martin and Joseph - were terrific, they made me feel absolutely comfortable while going out of their way to make sure that I saw the best game. Lions, giraffes, elephants, and even a leopard - and this is in low season! The food is delicious, the chef comes out every night to offer his specials. As I was traveling alone, the manager and my guide dined with me one night and in general went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, taken care of, and special. I received massages every day, which were great. The tents are tastefully luxurious without compromising the setting, and the views are stunning. Literally, every need of mine was anticipated and every wish catered to. It will be hard to go back to the real world - but I look forward to returning or visiting the Serengeti camp.

Room tip: I am sure all the tents are phenomenal. If you want more privacy, choose one farther from reception. The ones closer to the restaurants afford the view of drinking wildlife.
Date of stay: May 2012
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2  Thank Tatyana2307
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

My wife and I were at Mara Bushtops for 3 nights. I'm a wildlife photographer and I had the best experience. The 4X4 land cruiser used for game drives are wonderfully planned and equipped. It comes with a power socket, flood lights for night driving. We stopped in the middl e of Masai Mara national reserve for lunches and breakfast. We were served very good food for lunch which meant they carried it even before we left the camp at 6:00AM. I strongly recommend this place, very safe, most friendly staff, amazing food and lovely location facing the forest.

Date of stay: April 2012
4  Thank PreetamD
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