Since Maasai Mara National Park is the mostly famous and visited park in Kenya and also being among the mostly visited tourist place in Africa entirely, there are very many safari lodges and camps established near the park to accommodate the large number of tourists who visit the park annually to get an excellent game viewing. The park’s most famous and attractive things in the park is the annual Wildebeest migration (over 1.5 million Wildebeests) together with other species which migrate to the park in large numbers. The park also resides all Africa’s big five (Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, Elephants and Buffaloes) however the balloon safaris are also very amazing and attractive to many tourists who visit the park. Therefore, all those planning for their amazing Kenya tours below are some of the best accommodations situated within Maasai Mara National Park and offering the best hospitality services.
Sarova Mara Game Camp
The camp is nestled on an elevation surrounded by two streams and hidden amidst wide gardens with manicured lawns and exotic flowers. The camp is made up of various facilities such as; a dining area that has internal and external seating and two bars of which one internal consists of a fireplace and the other near the poolside, the camp also consists of a swimming pool and a curio shop. The camp also comprises of three tents which can be used to seat up to 300 conference delegates plus 75 tents where three of them are permanent triple rooms. The camp’s rooms have 24-hour electricity and a private en suite bathroom with a shower of hot and cold running water.
Mara Serena Lodge
The lodge is situated on a hilltop thus travelers here will have spectacular views of the beautiful plains of the Maasai Mara National Park. The lodge resides the unique heritage and diversity of the Masai community and its strategic location provides exceptional and excellent game viewing. Mara Serena Lodge is made up of 74 luxury rooms and suites of which they are all air conditioned with separate bath and shower, telephone, private balcony, satellite television, mini-bars and in-room safety locks.
The lodge comprises of a swimming pool, 2 restaurants serving both local and international dishes, bars, laundry services, modern fitness centre featuring aerobics and gym, flood lit tennis courts and a large pool in-front of the lodge for game viewing however still at the lodge, travelers will enjoy the Masai dances, songs and dressing codes.
Mara Intrepids Luxury Club
It is a brilliant lodge perched inside the Masai Mara National Park consisting of 30 luxury tents which are made up with custom milled African mahogany furniture, oversize four poster bed, en-suite bathroom with showers consisting of both running hot and cold water, flush toilets and electricity. It is also composed of a camphor decked dining room where formal candlelight dinner is served. Mara intrepid luxury club consists of a swimming pool, wildlife library and gift boutique.
Mara Governors Camp
The camp is under canvas with all the comforts of a five-star hotel and it is a good vantage point for game viewing in Maasai Mara National Park. The camp is situated in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River where a large number of hippos and crocodiles are viewed from. It comprises of 38 tents lining the riverbank with brilliant views of the Mara River well as others have views across the sweeping plains. All tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets.
The camp is made up of; the Original Governors Camp, Little Governors Camp of which it is both intimate and secluded, Governors Moran Camp , Governors Private Camp (exclusive and luxurious), the Mfangano Island Camp which is very beautiful and quiet plus the Loldia House which is full of peace and calmness.
Mara River Lodge
The lodge offers spectacular views of the entire Mara ecosystem and it lines the Mara River on the edge of the Masai Mara national park and also overlooks the Mara River which is infested with huge numbers of huge hippos and crocodiles. The lodge looks impressive in its painted traditional Masai red ochre and lit by hundreds of hurricane lamps. Guests are met by Masai warriors who protect them during their stay at the lodge. The lodge is composed of 80 en suite rooms all with views of the Mara River and it is also composed of piped hot water, electric light and comfortable beds. The lodge is thus a best place for viewing the great annual migration while standing or sitting from the verandas of the rooms.
Keekorok Lodge – Sun Africa Hotels
Keekorok Lodge is situated in the south of Maasai Mara and its accommodation is in bungalows, single story blocks and in comfortable shaded chalets. The lodge is consists of a swimming pool for refreshing your minds after the activities in the Park plus a restaurant for serving meals.
Little Governors’ Camp
The Little Governors’ camp is so quiet and cool and it is made up of 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp can be accessed through a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the forest. The guest tents at Little Governors’ camp have great wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the watering hole at the camp. At the camp there is a resident family of warthogs that wander (move) freely through the camp and still at the camp guests may have a chance to view the elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time.
Fig Tree Camp
It is constituted on a beautiful site on the banks of Talek River in the Park and the camp has been designed tastefully and in perfect harmony with the natural environment consisting of 65 luxury tents and cabins which are all en suite with a private balcony. Before and after the activities in the Park and you are looking for a place for leisure, the camp is then a suitable place because it consists of 2 bars, 2 restaurants, boutique, open air dining area and a tree house coffee deck, a look-out tower, guest lecture room, swimming pool and curio shop.
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
The camp is perched on the Oloololo Escarpment with views of the vast plains of the Maasai Mara thus offering excellent game viewing across the plains of the Park. The camp is made up with twin beds and en-suite bathroom with hot shower toilet and electrical hurricane lamp, a restaurant and a well stocked bar plus a swimming pool for luxury moments.
Mara Voyager Safari Lodge
Mara Voyager Safari Lodge is constructed on the edge of the Mara River and the Lodge boosts 78 en-suite rooms which are constructed in blocks of 6 all with hot and cold water plus electricity and each with its own unique vantage point in spacious grounds. At the end of the site in the main building there is a large reception/lounge area and a spacious glass enclosed restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served from. The lodge consists of 2 bars (a hippo bar and the lounge bar) and a swimming pool.
Olare Safari Camp
The camp is located by one of the Mara River tributaries called Intiakitikiak near a prime breeding pool for hippos and the camp is a perfect gateway for the true African Experience; personalized service is also provided to visitors for the truly authentic African Safari Experience. Game drivers and meal times are flexible thus allowing guests to plan their day as they wish. After dinner nothing beats a slow nightcap by campfire, coupled with adventurous stories of our tour guides, with promise for more the following day.
Night game drives can be organized as an extra value added portal in customized 4×4 vehicles plus walking safaris which end with a sun-downer cocktail by the fireside under the famed African skies.
Mara Bush tops & Spa Village
The camp is perched on top of a hill with a scenic valley to one side and the camp lies within striking distance of the beautiful Mara River. The camp uses solar power for most of its energy needs and no expense has been spared on the fittings provided in the 12 luxury tents, each with own private wooden deck. Each tent has large Comfort beds, delightfully fitted en-suite bathroom with indoor and outside shower, a dining table and writing desk for your personal use. 24 hour butler service is available thus allowing guests to dine from a mouth- watering a la carte menu in the privacy of their own tent and a laundry service is also provided on request.
It is situated at the base of the Ngama Hills offering guests with unique opportunities for participating in amazing activities such as; walking safaris, night drives and fly-camping along the seasonal streams beneath the Ngama Hills.
The lodge boosts 38 luxury tents spread amid woodlands and ponds with Mara siana springs tent in an indigenous forest single and double beds featuring modern en suite bathrooms with hot showers. It also consists of a swimming pool and sunbathing terrace, conference room with business facilities and a safari boutique with souvenirs.
Mara Sopa Lodge
The Mara Sopa Lodge has 200 beds and 77 rooms, 12 suites and 1 Presidential suite all with en-suite bathroom facilities which provide shaving sockets and hairdryers. It also has Mara sopa roundavel and the swimming pool free form plus a fresh-water pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Every room and suite has a private, elevated verandah with splendid views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbath and watch resident birds and wildlife. Mini-bars are also available in each room. There is a guest shop that stocks a wide selection of curios, gift items, clothing, film and toiletries.
Fairmont Mara Safari Club
It is situated in the northwest of the Maasai Mara Park and at the base of the Aitong hills on the ox-bow of the Mara River. The Camp takes advantage of a natural sweep in the river enabling it to be surrounded on three sides by water and all the tents are elevated on platforms offering a unique view! All the tents have their own private river frontage and there is also a platform between these tents and the standard tents thus calling for superb game-viewing and private dining
It consists of 50 tents of which 42 of them are twin-bedded and the 8 are double-bedded. 10 of these double bedded-tents are Premium tents and have sunken baths in the bathrooms however all tents have 220v electrical sockets, electrical lamps, dressing table and hand-woven rugs and poster-bed drapes. There is a bar and restaurant where a cosmopolitan combination of food is served including traditional Kenyan dishes plus the international dishes.
Elephant Pepper Camp
Right on the Northern Edge of the Maasai Mara national park is the Elephant Pepper Camp. It is an eight-tented bush camp and a seasonal camp which is taken down for a month or so in the rainy seasons. The homely atmosphere of this camp is part of its charm and the guests can relax with nature since the camp is not noisy thus you will just have the sights and sounds of the bush which completely surround you. Each tent comprises of en-suite bathrooms. The appetizing food is prepared by chefs trained by the owners’ family using traditional North Italian recipes mixed with international and local favorites.
Porini Mara Camp
The camp is situated in the exclusive wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei of which it is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the entire Mara ecosystem with a pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, Riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views across the Mara. Ol Kinyei belongs to the Masai community which has recently set aside the conservancy as a sanctuary for wildlife. The camp boosts 6 guest tents sited in the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli (a permanently flowing watercourse within Ol Kinyei). The tents are spacious and each with an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower. The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests hence giving the experience of real camping in the bush in an exclusive private wilderness but with all the comforts required by discerning travelers. Food is excellent with home baked bread, fresh salads and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.
Porini Lion Camp
Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre (Olare Orok Conservancy) which borders the Park which is a home to an abundance of wildlife. The Camp is situated along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River and it is composed of 6 luxury guest tents; the camp is also very exclusive and giving you a real safari in the bush experience. The tents are very spacious and have private verandahs along the length of the tent and the camp is a better place to camp in when you are to go for the balloon safaris in the Park. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers and the food is excellent with fresh baked bread and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.
Leleshwa Camp is an eco-friendly camp committed to community conservation and development. The camp is situated just outside of the Park boosting 7 en-suite safari tents and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Each tent has either 2 single or 1 king sized bed with duvet bedding and an extra canvas cot bed can be provided for children. The tents are insect-proof and pleasantly furnished with thoughtful touches for your comfort.
Bathrooms are fitted with flushing toilets and a traditional safari shower. Although water is not piped to the tents, hot water is available at all times. Solar power provides lighting inside the tents. At night, hurricane lamps bathe the camp in a soft, warm light and Masai warriors are on patrol to escort you. Every night a roaring campfire is lit and you can relax under the expansive African night sky and let the sounds of the bush wash over you.
Mara Simba Lodge
It is an ultimate lodge of which its emphasis is on its guests being comfortable during their stay at the lodge, the ambiance is Masai and the decor incorporates ethnic design elements from the local tribes. The lodge’s grounds extend almost one kilometer along the Talek River with the beautiful riverbank left in its virgin state. The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the river and is designed to complement its natural setting. The lodge consists of 84 guest rooms arranged in clusters of 6 and fitted in natural wood tones and stone Banda of which the guest rooms have en-suite showers and tiled bathrooms with natural granite. In each rooms of the lodge’s private veranda, guests will get uninterrupted views across the Talek River and if you are a guest of luxury, the lodge also boosts some luxury tents.
Mara River Camp
It is not all that big but one of Kenya’s most charming tented lodges which is perched near the Oloololo Escarpment and on the northwest boundary of Maasai Mara National Park on a beautiful forested bend of the special Mara River where the annual Wildebeest migration take place from. The camp is made up of 16 permanent en-suite tented camps with accommodations in Savannah Style and all tents of the camp are specially enlarged to take families with a maximum of 4 beds. The lodge has a 240 Volts electricity, en-Suite flush toilet, hot & cold running water. Some activities such as game drives in 4×4 vehicles, hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara Park, Fishing trips to Lake Victoria and many others can be done while at the Park.