While visiting the Mara, you definitely need to know the best places to stay in Maasai Mara. The Maasai Mara is home to a stunning array and exceptional density of wildlife and is unarguably one of the most famous national parks in the world. Do not take my word for it when I say that Maasai Mara has an exceptional density of wildlife.
Take a visit to the park and you will be amazed by the sheer quantity of wildlife on display during each game drive. There are very few places on the continent that offer such good big five viewing.
Probably one of the reasons why the Maasai Mara is so famous is because of the great migration which is one of the wonders of the world. The experience that Mara gives its visitors is incomparable and unforgettable at the same time.
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You can follow the great migration from your hot air balloon and experience what the rest of the world cannot offer. Up is a hot air balloon is a nice place for tourists to take in the vastness of the park, the untamed wilderness, and the incredible wildlife.
As good as it sounds, Mara’s reputation comes with a price to pay. The Maasai Mara is one of the busiest National parks in Africa with the activities of a beehive during high seasons. Its proximity to Nairobi means that visitors can come and go via the airstrip of via tour vehicles.
Following its immense popularity, the Maasai Mara receives several day trippers and visitors from all over the world. This calls for the need to have accommodation for tourists visiting the parks. In Maasai Mara, there are hundreds of Hotels, lodges and tented camps where tourists stay.
Perhaps what makes Maasai Mara one of the most sought-after destinations is what it represents. If you look beyond the crowd, you will realize that the Mara represents exactly what tourists think about Africa.
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It is a classic, awe-inspiring endless plain, studded with the odd acacia tree, with a fantastic diversity and density of wildlife. This is the landscape that most people bring to mind when they think of Africa. Even the BBC’s famous Big Cat Diary was filmed here.
Best Places to Stay in Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara is one of the best safari destinations the world has to offer. It is a Plain with abundant wildlife and sweeping acacia trees that give it the impression of untouched jungle.
Owing to its popularity, several companies and hotel chains have moved to the park to offer accommodation to the unending tourists visiting the Maasai Mara. Mentioned below are the best places to stay in Maasai Mara based on customer satisfaction and overall hospitality.
Naibor tented Camp
This tented camp is located in a stunning area almost in the centre of Maasai Mara. Each of the 9 tents has been well thought out and use a side-opening construction that allows you to feel even more a part of the forest around you. While it may not have the best views of other facilities in the Mara, Naibor is a fantastic tent to spend your vacation. It is spacious, has a relaxed atmosphere and feels closer to the wild.
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2. The Governors Camp
These 4 camps are strategically located in the route of the great migration. During this period, the camps benefit from the phenomenon as tourists book to capacity to witness to annual wonder. The camps have also, for the last 10 years or so, been the base for the famous BBC Big Cat diaries which have made the plains of East Africa so famous.
The greatest point about Governors’ is that there’s a regular a crossing point in view of the bar….so it is possible to sit and have a beer while seeing probably the greatest spectacle offered in safari! The camp is comfortable and continues to offer very good value for money.
4. Serian Nkorombo
Serian was ones a mobile camp that would shift from one place to another in search of a perfect spot. However, the camp found a permanent spot near the Mara River and took a permanent residence there.
Although it is no longer a mobile camp, Serian maintains its luxurious feel of a mobile camp and boasts of great sightings of leopards, black rhinos, Lions and above all it is located where the great migration takes place hence visitors get the best of the action.
5. Sala’s Camp
Sala’s Camp overlooks the union of the Sand and Keekorok rivers. It is situated right in the heart of the game-rich Masai Mara. Not only is the camp brilliantly located but each of the pristine tents has its own private plunge pool, a real luxury that sets this camp apart from the rest.
6. Little Governors
This tented camp is owned by the Governor’s camp but it is smaller hence giving it a quiet feel. Like its bigger brother, the camp is strategically located along the Mara River and it has been a favourite to many tourists visiting the park.
The location, on one of the west-facing bends of the Mara River, gives the views from rooms an aspect over the river and nearby watering hole. With the Paradise plains nearby supplying the area with outstanding game viewing, this is definitely one of the top lodges in the Mara.
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7. Rekero Camp
This is a neighbouring camp to Naibor that offers basically everything that a camp should have. It is well adapted to the Mara. The camp is owner ran and managed hence it maintains extremely good standard comparable to international camps in Botswana. Still, the camp has been in Maasai Mara for quite some time now hence making it a favorite for many visitors.
8. Il Moran Camp
Still owned by the Governor’s camp, it is the smartest of the Governors’ Collection. For the money, it offers a superb safari experience for very good value. Compared to other camps around it, the rooms are relatively vast and all of them feature views of the Mara River.
The rooms come with Stunning wooden beds and bronze baths to typify the feel of the camp. It is set in a superb location and is much cheaper. If you want to safari in style then this is a great choice.
Other Best Places to stay in Maasai Mara
Apart from these camps and Lounges, the other best places to stay in Maasai Mara include;
- Mara Serena Lounge: Located at the crest of a hill, the lounge offers picturesque views of the Mara River and the vast plain. From the Lounge, Tourists can witness with great migration happening.
- Olumara camp
- Sentrim mara camp
- Olmoran tented camp
- Keekorok lodge
- Mahali mzuri
- Sarova mara camp
- Mara sidai camp