Built in 1965, the Keekorok Lodge was the first hotel to open in the reserve of Masai Mara. Located in a vast garden, the lodge is nestled in the heart of the wide Kenyan plains. The rooms are rather comfortable but the main asset here is the promenade on stilts leading to the small lake where many hippopotamuses live!
Located in the south-eastern part of the Masai Mara reserve, the camp is approximately 150 mi from Nairobi. Although it may seem close enough to you, it takes around six hours to drive there. Once you have passed the gates of the reserve, another 20 minutes (7 mi) are necessary to reach the camp. The flight, however, is only about 45 minutes long. The aerodrome is only a five minute drive away.
As for the majority of hotels in Masai Mara, the Keekorok Lodge organises various excursions: safaris with a guide, early in the morning or in the evening, meals taken out in the bush, as well as visits of Masai villages. The camp can also organise, via an exterior company, a hot air balloon flight over the reserve. There is a desk at the reception where you register.
The Keekorok Lodge welcomes its guests in a huge lobby made of wood, which is open to the outside. This impressive structure houses the reception on the left, opposite the hotel boutique. You will then encounter several large interior lounges, where you can sit next to a grand fire place. A beautiful lawn faces the outdoor terrace. The hotel swimming pool is located in the garden. It is surrounded by a hedge allowing you to have some privacy for your afternoon nap in the sun! A little further down is the starting point of a stilted promenade leading to a small lake where hippopotamuses wallow in the water all day. Above that is the second hotel bar, which is an ideal spot to peacefully observe the surrounding plains. As the lodge is not fenced off, it is not unusual to see animals in the garden of the hotel.
Different categories are available out of the hundred or so rooms: 89 basic standard bedrooms, 8 superior standard rooms and 4 suites. They overlook either the plain or the park. The first category rooms are very spacious and have three single beds. They are all protected by a mosquito net, and if you get too warm a ventilator is installed in one corner of the room. The African-style decoration is pleasant and matches the wooden furniture. A small terrace allows you to sit outside. However, as all the rooms are next to each other, it is hard to have any privacy. As for the bathroom, it is quite large and functional: shower, sink, toilet and hospitality products are included. If you need a hairdryer or a safe, you will have to ask at the reception!
The only restaurant of the lodge is a vast and rather dark hall. All of it is protected by a makuti roof. The place can sometimes get noisy, but there is enough space between the tables. Three daily self-service meals are available. The buffet is set out in the centre of the hall. A special mention for the cuisine: the meat is a real treat and so is the fish! There is even a stand where you can have pasta cooked on request. On the restaurant terrace, you can have hot drinks and cakes, served early in the morning and for afternoon tea, mainly intended for people going on safari.
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