Mara Bushtops is not part of Masai Mara national reserve, it is located on an adjacent reserve, Mara Siana, which stretches over approximately 150, 000 acres. From far, you can only make out a few white tents hanging off the hillside... Once there, you will discover one of the region's most beautiful camps. All is refinement, luxury and voluptuousness. A real treat!
The Mara Bushtops is located a short half-hour's drive from the reserve of Masai Mara. The road from Nairobi is approximately 150 mi long. Although it may seem close enough to you, it takes roughly six hours to drive there. The flight however is only 35 minutes long. The nearest landing strip is at Siana Springs.
Several excursions are possible from the camp: private safaris with a guide, meals out in the bush and visits of nearby Masai villages. The camp can also organize balloon flights at dawn, to see the sun rising over the savannah.
If you decide to go on a safari before breakfast, note that a hot drink will be brought to you in your tent when you wake up.
Every guest's first reaction on arrival is to walk to the breathtaking panoramic view at the camp's reception. Then, a little refreshing towel is handed to you. Sit down, you are in paradise. The reception has an intimate feel about it, housed in a small stone hut. A large and low table is set in the middle of the room, with a sofa and seats all around. The typically African decoration is very elegant. Once you have been checked in, you will then meet your own private butler who will introduce you to your tent...
The overflow swimming pool is just next to the reception. It enjoys therefore the same bird's eye view of the savannah. The pool isn't very large although enough for a few breast strokes. Deck chairs and parasols are set up on the wooden terrace, facing the reserve's plains.
Mara Bushtops opened in February 2007 and has now 12 sumptuous tents. They each bear the name of one of the savannah's animals. It is an impressive place. The bedroom opens out completely onto the exterior. The bedroom and the large 1,076 sq ft terrace make wonderful accommodation, with a basin embedded in the ground. It also includes two deck chairs, a table and two chairs, as well as a telescope to watch the animals who come and drink at the pond, opposite the camp. All of it protected by a white canvas roof. At night time, your butler will close your tent for you and conceal a hot water bottle under your sheets so you don't get cold. The king size bed is in the middle of the room, surrounded by dark wooden furniture, which blends in perfectly well with the parquet flooring. The African decoration is simple and elegant. It doesn't really feel like a tent... The bathroom, open to the bedroom, is as luxurious as the rest. Two exposed sinks rest on a wooden top. The shower and toilet are facing each other on either side of the room. An outdoor shower once again is another opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view. As the camp is powered by solar energy, the tents have electricity night and day. They also have a hairdryer and hospitality products.
As there is no fence around the camp, a small bell was set up at the entrance of each tent so that you can call an armed Masai who will walk with you if you are going out late at night.
The restaurant is in the same place as the lounge. Itself equipped with a TV set and a memory card reader, allowing you to have a look at your pictures taken during the day. As far as catering is concerned, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served à la carte. It is possible to have your meals inside but also outside, weather permitting. The cuisine is international and the menu changes every day. As for drinks, a nice wine cellar was built underground. It keeps being stocked with wines from France as well as other countries such as Chile or South Africa. The hotel actually organizes meals inside it.