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Hotel Mara Intrepids Hotel 4 star
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Mara Intrepids opened in 1986 to the east of the Masai Mara reserve. As it consists of tents only, it gives the opportunity to sleep with the noises and coolness of the savannah. Families can reserve connecting tents.

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    Location 5.52 /10

    To reach the Mara Intrepids, you will have to drive the 200 mi from Nairobi. Although it may seem close enough to you, it takes roughly six hours to drive there. The flight however is only 45 minutes long. The airfield is located just opposite the camp.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The Mara Intrepids consists of 30 tents designed like real bedrooms. They are all concealed in the garden. They each have a small terrace with two small tables and two deck chairs. Inside, the four-poster bed with a mosquito net is in the middle of the room and takes up almost the whole space. On the floor, the parquet gives an elegant touch to the place - all in all very pleasant for a stay. There is however no equipment: no telephone, no mini-bar, no room-service... If you need a safe, a hairdryer or an adaptor, you must ask the reception. There is actually no separation between the bathroom and bedroom. In the bathroom, the toilet is on one side and the shower on the other.Remember that a Swedish massage can be organized in your room.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    You may not enjoy the arrival at Mara Intrepids. The hotel lobby was built around a small patio with a tree in its centre. All is built out of wood topped with a makuti roof. But the reception is far from being warm. It wouldn't harm to add some decorative elements. As well as a few smiles from the staff...
    The swimming pool of the hotel is set a little apart but seems to have not been very well maintained. It is actually more of a basin than a swimming pool. Surrounded by trees, it is difficult to sunbathe in the shade. A few deckchairs are nonetheless laid out around it. The hotel bar is set further down, facing the river. A wooden bridge in the style of Indiana Jones's allows you to walk across it.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The all wooden restaurant of the Mara Intrepids is an outdoor one, protected once again by a makuti roof. It is set out over two floors and the tables are well spaced out. It is a fairly dark place but surrounded by beautiful greenery. The central buffet isn't all that large but nonetheless offers a variety meals. Here are the hotel's meal times: 8 to 9.30am for breakfast, 12.30 to 2.30pm for lunch and 7.30 to 9.30pm for dinner. A word of advice: do not forget to bring a warm jumper for the evening!

    To know

    There is no particular facility for children but the connecting tents allow the hotel to welcome families.
    As for excursions, the Mara Intrepids organizes three safaris a day, led by a guide, but also meals out in the bush, a visit to nearby Masai villages, transfers if you wish to fish on Lake Victoria, as well as folk shows. The camp can also organize, via an exterior company, a balloon flight over the reserve.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      (paying)

    • Spa

      massage, (paying)

    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The tents

    disadvantages

    • A hotel coming into disrepair

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