By sanvinsky Joshua.
Leisure Read’s“Luxury in a Tent”.
The Sarova Mara Game Camp was a stunning
property located just inside the park’s gates.
From the friendly staff (who I think are trained to
say ‘jambo’ to every person walking by) to the
beautiful tents and the cold towels on arrival, no
detail was forgotten.
In comparison to other lodges and tented camps
we stayed at, the tents were quite small. If you’re
travelling with a lot of luggage (we were!) then
you might find it a little squeezy. The bathrooms
were stocked with every amenity you could think
of and the hotel provided excellent turn-down
service, including hot water bottles. The only
downside to the rooms is that the bed were really,
really hard. I sleep with a firm mattress at home
and this was twice as hard. If the hotel provided
mattress toppers for each bed it would be a lot
more comfortable – although we found we were
so tired after our game drives we managed to
sleep just fine.
The food service was good, although this was one
of the busier lodges we stayed at so it felt a little
more lively and less secluded than you’d expect.
There was a good selection of foods and the
lodge even provided gluten free bread at
breakfast. Evenings and lunch featured pasta bar,
fresh grilled meats and make-your-own salads.
Free coffee and tea was provided in the afternoon,
and before we went on our hot air balloon ride at
5am (necessary at that time!). As is the style at
these ‘all inclusive’ lodges and camps in Kenya,
water and juices are not included in the cost. I
wish they would consider providing filtered water
as it gets really hot out in the park and it’s
almost dangerous that they don’t provide it (I
was drinking at least 2L in the day).
I thoroughly enjoyed the two different nightly
entertainment offerings – a Maasi culture talk and
a Maasai dance. Very professional and
interesting. I got the impression the hotel has
really connected with the community here in, and
outside, the park
The location is excellent – you’ll find that good
animal sightings are usually only a 20 minute
drive from the lodge and we saw elephants,
buffalo, lions, a leopard, a cheetah and the other
usual park animals. We had our own driver so I
can’t comment on the camp’s outings. If you’re
intending to do a hot air balloon ride, note that
it’s on the other side of the park at a different
gate so you’ll have an hour or so drive to get
Overall, a fantastic stay. One day I’ll come back
to the Mara in migration season and will seriously
consider staying at this fabulous camp again.
Room Tip: Ask for a tent that looks over Fish.
What an amazing experience!! My girlfriend and I
did the 4-day Massai Mara, Lake Nakuru and
Naivasha safari and completely fell in love with
Kenya’s people, culture, wildlife and nature. The manager
helped us book the safari and made everything
seamless. She answered all my questions and
showed a lot of patience. Everything went as
The star of the show was Martin, our driver and
guide. He made our safari experience
exponentially greater than it could have ever
been. Very accommodating and caring… he truly
cared about our experience and didn’t just take
us through the motions. Thanks to Martin we
were able to see the Big Five and all the other
animals we wanted to see. He has an
encyclopedic knowledge about everything Kenyan
(and African). Ask him questions about any
animal, he’ll give you an answer better than the
National Geographic. I also enjoyed discussing
Kenyan economy and politics during our long rides
and breaks which he is very knowledgeable about