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by Dr. Mitch
Agoura Hills, California
September 18, 2005
This is quite a nice lodge! Located on a large hill overlooking the Mara river on one side and a vast savanna on the other. Game can be viewed from the room balcony or any other location in this incredible lodge. Located near all the major game areas of both Trans Mara and Maasai Mara. With binoculars one could probably see animals crossing Mara river during migration. The lodge is composed of about 50 or so rooms. From the outside the lodge and rooms are designed to look like mud huts blending in with the hillside. The inside of the rooms are pure designer! Done in a modernistic African motif. Beds have mosquito netting built into the ceiling. Floors are tiled. Bathroom is nicer than most homes, done in marbles, glass and chrome. No TV or radio. No fans but the air temp in the rooms was very comfortable and the sliding doors on the balcony can be left open. Until near sunset when the mosquitoes come out and wildlife might find their way into the rooms.
There are internet ready computers. A nice pool overlooking the Mara river. Next to the pool is a deck with a view and a permanently mounted pair of binoculars. Gardens run between rooms. Friendly restaurant staff but hotel staff a bit stiff. Food is good. No problem with electricity and lots of hot water. There are Balloon rides that take off just below the lodge near the Mara river. A bit of a rip off. Costs about $350/person (includes champagne breakfast) and flies from the river up and over the lodge, then comes down not far from the lodge on the other side. This is a modern oasis in the middle of a vast, primitive wilderness. This was the best lodge we stayed in on our Safari.
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From journal My Journey into East Africa
May 30, 2004
From journal Four-day Safari in Kenya
December 7, 2003
From journal Safari in Masai Mara Games Park - Kenya