on September 24, 2011
When planning for this safari adventure, I had several people advise that we owed it to ourselves to utilize a tented lodge at least once during our trip. The Sarova Mara was the first of two such camps that we utilized during our 12 day adventure. We were not disappointed.In calling these "tent accommodations" the analogy to camping in tents on the ground is completely lost. While the "room" is a tent, that is about the only similarity. They are built up on platforms and inside, we had (twin) beds and running water so there was no real roughing it that came with camping in a tent in the Mara.The living space was tighter (as you can see in the photo attached to this review), but with that came some efficiencies in terms of unpacking and using the bathroom. We also had a mosquito net around the beds, which may have been a bit too close for Jane's comfort. For me, not an issue but it did seem a bit too romantic a set up for two single gals traveling together.Like other lodges during our trip, there was limited access to electricity and hot water due to restricted generator use. We didn't find it a problem, however, as by this point in the trip we had already settled in for late afternoon (before dinner) showers . . . and we were already "lights out" for bed long before the generator was shut down for the night.As with the Mara Simba the two days before, the Mara Sarova served all meals buffet style. It was here that we felt that the desserts were worthy of the extra calories. I thoroughly enjoyed bananas in chocolate sauce with almonds as an ending to my dinner. Breakfast was equally good, with cooked to order eggs along with the other accompaniments you'd expect. Again, fresh fruit was plentiful at all meals.The location of this lodge seemed to be more remote and closer to the wildlife as we were all awaken in the middle of the night by a pack of howling hyenas. It was amazing how loud they were!We found the service here to be very attentive and on par with what we had experienced at other safari lodges. I think some in our group liked it better than some of the others, although I would have to say I considered it "average" to the others . . . not better, not worse.
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