5 Best Masai Mara Lodges To Stay in While on Safari

Most chic Masai Mara lodges are strategically located in the route of seventh wonder of the world, the wildebeest migration in the 1530km2 Masai Mara Game Reserve.

These Masai Mara lodges allow visitors to have unobstructed views of the wildlife and theunpredictable drama that unfolds in these vast picturesque African jungle plains.

For quick access, the Maasai Mara has an airstrip that opens it up to the rest of Kenya. Below are reviews of Masai Mara lodges in Kenya. Also read my best time to go on safari to Kenya

1. Mara Serena Safari lodge


Tucked atop of a hill is the Mara Serena Safari lodge. Its hilltop placement ensures its one of the Masai Mara lodges whose guests get the best view of the vaunted wildebeest migration.

Its design is heavily influenced by the Maasai tribe culture and embellished with their artifacts.

It’s also in a vibrant birding destination home to roughly 500 species. From the lodge visitors can witness the great wildebeest migration unfolding in the plains.

Each room has a balcony overlooking a watering hole where hordes of wild animals quench their thirst.

2. Mara Simba Lodge


One of the most unique of the Masai Mara lodges is the Mara Simba. It was conceived as a Safari and Cultural lodge and borders River Talek.

The design of this 84 roomed lodge is heavily influenced by the Masai tribe culture. The lodge also has luxury tents located where wildlife and nature mingle and abound in plenty. It has lush landscaped gardens with colorful birds and butterflies.

The lodge has the distinction of being one of the few lodges in Kenya, with a waste water treatment plant.

3. Mara Sopa Lodge


Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge lies on the slopes of Oloongams Hills. It was one of the first lodges built in the Maasai Mara. It offers a convenient view of the wild animals and the reserve’s flora and fauna that makes up the Maasai Mara Reserve.

Tourists hosted in Mara Sopa can go on excursions like nature walks, game drives birding or ballooning.

4. Keekorok Lodge


The 102 roomed Keekorok Lodge of all the Masai Mara lodges was the first lodge built at Masai Mara in 1962. It lies on the route of millions of wildebeest and browsers migration.

In migration tourists get to see the millions of browsers from their windows. As it’s not fenced, wild animals’ roam right into the lodge’s compound. Besides seeing the wildlife bush dinners, nature walks and foot safaris can be availed to tourists.

5. Royal Mara Safari Lodge


Located between two wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River is the Royal Mara Safari lodge. It borders the Leopard Gorge where BBC TV shot the famed Big Cat Diary.

It has eight luxury suites perfect for honey moons. The Royal Mara also has tented camps near the hippo bend lagoon where all Africa’s Big Five are visible.

Like other Masai Mara lodges tourists can go on game drives, nature walks, birding, Masai Mara hot air balloon safaris (prices) or cultural excursions to neighboring Maasai Villages.

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    Luis Eduardo Torres R.
    12:29 27 Dec 19
    Unbelievable experience! From planning and booking with Agnes, up to our last day, everything was great!Our driver, Jackson, was AMAZING! He definitely a big factor in making our experience so... unique.read more
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    21:27 17 Oct 19
    Agnes of Mara Gates always responds within 24 hours regarding any of my inquiries. She made the process very easy and always accommodated changes to our itinerary. Ken our driver/guide is very... knowledgeable about animals and their behavior. Will definitely book another Safari trip with Mara Gates.!!!read more
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    Robert Schlag
    21:43 14 Oct 19
    Mara Gates provided us with an experience of a lifetime. The places that we visited were breathtakingly beautiful, the variety and number of animals and flora were spectacular. And our guide, Ken,... was so courteous, knowledgeable, and organized. The depth of his knowledge and explanations of animal behavior and the local environments was like traveling with a patient university professor of zoology, ornithology, and botany. Our lodging, food, and their support service staff were excellent. I give this company and its guide my highest recommendation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.read more
    Malou Carlos
    Malou Carlos
    20:46 10 Oct 19
    We had a wonderful 9-day safari with Mara Gates. My husband found their website and came up with a custom-made itinerary, that Agnes gladly accommodated and made it even better. Communicating with... them was so easy because Agnes responds promptly. As soon as their office is open in Nairobi, they respond to our email inquiries quickly. We also met her at our hotel and we discussed the itinerary and she gave us pointers on what to expect during our trip. On the morning of the beginning of our safari, Ken our guide and driver promptly arrived and packed our van. Ken is a very intelligent, knowledgeable, wonderful person who gave us quick lessons on the different types of animals, birds, reptiles and also gave us lessons on their behavior. We would really like to go back and do another safari with Mara Gates, and most especially with Ken. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!read more
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    Rob Lovemore
    09:55 07 Oct 19
    our family booked a hot air balloon trip with Mara Gates. A very good driver collected us from our camp in a smart closed body Toyota Landcruiser. Our camp was nearly an hours drive from the balloon... site so it was a good commitment. Hot air ballooning is a must for visitors to the Mara. It's expensive but well worth it. We had a very competent pilot from Switzerland. The open air breakfast on the plains after we landed was also excellent. Then the same driver took us back home again. A great day out. Thanks Mara Gates.read more
    02:36 03 Sep 19
    We booked our African Safari trip with Mara Gates Safaris in May, '19. This was one of the best trips we have made so far and thanks to Mara Gates Safaris, it became the most memorable one. We... received all the help we needed starting from the booking until the end of the trip. Special thanks to our guide Ken who enlightened us so much about the nature and behavior of the animals in the wild and took us to some of the best viewing spots over the different parks.read more
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    14:20 29 Aug 19
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our safari with Mara Gates. They were helpful from initial enquiries, through changes, to the final stop of getting us to the airport. The guide, hotels and meals... were all excellent. Our guide took great pains to ensure that we saw 'all' the animals and were able to take wonderful photos. We have great memories of this trip. At 84 and 72, we were comfortable all the way and felt well cared for. We would highly recommend this company and in fact we have to several friends. On another note, we had to cancel an earlier booking with this company because of an unexpected hospitalization. They were most kind and considerate and expeditiously handled refunds of our down-payment. Finally, from what I have seen, their prices are very good and certainly fall into the category of 'good value for the money'.read more
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    12:12 10 Dec 18
    I had a wonderful experience with Mara Gates Safaris. I wanted a 5 day trip to the coastal town and they got me a very good safari. They are highly organized, excellent communicators- never once did... I not get my queries answered and very accommodating. Everything went exactly as scheduled and discussed. Ms. Agnes is easy to work with and a professional in her line of duty. First time with Mara Gates and I will definitely be using them.read more
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