Mara Serena Safari Lodge, an interpretation of a traditional Maasai Manyatta village of domed huts, is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 1200 square miles of rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Masai Mara Triangle - one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. No other lodge has such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape or the game and birdlife that inhabit it. It is on this very terrain where the annual migration take place, millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and give birth to their young.
There are 73 rooms with private facilities, a dining room, lounge for cocktails and swimming pool. Activities include the daily game drives in the vehicle. The lodge also offers optional activities that include morning bird and nature trails with resident naturalist, visits to a traditional Maasai Manyatta (village), wildlife and cultural talks, videos and film shows, tribal dancing displays nightly, and sundowners at a selection of magnificent Mara lookouts.
Let me say first that I realize, in order to stay within our budget, we had to stay at some of the larger places in order to be able to stay at the preferred tented camps as well as Tarangire Treetops.
Karen Blixen Cottages - VERY GOOD. The room was quite beautiful. However, the staff wasn't ready with our breakfast at 6 the next morning so we had to just grab something and run to head off for our flight.
Tortilis Camp - EXCELLENT. I loved everything about it: managers and staff, accommodations, and the food was great. We also enjoyed a nature walk with Jonathan (one of the Maasai). It was hard to say "goodbye" and move on!
Mara Serena Safari Lodge - GOOD. Not too crazy about this place. The view was fabulous, but there are SO many children that it was quite noisy. The room was nice, but the food was just okay.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp - VERY GOOD. Liked this one better because it was smaller. The food was good.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - VERY GOOD. Although this was a large hotel, it was well managed and the guests were mainly adults so it was a much calmer atmosphere than the Mara Serena. The room was nice and the food was very good.
Kisima Ngeda Camp - EXCELLENT. Just like Tortilis - I loved everything about it. The managers and the staff were fabulous. The tent was very nice and the food was great. I hated to leave! Also, the local guide, Elihakim, was a welcome addition to our group!
Tarangire Treetops Camp - EXCELLENT. Loved this place as well. Everything was fabulous: the managers, the staff, the food. I felt like I was really in a tree house. It was fantastic! We had a very enjoyable nature walk with John and a Maasai and had two great night game drives as well. I actually had tears in my eyes as we were leaving!Read More