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So good, we stayed on
This was our first trip to Kenya, and we traveled with friends who have previously described Bushtops as their favorite place in the world.. and it did not disappoint. We stayed in the Leopard / family suite, and the extra living room space was very welcome. The views are simply spectacular, merging the feeling of being in the bush with high end luxury. The team was constantly tidying / setting up the room when we stepped out - little touches like hot water bottles in bed, etc. The Hot tub was amazing, and every finish well considered. We enjoyed the restaurant and flexibility on the menu, and after 4 days didn’t feel bored. In fact, we loved it so much we extended with another night, where 2 of us moved to a smaller tend just to experience it. Overall an amazing and tailored “hotel” experience. The drives and guides were equally capable - and we had amazing sightings: leopards (mating), lions (mating) and a lone cheetah. Would also note that it was nice and quiet and we had the camp to ourselves most of the trip, so a good time to go pre-migration.
A natural salt lick ensures permanent wildlife infront of camp.
I travelled here with my husband who was on a work trip and we loved every minute. The staff are very friendly and enthusiastic - we were well looked after by the manager Lawrence and his team. Super nice waiters who greeted us every morning. Our tent was huge - and open at all sides - with a wonderful view onto a hillside teeming with zebras, impala, eland and giraffe. Our guide was Charles and our spotter was Stanley - it's always great to have two sets of expert eyes when you're on safari. They were both full of knowledge and eager to find us the resident lions. Thanks to everyone at this camp for looking after us so well.
The service was impeccable. Very clean and private. Our guides were fantastic and we saw so many animals. We would highly recommend this "camp" The staff constantly went out of their way to make sure we were happy and comfortable.
This was our third long (7 night stay) visit to Mara Bushtops and it still is as wonderful as we remembered it. The key to Bushtops is its staff, who are all absolutely fantastic. From Thomas running a seamless operation to our drivers Jacob and Alfred, not to forget Pascal who looked after us including post game drive hot tubs and a most wonderful romantic candlelit dinner on our last night there. And I feel bad that right now I can't remember everyone's names because also the reception staff, restaurant staff (including the two Stephens) and the spa staff deserve mentions. Down to details: what sets Mara Bushtops head and shoulders above everyone else is how they take care of absolutely everything for you. From the very beginning, all you have to do is book your flights and Martha takes care of the rest: a driver to pick you up at the airport and take you to a hotel in Nairobi if you arrive on a late night flight (we recommend the Hemingways), then pick you up the next morning and take you to Wilson airport for the transfer. Once you are in the camp, contactless check in and then everything is done to your utmost convenience: laundry, the room gets cleaned while you are away on your drive, hot drinks brought to your tent, and the restaurant doesn't have a schedule, you just turn up and get freshly cooked food. Nothing is too much trouble for them, you can tailor your day to your whims and they can even cater for a fussy gluten free eater like me. After two previous visits, we thought we had seen everything but Jacob and Alfred always find ways to up the ante, from lion cubs to mother-and-son leopards, and four rhinos! Even on the drive to the airstrip for our trip back Alfred spotted a rhino at a distance that I couldn't quite believe. They make great companions, with extensive knowledge of the bush and its ecosystem and also very very funny. I always mention the spa because to me, it is quite unbelievable that they have built a five star spa experience in a remote location, but they have! (I mean, they even have electric treatment couches with heated covers!). In short, I cannot award anything less than an "Excellent" qualification to Mara Bushtops and also send them our gratitude for yet another wonderful relaxing stay.
Wild luxury summs it up perfectly
This was our third time at Bushtops and it was as fantastically relaxing and luxurious as we remembered from our trip nearly two years ago. Everything about it was as perfect as always from the food and service in the restaurant, the care taken of us by Pascal through to the game drives Jacob and Alfred took us on. If you are considering going to Mara Bushtops , do it ! You will not be disappointed. If you get the chance , ask for Jacob and Alfred for your game drives. They do not just follow the rest of the cars on the Mara but understand what type of experience you want and for us have always delivered unforgettable days. Highlights this year included a less than one week old lion cub , a cheetah hunt (the cheetah went hungry) and a group of no less than 4 rhino ! We are already planning our fourth visit !
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