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Magnificent view and location
This luxury lodge is located in the heart of the Mara triangle. Good access to the Masai Mara. We arrived during the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya. The staff used disinfectants regularly and invited us to do so also. The staff was so helpful, courteous and friendly The gift shop had lovely hand made gifts from local tribal women and very reasonably priced. And the view! I cannot say enough about looking over the Mara from the lodge, every room with a fantastic view!! A must if traveling to Kenya.
Oh my goodness. This place was such a dream (even in the difficult times of corona). I believe that this is one of the oldest establishments in the park, and you feel it in their flawless execution of service and accommodations. First, it is in the Mara Triangle, which you may think is not a big deal, but it is. The time window and proximity to the animals is key. Second, the buffet offered is wonderful in quality and for logistics in creating the max experience for you day. By the way, film crew were there (obviously, they know their stuff). Third, which is a big deal for me, they had a gym with two treadmills, other cardio machines, weights, etc. It was so nice popping that workout in before dinner or at lunch. I did not see other accommodations listing a gym. Fourth, you are living safely among the animals. Walking to our room (which you can seal off, right?), I saw baboons getting into it, warthogs, hyenas, etc. While in our room with back double doors open letting the night take over and looking out from Mara Serena's natural look out, we were stones throw from buffalo, another hyena, etc. You can see hippos in the river from the Serena while you are at the pool (and the kids are enjoying the pool). Next, the ceremony from the Masai was very cool. There voices echoed through the domed lobbied, and they even involved my 9 year old. There were so friendly and beautiful. Next, probably what made the stay the best, Jacob. We had rented a landcruiser for the trip and asked the hotel for a guide. Wow on Jacob! His native knowledge of the Mara, his stories, sharing his unbelievable culture, his ability to instruct a driver through seemingly impassable routes, finding those animals, his heart, leaves me speechless. I could go on, but you get it. We stayed at a more expensive place our last night on the way going out of the Mara. It was wonderful, too, but you have to have this experience. By the way, I am pretty sure they upgraded out family of four to two rooms instead of one, without additional price. Yeah.....
As you travel in Mara triangle and approach the lodge the traditional look of structure amazes you. The rooms are also traditionally decorated but are comfortable. Only walk down to your room may tire you a bit.. As you look down from the window, Mara triangle is visible.. yathesht lodge has many birds and other animals. Food and hospitality is excellent..
Beautiful space in an amazing location!
The rooms are cute and I would guess each has a spectacular view; ours certainly did! We were immersed in the sights and sounds of the Mara. The bed was very comfortable. We slept behind the netting with the fan oscillating above while leaving the balcony doors open! Luckily were not bothered by baboons or mosquitoes. Deep enough in the Mara that finding a variety of creatures was not a problem. The decor of the whole place is unlike anything I've seen: sort of like being inside a large dessert! A singer strummed his guitar each night as we enjoyed drinks and company at the bar. A couple caveats though: the water was non-potable (this we expected) and drinking water was only available for a fee. The food was a bit disappointing. The "fresh vegetable" of one night's dinner was quite obviously frozen spinach and the service was, as another reviewer noted, a bit rushed and choppy at times. We had to revisit the gluten-free concept with every meal though it had been requested in advance with the reservation.
Safari in The Masai Mara as a Driver Guide - Pkitusafaris
Mara Serena is the Place your Clients will always be requesting to visit year in year out, The beauty and the wild talk for itself. The safari experience will be a memory you will always cherish for all your life
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