Masai Mara Reserve, Narok, Kenya
Named after an honored Maasai chief, this attractive eco-friendly camp in game-rich country rests just outside the northwestern border of the reserve, overlooking the Mara River and the Ooloololo escarpment. Feeling really lazy? Hibernate in your huge wooden-floor tent—it's more like a mini-pavilion—prop yourself up on pillows in your queen-size bed and watch the river below. There are floor-to-ceiling mosquito-proofed "windows" and stone-walled en-suite bathrooms with his and her basins and stools, and a roomy shower. Feeling energetic? Take a guided bush walk or hike up the escarpment. Don't let the lodge's manyatta-styled entrance fool you. Once inside the main lodge you'll find the understated luxury of hand-carved wooden furniture; cream, russet, and brown linens; handwoven African rugs; and indigenous art and artifacts. The reed-roofed main viewing deck overlooks a hippo pool with daylong entertainment from these overgrown clowns. The food is superb, and you have the option to dine with your fellow guests or on your own veranda. There is an inviting pool, a small but good library, and excellent opportunities to observe the everyday lives of the Maasai in the adjacent village.
- the honeymoon tents are beautiful
- you can watch hippos from your tent
- rate excludes park fees
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