Fairmont Mara Safari Club
What We Love
- The 100-acre retreat is encircled by the Mara River and the Maasai Mara
- Luxe tents feature pillowtop beds and outdoor showers
- Once-in-a-lifetime safaris and game drives to view lions, elephants, gazelles and more
What To Know
- Tents are equipped with insecticide and mosquito nets
- Ask the Safari Club about arranging a flight transfer to the Ngerende Airstrip, 10 minutes from camp
- The best months for wild game viewing are July through October, but safaris operate throughout the year
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the edge of the Maasai Mara, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is an impressive 100-acre retreat with 50 luxe tents overlooking the Mara River. But this is no backyard campout. Each tent features a four poster pillowtop bed, handwoven rugs and a veranda looking out on the river — where you might just spy a hippo or a crocodile. And don’t worry about your morning beauty routine: The tents have full en suite bathrooms, some with outdoor showers. After the daily game drive, guests can relax at the swimming pool — which features a pool bar, barbecue pit and private massage tents — or sip a cocktail on the spacious deck, which is cantilevered over the river. The dining room serves European, Asian and African dishes, complemented by fresh Kenyan produce. After dark, cultural and educational activities include Maasai dancing or a discussion on the Mara’s ecosystem.
In the Area
This Fairmont isn’t called Safari Club for nothing. Trained guides lead game drives (from two-hour trips to full-day excursions) deep into the Mara Plains, where you’ll find lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, giraffes and other majestic creatures. Bird walks and walking safaris — accompanied by an armed guard and two Maasai warriors in traditional regalia to scare off the lions — are also on offer. For more adventurous types the Fairmont offers a balloon safari (including breakfast served with sparkling wine) and a half-day fishing trip to Lake Victoria.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Fairmont Mara for 4 nights at the end of October. What a place! The staff were all super friendly and there to make everyone happy. The tents are cozy and have lots of amenities. The hippos and monkeys can be loud at night, so beware. Our safari guide for our stay was John, the younger one of the two. We cannot say enough amazing things about him!! We were lucky to have two game drives to ourselves and John made sure we found the animals we wanted to see. We were lucky enough to see all the Big 5, and a leopard day 1. We also were the first jeep to find a cheetah and her six cubs, amazing!! The food surpassed our expectations as there were many options for all three meals. We enjoyed Gerald's cocktail creations at the end of the day as well! As we were there for our honeymoon, our room was decorated with flowers, cute soap stone animals, and little desserts nightly. It was a very nice extra touch that made our stay special. Thank you Fairmont for an amazing experience in the Maasai Mara! We highly recommend this hotel for an all-inclusive type stay!
Omg What A place to visit..
Nice Surraounding.. Excellent conditions..
great view.. everyhing is so nice here ..
i have been here with my friend .... we were amazed to see such a beautiful place..
we enjoyed a lot here ...we capture some mind blowing moments.. we really loved this place..
Wow, what a great place, everthing was excellent, we booked this trip online through DM Tours which are based in Diani Beach and found this to be without fault. We were picked up from our hotel and transferred to Moi Airport for the 2 hour flight by light aircraft to Masai Mara. The camp is fantastic we had "tent" number 12 which was situated on hippo corner, it was everything we could have wished for with four poster bed and sunken bath, a fridge too. At night we even had hot water bottles to warm the bed which was a lovely touch and unexpected. The game drives were wonderful, we managed to see the big five which was great as our last safari to Tsavo we didnt see Rhino or cheetah and only 1 lioness in the whole of our safari, this time we saw families of lions with 2 month old cubs and got up close to 3 Rhino which are in a protected area. The food was 5* and plentiful with excellent service. The only down side was that the pool was closed during our stay for maintenance but to be honest I am not sure whether we would have had time to use it anyway.