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
- 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 were a party of 5 and stayed one night extra beyond the 2 we had booked - it is that good. Visited in April and it was very, very wet - the road across the rift valley floor was badly damaged in one spot and delayed us 5 hours en route. My advice is to go the extra mile and fly down from Nairobi. The Fairmonth is not actually in the Mara but in a conservancy extensioin of the Park. Makes no difference as all the animals are there incouding the big 5 - we only missed out on leopard and male lions. Excellent safari vehicles and drivers with open sides but thankfully heavy pull-down plastic covers as we had one unforgettable rain storm during an afternoon safari drive. The lodge itself - the main building is luxurious with reception, bar/lounge, business centre and dining area. There is a dreamy balcony that oiverlooks the Mara River. Our tent was closest to the main building - the tents are gorgeous and the morning wake-up coffey and cookies before the 6am safari drive is wonderful. Gorgeous bathroom area. Tents also have balconies overlooking the river. Nice pool area and massage. Great buffet breakfasts after your morning safari. Pleasant buffet lunches on the balcony. Nice evening meal choices in the main restaurant - only one that could do with a significant upgrade is the BBQ'd food night as the oifferings were not up to the rest of the standar at Fairmont. Will return for sure - if booking July-Sept during the annual migration, recommended you book months and months in advance sue to high demand. Thanks for a great memory Fairmont.
From the moment we landed at Ngerende airstrip, The Fairmont staff make sure that you have anything to query or complain about. We were greeted with refreshments before being picked up in a safari jeep and driven to the resort. Our deluxe tent overlooked the Mara river and you can see the hippos swim by whilst drinking tea/coffee on your porch. The buffet meals had plenty of variety and the restaurant/bar staff were all nothing short of warm, welcoming and friendly. The safari excursions were out of this world and we were lucky enough to see all of the BIG 5 in our three game drives.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a safari experience in Africa, I would highly recommend the Fairmont Mara Safari Club.
We were a party of 6 with 2children (ages 9 and 6) and the Mara Safari Club exceeded all our expectations! Food was wonderful, staff was friendly and kind, and safaris were awesome! John, our server, felt like family and Kephe, our driver, was funny and knowledgeable. Rivals any 5 star hotel. Would highly recommend and hope to come back again.
One of the best family holidays ever! We loved our time here and would return in a flash given the opportunity. Our family of 6 –(4 children aged 4, 13, 14 & 16) spent 3 nights here. We went for the game drives organized by the hotel at 6:30am and 3:30 ish each day with our knowledgeable and friendly driver John. We asked him a million questions about the area and the animals and he pretty much knows it all! He's a pure gem and wonderful with children. We saw all the animals from the white rhino, elephants, leopard, cheetah, giraffes, Cape buffalo, zebras galore, wild best galore and all kinds of antelopes. We even got up close to the monkeys outside our tent. They were swinging on the trees - a delight to see. We loved the tent and although awoken by the grunting hippos in the river every morning, it was all part of the experience. The hotel staff were super friendly and Brian, our waiter was professional, friendly and also great with the kids. The buffets were excellent. Plenty to choose from. We won’t forget the kindness shown by all in making our stay unforgettable. My 4 year old cried when we left…so did I ;-( Highly recommend this hotel, commend the staff and recommend the safari experience!!!
Friendly people and a great location just a few minutes from the airstrip. Plenty of monkeys around and hippos in the river. Sign up for balloon ride and make sure to game drive early in the AM too. Food is decent but does lack some depth. This is camping for those who don’t like to camp.