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 loved the Fairmont on the Mara. Luxury in the middle of the "wild" and amazing African savannah. Highly recommended! From the game drives with the animals and amazing views of God's creation, to the beds and dining the experience was superb! We have been there several times and love it every time! The staff is friendly and very helpful. We have made friends with one of the young Maasai men that works there and have even hosted him in our home in Kisumu. The food is very good as well
Roughing it in Luxury is the title because the accommodations of the fabulous one of a kind resort are sleeping in a tent. But it’s an amazing tent that has a great bathroom, shower, electricity, and plenty of space to relax. It has a front patio that overlooks the river with wild hippos, crocs and monkeys to see while your deciding on what to see the next drive. Truly one of the most memorable places i’ve Ever stayed. The tent even had three layers on top to keep the heat off of the main tent.
One note, I do recommend bringing earplugs just in case. One of the two nights the monkeys got a little crazy partying that night until very late. Hippo noises were also pretty astounding as well but didn’t manage to keep me awake at all.
We only spent two nights here unfortunately, but in the 4 “game drives” during that time we saw everything on our bucket list. I realize this is rare, and there are no guarantees in life and wild animals but when we had seen 4 of the big 5, our guide Jeremiah went all out to find the elusive leopard on our last drive. Unbelievably, he put us onto two separate ones. It was literally ones of the most exciting days of my life getting to see those gorgeous creatures in the wild. It’s a different discussion from this review but it’s amazing to me that as long as you are inside the game drive vehicles the animals just seem to ignore you.
Additionally we went to two villages while here to meet the locals and just talk, see how they live, and buy a few hand made goods which was fun.
They also have many great amenities but I think this sort of trip is about experiencing the local culture and seeing the animals, which I highly recommend visiting The Safari Club.
Mercy and the team are absolutely amazing. Tents are spotless, linens are crispy clean.The food is amazing and everyone is very friendly . I would for sure come back in the future and highly recommend to all my friends.
Stayed here the last three days of our Tauck tour.
The rooms were supposed to be tents, but they were actually rooms with all the accommodations of a hotel room, with canvas walls. The bed in our cabin was more comfortable then our bed at home.
This is roughing it at it's best.
If you like luxury accommodation, superb animals, beautiful grounds, friendly helpful staff, and you love watching animals then this is a must! And the birds.... so beautiful! Waking up at dawn with tea and cookies brought to my tent and listening to the bird songs echoing through the trees.
I am not surprised that they are frequently being listed as one of the best in Africa.
The location is on a conservancy on the northern edge of the Masai Mara, and as there are not so many lodges/camps there are less cars and this means you can get to within feet of all the animals enabling close up photos even with your phone camera!
I traveled alone this time, but it is the perfect romantic location, and also suitable for families who can spend the quiet time by the pool.