Saruni Mara

Reviews of Saruni Mara

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Below are independent comments from 1 of our travellers who have visited Saruni Mara, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss A from Okehampton
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
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Good
Rooms:
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Good
Service:
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Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
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Average
Facilities:
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Attractive position, very good guide, Tinka

While Saruni Mara is in a lovely position on a hill overlooking a valley, it did not suit us particularly well.

To start with, our allotted cabin room - though very attractive - was located up a slope a long walk from the main house, despite our briefing that Andrew had difficulty in walking.

The staff very kindly did a special supper for us in our room- and the manager, Cecilia, moved us the next day into the owner's very luxurious 'villa'. We were looked after beautifully by the villa team - including meals delivered each day by dedicated cook! Buffalo, impala and giraffe regularly wandered along the track just below us, which was a bonus...

Despite the lovely villa, and being spoilt by the delightful staff, three days here were too many for us. To get to the Northern Mara Conservancy, one must drive down a very rough track and through an over-grazed farming area. (Half an hour plus - then back again of course...) The plains area is oversubsrcibed with tourist 4WD's - though our v good guide, Tinka, managed to avoid the worst over-crowding. The safari drives are the only activity within reasonable driving distance- though one day we visited Saruni Wild Camp for tea, which made a change. (Unfortunately, it was full so we could not move to there from Saruni Mara).

Saruni Mara is trying very hard and has certain advantages (cooler than the plains, for one) - but suffers probably from too much competition from better-placed sites.
We loved the bush lunch by the river on arrival!

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Expert Africa comments

We were very pleased to hear how well these travellers were looked after by the staff at Saruni Mara – we get consistently good/excellent feedback from the Saruni camps. However we were very sorry that they were not able to stay in a more convenient room at the beginning of their stay. As these travellers did not want a purely wildlife experience, we thought this camp could be ideal. However, as mobility issues meant guided walks in the nearby bush were not an option for them, game drives further south in the main wildlife areas of the conservancy were their main option. We were surprised to hear that parts of the conservancy were busy, which is extremely unusual – and grateful to their guide for moving them into quieter areas.

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