- Superb Mara location
- Swimming Pool
- Mid-sized Camp
- Family tents
Mara Intrepids is a larger 30 tent camp in the heart of the Masai Mara Reserve and a sound choice for those who want the facilities of a larger resort style property and for families who want to take advantage of the superb children’s activities.
Situated literally right next door to Ol Kiombo airstrip in the middle of the Masai Mara reserve, Mara Intrepids is one of the original properties in the main reserve, and has successfully maintained very high standards throughout. The feel here is clearly at the opposite end of the spectrum from the small owner operated camps in the Mara, with relatively fixed game drive times (0630-0800, 1030-1300 & 1530-1800), an array of charged for extra activities and a well-stocked souvenir shop.
Intrepids is very much a family friendly property, the swimming pool is clearly a huge asset, and the children’s club is excellent. The Adventurers Club is for children aged up to 12 years old and runs formally after lunch in the down time between morning and afternoon game drives. The Club is run by the resident Maasai naturalist, with activities including (but not limited to); bead making, butterfly catching, assault courses and learning how to make your own bow and arrows. If parents prefer, kids can also stay with the Club whilst they go out on game drives in the afternoon or a member of the Club team can join the game drive to help bring the experience alive for the children. We tried the Club with our 8 year old, and it was a genuine success – coming highly rated from both child and parent. However we did reflect that despite the success of the experience, if we were visiting on holiday we would prefer to stick together as a family throughout the day rather than separate. This will obviously depend on the family and how independent the kids are, but one happy coincidence regardless of whether you intend to use the Adventurer’s Club is that all the staff and guides are well used to dealing with children and are arguably better placed to bring the safari experience alive for children than your average Maasai guide.
There are two superb family tents at either end of the property, which are essentially a standard double and standard twin tent adjoined with a tented lounge area with large verandas with views of the river and frequently of the resident hippos. We’ve yet to see a bigger, better equipped family tent in Kenya, albeit in some regards it is so well equipped, you will feel like you are more in a hotel room than tent.
If you like your creature comforts, children’s activities and favour a less personal experience, then Mara Intrepids is a very good choice. Likewise, it can work well for families in combination with a stay at a more intimate smaller camp, with the pool and anonymity of a larger resort allowing the kids to let their hair down a little more. Just be aware that you won’t be getting the same very personal level of service and intimate atmosphere of a smaller camp.
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018