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“A HIDDEN PIECE OF PARADISE WITH UNSURPASSED SERVICE!”
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Mara Timbo Camp
Reviewed 13 April 2010

After a short haul flight from Nairobi, my husband & I, along with another couple, were picked up at the Kichwe Tembo Airstrip and driven straight to the Oloololo Gate by our driver/guide Gideon. Please note that you are not given the option to head directly to your lodge but that your safari begins as soon as you disembark the plane which is understandable as the camp itself lies 45 minutes away from the main gate. Also note that no "free' water is provided in the jeep, you must either purchase it or have brought your own (my husband & I had stocked up on bottles of water & soda prior to leaving Nairobi). You are however provided a boxed lunch... nothing fancy, but satisfying.

After a scenic drive from the main gate to the camp, you are greeted with a wash cloth and glass of juice. You are then required to fill out some forms, and are given a security briefing before being assigned a Butler. Please note that no open toed shoes are allowed at camp, this means if you didn't bring any, hiking boots become the new casual elegant (we didn't mind at all but would have liked to have been informed beforehand so we could have packed some comfy shoes and not just sandals).

The rooms/tents are exactly as pictured on their website. They are truly spectacular. Stella, our Butler proceeded to explain everything from the amenitites in our tent, to the services provided in the camp. The Butlers at camp are extremely hard working and are eager to make your stay as memorable as possible. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, and beds turned down every night with a hot water bottle inserted into the sheets to keep your feet warm at night. Bottled water for brushing teeth is provided daily...and unlike most lodges when electricity is turned off during the day, you can still have a hot shower as it is coal generated.

Take advantage of staying at camp for a day. Enjoy the swing on your private veranda, the L shaped couch brimming with pillows or the stone bath. There is nothing more relaxing then taking a bubble bath (everything from washcloths, to scrub brushes, to bubble bath is provided) while watching hippos swim by in front of your veranda. There are even privacy screens surrounding your tent and a "do not disturb sign", should you wish for a siesta.

Drinks, including water, pricey. Food fantastic. Although the boxed lunches became repetitive, the in house meals did not. We dined in a different area for almost every meal. Our favorite by far, was our first supper by lantern light along the Mara River. As the evenings were cooler, they had small charcoal pots next to the tables to keep the guests warm. The menues are varied and offer something interesting for everyone. The homemade bread that accompanies the hot soups is mouthwatering. Also note that the chef will easily accommodate any dietary needs you may have. I was having a "bad day" and the chef sent some homemade soup and a thermos of tea for my lunch while on safari. I was quite grateful!

We stayed six days at Mara Timbo and only found one negative. We gave Mara Timbo a five star rating for service due to the camp staff but found the safari guiding a three star. Please remember that they have limited vehicles and that all guests must agree upon safari timings if you have not booked a private vehicle. It takes 45min. to arrive at the main gate, another 20min or more to proceed through. The main gate closes at 6pm but our guide was always eager to leave by 3pm. You pay $60US per person to be taken out during the hottest part of the day...even worst if you are a photographer. We did manage one day to convince Gideon to take us out at 5am as we were the only clients at camp. This was also the same day our safari vehicle ran out of gas but we did manage to stay in the reserve until 5 min. before the gate closed. It was quite the adventure!

We have been on safari several times now, and Gideon is by far our least memorable guide. If he only used his cell phone for emergencies that would have been fine but his phone rang every 5 minutes and after several days of safarying, it grated on our nerves. He spent more time on the phone then spotting for wildlife. Our best guide was a last minute replacement on our last day because 1) our vehicle broke down and 2) the other couple had to be driven to the airstrip by Gideon. He was amazing at spotting and explaining animal behavior. My best photography shot of the trip was with him... a giraffe leaping over a large brook.

Other than the safari service, we had an amazing time. Please don't let the safari portion influence you from experiencing what Mara Timbo has to offer. The staff at camp are absolutely phenomenal and are truly there to make your stay a dream come true. From welcome drinks, to a welcome massage, to menued meals, to a hidden oasis on the Mara River, to impeccable service...what more could you want?

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2010

book more days than you want... because you find it terrible wen you have to go..
Its so amazing... beautiful.... nice ...lovely its not to speak out in words...

Bring warm cloats for the evenings...

We come back thats for sure
paul en danielle (HOLLAND)

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2009

We enjoyed our Safari at Mara Timbo Camp.

During the 25min to Mara Timbo Camp from Kichwa Tembo airstrip we drove by a huge herd of elephants - that was a welcome to the Mara at its best !

The tents in the camp were very well furnished and in the morning we could see the sun rising as me and my husband cuddled in bed.

The bathtub at the terrace was something i would never have back in the UK, having a bath as i watch the river flow by and all that surrounds me calm. Overwhelming.

The staff was very friendly and very professional and the meals were 5star. Breakfast and lunch is served by the river were we had a clear view of the hippo family that entertained us like hell, as you had our meals.

I recomend Mara Timbo Camp to anybody who needs a getaway that is unforgettable!

Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

This place is a little difficult to get to but it is worth the drive! All of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The tents were beyond anything we had hoped to find in Kenya. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and I was pleasantly surprised to find a river rock tub that I could soak in. And to be able to listen to the hippos "talking" in the nearby river was ice cream on the cake! The food was amazing, my husband still talks about it. We brought our own driver so we didn't take advantage of any of the safari services they offered. I did however take the time to get a massage which really helped easy the pain of driving on the roads to get there. There are so many more wonderful things about this camp that you must go and visit it for yourself.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

It is true that Mara Timbo is set beautifully on the river, and that the rooms are exquisite, but what they forget to tell you is that it takes an hour to travel from the camp to the park, which means that you have to add two hours coming and going for a game-drive... This means that if you arrive on the plane by noon they do not take you to the camp, but take you to the park straight from the airstrip (on the hottest time of day, when there not much spectacular to see) and give you a lunch box with a boiled egg, a slice of pizza, and a pancake... By the time it gets a bit cooler, and the animals start to come out again, they drive you back to the camp. The rooms are beautiful indeed, but the food is very mediocre, and the management and staff have not yet learned the meaning of "pampering" their guests, as they do in other camps and lodges in the Mara. Very poor value for money!

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Address: Masai Mara, Triangle | near Olololo-Gate, Masai Mara National Reserve 00621, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 141 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $249 - $498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic camp under German Management ideally situated on Mara River with two large hippo families in front of only 7 spacious 45sqm luxury tents. They are situated on big terraces and offer outside bathtubs with view to the wild animals. A personal Butler Service pays very much attention to the maximum of privacy. Tent-facilities include king-size bed, safe, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, flush toilet, 220/240volt power supply. Activities: Game Drives, Nature Walk, Maasai Village, Balloon Safaris, Night Game Drives. ... more   less 
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Mara Timbo Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Timbo Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve

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