Mara Explorer

5.0 star property
Luxury tentalow in Maasai Mara with restaurant and bar/lounge

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Mara Explorer

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Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets, pillow-top beds
Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets, pillow-top beds
Bathroom sink
Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets, pillow-top beds

Overview of Mara Explorer

10,0 out of 10 Exceptional
10,0/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Masai Mara, Maasai Mara, 74888-00200
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Lobby fireplace
  • Front-desk safe
  • Laundry service
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

Luxury Tent (3 Safaris included)

  • 35 sq m
  • River view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Twin Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the riverwalk
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve - 35 min drive

Getting around

  • Maasai Mara (OLX-Olkiombo) - 2 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (MDR-Musiara Airstrip) - 59 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (KEU-Keekorok) - 89 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (OLG-Olare Airstrip) - 92 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (OSJ-Ol Seki Airstrip) - 105 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (KTJ-Kichwa Tembo) - 145 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (HKR-Mara North) - 154 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (ANA-Angama Mara) - 156 min drive
  • Maasai Mara (MRE-Mara Serena) - 163 min drive
  • Jomo Kenyatta Intl. Airport (NBO) - 125.4 miles/201.8 km
  • Free airport shuttle


  • Mara Explorer Camp at intrepid - 11 min drive
  • Barafu Lounge - 22 min drive

About this property

Mara Explorer

Mara Explorer is just 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from the airport and offers a free shuttle (available 24 hours). Guests can indulge in deep-tissue massages, and Talek Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge, a terrace, and a garden are other highlights at this luxurious tentalow.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 cabins


  • Check-in time from 12:30 PM - 6 PM
  • Express check-in/out available
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport; guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 7:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (12 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite extended parking


  • Free airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 8 AM–9:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Wildlife and game drive
  • Safari nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Built in 2001
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Talek Lounge - This fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Destination fee: USD 70 per person, per night. This fee does not apply to children under 1 year of age.

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Mara Explorer
Mara Explorer Masai Mara
Mara Explorer Safari
Mara Explorer Safari Masai Mara
Mara Explorer Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Explorer Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Explorer Safari/Tentalow Masai Mara
Mara Explorer Safari/Tentalow
Mara Explorer Maasai Mara
Mara Explorer Safari/Tentalow
Mara Explorer Safari/Tentalow Maasai Mara

Frequently asked questions

Does Mara Explorer offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Mara Explorer does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Mara Explorer?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Mara Explorer?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Mara Explorer?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Mara Explorer?
Yes, a free airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Mara Explorer?
You can check in from 12:30 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Express check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Mara Explorer and nearby?
Onsite recreation at Mara Explorer includes ecotours and a wildlife and game drive. Enjoy amenities like a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Mara Explorer?
Yes, Talek Lounge offers alfresco dining.
Does Mara Explorer have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Mara Explorer have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a patio.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

The Staff Extremely Welcoming, The Food Was Great, The Tours Were Exciting.
Michael, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The tent cabins were great, dining staff was just awesome. Bush breakfast organized was absolutely great.
Davinder, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I can honestly say this was one of my top life experiences. The Mara Explorer Camp is the perfect Safari destination! The staff were very attentive and helpful. Pauline and Geoffrey made sure our stay was comfortable and helped us plan any extra activities. Thanks for the surprise Masai dance and cake! The tents were luxurious and comfy with beautiful decor. There was so much beautiful scenery and wildlife surrounding the camp to enjoy while having a cup of tea. The food was also amazing!! Thank you Chef! We had full board with three course lunches and dinners with plenty of variety. The Camp is perfectly located within the Masai Mara so we had a chance to see so many animals during our stay. Many thanks to our safari guide Samson who was incredible and worked so hard to spot the Big 5. We had so much fun during our game drives with Samson who was the perfect guide and amazing company! The camp is not fenced, but we felt very safe thanks to security guards Sammy and Kaka. Thank you very much to the amazing staff of Mara Explorer for making our stay unforgettable and exceptional. Can’t wait to come back!
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Absolute Gem of a Place
Mara Explorer Camp was absolutely wonderful. The staff is warm, friendly, and attentive, especially Jane the manager, Noor the server, and Kaka the head of security. We certainly appreciated their kind hospitality all throughout our stay. Our driver/guide, James, went above and beyond every day on our game drives. He's highly experienced and knowledgable about the area, and we had a lot fun and learned a lot from him. He was able to find and teach us about so many animals; he really impressed me with his skill and knowledge. Something we really appreciated is that since the camp is small, you're not crowded into a 4x4 with a bunch of strangers; there was never more than 1 other couple with us, and most of the time we had the truck and James all to ourselves. We saw a lot of trucks from other bigger camps out in the park and they were often crowded with 8 or so people in them, and at those we were especially glad we chose Mara Explorer, because we could stop whenever we wanted and ask all the questions we had without feeling like we were burdening other guests. Inside the camp, the tent is comfortable and safe and the food is outstanding. In all, I don't have a single criticism of this place. Every single part of our trip exceeded our expectations. We'll definitely be back!
Jill, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful Tented Camp in Masai Mara
The service at this camp is impeccable. Host Pauline and all the staff are warm, friendly and ever helpful. Our guide Sakut, was a real pleasure to be with. Not only knowledgeable and a great spotter but simply nice. The food was good with nice wines included in the package. A breakfast and lunch in the bush were nicely organised and good fun. The packaged picnic basket we tried for one breakfast was disappointing compared to the delicious breakfasts available at the camp restaurant.
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Small luxury camp with great guides and food
Just arrived back from 4 nights here, can't recommend it enough. Ten luxury tents on banks of River Talek, perfect for couples wanting to experience an African safari.
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10/10 Exceptional

Heaven on earth
I was on a business trip and decided to go on a Safari even if it meant that I go on my own. My friends advised me to stay at a lodge; which I believe takes away the charm of the experience, so I looked up my options on Expedia. I picked Mara Explorer Tented Camp based on recommendations by visitors and because of its simple yet fulfilling ambiance and location on the river. The campsite itself is a real treat…nature exemplified its softer side in the sounds of birds and waterfalls. Each and every one in the camp was more than kind, helpful, attentive and most accommodating…the food was to die for and the overall spirit of the camp was enchanting!
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place, great location. Service great, food outstanding, great game drives.
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10/10 Exceptional

The best tented safari lodge
Simply the best safari tented lodge in Kenja. Excellent food, service, game drive.
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10/10 Exceptional

Central Location in the heart of Mara.
Outstanding Location and Game drives. cats and elephants in the camp. Your have to feel Africa.
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