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Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa

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Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/09/08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/09/08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#4 of 7 Speciality lodging in Naboisho Conservancy
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Set in the sought-after Mara Naboisho Conservancy, award-winning Encounter Mara is the stuff safari dreams are made of. Enjoy some of the best game viewing in Africa all year round from the low-key yet lavish comfort of this superb eco-camp. Shaded by a thick acacia forest, Encounter Mara enjoys glorious views of the surrounding savannah, while closer at hand a salt lick attracts a range of animals throughout the day, from plains game to big cats. The sheer comfort of the traditional-style safari camp combined with the opportunity for bush walks and night drives mean that there are few more rewarding places from which to experience this slice of wild Africa.
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Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
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Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
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Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
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Private balcony
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Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500 Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport36 kmSee all flights
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jo wrote a review 22 Jan
Bristol, United Kingdom1 contribution
attention to detail is amazing.. welcome gifts of water bottles and beading, the service was respectful and prompt. The guide was evalyn whose knowledge of the area is exemplary and such fun to be with. The place itself is quiet and elegant in every way... a real luxury home from home i ant recommend it enough!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post your reviews on your stay with us. We value your comments and are so pleased you enjoyed the warmth and hospitality our staff offered. It is always wonderful to hear back from our guests. We look forward to that return visit and to hosting you again. Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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ianclarke2022 wrote a review 09 Jan
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
We had four nights at Encounter Mara over New Year. The camp is well run and the staff there were absolutely amazing. The game sightings were tremendous. We saw many lion sightings, cheetah and the elusive leopard. We were fortunate enough to witness two cheetah kills. One in very close proximity to the airport whilst we were waiting for our return flight.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Hello, Thank you for sharing your Encounter Mara experience in this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and were able to have such wonderful wildlife sightings even on your way to the airstrip. We do hope those memories will have you longing to return. We would welcome the opportunity to have you here with us again! Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Team
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pleop5 wrote a review 08 Jan
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This camp was very nicely tended, every detail was taken care of. Food was very good, couldn't eat everything that was offered. The tent was nice, the daily safari's were amazing. the sitting area was perfect. One day I said I hadn't had chocolate on the trip, next thing I know, they made me a chocolate dessert. Don't hesitate to ask for whatever you want. Lemme was very kind.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Asilia Africa, General Manager at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello, We are so pleased you had a great time. We have passed on the message to the chef and team. Thank you for visiting us and supporting us and the Mara. Warmest Regards from Mara, The Encounter Mara Team
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Evelyn R wrote a review 07 Jan
California6 contributions26 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights in Encounter Mara and loved everything from arrival till checkout. The family tent we stayed in was huge but cozy. The food was very delicious. The staff was extremely friendly. The hotel helps arrange game drives and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. We got lucky and saw 25 lions on our drives! And on our last night, we saw a lion fight just 100 meters from our camp. The camp is hidden in the bush, almost impossible to find if you don’t know where it is. You truly feel like you’re camping in the middle of nowhere, except you have all the comfort of a luxurious hotel. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hello Evelyn Thank you for your kind message and we are delighted it was such a success. It was great having you in camp. The lions are a regular around camp but the fight is truly special and we are so pleased you were able to witness it. Thank you for trusting us with your stay. Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara team
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Dani_BP wrote a review 02 Jan
Denver, Colorado109 contributions21 helpful votes
My daughter and I just returned from Kenya a few days ago...our stay at Encounter Mara was the best part of our trip. The staff were beyond exemplary - the mpishi (cook), Simon, made sure to note all of our specific dietary needs, we hadn't eaten so much food that was so wonderful! Our wait staff (esp. Johnson & Julius) were wonderfully attentive and helpful. They were very patient with our attempts at learning Swahili, and we really enjoyed our conversations. Antony, the camp manager, made sure everything ran smoothly! Raphael, our guide, was top-notch - we saw every animal on our bucket list and his sharp eyes and vast knowledge made every game drive super educational. Lastly, the camp is 'fun'! It has great internet in the wi-fi tent and the main tent (which was so nice). Babboons frequently clamber by. The tents are super clean and the camp staff would turn down the blankets at night, provide hot water bottles in the beds if it would get cool, gave us Christmas gifts, and would fill our shower 'buckets' at night while singing. At night and in the mornings you would be lulled to sleep (or not) by the roars of lions, the laughs of hyenas and the songs of hundreds of birds. It was paradise!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Hello Thank you for taking the time to put your wonderful review together and for sharing your “Trip of a Lifetime” experience at Encounter Mara Camp. We appreciate your feedback and so pleased that you enjoy our wonderful cuisine, our warm hospitality in camp, professional staff, fantastic guiding, the excellent game viewing, cleanliness of the tents, singing of staff and your Christmas gifts. We hope to welcome you back for another awesome experience to enjoy the roaring lions, laughing hyenas and singing birds, until then, hold on to your paradise memories. Warmest regards from Africa, The Encounter Mara Camp Team
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National ReserveNaboisho Conservancy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
Which popular attractions are close to Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Nearby attractions include Mara Naboisho Conservancy (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa have airport transportation?
Yes, Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.