Maasai Mara Hotels and Lodges,
Accommodation in Maasai Mara Game Park
Map of Masai Mara National Park
Masai Mara National Reserve is
undisputed the richest and most popular game
sanctuary in Kenya. It is widely believed to be
the greatest concentration of wildlife in the
world. There is a profusion of all types of game
in Masai Mara. There are large herds of Elephants,
Buffalos, Zebras and Giraffes. Also found in great
numbers are cheetahs, Hyenas, Warthogs, Primates
and many species of Antelope.
MARA NATIONAL RESERVE HOTELS AND LODGES
The Game Reserve is
particularly known for having a large population
of the black manned lions. Luck is however
essential for spotting the shy and elusive leopard
and hostile rhino. Masai Mara also abounds with
birdlife; about 450 odd species have been
recorded. A spectacle to behold is the annual
migration and the crossing of the Mara river by
over one million wildebeests together with
approximately 200,000 Zebras and large Antelopes.
This dramatic event takes place during the months
of July and August. The animals, with unshakable
resolve to reach the sweet grass across, plunge
into the swollen river to face a flotilla of
crocodiles. It is unique and memorable experience.
Some have described it as one of the most
awe-inspiring sights on earth. Accommodation
facilities in Masai Mara are plentiful and range
from luxurious 5-star lodges to Spartan tented
camps. Hot air balloon excursions are available in
the Game Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION IN MASAI MARA NATIONAL
DAVID LIVINGSTONE RESORT
OFFICIAL CATEGORY (Ministry
of Tourism classification): TBA
LOCATION: Not far from the
Equator, the lodge lies at 1640 Meters above sea
level. Situated on 134 acres of private land in
the Koiyaki Lemek Wildlife Trust.
Access From Nairobi
A 45 minute flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport
to the resorts own airstrip by scheduled flight
available twice a day or chartered air service or
a scenic 5 hr drive from Nairobi through the Great
Rift Valley into the Savannah Plains.
A 2 hr flight from Mombasa daily at 8.30 am. Air
packages from Mombasa are available on a daily
Resting along the meandering
Mara River, The David Livingstone Safari Resort,
is an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the
worlds greatest wildlife spectacle, the Masai
Mara Game Reserve. The Resort is a interface
between you and the primal spirit of adventure
in the Great African wilderness. Located on
concessional land on 4 shimmering hippo pools,
with a resident population of over 200
hippopotami and several crocodiles, the resort
is an ideal base to experience the Masai Mara.
The David Livingstone Safari Resort is committed
to good guest satisfaction. The staff ratio is
one staff per room ensuring attentive yet
unobtrusive personal service.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: The Lodge’s 82
en suite rooms all have views of the Mara River
from their verandas.
Room Amenities AND Décor:
The rooms are decorated in vibrant local style
with bright fabrics and rugs: thick beams support
the thatched roofs and on those chilly nights
after long hot days, guests find the comforting
surprise of a hot water bottle, slipped between
their sheets during dinner. Simply comfortably
furnished with twin or double beds, hot showers
and flush toilets and private verandas
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Main restaurant serves a Champagne Breakfast
daily as you watch the hippo play. Lunch and
Dinner are also served here. Picnic lunches,
Bush Dinners and Barbeques are set up in the
middle of the vast African wilderness almost
anywhere in the Masai Mara.
The cuisine is an international fusion of fine
dining from the world over, freshly prepared
with the finest Kenyan ingredients. Almost all
vegetables, fruit and meat are organic and
purchased fresh from small farms around Naivasha
and Narok where the fertile volcanic soil of the
Rift Valley nurtures them with nutrition and
minerals. A full cooked breakfast or a healthy
option, a 4 course luncheon and a 6 course
dinner with a health option is available daily.
The bush dinners have a typical African menu
where you can sample fine Kenyan dishes under
the starry nights in the middle of nowhere.
This resort boasts to have one of
the best stocks of wine in the Masai Mara and
constantly thrive to improve it. Wines of the
world, American, Australian, Chilean, Spanish,
French, Italian and Kenyan and South African Wines
to compliment your every meal as well more to take
home with you are available. Diners can see hippos
cross the river from their tables as they sit down
to first class meals prepared by the international
chefs. At all times of the year five families of
hippos spend their days basking in the deep pools
below the bar and restaurant.
Sustainable tourism is the
motto and mission here and as part of the
Resorts contribution to the Masai Mara, they
have initiated a tree nursery as well as tree
planting program where they intend to plant
30000 seedlings in the year 2005, as soon as the
nursery is ready. In the year 2005, every guest
at David Livingstone Safari Resort will plant an
indigenous tree. Apart from the above, they also
support a lot of community related projects,
they endeavor to train and use members of the
local community by providing them employment in
various fields, training them in various
vocations, supporting road rehabilitation,
scholarships and educating them on the
importance of wildlife sustenance.
Kenya Shillings is the base currency. However
this resort accepts US Dollars, Sterling Pounds,
Euro, Swiss Francs and South African Rand. They
also accept MasterCard and Visa
The official language is English while most people
understand Kiswahili, which is the vernacular.
Many of the staff speak a variety of languages
including French, Italian, English, German and
Electricity and Water
They have 240 V cycle electricity in all the rooms
and main buildings. They also provide
complimentary mineral water in the rooms.
The ice is made from mineral water too as the
purity of normal tap water cannot be guaranteed
Duka is a Swahili word that means
shop. At the resort there is a Duka which is an
oasis for the shopper. Good quality wood carvings
and handicrafts, African fabrics and artefacts,
Music from Africa as well as a variety of
souvenirs, safari clothes and other African art is
available for purchase.
Safari, the Swahili word
that means travel, adventure and even experience
is the order of the day. Game Drives with our
guides who are all members of the Kenya
Professional Safari Guides Association, will
share their experience and knowledge with you on
a 4 wheel drive game drive in our vehicles.
Float away in a hot air
balloon over the plains early in the morning and
get a bird’s eye view of this exciting views of
the animal world down on the ground. See the
hippo returning after a night of feasting or
even a lion preying for its morning breakfast.
After a presentation of this wonderful theatre,
enjoy a cooked Champagne Breakfast in the middle
of the Mara.
Dr. Livingstone's Safari Walk:
Talk a walk on the wild side. The resort has
resident naturalist who will take you along the
Mara River where you will see an amazing variety
of Bird and insect life as well as all the flora
of our area and its many medicinal uses.
Night Game Drives
A game drive under the
starry African night is a must when you visit
David Livingstone. After dinner armed with a
warm blanket you drive off to witness what
happens in the dark African night. Aardvarks,
Hippo, African Kangaroo or Spring Hares and
Rabbit all come out to feed. Cheetah, Lion and
Leopard, Hyena and jackals hunt under the cover
of darkness. Enjoy!!
Masai Dancers And
Masai Village Visits
Almost every evening there
are Masai dancers entertaining guests with their
beautiful dances in their beautiful tribal
A brand new spa is currently
under the development process at the David
Livingstone Safari Resort. Currently we have a
variety of relaxing body massages available at
our Massage Centre
Surrounding the Lodge is one of
the natural wonders of the world: the world’s
biggest land migration passes the very gates.
Wildebeest and zebra in search of grazing cross
the plains and rivers under the eyes of ravenous
lion and crocodile. While on game drives in your
custom made car/van across the plains of the
Maasai Mara, through herds of elephant and eland,
giraffe and impala – the sheer concentration of
animals will astonish first time visitors and
delight those returning.
during the day and cool at night. Long rain
season end of March to end of May, short rain
season in November.
Who was David Livingstone?
Legendary explorer and missionary David
Livingstone had a superhuman drive and curiosity
that took him from top to bottom of Africa from
the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans. He was the
first white man to see Victoria Falls - which he
named after his queen - and he never gave up, no
matter how hopeless was the task ahead. He
documented his travels and showed unusual
respect for Africans, which made the slave trade
so repugnant to him.
It is more for these reasons that David
Livingstone's exploits are so well remembered,
as some of his geographical theories had some
major flaws; he misidentified the source of the
Nile and was convinced the Zambezi River was
navigable. He also admitted that he had made
just one Christian convert in all his years in
Africa and achieved little in his campaign
against slavery. He was a poor husband and
father, inflicting the hardships of exploration
on his wife and infant children, then leaving
them in England for years.
After his death some of the tasks he set himself
were achieved and the Sultan of Zanzibar signed
a treaty with Britain to abolish slavery, and
Christianity became rooted in sub-Saharan Africa
thanks to anti-malarial treatments brought by
(MINISTRY OF TOURISM CLASSIFICATION): TBA
LOCATION: Ilkeliani is located in the vast
savannah country of the Maasai Mara just by the
Talek River. Infact the camp is so centrally
located that game viewing happens all year
is an exclusive luxury tented camp for visitors
who want a true bush experience. The camp is
centrally located within the Maasai Mara
eco-system. Game viewing at Ilkeliani is a
rewarding experience all year round.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12 ensuite and well spaced tents.
Room décor: The tents are privately
situated on the banks of the Talek River. Each
tent is secluded under the luxury of indigenous
trees with its own private viewing deck.
Room Amenities: Five tents have double beds while
seven have twin beds; each tent has a veranda
and day beds overlooking the Talek river with
great views of the extending Maasai Mara.
Special feature: Famous as an all year round game viewing spot.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Dine in romantic candle light with
fine wines and gourmet meals by the riverfront.
Morning nature walks, with bush breakfasts and
evening sundowners by a camp fire allow you time
to take in the magnificence of the Maasai Mara.
Ilkeliani also has a private bar and lounge.
Solar powered electricity
Friendly and efficient staff
Private bar ANDlounge
Nature and cultural walks
Sundowners by a camp fire,
Manyatta (Maasai village) visits
Hot during the day and chilly in the evenings.
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