Reopened to great acclaim following an extensive renovation, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club sits on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World, Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
Consistently ranked as a favorite luxury resort, the property is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River and, in addition to incredible game-viewing opportunities to glimpse the region’s “Big Five” wildlife, offers fine dining, massages in private tents, a swimming pool, a traditional Boma, spacious decks overhanging the river and luxurious and romantic tent-style accommodations. For those seeking the quintessential African safari experience, this is a superb choice.
With dream-inspiring four-poster beds, en suite three-piece bathrooms and, in some of the tents, an outdoor shower, the 50 private tent accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club are far from rustic. Instead, they’re tricked out with verandas overlooking the hippo- and croc-filled Mara River – perfect for private al fresco dining – handwoven rugs and solar-heated hot water. Electric adaptors are available upon request.
When traveling in the African bush, guests expect a certain level of rusticity. While remaining true to its roots and offering a traditional charm, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club has made sure to provide creature comforts wherever possible, including morning tea and coffee room service, electrical outlets in the main building, babysitting services and business facilities. The resort is comprised of a main building, lounge, bar and dining room over the river, where meals, nightly activities, slide shows and talks take place.
When one envisions the Maasai Mara, of course it’s the “Big Five” that come to mind, and guests at Fairmont Mara Safari Club have ample opportunity to head out on game drives of varying lengths, morning or afternoon. Other explorations are available, including bird walks, balloon safaris and half-day fishing excursions. Back at the resort, there are visits with the local Maasai community, swimming in the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, discussions on the Mara’s ecosystem and Maasai culture and more.
The epicenter of the guest experience at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, the main lodge is home to the dining room and lounge. Outdoor dining takes place in the traditional Boma, where lunch or dinner is typically a culturally inspired meal that reflects African cuisine. For a special experience, guests may request a bush dinner or sundowner after their exhilarating game drive. The lounge is a favorite hangout, with a beautiful African décor, and the venue for Maasai dance performances.
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is serviced by Air Kenya Aviation, with daily flights to and from the Mara region. This region is not readily accessible by private car.