Overview of Mara Explorer

A private retreat characterised by thoughtful elegance and set in the heart of the Masai Mara. Ten classic safari tents overlook the bustling Talek River, surrounded by lush forest and featuring spacious decks.  Each tent is a feast for the senses with hand-carved mahogany furnishings, richly textured fabrics and delightful details. Modern amenities ensure your comfort.

Mara Explorer offers front-row seats to the Great Migration between June and September and exceptional game viewing year-round. The wildlife-rich surrounds will enchant you, whichever view you choose: from the comfort of a divan in the main lounge or your secluded, claw-foot bathtub, from an exhilarating game drive or an intimate guided walk. Dining is a true delight – an abundant kitchen garden and excellent larder deliver succulent meat and fish dishes, refreshing vegetarian options and decadent desserts.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Witness the Great Migration (June to September) in the heart of the Masai Mara
  • Exceptional game viewing year-round, especially big cats
  • Superb dining & excellent service
  • Opulent tented accommodation with modern amenities
  • Personal butler & resident doctor

Bush dining

Cultural visits

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Local village visits

Specialist guides

Star gazing

General Facilities

The communal areas of the lodge are beautifully furnished with an emphasis on understated elegance. The decor reflects a classic colonial mix of exotic African flavours and charming European comforts. Impressive views over the surrounding wilderness shapes the lounge and dining areas. Guests relax on sofas and divans with a book from the library or idly observe the elephant and giraffe at the waterhole.

A sparkling pool beckons in the heat of the day, while the evenings are given over to a central campfire that draws guests to its primal warmth and inspires the natural camaraderie of shared adventures.


Computer facilities

Laundry service





The freshest herbs and vegetables, homegrown in the lodge’s own kitchen garden, compliment a menu designed to satisfying discerning palates. Hearty and nourishing, without ostentation or fussiness, the kitchen serves tender meat and fresh fish dishes, complemented with a tempting spread of salads and superb vegetarian options.

To balance such wholesomeness, a memorable selection of desserts and cheeses complete each feast. Meals are served in the comfortable, open-air dining area overlooking the hippo-filled river. By prior arrangement, guests may dine in the wild proper, taking breakfast, sundowners or dinner alongside the Talek River.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

Listening to the hippos at night from my tent and enjoying the bush feel made me wish I could stay longer. Excellent location on the river!

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