Overview of Mara Mara Tented Lodge

A modern, clean-lined tented camp with a traditional African feel, Mara Mara Tented Lodge has one of the Serengeti’s most coveted locations. Just a short drive takes you from the serenity of camp to the exciting drama of the annual Wildebeest Migration’s most anticipated chapter: the river crossings. Arriving around June – but sometimes sooner or later, depending on regional rainfall – the wildebeest herds have to cross the rivers in order to reach the Masai Mara on the other side; giant crocodiles have been waiting patiently and the result is nature at its most heart-stopping.

The lodge lies under trees and has romantic river views. Each of the 15 tents has an en suite bathroom with a flush toilet, basin and shower, and you can choose between king-sized or twin beds. The camp uses solar power and has a back-up generator so there is always lighting in your tent.

Game drives are the focus at Mara Mara Tented Lodge. You head out on early morning and late afternoon drives, led by a sharp-eyed and knowledgeable local guide, in search of the Serengeti’s wildlife. The Wildebeest Migration is the headline event for several months of the year but, regardless of when you travel, this corner of the Serengeti delivers all through the year. It is Big 5 country – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – and home to a huge concentration of plains animals such as zebra and giraffe. The bird watching is excellent and there are always good chances to see rare animals like cheetah and wild dog. Back at camp you have the chance to relax around the swimming pool and catch up with home care of the camp’s Wi-Fi Internet access.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Prime location for the seasonal Migration river crossings
  • Superb game viewing all year round
  • Predator-rich area – big cats, crocodiles and wild dogs
  • Swimming pool and Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Beautiful, spacious tented suites with river views
  • Romantic and laidback atmosphere
Bush dining

Bush dining

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning



Rooms at Mara Mara Tented Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Standard Tent

    There are 15 tents at Mara Mara Tented Lodge, each set under trees along the Mara River and offering a blend of privacy and luxury. The walk-in tents are enormous, and are made of sleek tan canvas with wooden floors covered by rugs. You can choose between a king-sized or twin beds, each swathed in white netting, and you also have the luxury of an indoor seating area with large couch and table. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a hot shower, flush toilet and basin and you have 24-hour electric lighting.

    Step outside on to the shaded wooden deck and you find a pair of chairs and a table, complete with river view and the perfect to enjoy a cup of tea with your binoculars to hand.

    General Facilities

    Mara Mara Tented Lodge is centered on its main indoor lounge and dining area where you will also find the bar. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi Internet access in these areas, a convenient touch for a remote location. There are outdoor seating areas with lovely river views as well as a swimming pool, ideal for the Serengeti’s long, hot summer afternoons.

    Solar power

    Solar power

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available


    Meals at Mara Mara Tented Lodge are served in the indoor dining room or on its outdoor terrace, complete with river views. Your day begins with an early breakfast before your morning game drive and a hearty brunch/lunch on your return. There is time for tea before your afternoon drive, after which you return to a candle-lit 3-course supper.

    There is also a cosy lounge and bar, the perfect venue for the evening’s safari stories and a sunset cocktail.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Lauren Johansson

    Lauren Johansson

    Africa Safari Expert

    'Mara River Tented Lodge, in the northern Serengeti, offers a contemporary African safari experience, and is equipped with a swimming pool and central restaurant offering exceptional food and wines. Being located within close proximity to the Mara River allows you the prime spot for the Wildebeest Migration.'

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