About us

  • Mara River Lodge commands one of most spectacular views in the Serengeti- Mara ecosystem; the lodge lies on the Mara River at the edge of Maasai Mara Game Reserve and overlooks deep pools where crocodiles and hippos bask all day. Painted in traditional Maasai red ochre and lit by hundreds of lanterns, the lodge makes an immediate impression of the local surroundings. Guests are met by Maasai warriors in full regalia. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and plants and it blends with the environment combining the best of nature. After a hot day’s safari, your cosy room awaits providing you with a hot shower and comfortable bed with the finest in the Mara. Guests can see hippos across the river from their table as they sit down for the meals prepared by our international chefs. At all times, families of hippos spend their days basking in the deep pools below the bars and restaurant.​

  • The View Point Bar and rest area offers a spectacular view of the Mara river and the animals. Mara River Lodge has 78 en-suite rooms and two deluxe suites of two bedrooms each having views of the Mara River from the veranda. The rooms are decorated in vibrant Maasai colors with bright fabrics and rugs. Timber beams support the thatched roof that keep the rooms warm in the cold Mara weather.​

  • Game drives are provided in our custom built 4×4′s. You will go through the plains of the Maasai Mara, and see the herds of elephants, eland, giraffe & impalas along the route. Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and the Rhino are the typical Big 5 that are found in the vicinity of the Mara plains.

  • Take the balloon ride at dawn and watch the sun cast a golden light over the swaying grasses of the Mara as it rises over the Aitong hills. After the exhilarating ride you will then return to have a champagne bush breakfast in the wilderness. Surrounding the lodge is one of the seventh wonders of the world: the worlds biggest land migration passes the very great wildebeest & zebra in search of grazing across the plain and rivers under the eyes of various lions and crocodiles.The lodge is on the surrounding of the Lemek Conservancy a co-operative owned by local Maasai community. Mara River Lodge has a corporate responsibility to ensure that the local community benefits in terms of employment and welfare.​

  • At night the residents of the Mara river come to life in a completely different way. Hippos are nocturnal animals and come out to feed in the dark. Predators thrive in the darkness to disguise their attacks. The Lodge can provide night games drive upon request. The game drive in the dark is an experience that cannot be missed. Guests can enjoy cocktails at the bar by the swimming pool or sit around the fire on the veranda watching the nightly game going to graze undisturbed on the plains Welcome to the most exciting adventure in the Seventh Wonder of the World … Where the moments will always live with you… The famous Hippo Bar and Pool Side Terraces provide the most pleasant natural ambiance during the day for relaxing and soaking up the hot sun in friendly Kenyan atmosphere. ­Our swimming pool, long stretch of gardens, river banks are all an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, cocktails, dinner parties, activity planning and more. The lodge enjoys a one kilometre private river stretch on the banks of the famous Mara river. With spacious tranquil gardens, namely KOYAKI, LEMEK and AITONG, we offer you relaxed atmosphere and peaceful get away from the busy city life and a chance to wind down after your safari adventure. Nestled amidst organic farms and the premises also boasts of exotic plants and a seemingly endless array of flowers and blossoms

Lodge Fact Sheet


Distance: 265 KM from Nairobi

By Air: 45 Mins from Nairobi, 2 Hrs from Mombasa

Airstrip: Mara Shikar & Mara North

40 Minutes’ drive to Musiara gate

By Road: 5 ½ Hours from Nairobi



Masai Mara Game Reserve

Lemek Conservancy


Mainly humid with temperatures averaging 26 degrees Celsius during the day and 12 degrees Celsius during the night. Sporadic rains in March and April, November and December.



Bureau de change

Laundry services


Business Centre

Babysitting services



Each room has a permanent shower with WC, a permanent roof and lounge area

Voltage 240 volts


River Front Restaurant

Al a carte

Buffet Service

Capacity is 160 people

Hours open

Breakfast: 06:30 – 0930 AM

Lunch: 12:30 – 14:30 PM

Dinner: 19;00 – 21:30 PM



Masai Mara National Reserve is a natural habitat for the Big Five along with Cheetah’s, Hippo, Zebra, Topi, Hyena, Wildebeest and much more game.



A hot air balloon safari can be arranged at the Lodge. The service leaves at 0515 hrs, then rounds off with a champagne breakfast



Duty Manager

Security Personnel

Clinical officer

Head & Central Reservations office: Terrazzo Complex | Airport North RD

P.O. Box 11136 - 00400, Nairobi Kenya 

Tel: [+254] 777 123171

Tel: [+254] 777 124171

Email: res@marariverlodge.co.ke

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