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Maralal Safari Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Maralal
Reviewed 2 June 2015

After a seven-year closure, it's up and running. Love the wooden chalets and the log fire in each. The walks in the sanctuary offer amazing views of Kirisia Hillls. At night or early morning you may see the zorillas (not to be confused with gorilla) and aardvarks. There are good chances of seeing colobus monkeys, genets and leopards.

The lodge - built in 1962 - has old world charm and a great stop-over between nairobi and Lake Turkana.

Room Tip: furthest end if you want to be closer to the forest
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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 June 2015 via mobile

This is an amazing retreat. Old British colonial style. Very reasonable rates starting from 5000KES per room per night. About 6hrs drive from Nairobi. There are many zebras directly at the restaurant. Free WiFi.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
1  Thank Alex H
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Humperdinck_Jackman, Owner at Maralal Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2015

Thank you for the great review and we look forward to your return ... whether you will be camping or taking a room. Humperdinck

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Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Since paying 800$ for a 4day 'budget'-safari was not an option for us, we started exploring Kenya on our own. And this is how we found this amazing place. Camp (incl hot shower and wifi!) or take a nice cottage at VERY reasonable prices, find yourself in the middle of this National Reserve (no 80$/d National Park, it's FREE!) surrounded by zebra's, impala's, waterbucks, monkeys, warthogs etc, enjoy delicious food on the terrace, grab a few beers at the fireplace and appreciate the nature in silence... Because this place is still a secret to be revealed. The reason for this is that Jack, the man who left the UK for a better life creating a safe (poach-free) environment where these beautiful animals can roam without worrying, has just started this up. So yes, there are a few things that need to be straightened out (and they will be), but everybody there made our stay unforgettable and we won't forget. Jack, we wish you all the best and hope that many others will come to enjoy this amazing piece of beautiful Africa - as it should be.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
3  Thank dimivh
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Humperdinck_Jackman, Owner at Maralal Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2015

It was our great pleasure to have you visit, and both myself and the staff are so very grateful for your wonderful review.

I'd really appreciate an email with your suggestions as to what would be your priorities to make the camping better. Our immediate goals include more levelled camping areas, electrical points and a camper's sheltered cooking / BBQ area ... there's lot's to do and there's no shortage of ideas!

Best wishes,

Humperdinck 'Jack' Jackman

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Reviewed 17 May 2015

My boyfriend and I came here for the weekend to relax and enjoy the wildlife. The staff were very hospitable and flexible with us. The facilities are the best I have experienced in Kenya so far! We came in the cold season, so they lit a fire in our rooms ever night, the restaurant was available at great hours, and the food was incredible. There is also more than enough wildlife to see everyday! The Zebras, warthogs, antelope, impala are grazing right next to the restaurant while you enjoy your lunch.
I highly recommend this place if your looking for a nice, luxurious get away!

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Humperdinck_Jackman, Owner at Maralal Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2015

Thank you for your wonderful review, and we thank you for visiting - it was a pleasure to become acquainted and we wish you safe travels.

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Reviewed 28 April 2015

I highly recommend the Maralal Safari Lodge for anyone looking for a peaceful retreat, a place to read or write, a gathering place for a group of friends, or a resting place for people spending time in Samburu after work or play. The setting is beautiful - with wildlife coming to drink from the pond. The staff are so friendly, helpful and accommodating! We felt like family. They have great food, a fully stocked bar, comfortable beds, and small verandas off each cottage for wildlife viewing and enjoying the morning sunrise. The prices are so reasonable, I plan to return for two weeks later this year - and use it as a base for visiting people in the surrounding area.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Humperdinck_Jackman, Owner at Maralal Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2015

Hi Anita - it was so lovely to meet you, and I look forward to your return. The improvements are continuing and you will be pleased to know that we have installed satellite based wifi and a huge television so you will be better able to keep in contact with the outside world.

Regards,

Humperdinck ('Jack')

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Additional Information about Maralal Safari Lodge

Address: Maralal National Sanctuary | Maralal, Maralal 20600, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Samburu District > Maralal
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Maralal
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maralal Safari Lodge Welcome to Maralal Safari Lodge and Wildlife Reserve, the most historic Colonial Era safari lodges in northern Kenya located in the unique Maralal National Sanctuary: the very heart of Samburu County, Kenya. Fully renovated in 2015. Owned and operated by AFRICALITY, a UK registered charity, all proceeds from your visit support the wildlife. We are 100% not-for-profit. Guests enjoy free high speed satellite based WIFI, a big screen television in the lounge with international news and sports channels, swimming and much more including a modern kitchen offering both local and international cuisine. Experience wildlife as you've never seen it before as the animals approach within a few meters of the cabins, monkeys clamber on the roofs and more. Guests love opening their doors and seeing zebra, eland and impala grazing on the lawns, or hearing the leopards and lions roar in the night. We offer 18 luxurious Swiss chalet style rooms, each equipped with a fireplace and a private balcony. With our conference facilities too, we are the perfect choice for pleasure or business travellers who seek tranquility. Maralal, just 1.5Km down the road, is the seat of government for Samburu County. This bustling town of 15,000 people offers many local crafts and a variety of lively places for both modern and traditional night life. The lodge is built of cedar and stone, and sits on the hillside overlooking Maralal. Here, in the heart of the National Sanctuary, the wildlife reserve thrives as the animals roam freely from the forests on three sides to the lowlands to the south. Five square kilometers of lush woodland and pasture straddle the hillside, with leopards and other mammals living in the natural caves. Within the lodge, the AFRICALITY bar is, perhaps, the best stocked bar in northern Kenya, boasting no less than 15 famous malt whiskeys, 15 types of vodka and much more ... Oh, and a full range of cold beers too. One of the most appealing aspects of Maralal Safari Lodge is that it's a meeting point for the local people too. Above all, Maralal Safari Lodge exists to support the wildlife. All profits are devoted to the employment of Game Rangers to protect the wildlife from poachers, and to find the wildlife orphanage. So now, your visit to Kenya can really make a difference! Karibu (Swahili for 'welcome') ... more   less 

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