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Maralal Safari Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Maralal
Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

Traveling solo, as a younger female, was a daunting experience. Maralal, a place with hidden charm, was still a huge culture shock and I was very apprehensive of finding safe and comfortable lodging once I had wound my way through the dusty streets. My expectations lowered exponentially with each passing hour and I finally caved in and thought I would at least go and see some wildlife at the Maralal Safari lodge before continuing north.

All of the travel guides I read listed the lodge as outdated but worth going to for wildlife viewing, and those guides are the outdated ones!!!

This lodge has incredible luxury compared even to places I stayed at in Nairobi! The food is the best north of Nairobi (try their fried chicken, tacos, and hamburgers for sure!) and the beds are so comfortable that I actually slept in! I was woken up to monkeys and birds, and saw herds of animals just by opening my cabin door!
If you like mornings then you must eat an early breakfast on the patio and watch every species of animal come to the watering hole (best time of day to see them).

The staff are so lovely and considerate, and the management run a truly worthwhile charity that makes the visit that much more special- because you know that your payments are going towards protecting this beautiful sanctuary. For once, I felt zero guilt for splurging on an extra cocktail (their bar is fabulously stocked), or eating the most delicious cake in Kenya ;)

Stayed: July 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

Fabulously newly renovated lodge. Wonderful old building surrounded by animals. Camping possible at normal rates. Swimming pool. Friendly and helpful hosts. Great food. Animal rehabilitation. A fabulous new address. Don't miss it in your way up to Lake Turkana

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2015

After 5 nights of camping in the north; it was a pleasant surprise to find that Maralal safari lodge was up and running! The rooms were great and cosy; hot showers were a pleasant surprise as well. The bar had such a large variety for all; it was nice to see the local residents of maralal town enjoying themselves! It was also great to see the abundance of animals...from zebras and eland in the early morning to gentle water-buck strolling the grounds to cheeky vervet monkeys! Wonderful place to stay over the weekend - i hope to return during the camel derby! great ambience and friendly staff

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled on business
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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
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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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Additional Information about Maralal Safari Lodge

Address: Maralal National Sanctuary | Maralal, Maralal 20600, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Samburu District > Maralal
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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