Keekorok Lodge, stands amid the vast sweeping plains of Kenya?s southern Savannah the world famous Masai Mara. The lodge was the first game lodge ever to be built in the Mara and is erected in the direct path of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration.
At the height of migration, Keekorok lodge is surrounded by a swarming mass of wild game, and there is hardly any need to go on a game drive as it is not uncommon to see all sorts of wildlife on the perimeter of the grounds.
The Lodge can easily be accessed by light aircraft, landing at the Keekorok Airstrip or by road from Nairobi approximately 280km away.
101 Guest Rooms;
�œ 89 Standard Twin Rooms
�œ 9 Superior Rooms (4 Inter-connecting)
�œ 1 Suites
�œ 1 Three Bedroomed Suite
Each room is airy & spacious, en-suite, well appointed and furnished with:
�œ Twin, Queen-Size & King-Size Beds
�œ Private En-suite Bathrooms
�œ Private Balconies, offering unobstructed game viewing
�œ Room Service
�œ Mosquito Repellents
Recreation: �œ Main Restaurant; offers international and local delicacies
�œ 3 Bars: Pool Bar, Hippo Bar & Lounge Bar
�œ Discovery Caf? -For Coffee & Snacks
�œ Spacious Guest Lounge with Fire Place
�œ Outdoor Swimming Pool
�œ Full Medical Clinic with Doctor on 24 hr call & Air Evacuation Services
�œ Baby Sitting Services
�œ Laundry Services
�œ Central Safety Deposit Boxes Area
�œ Cinema & TV Lounge
�œ Reference Library
�œ Art Gallery
�œ Conference Facilities (40 Delegates Capacity)
�œ Telephone, Fax & Radio-Call Services
�œ Internet Service
�œ Currency Exchange
�œ Stocked Gift Shop
�œ Local Entertainment
�œ Hot Air Ballooning
�œ Game Viewing
�œ Bird Watching
�œ Culture Safaris
�œ Lake Victoria Fishing Expeditions
�œ Board Games
�œ Rates are based on full board accommodation in standard rooms and are inclusive of taxes,but net of holiday supplements
�œ Rates DO NOT include park entrance fees.
- Based on travel within the high season
- Based on one child under the age of 12 sharing the specified room with adult/s
*Please contact us for a quote if the child rates do not meet your travel needs
Reservations that are canceled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers are subject to cancellation and no show fees.
**PLEASE NOTE: Prices and availability are subject to revision without prior notice owing to currency, tax, levy and seasonal fluctuations
Best Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara
Keekorok Lodge is a great place to stay on safari in the Masai Mara. The lodge was the first built in the Mara and is right on the wildebeest migration route. Keekorok offers two daily game drives with a private driver, all-inclusive buffet meals, and great facilities. Visitor accommodations are equipped with full amenities, mosquito nets, and nice linens.
Keekorok Lodge Great Pool, Great Location
Masai Mara Lodge
Fantastic service, great game drives from here. A pool to laze by and pretty lodges to dwell in. Staff were fantastic here, friedly and helpful. Great game viewing, pretty setting, clean lodges and wonderful staff. Here there were plenty of tall Masai warriors to see too.
African Feel, but No Water Hole
This game lodge is located just inside the Masai Mara game reserve, and sits on a hill overlooking a valley. The accomodations are extremely nice, especially when you consider how remote this facility is from anywhere else (for example, they have to generate their own electricity since no grid power is available for quite some distance). You can't help but know you are in Kenya when one of the hotel desk clerks is dressed in full Masai tribal attire and has had his ears stretched and decorated. Two elephant skulls decorate the main entrance to the lodge.
There are slightly over 100 rooms, which are stretched along pathways radiating from the main lodge. Most of the rooms are part of cabins that have two guest rooms per cabin. The outer rooms are quite a distance from the main lodge, so be prepared to walk. Each of the rooms has a small portch with chairs so that you can sit outside and read or watch the forest, but due to the forest around the facility it is not possible to see very far.
Electricity service starts early in the morning, ceases during mid-day, and starts again in the afternoon and continues until about 1 in the morning. It wasn't a problem for me, because I was either away from the room on safari or asleep during the times of no electricity, but you should come prepared for these hours of darkness. The hotel supplies candles for your use as well.
The lodge sits about halfway up a hill overlooking a valley, and is surrounded by forest, which creates an unfortunate combination: there isn't a great view except from very select spots, but the efforts at hiding the lodge into the countryside don't hide the roof or lights. Thus, the result somewhat combines the disadvantages of hiding the lodge and the disadvantages of not hiding the lodge.
Meals are reasonably good, and in the evening occasionally feature local Masai tribe members demonstrating their dance and rituals. Based on what our group saw happen at another table, the results are "interesting" at the very least when they find out it is someone's birthday.
Drinks at meals are fairly expensive. 300ml bottled pop, which was selling in stores for 30 shillings, was sold at our table for 150 shillings. Bottles of water were sold for 400 shillings (yet the room also included a few bottles complimentary of the hotel).
We didn't see any mosquitos here, but the staff did a complimentary spraying of the bed and net as part of their service.
The swimming pool is unheated, as is common in tropical countries, and can be quite cold. Much of the facility is decorated in a definitely African taste.
The swimming pool has a reasonably good view of the surrounding countryside.
However, there is no water hole that is used to attract night animal visits, and no observation deck. (There are some places where this is a fairly common feature of African game lodges).
Monkeys do inhabit the forest, and visit the outdoor part of the bar, so you will want to be careful about leaving your room closed. They can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
As with electricity, hot water service is also occasional. There was once I took a cold shower simply because the hot water service hadn't started yet (or perhaps all the other guests who had been out on safari got back at the same time and used it all?) but it was supposed to be on by that time (6:30 at night).
Unfortunately, I can't tell you how much the place cost, as it was part of a package trip with a small group of friends.
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is a really nice facility, but if at all possible I would suggest staying at Keekorok Lodge instead. This is further inside the boundaries of the park, and there is more wildlife nearby. Also, Keekorok has the traditional game lodge water hole, which attracts all sorts of animal life and an extensive viewing platform to take a look at what has come to visit.
We stayed in 4 different game lodges across Kenya. They were Samburu, Keekorok, Lake Navasha & Treetops. I can thoroughly recommend them all! They, and their surrounding area, are unique to themselves. Samburu is sited above a Crocodile infested river. I am glad to say that they never managed to climb the 15 foot high bank to the lodge area!
Lake Navasha, funny enough, is situated on the shores of a lake. In the middle of a lake is an island, which you can visit. You can safely walk around this island with a guide among more sedate wild animals such as Giraffe and Antelope and the occasional Dung beetle!
Treetops is quite literally built on stilts around trees. It is an opportunity to view Elephants and, if you are lucky, Rhinos during the night.
Keekorok Lodge, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Ballooning on safari, Keekorok, Kenya
Giraffes, Keekorok, Kenya
hi, has anyone stayed at keekorok lately (after the fire)?
how is the condition of rooms and lodge in general?
RE: keekorok lodge
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RE: keekorok lodge
i am back from masai mara. stayed at keekorok lodge. let me get something straight for those who look for something special: this is the place!
simple rooms but tastefully decorated. very clean. bathroom, showers: all beyond our expactations. rooms are comfortable. keekorok has a great atmosphere. very friendly staff. food is above standarts. huge gardens to enjoy, plus the advantage of swimming pool.
i had worries after i saw some videos taken in the rooms at certain websites. but now i think they belong to years ago. Keekorok now is in an excellent condition. take my word for it.
one important note: don't bring to kenya USD banknotes printed before year 2000. they won't be accepted.
RE: keekorok lodge
Keekorok is up and running, stopped there for lunch in mid october. The renovatons are very nice. Can't believe there was ever a fire.