Keekorok Lodge

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C14, Keekorok, Kenya ( Masai Mara Reserve), Kenya

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    Hanging with the Wildlife


    After driving through dusty, bumpy roads for hours from Nairobi into the Rift Valley, we arrive at the entrance to the Masai Mara National Reserve. I don't know if they have the wildlife on their payroll or soemthing, but just after entering the gated park, there are elk and antelope and zebras along the path to our hotel - now that's the way to start a trip! Upon arriving at the resort, we are offered refreshing drinks in the lobby and greeted by staff dressed in traditional Masai red clothing and wearing heavy beaded jewelry and adornments. We have definitely stepped into another culture. We head into lunch (all meals are included in the package - drinks are an additional charge). The buffet is accommodating to all sorts of people's interests and preferences. Fresh cut fruit, pasta, meats and lots of veggies are all fresh and appetizing. We head over to our bungalow and while this property is more rustic than most resorts, we find very comfortable, mid-sized rooms with all basic amenities. Very clean rooms and friendly staff. Finally, we stroll over to the bar - you have to cross a small walking bridge to arrive at this little house-like structure on stilts and when looking out the window, you can enjoy the view of the hippo pond that is built on the property. Those animals are load, by the way! So fun to watch them, while sipping a glass of white wine and enjoying the serenity of the reserve. A great experience!

    Unique Quality: Like many places in Masai Mara, I imagine, we humans are the visitors on the home turf of the animals, so compared to a resort in a big city, the unique aspect of this property was having wildlife share space with us during our entire stay. On the first night, a guard took us to the back of the property where we stood less than 50 feet from a mama and baby elephant, who ran from the trees and headed out into the dark of night. The next night, while getting escorted to our room by security, a zebra was hanging out in front of our room. We were only about 10 feet away from it and he seemed completely uninterested in our presence. Such incredible, unforgettable moments!

    Directions: in the middle of the Masai Mara!! Follow the little wood signs on the roads...

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    Appears Great, Stories Great, Good Water Hole


    I did not stay in this game lodge. However, our group visited briefly as there are few public restrooms in the Masai Mara reserve, and stopping by the side of the road in many locations simply isn't safe to do due to the dangerous animals.

    The lodge is absolutely beautiful, and there were a number of people who told us great stories about staying here.

    While I have no idea how much it costs to stay here, I have been told that it is very comparible to the costs of other lodges, such as Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.

    Housing isn't quite as native African looking as the Masai Mara Sopa lodge, but it is reasonably close. The cabins where guests stay are A frame buildings separate from the main lodge.

    For those interested in shopping, the gift shop at Keekorok is much larger than at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge as well.

    Unique Quality: The lodge is located farther from the edge of the park than is the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, where our group stayed. Certainly, that is a good lodge, but the fact is that you have to travel about an hour from it before the vegetation gets lush enough to support much interesting animal life. Keekorok, on the other hand, is much closer to the animals and the wild parts of the park. There were elephants within minutes of leaving the front gate of the lodge - in the middle of the afternoon (supposedly a "low" time for game viewing).

    The lodge also has a wonderful water hole (as the good game lodges do) that attract animal life. After all, isn't the animal life the reason why most people come to a wild game park? There is a fairly long walkway network and wonderful viewing deck that not only support the viewing of the wildlife that comes to the water hole, but also has enough facilities for small groups to have meals, right there at the edge of the water hole. However, the main restaurant is much further away, so that animals are not scared away by the noise of people. Photo 4 shows the viewing platform, and 5 shows a view of the elephants and Cape Buffalo that were visiting the water hole at the moment of our visit to the lodge. There were also hippos in the water (not very easily seen in photos) and various other wildlife. I've been told that rhino occasionally visit.

    Directions: It's deep in the park: you will have to have your safari leader drive you here. Individuals are not allowed to drive here unless they know what they are doing.

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    Lodge with a large, luxury hotel feel


    Although we did not stay here, we made it a point to visit this lodge for future recomendations to our clients/co-travelers.

    We made arrangements through our tour operator, Madukha Tours, for a private viewing of their facilities, escorted by their lodge manager. We were immediately impressed by the organized, sprawling complex which is Keekorok, run by the African Safari group.
    They are directly situated amongst the migratory route of the wildebeest and wildlife viewing from the comfort of your room or their well situated viewing platforms is convinient, although a bit far situated from other parts of the park.

    The staff was friendly and welcoming and we had the overwhelming feel of a well run hotel rather than a lodge.
    They were running at maximum capacity on the day we were there but were able to view a standard as well as a deluxe room. The overall feel was that of a Marriott or similar large deluxe hotel set in a prime location.
    We liked this hotel but still prefered the laid back atmosphere to the Sarova Camp.

    If you're looking for modern comforts, staying within your comfort zone and splurging, this hotel/lodge is definetely the one for you.

    Unique Quality: The grounds are outstanding! Beautifully manicured lawns, gardens and a HUGE swimming pool surrounded by chaise loungers in which to spend the lazy afternoon while you sip a cool drink.
    (We noted it was definetely a family hotel as alot of children running around).

    The dining room is spectacular and formal looking and they are reputed to have some very qualified chefs with a vary wide array of menus.
    Another big plus are the large private, screened in viewing gazebo overlooking a waterhole with hippos and an open terrace overlooking the drama which takes place during migration which can also be reserved for honey mooners wishing a private dinner or breakfast. Additionally, for a charge, weddings and private receptions can be arranged through the lodge.

    Finally, the end "deluxe" rooms are practically all glass overlooking the Mara and you can view game migrating from your bed! Rooms are comfortably appointed with double beds, queen/King beds and even triple occupancy.

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by hanspeter_W. about nice lodge at masai mara

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 Housekeeping
�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

Remarks: RATES
�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
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Best Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara

by flytheworld about Keekorok Lodge

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.

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by Acirfa about Keekorok 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

by glabah about Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

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.

Game Lodges

by Ash59

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.


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by Borracho

hi, has anyone stayed at keekorok lately (after the fire)?
how is the condition of rooms and lodge in general?

RE: keekorok lodge

by snyoko

I believe it still operates but no much activities this days there are also nice hotels I can locate for you plus more details such as activities involved just send me your address at


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RE: keekorok lodge

by Borracho

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

by JodiT

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.


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Address: C14, Keekorok, Kenya ( Masai Mara Reserve), Kenya