Royal Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Royal Mara Camp

Royal Mara Camp enjoys a fabulous position in the heart of the Masai Mara, where it sits directly in the path of the annual Great Migration.

Among the best-located camps in the Masai Mara, Royal Mara is situated on the famous Hippo Bend of the Mara River, close to Leopard Gorge and the busiest Mara River crossing points. From this prime location, it offers a superb window onto the region’s most famous natural spectacle, the great wildebeest migration, which takes place annually between August and November.

This location is Royal Mara’s greatest asset, particularly during the migration months, but there’s much to recommend the camp beyond its setting. Whereas many of the camps on the Mara River tend to be relatively large, Royal Mara, with just eight guest suites, is pleasingly small, lending it a cosy, intimate atmosphere.

That being said, Royal Mara is not a traditional bush camp. Guests are accommodated in luxury riverfront suites, built on raised wooden platforms and furnished to comfortable lodge standards. Many will appreciate the added amenities and comforts of Royal Mara, but it may not appeal wholly to those looking for the charm and authenticity of a classic tented safari camp.


Eight luxury riverfront suites, all built on raised wooden platforms with balconies overlooking the Mara River and the ubiquitous hippo pods of Hippo Bend! Inside, the suites are impressively furnished with hand-crafted African furniture, large king-size beds and carved desks. The polished wooden floors and contemporary amenities (power points, WiFi) lend the rooms a certain slickness somewhat at odds with the African bush setting, but do ensure a comfortable stay.

Royal Mara’s eight suites line a bend in the Mara River. Set back from the banks of the river, directly behind the suites, is the main lodge area, comprising bar, lounge, dining room and outdoor verandah with barbecue.


Royal Mara offers a variety of dining venues – breakfast may be taken overlooking the hippo pool, while lunch often takes the form of a barbecue served on the verandah of the main lodge. Dinners can be taken by candlelight in the open-air dining room, in your riverfront suite, or in the fire-lit boma.


Morning and afternoon game drives
Migration safaris to see the famous Mara River crossings
Hot-air balloon safaris

Child Policy

Royal Mara has no age restrictions. Children under the age of 2 stay free; under 12s stay at half the adult rate; under 18s at 75% of the adult rate.

Royal Mara’s large, enclosed suites make it a good choice of camp for families travelling with young children.