PHOTO CREDITS: Susan Wong
March 28, 2011 – Have you had a Legendary Kenyan Safari Experience?
The Sarova Mara Game Camp, nestled in a lush enclave inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, is definitely one of those places where beautiful memories are conceived.
The lodge boasts lavish and romantic tented accommodations that offer the adventure of a safari experience without sacrificing the comforts and conveniences of the city.
For those that want to just relax at the lodge, the Sarova Mara Game Camp also offers the Tulia Wellness center. What could be better after a long adventure in the Mara than revitalizing your body with a diverse selection of massages, or if you’re feeling a bit exotic, try the Coconut Cinnamon Scrub Skin Polish?
Feeling active? Try canoeing, table tennis, fishing, nature walks or take a dive in the refreshing pool.
Checking in on work? The lodge also offers a fully equipped business center that ensures you won’t miss a beat while experiencing the Mara.
Recent upgrades to the lodge include a modern restaurant with an open kitchen outfitted with temperature controlled counters and live cooking food stations, which uphold to the highest standards of hygiene.
Executive Chef John reworks the menu on a daily basis ensuring that guests never grow tired of his scrumptious continental and vegetarian menu – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some items worth mentioning are:
Fried Chicken. Wow. I had to ask Chef John if he was from the South (U.S.)! The Chicken was deliciously moist, spiced just right and crispy golden on the outside. There’s nothing like some good southern comfort food after an exhausting day in the Mara.
Live Pasta Station. With choices like spinach gnocchi and a variety of ingredients including fresh basil from their organic farm in the lodge, the fragrant aroma compliments your choice of sauce! The live cooking station together with the freshly picked herbs and produce from the organic farm showcases every flavour of the ingredients – from farm to plate!
Pineapple Crumble. From the vast selection of desserts, the warm pineapple crumble was absolutely delectable! The dashes of cinnamon brought out the sweetness of the fresh pineapples perfectly. Unfortunately, vanilla ice cream was not available, but when I asked, the staff brought out a plate of pineapple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream topped with dark chocolate shavings and sauce! Now that’s great service and attention to detail!
The organic farm at the lodge is part of Sarova Mara Game Camp’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Aside from providing employment opportunities to the community, the lodge also purchases the manure (fertilization) for the farm from the Maasai community.
The lodge also provides free primary education to the surrounding community at Sekenani Primary School, situated just outside the main gate of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The lodge also sponsors teachers from the UK that volunteer 3 months of their time to teach English to the Sekenani students.
Meet Leah Hall, a teacher from the UK whom just spent 3 months at Sekenani.
“I’m sad to be leaving but it’s great to work with the community and the kids are great!” says Hall during a school fundraising event.
A product of the Sekenani Primary School and Sarova Mara Game Camp’s partnership, Judy Keriato is now completing her secondary school studies and hopes to attend Moi University.
“I would like to study tourism and management in the future,” says Judy.
The lodge’s CSR initiatives are great to see and continues to harmonize nature, animals and community; ultimately making the Sarova Mara Game Camp experience even better!
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