Friday, July 25, 2008

Keekorok Lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya

Keekorok Lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya


Keekorok, meaning motley abundance in the local Masai language is situated in the very heart of Kenya' s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The lodge which is the Masai Mara' s first lodge was constructed in 1962 on a choice eighty acre site in an area of permanent springs and lush grassland. There are no fences so it is not uncommon to see elephant and buffalo on the outer perimeter of the lodge.

Lodge Description
Keekorok Lodge is a large lodge comprised of stone built en-suite bungalows with private balconies. There are 89 double rooms, 8 superior rooms and 4 suites. The liberal use of cedar wood, pink and gray sand river stone and other indigenous building materials offset the green lawns and colourful bougainvillea. This lodge is popular for large groups. The dining area opens onto a veranda, allowing guests to dine either inside or out. The Hippo Bar thatched bar overlooks the Masai Mara' s plains and a pool with a resident hippo. The bar is open from 18h00 till 20h00. After nightfall an armed escort must accompany back to the Lounge Bar in the main lounge. The Lounge Bar is open from 06h00 until the last guest retires for the night. The swimming pool is located in an enclosed area. The poolside bar serves drinks and snacks between 10h00 and 17h00. A shop is available for personal toiletries and souvenirs.

Game Viewing
Unfenced, the Mara borders the Ngama Hills in the east and the Siria Escarpment in the west. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. The famous black-maned Mara lions are possibly the stars of the Mara show. In earlier times the Masai were renowned lion killers and it is said that if lions scent approaching Masai on the breeze they move swiftly in the opposite direction. Cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thompson' s gazelle, waterbuck, hyena and the primates can also be found roaming the Masai Mara. The southern end of the Masai Mara National Reserve is the ideal area to witness the annual Migration of wildebeest and zebra. There is always activity around the waterhole but during the Migration, Keekorok Lodge is enveloped by the swarming mass of animals. One need hardly venture from the ground to view game.

Wildlife Activities
• Custom built four wheel game drives at the following recommended times: 06h30 รข€“ 08h30; 09h30 “ 12h30 and 16h30 “ 18h30.
• Their guides are certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Association.
• Daily hot air balloon flights take off at 06h30, dependant on prevailing weather conditions.
• Wildlife films, Masai dancing and bird walks are additional activities offered by Keekorok.

How To Get There
Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions can arrange scheduled 45-minutes flights to the Masai Mara airstrips. By road, it takes 5hrs to get to Keekorok Lodge in Masai Mara from Nairobi

Child Policy
Children are welcome. Special menus and mealtimes are available. Listening service is available to detect wakeful children.

220 and 240 voltage electricity is available 24 hours.

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