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MARA RIVER SAFARI LODGE at Bali Safari & Marine Park

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Would never return to this place not even to see there animals I booked a few nights & ended up leaving in the first 10 minutes the smell of the rooms is disgusting our bed was harder then a concrete slab bugs crawling around disrespected by all the staff trying to leave took 5 hours waiting in the lobby to see the manager I went from a 10 star hotel to this which is not even ratable Do not stay here if you have high expectations don't even stay here with low expectations. photos are not what the appear in real life. this place is 2 hours from really anywhere nice no markets or activities near walking distance to across road would take half an hour they did not offer us a refund nor did they offer us water until 5 hours waiting for the manager they eventually ran to put water in front of us couldn't wait to get out of this place

Staying at Mara River during a stay at Bali Safari and Marine Park is a wonderful way to enhance the experience. The private bungalows overlook a grassy area where you have front row seats to safari animals during the day and night - you can feed them any time you like. You can also watch the elephant rides from your balcony. The rooms are nicely designed, touches of a safari feel - generally clean, interesting, functional. I enjoyed the stay more than my wife. She felt the facilities were not quite what she expected, and there was not enough done to try to control the mosquitos or whatever bugs were biting us despite burning those bug-away coils and staying within the masked bed. But as for a hotel stay with a child who loves animals - wow, this is just a fantasic experience. And i highly recommend the 8pm fire show available outside the restaurant every night - lots of fun, and just a two-minute walk.

We had the best time!! The staff were fantastic, the rooms were excellent the animals were obviously very well looked after and you get to have some truly amazing experiences. We stayed 1 night and couldn't be happier. We will definitely go back

Took the 3D2N package with the Twiga room. The room itself was pretty fantastic and just nice for our family of 3. Might be a little small for bigger families, but it was clean, comfortable and decorated well in the theme of the lodge - and we definitely enjoyed the view! The restaurant with its view of the animals was definitely interesting and the staff brought in exotic creatures to introduce and for you to take pictures with, meaning meals are never boring! The food was better than average compared to most other restaurants that we patronized in Bali - including another big name hotel that we stayed at after this one. Free access (part of the package) to the Safari Park, the shows and its attractions (like the Waterpark) ensured that we had things to do the entirety of our stay and were never bored and had plenty of memories.

It's a great place to visit. The Twiga suite has a nice view and one can see Zebras, Ostriches and Elephants up close to the room. Direct booking with the resort (for a package) is recommended as it includes safari journey, Bali Agung Show amongst others. Had a 2 days package and totally enjoyed staying at this place.

We stayed at Mara River safari lodge on their 3 day package. It was fun few days overall rating is average to good. The lodge is right in the safari park so very convenient. The room had a balcony looking into area where zebras, wildebeest and ostriches roamed. You were given small basket of carrots to throw to them. That was pretty cool. The room itself was small, bit tired and our bathroom had a very unpleasant smell. We told the cleaners and front desk but the smell was still there after they cleaned. Overall gave me the feeling the place wasn't very clean. We ate at the Tsavo lion restaurant which you can see the lions on one side and meerkat on the other. Food was average but definitely go for the experience.

This is a very unique place and well worth the visit. Its not uber luxury but you're not really here for that. The service is quite good. Rooms reasonably clean too. Price wise is not too crazy and sitting having a beer whilst watching a load of animals grazing is something I will always remember. Having dinner next to a load of lions is clearly once in a lifetime territory...thats was truly spectacular. Feeding elephants and sitting with orangutans and being 2 feet from a tiger cub isn't something you find everywhere. The whole place can be done in a day so 1 night we found to be the right amouny.

This is the second time we have stayed here, the first being 6 years ago, unfortunately it has run down since last time with the spa section now not in operation. If you do want to have a massage etc. you can go into the actual safari park and have one there which is not as convenient as by the pool and you are limited to open times of the park. Other than that it was still a great experience. For the money though we recommend only staying the one night as you get the package which includes entry to the safari park, a photo with an animal, the Bali Agung show and one safari trip throughout the park. This is good value but as soon as you stay an extra night it is far too expensive for what it is at around $300 AUS per night for the cheapest room. We learnt this front our last stay so only booked the one night this time. The hotel are very accommodating to get the most for your money and let you arrive early and leave your bags in storage until your room is ready. This way you can go into the park or pool area and start to look around. We took the time to have an elephant ride, it is quite expensive at about $93 AUS for half an hour but worth it as you wander through parts of the safari park and hotel area. You still have time then to go to the fun zone (which unfortunately is under renovation so only a couple of rides in operation). You get one free ride and have to pay for any others (around $5.00 AUS each). The water park is included and is great for young children. If you time it right you can even take in the Agung show at 2.30 leaving you more time to explore the park the next day. There is an option to do a night safari that evening at a cost of about $65.00 AUS each where you get to the see the animals moving around a bit more and can watch the feeding of the lions, a bbq dinner is included back at the hotel along with a native fire show. We really enjoyed this. In the evenings they bring an animal of some sort from the park into the restaurant for a photo opportunity and at breakfast you eat the buffet breakfast with egg station while watch the lions through glass walls and they brought an elephant up in front of the lobby of the hotel. They provide you with a bucket of vegetables to feed the animals like the zebras from your room. A great experience and value for just a short one night stay.

It was outrageously overpriced. We were quoted one price when we booked in Australia and then charged an extra $250 (Australian dollars)when we checked in. I had to barter with reception to drop the price. When we finally came to a mutually agreeable rate, they then proceeded to advise that the extras which I though were inclusions were not ie the water park. The rooms were very basic, the mini bar overpriced including soft drink. There were no towels at the pool and the pool bar was empty. The staff were not very friendly and were pushing you to buy their pictures and merch. The park is tired and we didn't see half the animals that we thought we would see. When it came time to check out and we needed a driver to drive us back to Kuta, assuming that reception would look after us and arrange a reasonable price for the fare back, they ripped us off. If you try to order an uber, don't bother as the place is heavily guarded by security guards and will not let the uber drivers through. The only positive about Mara River Safari Park is while having dinner there is a glass window and while having dinner the tigers are right there in front of you. The same goes for when you're having breakfast. The buffet breakfast is big but nothing special. If you decide to go and stay up at Mara be prepared to have cash ready to give away.

Great experience and good services! A lot of activities and you can get really near to the animals. Truly enjoyed our stay with a memorable anniversary organized by the staffs. Love the hotel and you will be enjoyed if you like animal safari.We will definitely come back again!

Jalan By Pass Prof Ida Gianyar Bali

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

MARA RIVER SAFARI LODGE at Bali Safari & Marine Park places you within a short walk of Bali Theatre and within a mile (2 km) of Cucukan Beach. This 38-room, 4-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's also near Pura Masceti and Keramas Beach.


Dining

Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Tsavo Lion, which specializes in African cuisine. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

MARA RIVER SAFARI LODGE at Bali Safari & Marine Park's 38 rooms are individually decorated and provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Free bottled water, safes, and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

At MARA RIVER SAFARI LODGE at Bali Safari & Marine Park, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 35 per vehicle one way. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Twiga Deluxe Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Kifaru Family Suite

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 6

Tembo Family Suite

Full 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 9

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 557 reviews