It's deceptive to call this hotel a tented camp. The walls may be canvas, but inside, you'll find a four-poster bed in soft white linens, ensuite shower, handwoven rugs and Maasai cloth bedspreads. The lofty-ceilinged main lodge, with expansive terrace, is filled with leather sofas where you can sit around a log fire on chilly evenings before enjoying a fine-dining feast in the restaurant. The camp is perched above the Mara River - a pod of happy hippos wallowing right outside your tent. The safari day runs like a well-oiled machine. Coffee is delivered with your early wake-up call, followed by hours of thrilling wildlife-spotting: giraffes pose for photos and lions doze in the sun. You can also take a bush walk with Maasai warriors, or splurge on a sunrise balloon flight over the seemingly endless savannah.
WOW FACTOR Get a front-row seat for the annual Great Migration, one of the world's most glorious wildlife spectacles.
GO Fairmont www.fairmont.com offers stays from £430 per night, full board. Includes two game drives daily. Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com return flights from London to Nairobi start at £795. Safari Link www.flysafarilink.com return flights from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara start at £188