Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lying within 1,500-acre Mara North Conservancy, a private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, this exclusive boutique lodge emanates warmth and hospitality while maintaining a strong commitment to protecting the environment, wildlife and local communities. Five double cottages and two larger villas comprise the lodge's village-style layout.
Each luxurious cottage has an individual theme, and all have en suite bathrooms and private verandas. Choose The Observatory for a celestial focus, with a moon map and vintage brass telescope, or indulge your passion for safari photography in The Photographer's Studio, where you'll find antique camera equipment and stunning prints on the walls. In the Literary Room, read from classic and Africa-themed books and write your own safari story at a writing desk complete with quill pen, vintage typewriter and brass reading lamp. The Love Shack, featuring elegant white decor, is the perfect honeymoon hideaway or romantic retreat, while the Artist's Studio is a sanctuary for the creative soul, with paints, brushes and palette for when you're feeling inspired by the dramatic landscapes in full view.
Saruni Mara's family villa has a natural history focus, ideal for all generations to learn about the wonders you'll discover on safari. The decor features a selection of antique and vintage prints, and you'll find reading material on Africa's mammals, reptiles, birds and flora. The suite includes two large bedrooms each with spacious private bath, an expansive living area, and a veranda. The stylish new villa has two en-suite bedrooms, a large lounge complete with dining area and big, welcoming fireplace. There is also an impressive large veranda overlooking the magnificent scenery of the Masai Mara.
Nyati Villa is Saruni Mara's most private accommodation, an elegant wilderness outpost with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and dining room, kitchen and large veranda. Nyati House, located five minutes' drive from the main lodge in a secluded valley, is booked on an exclusive basis for the ultimate private experience. It's perfect for a small group or family wanting to experience the Maasai Mara on their own schedule and from the comfort of their own home. The villa comes with its own safari vehicle and private guide. Meals are also served privately in the villa's own dining room, ensuring the utmost in personalized service. The view of the Mara plains is outstanding, and there is a large front garden where children will enjoy playing.
Guests are encouraged to work closely with the experienced guides and staff members to choose from a plethora of pre-designed itinerary options, or to create their own. Awaken each morning with fresh tea and hot biscuits as you anticipate an exciting day. The range of activities include game drives, bush meals, bird watching, hiking, hot-air balloon flights, and bush walks with Maasai warriors who share their ancient wisdom of the ecosystem that surrounds you, as well as elements of their rich, traditional culture. You're even invited to participate in Maasai tribal dances, which your guides enjoy sharing with you around the fire at night.