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C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
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Saruni Mara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first time in Africa and feel very fortunate that we stayed at two Saruni properties, Mara and Samburu. Both are amazing but I will stick to Mara for this review and do a different one for Samburu, both we rate excellent. Form the moment we were picked up by our guide, John, in Mara, we knew it... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being our first trip to Africa, I had an expectation that a camp that advertised as "Luxury" accommodations would be something less than a "Western-style" luxury facility. True, there was no marble or granite bathroom, and the thatched roof let a moth in our room from time to time. But, our 4 night stay at the Saruni Mara was the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to the Mara from the sister property Saruni Samburu. We had an excellent stay with very good game viewing including elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hippos. The lodge was being refurbished while we we're staying so we stayed in the owner's camp. No complaints here, it was a gorgeous house with a fireplace in the living area and... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review and I'm glad we exceeded your expectations. Point noted on the matter of who the menus for the two lodges can be repetitive: we'll make sure that guests staying in both are not offered the same dishes. More

London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Saruni lodge for four nights during our honeymoon and it was a truly unforgettable experience. From the moment we landed in our small light aeroplane and were greeted by our guide (the wonderful and charming Saruni) to the moment we said goodbye to our lovely hosts Chelsea and Raymond we could not have had a better... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your detailed review and for sharing with us your deep understanding of the natural habitat, of the wildlife but also of the people who make the Saruni experience a unique one. I have passed on your comments to our team and they are very grateful. In fact, the staff had a small celebration in your... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had our honeymoon at Saruni Samburu, Saruni Masai Mara and Saruni Wild. It was our first time to Kenya, more specifically Africa (if you don't count Morocco, which is something completele different) and it was perfect. We could not have wished for a better honeymoon. To be honest, we were ready for the great wildlife (which was in reality... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you BushBabies for your fantastic review and for choosing Saruni and Kenya for your honeymoon. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the experience so much and I really appreciate your comment about seeing more wildlife than expected but also experiencing that a safari is more than wild animals. We look forward to have you back one day soon. More

New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wow. Words can not even describe this trip, but I am going to give it a shot. The people of Saruni are just amazing. From booking our reservation directly with Saruni to our last day in Nairobi the staff was unbelievable. We booked the flight from NYC to Nairobi ourselves and got our Visa on our own. Saruni did everything... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Ross, many thanks for this fantastic review and thank especially for finding the time to explain how well we work as tour operators, in addition to operating our lodges. We are indeed able to provide 100% service to all our guests. And thank you for your generous words on our lodge in the Masai Mara and and wonderful experience... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed at both the Wild and the main camp. We had an absolulutey wonderful experience. We had our 14 year old grandson with us. The guide, staff and managers made us feel very welcomed and comfortable. Lots of animals, great food. We wish to come back soon.

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much and I'm so glad you loved it. The Mara is truly an amazing place ad we do our best to offer our guests a special experience. More

Charlottesville, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
46 hotel reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Staying here was one of the best five days we ever spent. First, the lodge is tucked away into the side of a hill and each individual lodge has complete privacy and quiet. The lodge is not fenced so you are not allowed to walk around at night alone in case you were to bump into an elephant or something,... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review and I'm glad you enjoyed the very special guiding experience provided by Lemeria, and th hosting provided by William. We look forward to having you back! More

Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We went to Maasai Mara as part of our honeymoon. We were recommended to stay at Saruni Mara by our travel agent. We could not have asked for a better experience. We stayed for 3 nights and loved every minute. Staff - As soon as we arrived on the airstrip we were greeted by our guide and the Land Rover.... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review and I'm very happy that you started your married life with us at Saruni. And glad that we got it right with the food (and with the avocados!). We look forward to have you back to kenya and to Saruni one day in the near future. More

12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Africa was not my dream-destination. But after 1 day in Nairobi, went the Saruni Mara which was suggested by friends living in Kenya. I can highly recommend this place for everyone working in hospitality industry in Europe or US. I am sure they are the best in their profession but even in this case they would be able to learn... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

This is one of the best reviews that we have had and I'm going to explain why: normally all our guests are overwhelmed by the beauty of Africa, the kindness and intelligence of the masai, the vast open spaces, the style of the lodge and the quality of the safari experience they have with us. It is so incredible that... More

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Address: C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Also Known As:
Saruni Mara Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Saruni Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Saruni is a small, luxury lodge in Mara North Conservancy, the best wildlife area in the Masai mara ecosystem. We have one family villa and 5 cottages. Our masai guides are among the best in Kenya and to discover the amazing wildlife of the Mara with them is an unforgettable experience. In July 2012 Saruni Mara opened the doors of a brand new family villa and completed the refurbishment of its existing villa’s in to six beautifully designed, themed rooms.The stylish new villa has two en-suite bedrooms and a large lounge complete with dinning area and comfortable sofa’s sounding the welcoming fireplace. There is also an impressive large veranda overlooking the magnificent scenery of the Masai Mara. The remaining villas have been refurbished to incorporate themes that will engage with guests passions whether that is art, astronomy, photography, literature, natural history or simply romance. All furniture, carpets, lamps and bedding was either sourced locally in Nairobi or designed by Kenyan interior decorator Larissa Hoops and then made by local craftsmen.The Art room will inspire creative guests with an easel and paint as well as a desk with drawing materials.For star gazers, the Astronomy room has a vintage brass telescope, moon map and selection of interesting material on all things cosmic.Book worms and budding writers will enjoy staying in the Literature room with its vintage typewriter, leather reading chairs, desk with brass reading lamp, quill pen and leather blotter. There is also a selection of classic and African literature. For clients that prefer to view life through the lens, the Photography room has an old box browning camera, antique photographic equipment catalogue and stunning prints adorn the walls. The Family villa also doubles as the Natural History room and is decorated with a selection of antique and vintage prints. There is also relevant reading material such a books on mammals, reptiles, tree’s and birds.The Honeymoon room has been simply designed for a relaxing romantic break with comfy furniture and beautiful antiques.Saruni Mara is owned and run by Italian author Riccardo Orizio. This resort is the Masai Mara’s smallest permanent lodge and guests enjoy an exclusive experience with their own private vehicle and guide. Evenings can be spent relaxing in the common area enjoying fine cuisine influenced by Riccardo’s Italian family heritage. Guests can also enjoy bush breakfasts and dinners in breathtaking settings such as in the middle of an acacia forest. Saruni Mara is extremely active in local community and conservation projects and works very closely with the local Masai communities. The lodge is the proud recipient on the Silver rating by Ecotourism Kenya.Rooms at Saruni Mara start from US$390 a night. Prices are based on two people sharing on full board including all house drinks, park fees, game drives and airport transfers. ... more   less 
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