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Saruni Mara

Certificate of Excellence
C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
Saruni Mara
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We have now visited the Saruni camps 4 or 5 times. There is nothing I can say that has not already been said The Saruni Wid Camp in the Mara is outstanding...food great, staff and service absolutely superb.The lodge itself is spectacular, beautiful and the views are too die for. Wonderful, wonderful camps both in The Mara and Samburu. I... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Jane, thank you very much for being so generous with your feedback and for having visited us so many times. We consider you now a friend and not only a guest. And you are right: we - both in Samburu and in the Maasai Mara - appeal to those who want to be far form the beaten track. And... More 

Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I have just come back from a holiday in Kenya, during which my family and I spent three nights at Saruni. Great things have been written on this lodge and I totally agree with all the positive comments. I was personally impressed by the staff and their attitude: we felt really welcome and cared for by everybody. We loved being... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Many thanks for this review and particularly for praising the service given by our attentive staff. Travelling with a child is sometimes challenging but I'm very happy that we managed to make the experience easier for you. On your point on the same road done in and out of the lodge: you are right and we are now repairing an... More 

Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

When I picked up my parents from the airport they were still absolutly enthusiastic about their trip to Saruni. They were really overwhelmed by the hospitality of both your camps. They felt so welcome and so well and warm beeing taken care off. They loved the guides!!! I have seen their pictures and having been on safari a couple of... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and we are very happy that such an important occasion for your parents and for your family went so well. They were lovely people to have on safari and we enjoyed showing them the best that the Masai mara has to offer! More 

norwich
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I recently returned from a family trip to Kenya. The first three days of which we went on Safari in the Masai Mara. We stayed at Saruni who made our experience exceptional. The lodges were well fitted and decorated, and also luxurious which you might not expect when on the side of a hill in the middle of a conservancy.... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review and I have passed on your comments to William, who remembers you fondly and says hello. And I'm glad you liked the re-styling and the new decor of the camp: Larissa Hoops, a Nairobi-baed designed and artist, is the one who did id and she will be glad to know that you... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Saruni lodge indulged me in the impression of the Mara that I didn't know I wanted to find. The location of the buildings on the hill side allows you to overlook another wooded hill side as well as the Mara. We saw elephants there when we were enjoying our afternoon coffee.The interior design is imaginative yet tasteful and overwhelms... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Ida, Thank you very much for your feedback and we are all very happy that you loved Saruni and the Masai Mara. Yes, we are proud of occupying a position that is unusual: sitting on our mountain and looking into the famous Mara plains. As you have probably been told, we have as a mission the conservation of the... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 hotel reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Travelled to 17 different countries alone in 2012, and stayed in numerous 5* accomodations. This is certainly one of the best accomodations I had. My first trip to Kenya, Masai Mara is really beautiful. Saruni Mara lodge had everything I looked forward to: beautiful rooms with really comfortable beds, hot water showers and excellent food. Loved your resident Elands who... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and I'm very glad that you loved the experience. I have passed your comments to Jackson, your guide. Coming from Asia, where the level of service and attention to details is always very high, I'm glad that we have not disappointed you. We look forward to have you back one day! More 

ahmedabad
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

we came to mara after saruni samburu !! mara saruni was good 1 hour drive from the air strip, but its the eco system of mara which makes it such a wonderful place.. animals in samburu looked like struggling to live in hardship, whereas mara animals looked much more happy and in abundance with nice green pastures and forest with... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. And thank you for your recommendations on those special activities that are really interesting and make a difference. We look forward to have you back and hopefully the next time there will be new rhinos in the sanctuary! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights here after also staying at the sister camp in Samburu. This camp is very different from Samburu, it has old world charm and felt like a home away from home. As with Saruni Samburu nothing could be faulted. The guides, lodge staff, food is to die for, and the game viewing so abundant.... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback and for your fantastic feedback. And thank you above all for sharing with us your disappointment about what happened at the masai village: in fact, it is our policy not to visit masai villages unless our guests are 100% sure that they want to do it (we focus our cultural experiences in Samburu... More 

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4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We booked our honeymoon through Imagine Africa, who recommended Saruni as a great place for safari. We were slightly nervous about the logistics but we shouldn't have been! We were met at Nairobi airport by our driver Steven and transferred to the local airfield. When we arrived in the Mara, we were greeted by Lemerien, one of Saruni's guides who... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and and thank you for choosing us for such a special occasion. I'll pass on your compliments to John and to our team. We look forward to have you back in the near future! More 

London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We returned to Saruni Mara for 5 nights in mid September 2012 (one year after our first visit). Once again we had a fantastic stay and were pleased to meet the staff again. Saruni now has a family villa which was great for my wife, daughter and me. The villa has two seperate, luxury suites with a huge lounge/dining area... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Roy, many thanks for your review and thank you for coming back to Saruni and to Kenya. yes, the new family villa is really special... we have fantastic feedback about it. And I'm glad you mentioned how closely we work with the local community: the own the land we operate on and we owe them the existence of the... More 

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