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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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

First: the lodge has just 12 guests and offers very good food and service. Second: the area (Masai Mara North Conservancy) has many animals and very few cars (some days we met just one another car in 11 hours of safari). Third: the guides are masai and very professional: we saw in 10 days 40 lions and the migration river... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Guido, thank you very much for your enthusiastic review and for coming to visit us. Having you and your son at Saruni has been a real pleasure and the other day Lemeria was telling me that he misses you! Leneria has been very intirgued by your questions and your personalities and wants to remain in touch... Thank you again and... More

Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Excellent lodge with really good game viewing! Spent parts of our honeymoon there (first part in the Saruni Samburu lodge), and it was just great. The guides are really good trackers, and also very service minded. The food is delicious, and the rooms (cabins) spacious and clean. Would absolutely come back!

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback. yes, the Mara is really one of the best game viewing regions in the world! We look forward to have you back. I promise that we are not going to change the cuisine... More

London
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

This lodge is well located for excellent game viewing in the North Mara Conservancy and a day trip into the Mara reserve to the migration river crossing is definitely possible. We saw 4 of the big 5 (missed leopard) and very few vehicles during our drives. This gave us the opportunity to watch and enjoy animal behaviour in different situations.... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you Roy! Being ranked in the Top Five by an expert traveller like you is a real achievement. Neil and Lemeria say hi! yes, Lemeria is a real jem and the most amazing spotter of game, and also somebody who understands nature and wildlife in an intimate way. We look forward to have you back! More

jackson NJ
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10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We spent 4 nights at Saruni Lodge. Riccardo and Neal were the perfect hosts. The staff was very attentive, informative and helpful. The food was very good. A very big thank you to the guides and driver especially our friends, Jackson and Lemari. The location and views from our room and the central lodge were breathtaking. We can not wait... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Hello Kit, thank you very much for this. Your words encourage us and we look forward to have you back! More

Warsaw, Poland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

I went to Saruni in March, 3yrs ago with two of my clients and have to admit the stay exceed our expectations! Intimate, very well conducted lodge is of the best places to start your safari. Lots of animals come near your cottage, so you don't have to go anywhere to see some elephants, bufflos or zebras :) The cottages... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Kuba, Many thanks for your trust and friendship and for sending us your guests. William says hi!!!! Our guiding team now is really good and has come a long way in the last three years! Come back and be with us, I promise you a good running ground :) More

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

Visiting Masai Mara and the hotel Saruni, was an incredible experience. The hotel is located on a small hill, has 6 cottages and has all the amenities that you want when considering a relaxing vacation. The rooms have elegant furniture, are spacious and cozy, have great bathroom with a view on wilderness and a spectacular terrace where you can observe... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review: we look forward to have you back soon! And yes, dreaming of Saruni was the dream I had when we built it in 2002-2003! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

The three nights spent at Saruni in the Mara North Conservancy comprise the BEST safari I have ever been on. This says a lot since I have lived in Kenya for the past 25 years. Riccardo Orrizio, our host, is a charming and cosmopolitan person who knows the meaning of hospitality and attention to detail. The guides come from the... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and for your encouragement. As you correctly notice, the hard work that all of us have put into Mara North Conservancy is finally paying off and we are proud of being at the heart one of the most sophisticated conservation experiments going on in Africa. We look forward to have you back... More

Reeuwijk
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

Saruni is a wonderful small Safari Camp. The staff is excellent and they do everything they can to give you the most wonderful experience of the wildlife and the scenery in Masai Mara. It is a small lodge so you have an idea that you are in the middle of nothing, so much better than the big lodges in Masai... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dear Ellen, thank you for this wonderful review and for your kind words. We are delighted to have been able to make easier for you and your family to enjoy the wonders of the Masai Mara, and without the minibuses. I like your description of being "in the middle of nothing"!!!! We look forward to have you back time after... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

From the moment we stepped off our safari flight and were met by our masai guide and tracker, we all knew this was going to be a fabulous experience. Transport vehicle was one of the best (safaried on 4 occasions before) with open sides -but covered roof for shelter. 360 degree uninterupted vision - great. Evening safari from airstrip to... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Wonderful review that makes our hearts rejoice! Thank you for your wonderful words and for appreciating our efforts to give you the best possible experience in wonderful Masai Mara. I am going to print this review and give it to our guides, who will be very proud to read it. I like the use of the terms expertise and care:... More

London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

We arrived here and didn't want to leave. From the moment we were greeted by our guide John with a huge smile, to the moment we waved goodbye, it was the most beautiful three days I have ever had. The location is amazing, the wildlife there is abundant and well cared for. The altitude reduces the chance of being bitten... More

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review. It has been a real pleasure to have you and your family with us. I like your comment about not seeing other tourists and having the feel of a real adventure: too often the Masai Mara is described as a tourist trap, full of vehicles etc, but even when we are in high season... 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): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Saruni Mara Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Saruni Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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