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“Exceptional - Highly Recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa

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Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Nomadic Encounters)   |  
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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Exceptional - Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was our third trip together to the Mara and we stayed at Topi and Acacia House. My husband is confined to a wheelchair and we couldn't have asked for more in terms of accommodating his needs. Very personal and individual attention, spectacular guides and facilities. First class treatment as soon as you touch down, lots of little touches that make it very special, such as being greeted immediately you step out of the vehicle after a safari with a cooling hand towel and light refreshments. The wildlife is all around you and the guides are so knowledgeable - you get the whole experience and time to savour it at your pace, doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, but equally if you can't make up your mind or know what there is to do, they will plan or suggest the day's itinery for you. Luxury accommodation and attention by all the team of staff, the food was unbelievable (and lots of it) - afternoon tea and cakes on the veranda at Acacia House watching the water hole to see what might appear - you dream of these things, but it was real. A chance to see the real Kenya and its friendly people. A very private and personal experience of the Mara shared with lovely people.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My wife and I have been all over the world and what separates one place from the next is the host. There is beauty and awesome sites everywhere but the people who take care of you and the hospitality they provide is what makes the difference. Nomadic encounters offered an amazing experience that was welcoming, fascinating and affordable.nand our guide and host, salaash, was one of most interesting, intelligent and kind people we have ever met. Book nomadic encounters for your next trip. By the way, this is the first review I have ever written...I feel that nomadic encounters deserved the good words!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed at the Topi House for two nights (we wanted to stay longer but they were already booked). This place is incredible! The food was delicious. The accommodations were five star. The property is quiet, private, and peaceful and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and dedicated to making us feel comfortable during our entire stay. Our guide Salaash took us on some amazing game drives throughout the Mara. His extensive knowledge of the Mara as well as his quick wit kept us engaged and entertained the entire time. Nothing but rave reviews for Topi House! I hope we get to go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We warmed up at Emakoko Lodge in Nairobi but were blown away with our stay at Topi House in Maasai Mara. Our guide and host Salaash and spotter Loli greeted us with such enthusiasm at airstrip. When asked how far a drive to Topi House, Salaash said 1-24 hours and he meant it. Their radar is always up and how sensitive and accurate it is. Our 2 days with them was jam packed with seeing, learning, laughing, eating both at Topi House and in the Bush. Leonard is the best chef and even hand wrote some recipes that we loved. I think he should make a cook book. The staff at Topi took the best care of us. What great people. Topi House was so comfortable and in a gorgeous setting. Wish we could have stayed longer. The wildebeest migration was beyond what we could have imagined.We saw a crossing fraught with crocidiles sunning on the rocks. We saw lioness drag a kill into the bush and leave to return with her 2 cubs. Salaash called it play by play. We had many highlights on our 2 week safari but we remember most fondly our friends, Salaash, Loli and staff with Nomadic Encounters at Topi House.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We have been to Acacia House and Topi House (two different years). The staff is excellent and Salaash and the guides are the best we have encountered in our many trips to Africa. Food is great and the houses are wonderful and are right out in the wilderness with game coming by. You have the whole house to yourself and whomever you have traveled with and your own driver and guide as well. We came back the second time and are booked for a third and fourth!

Acacia House has a pool and a water hole. Topi House is right on the edge of the Mara with quick access to one of the most wonderful parks in the world. With both houses you also have your own vehicle and guide. ( excellent for photographers).

We travel a lot for photography for our website and have been in 27 countries. This is by far our favorite place and we have had great experiences with the wildlife.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

From the minute we stepped off of the plane and were met by our guides, Jackson and Fred, it was one exciting adventure after another. They were so enthsiastic and shared so much with us. The safaris were unbelievable! The excitement of following leopards and seeing lions was such a thrill. The Mara and Acacia Houses were beautiful homes where we were treated royally by the staff. Thanks to Jackson and Fred and all those that welcomed us into their world.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have taken groups to Mara and Acacia house for the last couple of years. Both of the houses are 5 star quality. All of the bedrooms are very spacious with plenty of room in each one. The bathrooms also are large. The use of natural wood in the architecture gives a very cozy feel to both houses.

The loft bedroom in Acacia house is great for kids.

Both houses have a very nice, large front porch overlooking a waterhole where animals come often to drink.

Now - the staff - I really don't know where to start. I have traveled all over the world and can't say I have ever had better or more friendly service. Evelyn is a fantastic chef and the food is out of this world. It isn't overly gourmet or too fancy or over the top, but is cooked perfectly and seasoned well. Everything was extremely fresh - especially the fruits and vegetables. Dennis and Wilson will look after your every desire in the house. They are always ready with a smile to cater to whatever need arises! They even figured out a way to cut off my suitcase lock that i accidentally closed with the key locked inside my suitcase!!

Jackson and Fred - if there is a better team of guides anywhere in Africa, I would be surprised. Both of them have extensive knowledge of the area and bush and a sixth sense of what is going on with the animals.

While there are endless options of camps in the Mara - this is always the favorite of the group! Definitely a 5 start experience all the way!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Nomadic Encounters)
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the very heart of one of Africa’s most famous and game rich areas. A bush house, ideal for a couple, family or group, where the wildlife comes right to your front door and you decide how you would like to pass your day. The private Mara Bush Houses, formerly known as the Nomadic Encounters Bush Homes, are located in the very best locations of the Masai Mara ecosystem and benefit from three generations of experience in this area. ... more   less 
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Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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