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 you with the thrill of past times safari.
We had some exceptionally good game drives due to our guide Jackson, and spent some wonderful morning hours touring the plains. The staff was overall friendly and present and taught us more about the North Conservancy, Kenya and wildlife. Saruni seems to have a firm grasp of finishing touches such as a hot water bottle under your duvet when the night has gotten cold and coffee at 05.30 before your game drive begins. Overall, the lodge has a small, intimate feel to it, which suits the atmosphere and leaves you feeling close to nature without having to miss any of the comforts from civilization.
If you would rather live on the plains or near the river, this location would not be for you.