We just completed a 4 night stay at Saruni Mara and for the third time had a wonderful visit. We were accommodated in the family villa which has two separate large bedrooms with en-suites with a central lounge. Absolutely ideal for family visit.
The camp is owned by an Italian and the menus are specifically orientated towards excellent Italian dishes. Meals are three courses and you are able to serve your self the quantity of food you wish to eat. Ideal for those who are watching their weight on holiday! One of the great plusses at Saruni is the interaction with other guests around the fire at night and during dinner. We were fortunate to meet new people (lots of honeymooners) and enjoy sharing our daily experiences.
Jackson and William were our guide and tracker and both were excellent. As most of the staff live on the conservancy, we were able to understand the Masai culture and way of life. Saruni has new open sided vehicles which are very comfortable. The wildlife was plentiful in the Mara Conservancy and we did not need to visit the main Mara National Reserve. We enjoyed several encounters with leopards as shown in photo, as well as lions (including a pride of 20), buffalo, cheetah, elephants and a rare sighting of a caracul cat.
Marcus is the camp manager and ensured we had an enjoyable experience. What makes Saruni special is the staff who we have now known for three years. They all are friendly, helpful and happy. There is a spa where we enjoyed a massage. The internet connection at the main office/shop is good for normal emails.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Saruni Mara Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Saruni Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve