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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Saruni Mara is a very special place - it is just beautiful and everything about it is very high-end without being "precious." The staff took such good care of us all, with ages ranging from 10 to 75, and are truly lovely people. The food was amazing, the rooms just beautiful (set into the side of a lush, green hill)... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review and thank you for recommending Saruni to people who wan to visit the incredible Masai Mara. We look forward to have you back. More 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

We just got back home from an amazing safari experience and stay at Saruni Mara. I usually don't write reviews but the exceptional service, attention and accommodations at Saruni Mara merit nothing less. From our arrival at the airstrip at the Mara Reserve our wonderful guides William and William greeted us with graciousness and immediately took us on our first... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic review and for your kind words. Yes William and the entire team are a fantastic team and i'm glad that you loved the accommodation and that you were pampered. To be called trip of a lifetime is a great honour! We look forward to have you back. More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

After our experience at Saruni Samburu and Saruni Wild, we already knew that we would not be disappointed at Saruni Mara. The lodge is isolated from everything in the middle of the forest and with a nice balcony in the room to relax and enjoy the view. After an amazing Safari, we arrived at the lodge and the Saruni's team... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. I'm very happy that you and your family had such a great experience and that you loved the level of service we provided. But I'm especially thrilled that you appreciated our strong connection with the local community, one of the pillars of our history and of our philosophy. Only working with the... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

There was a wonderful greeting, the food was outstanding and the attention showed to us by the staff was excellent. We were impressed by the security and the cleanliness of our accommodation. It was a lovely experience which we shall always treasure.

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Thank you very much for your review and I'm glad you loved our lodge and our "welcome committee"! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This was our second trip to Saruni Mara and it was once again spectacular. The team at Saruni Mara goes above and beyond every day to make our time as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. From a birthday celebration, to dinner in the bush, to amazing animal sighting including cheetah and lion cubs, our trip was simply amazing. The team... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review, I'm so glad that your your daughter had a wonderful time too! Saruni is children-friendly and we love having families with us! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

The hotel manager told us we are the only guests that had booked directly with the hotel. And we are so proud of our research and decision to stay with Saruni - we stayed at both Saruni Mara and Saruni Wild (another tented camp in the Saruni hotel group). The entire experience with Saruni is just awesome. We were welcomed... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review and for your warm words of appreciation for our service (thank you for calling it OVER-5 star!). I'm glad you loved our Italian-inspred food and we all look forward to have you back soon 9for the food and for the experience). More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I am 62 years old and have traveled the world. Never have I returned from a vacation and said it was perfect until my trip with Saruni. I took my family of 6 and thanks to Saruni I have memories of a lifetime. The staff pre trip and post were incredibly helpful and responsive. The rooms were magnificent. Our guide... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Came here for our honeymoon and we had a fantastic time from the moment we arrived. The staff are so friendly and are very polite, professional and friendly and go out their way to ensure we had a great time. The food was unbelievable, local food with an Italian twist, hats off to the chef. The guide we had for... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and when a guest says "we had four of the best days of our life" we all feel happy. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Located in a community wildlife conservancy. Great wildlife viewing. Saw leopard a few metres from camp. Amazing food. The rooms are spacious. The beds very comfortable. Wifi speed and reliable. Great local staff and excellent hosting. Serene location.

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Thank you very much for your wonderful review and we are very happy that you had such a great experience with us. We look forward to have you back! More 

Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

My daughter & I spent 5 days at Saruni Mara and had a wonderful experience. The staff, the location, and seeing the wildlife were all unbelievable. The delicious Italian food cooked by a Masai chef was a wonderful bonus. Our guide, Lumaria was knowlegeable and an expert tracker - we saw more wildlife than we could ever have imagined. Tom,... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and you are right, Lemeria is a great guide and a super person. I'm glad you saw more wildlife than expected, we all work hard in Mara North Conservancy to make sure that the Masai Mara remains the jewel that it is. And I'm glad you loved the Italian food! We look forward... More 

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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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Address: C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $1,043 - $1,802 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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