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Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

I could not have dreamt of a better honeymoon than the one we spent at Saruni Mara. The staff was so accomidating and friendly. The grounds and our room (the observatory) was beautiful. Food was delicious and the spa was so relaxing. We were able to see all of the big 5 thanks to Kisemei's superb guiding. Kisemei was extremely...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. We are becoming a well-known destination for honeymooners, both in Samburu and in the Masai Mara, which is something we love! We look forward to have you back for your anniversaries...

Reviewed April 5, 2015

This was our first safari together and also our honeymoon so we were expecting a lot, and Saruni Mara didn't disappoint. We were greeted by Dan, the manager, and Martin a member of staff who showed us around Saruni Mara and then to our private lodge, 'The Love Shack'. The views from the main lodge and dining area are breath-taking...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Dream are such an important part of our life that I'm very grateful and proud that you used the definition of "dream safari" for Saruni. And I'm very happy that you saw so much wildlife form your own room, the now famous Love Shack. We look forward to have you back to Saruni and to Kenya!

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were met at the Mara North airstrip by our guide for 3 days, John. The four of us had our own Land Rover for our time there and John didn't waste any time in starting our safari adventure on our way back to Saruni Mara. On route John saw some vultures circling and we headed toward a fresh buffalo...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you Mike for your wonderful words and I'm very happy that we gave you the experience that you deserved. the Mara is a truly magical region and what you saw (by the way, lucky!!!) proves it. We look forward to have you back with us soon.

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was our second visit to Saruni Mara, after beeing here in October 2014. We had no doubt about to come back to Saruni. It is the perfect cocktail for a Safari: excellent location (quiet, on a hill, a bit out of the world, with a great view), excellent game viewing (the mara north is really fantastic, a concervancy full...

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Thank you Tommaso for your excellent review. I'm very happy that you have been satisfied with both Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara and you'll be happy to know that shortly after guiding you Jackson has qualified as a silver guide for the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. We look forward to have you back!

norway
Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a first class place. It was much more than we expected. Jackson, the driver, made the trip a lifetime experience. The lodge was just great and everybody did their utmost to make the stay fantastic. We can really recommend this place

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review, we look forward to have you back to Saruni one day.

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was our third visit to Saruni Mara and we were a little nervous that it might not live up to our fantastic memories but we need not have worried. The drive from Mara North airstrip took us through plains where wildebeest, zebras and giraffe roam freely. The welcome was so warm and friendly that it felt like coming home....

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Third time! Amazing! Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts: you support and your enthusiasm mean a lot to us. The conservation of Kenya land, wildlife and tribal customs is fuelled by people like you who come, support, visit, understand. Thank you! See you... for the fourth visit.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 26, 2015

We stayed three full days at Saruni Mara and, having now come back to the UK, we almost feel home-sick missing the warm atmosphere and the stunning views of this gem. Saruni Mara is located in a beautiful, secluded area in the Mara North Conservancy, from which you can enjoy uncomparable views into the planes of the conservancy. Many people...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm very grateful that you found the time to write about us and your support is very important to the Saruni family. next time I hope you can sample our new property at the beach, Saruni Ocean.

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed December 27, 2014

We just got back from two nights and three days at Saruni Wild. Though my husband and I live in Kenya, we took our visiting family to this amazing, secluded, adventure-filled oasis for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We were 4 adults, 1 3 year old and one 11 year old. We saw a ton of wildlife (including a leopard...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and for your fantastic review. We look forward to have you back to Saruni soon!

Queensland, Australia
Reviewed November 28, 2014

This lodge was the highlight of our trip in kenya, its a short bumpy drive to the game park where you will find excitement at every turn, the lodge is a beautiful camp set back into the mountains with the most beautiful and relaxed feel to it, the staff Raymond and Chelsea are amazing and the theme dinners are very...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful words and for noticing our flexibility when we organise the safari: it is one of those ingredients that can make a real difference!

Riga
Reviewed November 10, 2014

The people in this hotel are amazing. The hosts make you feel really welcome. Like in family. Other guests we met were also very interesting people - great to spend evenings with. The safari tour guides - intelligent and very professional. The quality of hospitality in this lodge is even more than you would expect from an european or american...

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Thank you very much for comparing us so favourably to US or European 5 star hospitality. This is a huge compliment and we'll make sure that we keep it up.

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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: $1,284 - $1,854 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“All chalets have their own balcony's on which to relax”
 of 5 bubbles ericaI7121JK, 6 days ago | Read review
“I had the Love Shack which is very private and right at the end of the row of rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles miraNewDelhi_India, Oct 28, 2016 | Read review
“Wifi is available in some rooms but also in the general reception area. The family villa is great for famlies”
 of 5 bubbles RoyM596, Oct 16, 2016 | Read review
“Every single room has a theme and all of them are equally excellent”
 of 5 bubbles Jason-and-Mel, Jul 26, 2016 | Read review
“All the chalets are good, some further away from the main building.”
  • The main room in our 2 bedroom , 2 bathroom villa
 of 5 bubbles bornie, Feb 24, 2016 | Read review
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