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“The best bush experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa

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Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa
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Nairobi
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“The best bush experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at Mara house, and it was absolutely wonderful, Rainee and the staff took care of our every request. The house is well designed and tastefully furnished, and the meals were amazing! Gourmet 3 course meals in the bush had such a novelty factor! The pool and barbeque area was lovely and was a nice area to relax in between game drives. We especially loved relaxing with sundowners while watching the zebra, gazelles and warthogs come to the watering hole, which was a short distance away.
The little touches made a huge difference - unlimited mineral water in charming maasai beaded bottles, washing powder for ladies to wash their underwear, excellent well made coffee, evening fires in the fireplace, and the excellent service from the house staff, who knew when to pour more wine into your glass, made excellent G & Ts, and generally went out their way to make you comfortable. The chef, Isaac, was excellent and more than willing to accommodate any requests for my 2 yr old son. Our tour guide Dickson was very knowledgeable and always shared tid-bits and interesting information on the game, and was an excellent driver - his ability to single-handedly change the tyre in the middle of the plains at super speed was particularly impressive!
We had such a lovely time, we strongly recommend Mara house especially for families.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about Nomadic Encounters. We only had three days to stay with them, after the first few hours there, my wife and I already knew we'd be wishing for more time! The accommodations are very, very comfortable, and were far more spacious and luxurious than we were expecting. Wilson provided us with incredible service throughout the day and into the evening, and the food... OH my GOODNESS.... the food was INCREDIBLE!! We went to the Mara expecting the game drives to be the highlight of our trip, and while each one was its own unique and truly amazing experience, I honestly think I would've been just as happy sitting on the lanai, sipping the excellent French press coffee, reading a book, and watching the action at the watering hole! That being said, the game drives were even more awe-inspiring than I had expected, and we were there during the SLOW season- I can't even imagine what it must be like during the migration! Fred, our driver/guide was very knowledgeable about all forms of wildlife, the ecology of the Mara and local culture and customs, and was very, very good at spotting and pointing out wildlife that I, were I at the helm, would have driven right past without noticing. We can't wait for the chance to get back to the Mara, and we will DEFINITELY be staying with Nomadic Encounters... hopefully with a good portion of our extended families in tow! Stay here... you WILL NOT regret it!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bells Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Our recent stay at Acacia lodge ranks amongst the best of our broad travel experiences.
The house, all yours, overlooks its own spring-fed waterholes, where birds and other wildlife, including Elephants for us, were constant visitors.
House staff and all meals, including a requested traditional Maasai dinner, were top rate. And after showing a keen interest in the local culture we were treated to 2 separate, impromptu, dance performances by 4 of our Maasai "warriors". Unforgettable!
Game viewing exceeded our expectations. Dickson, our young guide, is the best we have encountered. His passion, enthusiasm and broad knowledge, often delivered with a Maasai cultural context, brought our game viewing to life. Our guided walking safari to the Mara's highest point, with breakfast, gazing across the plain far below was both reward and highlight.
We highly recommend Natural Encounters' Acacia House and their guide Dickson.

Room Tip: The whole house is yours. The upstairs bedroom would be ideal for kids.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Kirkel, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We are a family of 4 and we spent a few days at Acacia House / Nomadic Encounters.
We loved every moment of it. The house is located just in front of a waterhole where zebras and buffaloes came and drank while we were sitting on our veranda surrounded by wild sage and olive trees. The entire house is fabulously designed, olive tree wood is used throughout the builiding.
Our guide Fred was terrific and we had the most wonderful time with Dennis and the whole team of Acacia House who made our stay unforgettable.
Not to forget the food - it was delicious.
We definitely want to come back

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Nanyuki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Heaven..... Fantastic staff, amazing food, lovely houses, swimming pool and to top it all off the most brilliant game viewing right there from your own house in the middle of th Masai Mara! The children spent hours in the pool, games drives and walking with the Masai listening to story after story. A very special experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We spent six fantastic days on Safari with Nomadic Encounters, staying at Acacia House which is located in the Mara North Conservancy.

Firstly, the house itself was great. We stayed as a couple but it can comfortably take six adult guests. Both the service, accomodation and location are second to none. The house is situated in front of a waterhole and we saw Elephants (twice), Buffalo (twice), Zebra, Impala and hogs from the comfort of our own veranda.

What made our holiday unforgettable was the game drives. Jackson and Mbutinga were incredible guides - we saw everything including four different Lepoards!

We cannot recommend Nomadic Encounters highly enough. My wife cried when we waved goodbye to the team on the plane which probably says it all.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have never felt more at home than I did at the Topi House. Absolutely beautiful setting, great sunsets by the fire, fantastic food, lots of humor. House was immaculately clean. The staff, who I can't all name, we so solicitous - whatever we needed or thought we wanted, they made sure we had it. Leonard was a suburb chief! He really needs to put together a cookbook. He spent hours hand writing receipes for me. Our host Salaash and his right hand man, Loli, were just fantastic. Salaash knows the Mara like the back of his hand. A fantastic guide and person. I hope to return and when I do, the Topi House is my #1.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa
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 #30 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Bush Houses, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience total freedom in your own bush house in the heart of the Maasai Mara conservancies. Animals stroll right past the front doors of all three of these private sanctuaries, and you have total freedom to set the pace of your own safari escape. Mara, Acacia and Topi houses are all seriously comfortable – although there is no resident host, a full complement of staff takes care of your every need. Each house accommodates six people in three double rooms, so they are ideal for couples, families and groups. Even better, you have the freedom to personally design your own itinerary. With detailed personal service, home-from-home hospitality and unequalled wildlife expertise, a safari at Mara Bush Houses is a unique and exclusive adventure. ... more   less 
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