My husband and I spent 3 nights here after also staying at the sister camp in Samburu. This camp is very different from Samburu, it has old world charm and felt like a home away from home. As with Saruni Samburu nothing could be faulted. The guides, lodge staff, food is to die for, and the game viewing so abundant. We had previosly met Hen (manager) at Samburu and were welcomed by her like old friends, we had also met Riccardo at the other camp and were pleased to be able to enjoy conversations with him over dinner. We were fortunate in that the other guests at the lodge had also been at Samburu so we already had a bond and throughly enjoyed our time here. As with Saruni Samburu - which I recommend you also go to - game drives are in open Land Rovers which we loved. Our guide Lemeria had eyes like an eagle - we had a list of game that we wanted to see and he found it all, we were not left wanting.
Lovely touches like making sure the fire was going when we returned wet right through after getting caught in a thunderstorm and hot water bottles in your bed are little things but things that make it all the better. Your laundry is done for you and all you have to think about is how long you want your game drive to be the next day. The fact that you have your own guide and can tailor make your day to suit is just fantastic. You most definately will not go wrong staying here, I cried when I left, I just loved this place so much. There was only 1 negative that I took away with me and nothing to do with the lodge, but the Masi village that we went to. We were told by everyone that the cost to go to the village was $10 per person, when we got there they wanted $20 per person, my husband didn't want to go in at that price but it was one of those things I wanted to do, we paid the extra money and enjoyed the experience but felt like perhaps the price was made up on the day ? Worth $10 per person, but not the $20 that we paid.
- 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