Maasai Mara, Kenya
Saruni Mara offers total exclusivity: no crowds, no minibuses, and a limited number of vehicles. It is the smallest permanent lodge in the Maasai Mara, with only five cottages and two private villas with a maximum capacity of 18 guests. If you want comfort, security, and unparalleled luxury, Saruni Mara is the perfect choice. Each guest space comprises elegant interiors, spacious bathrooms, and terraces with spectacular views overlooking the plains below. There are guided bushwalks, stargazing excursions, hot air balloon rides, and visits to local villages. Then, of course, there is the wildlife.
The area around Saruni Mara has the highest density of predators and plains game of any wilderness in the world, and is home to the most thrilling, awe-inspiring natural spectacle on the planet – the Great Migration. Unlike in other parts of Africa, game drives are always action-packed and guests are guaranteed unforgettable wildlife encounters. Maasai warriors will show you their secret corners of the most iconic and celebrated game reserve in Kenya. Beautifully wild, yet completely serene, this is the Africa of your dreams.
Saruni Mara Information
- Location & Getting There:
Saruni Mara is set atop the secluded hills of the Mara North Conservancy, with wide open game plains to the south and lush forest to the north. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is just under 6 hours by car. Safarilink, Air Kenya, and Mombasa Air offer daily flights from Nairobi to nearby Mara North airstrip, around a 50 minute drive.
Saruni Mara is the smallest permanent lodge in the Maasai Mara, offering only five cottages and two private villas with a maximum capacity of 18 guests. For those seeking security, comfort, and unparalleled luxury, Saruni Mara is the perfect choice. The lodge was strategically built away from other properties in the Mara to provide privacy and uninterrupted views over the plains.
Each guest space comprises elegant interiors, spacious bathrooms, and terraces overlooking the incredible landscapes below. The Observatory is an inviting cottage inspired by vast, starlit African skies. It features a vintage brass telescope, moon map, and a large front deck for relaxing in the day and star gazing at night. The aptly named Love Shack is the perfect romantic retreat, designed for long hours of relaxation. This wonderfully secluded space is known as Saruni Mara's honeymoon suite and features a bedroom that opens out onto a large veranda with a magnificent view of the valley - the perfect place for an al fresco dinner à deux. There is also the Artist’s Studio, the Photographer’s Studio, the Family Villa, and more. Whichever you choose, you’ll be nestled in the lap of luxury, wondering how you’ll ever leave to return home.
-Warriors Academy with Maasai warriors
One of the most remarkable experiences at Saruni Mara is going on safari guided by Maasai warriors, who eagerly share their ancient customs and local knowledge of this wild land. These proud custodians of the wilderness are not only professionally qualified, but have called this area home for centuries, giving them a unique expertise that will entertain, astound, and educate you, with every outing.
The area around Saruni Mara has the highest density of predators and plains game of any wilderness in the world. This is a place where lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more roam free. A place where you’re guaranteed unforgettable encounters, day and night.
The magic doesn’t end on game drives. Back at the lodge there are a number of other activities including the Maasai Wellbeing Space for a relaxing massage, visits to the Olchorro rhino sanctuary, village market trips, sundowners, and stargazing. Take a scenic flight on a hot air balloon. And don’t miss the ‘Warriors Academy’, where guests learn the survival skills of the revered Maasai. Near and far, there’s always something exciting taking place.
Children are welcome at Saruni Mara, especially over the age of 8-10 years. Young guests will love the unique ‘Warriors Academy’; an interactive experience designed for families that allows you all to explore the wilderness, wildlife, and authentic lifestyles of two of Africa’s last remaining tribes - the Maasai and the Samburu.