Nomadic Encounters have three houses in the Mara North Conservation area and Mara House is one. It is a relaxed, private house, situated in a remote part of the Maasai Mara Conservation area surrounded by exceptional wildlife and stunning views. Mara House has three large en-suite bedrooms and a large but cosy sitting room. It shares a swimming pool with Acacia House next door and lunch is often served by the pool. Mara House works fantastically for a family or group.
Activities include game drives, either by daylight or by spotlight to catch a glimpse of those elusive nocturnal species. Walking safaris with an armed scout are also available as well as visits to the Maasai villages.
Nomadic Encounters actively challenges the historical way of delivering cultural tourism. All the guides are exclusively Masai or Il Dorobo and all employees are encouraged to retain and practice the traditional Maasai values such as traditional dress. In line with this the Nomadic Encounters team have helped build up and continue to support the Koiyaki guiding school.
Mara House is taken on an exclusive use basis and has three double rooms, all en-suite. The rooms decor is in lovely warm tones creating a very inviting and homely atmosphere. The spacious indoor and outdoor living areas mean that guests are far from being confined to their room if they are in need of privacy and a bit of quiet time to relax.
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There are three en-suite double rooms.
Mara House welcomes children of all ages. The shared swimming pool shared with Acacia House (and a baby pool) provide plenty of safe space for children to play. Just nearby is a small school room where the hosts children are taught daily by the in house teacher Lydia. Guests are welcome to join them for as little or as much as they want allowing them some fun while the parents take a break before game driving, swimming and relaxing as a family later in the day.
Near to Mara House is a swimming pool which is shared with the neighbouring, Acacia House. There is a barbecue area near the pool with plenty of space for everyone. Mara house has a large verandah so all guests can enjoy the wonderful views down to the game rich waterhole.
From Mara House, a fully qualified safari guide and vehicle will be on hand to assist with a wide range of activities which include walking, day or night game drives and visits to local villages and trading centres. Game viewing is done both in the game reserve and in the conservancy. Guests interested in community conservation are very welcome to participate in projects, including the computer training for local villagers at the nearby Trust classroom.
When to travel
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Location and directions
Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya
Located in a secluded valley in the north of the Masai Mara Northern Conservancy, at an altitude of 6,200 feet, Mara House overlooks the famous Ol Chorro waterhole.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight from London to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then its 30 minute by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Ngerende airstrip take about 1 hour. Guests are met on arrival and it's then a 45 minute game drive to the house.