An ideal stay for a home-away-from-home feel in the bush
Plenty of exciting and varied activities for the whole family
A stunning boutique property with friendly and welcoming staff
Property is completely fenced, so no hippos or elephants crossing the lawn and safe for kids to run around
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.
Relax in a swing chair overlooking the Mara River
Relax in a swing chair overlooking the Mara River
Perched on the banks of the Mara River in the Enonkishu Conservancy, House in the Wild is a private, family-owned boutique lodge located on the edge of the Maasai Mara. This home in the bush offers an authentic stay with friendly and welcoming service.
Originally a family getaway for Tarquin and Lippa Wood, House in the Wild has been restored to a beautiful home-away-from-home boutique lodge experience in the Maasai Mara. Once located on a commercial farm, House in the Wild is now located on Naretoi, a 1,000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy, the focus has moved from farming and back to nature. A 'rewilding' project has seen rangelands around the House in the Wild return to their natural state, with wildlife returning to the area after over a decade of intense farming. Having set up the Enonkishu Conservancy, Tarquin and Lippa have worked with the community to ensure that not only the wildlife see the benefits of the conservancy. They have implemented a grazing plan and engaged in social enterprises that will improve livelihoods, environment and revenues for all.
The House itself comprises four individually decorated cottages, sleeping twelve to fourteen guests in total. All over looking the Mara River, each has been decorated with hand crafted furniture throughout with plenty of communal space in the main areas for guests to socialise and relax. Running on 95% solar energy, House in the Wild uses recycled water through an eco wetlands, as well as sourcing firewood from a sustainable plantation. All the building material has been sourced from sustainable suppliers as well as there being a ban on plastic water botttles, with refillable aluminium bottles given to guests to use during their stay.
Dining at House in the Wild is taken either under the stars by the campfire, or in the dining area by the fire. Most of the fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, cream and baked goods have been produced by the farm or family, with healthy and delicious home cooked food taking centre stage.
Activities have been designed to offer the whole family independence and some exciting experiences during a stay. From game activities such as game drives, guided walks and sundowners to games in the garden such as croquet, garden boules, rugby balls and even board games. Guests can also visit local schools, go fishing in the Mara River, or even visit the local cattle market.
House in the Wild has four cottages to offers to guests, each individually designed for comfort and style. The Original Cottage has a large veranda with two double rooms, sharing a bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, perfect for families to share. The River Cottage has one double with the option of two single beds for children at the back of the room. The Warburgia Cottage is located under the shade of a huge Warborgia tree and is ideal for couples with a double en-suite and large bath overlooking the river. The last cottage is Marula Cottage comprising two large double en-suite rooms with its own private lawn, veranda and lounge areas.
Tarquin and Lippa Wood have three young children of their own, so guests can be confident in bringing children to this peaceful part of the Maasai Mara. Babysitting services are available, as well as kids entertainment and even nanny accommodation.
The main mess area of House in the Wild has a rustic charm and is and beautifully designed with all the comforts of a family lodge. A lounge and dining area offer a space for guests to enjoy throughout the day and during the evenings, with a swimming pool perfect for cooling off during the warm afternoons.
Activities at House in the Wild range from morning game drives followed by a bush breakfast, sundowners on the edge of a hill and guided walks within Naretoi to tennis, local school visits, farm activities, fishing in the Mara River and much more. Some activities such as visits to the Rhino Sanctuary, a Maasai homestay, scenic flights and hot air balloon rides are also available but come at an extra cost.
I loved my stay at House in the Wild. Lippa and Tarquin Wood could not have made us feel more at home. It really felt as though we were staying with friends with the warm but relaxed hospitality. The spacious cottages are beautifully but simply decorated and I was in River Cottage which enjoys the most fabulous views down the Mara River. My cottage had 2 extra beds in the dressing room area and I though what a perfect place it would be to bring my two girls to in a couple of years time. I loved the space the lodge has with large lawns by the swimming pool so it is perfect place for children to dash about, play croquet and jump into the pool to cool off. It is a real home from home and you don't feel the need to go out on every game activity - just chill and spend time enjoying just being in the bush. It's also fascinating fining out how the Wood's are now fully engaged in the rewilding process. I really enjoyed our visit to The Mara Training Centre, which was set up to assist the local Maasai to learn about rangeland management and how they are working with the local communities to restore and maintain the natural environment. It was a real insight into how the local communities and the wildlife live alongside each other and how the wildlife has to benefit the communities so it is their interest to protect and treasure it.
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