Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Probably the most luxurious camp in the Maasai Mara
Mahali's guides are all silver rated, an impressive achievement
Fantastic game viewing from open land cruisers and on foot with Maasai guides
Wifi throughout the property.
Only a 1-hour 40-minute game drive to one of the wildebeest river-crossings
Spend the hot afternoons relaxing in and around the beautiful 12 meter long infinity-edged swimming pool
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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Sir Richard Branson's first East African property; Mahali Mzuri is located in Kenya's Maasai Mara ecosystem in a position to take advantage of the seasonal great migration.
Mahali Mzuri, means ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili and describes Sir Richard Branson’s new tented Safari camp perfectly. Located in the private and exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern edge of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Park, guests at Mahali Mzuri can explore 13,500 hectares of wildlife rich plains, led by experienced guides with years of experience.
The Main Tent, at the center of the property, features open fireplaces, a well stocked library and is designed to create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Facilities include iPads for guest use, iPod docking stations and speaker systems, a TV with satellite channels, and a DVD player. Outside there is a 12 meter infinity pool, large enough to enjoy a proper swim. There is also a spa room to enjoy relaxing massages during the day.
The twelve tents are spaced well apart from one another along the edge of the escarpment taking advantage of amazing views over the valley below. A few of the tents are designed to accommodate families all under one roof.
In true Virgin form, nothing has been overlooked here at Mahali Mzuri. It is a camp with all modern conveniences and fantastically comfortable. The service, style and decor are unique to the Maasai Mara. Those looking for something really wow, modern and luxurious, Mahali Mzuri is a great choice.
Mahali Mzuri has 12 luxury safari tents are set on raised platforms and enjoy spacious bathrooms, en-suite bedrooms and large decks offering stunning views across the Mara landscape.
There are six tents either side of the main area and the furthest tent is no more than a gentle 5-minute walk away.
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Two tents are designed for families with two additional sofa beds per tent.
Children aged 6 years and over are welcome in camp and are able to join their parents on game drives. Please note that only children 12 years or older are able to join their parents on game walks.
The camp has a collection of books, games and kites for children. There is also a TV and DVD player and a games console. Babysitting can also be arranged but needs to be requested in advance.
The food is a particular highlight at Mahali Mzuri. Snacks to keep you going through the early morning game drive, back for a continental or cooked breakfast. Lunch will normally be served on the main deck and dinner could be in the bush around a communal table. or a private dinner for two.
Guests at Mahali Mzuri can enjoy a range of activities including: game drives and walks with experienced local guides; day trips out of the concession and into the Maasai Mara National Reserve; visit to local markets and cultural day trips to learn more about the Maasai Tribe; and superb spa treatments in the bush.
A notable attraction of Mahali Mzuri is to time your visit to catch the dramatic movement of the great migration of wildebeest and zebra.
Branson loves playing dress-up. Air stewardesses, astronauts, and now (god help us) Masai warriors. Yes, Branson has set up camp in Kenya, and to celebrate the Masai have made him an honourary elder. To be fair, his new camp, just north of the Masai Mara, is worth celebrating. Just 12 tents, dotted along a ridge overlooking a spectacular natural amphitheater, with eye-popping views - the Great Migration passes through here every year, so you can sit on your deck with a glass of something cold and watch the spectacle unfold at your feet. But back to those tents - supersized, space-age, earth-colored pods, with canopied beds, wallow-worthy baths and squishy sunloungers. But no minibar - they hate waste here. Just ask and they'll give you your own full-sized bottle instead. Then dip in the infinity pool, have an Africology massage in the spa, lean on the bar and wait to see a lion kill (seriously). Or get up close with a walking safari and a bumpity-bump through the bush on a game drive - you won't see another soul.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mahali Mzuri is located in the northern section of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara ecosystem, approximately 240km to the west of Nairobi. The camp sits in the Motorogi Conservancy which, together with the neighboring Olare Orok Conservancy makes a combined game drive area of 13,500 hectares.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute transfer by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Flights to the Maasai Mara, Mara North Airstrip, take about 1-hour and Mahali Mzuri is located roughly 40-45 minutes drive from the airstrip.