Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Exclusive use private house - perfect for a family
Relax by to swimming pool and watch game come to drink at the Ol Chorro waterhole below
Fantastic guides - who are all very good with children
Private guide and game vehicle for your stay
Delicious meals served on your terrace over looking the waterhole
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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Mara House is quietly tucked away in a prime wildlife area outside the Maasai Mara National Park. It is an exclusive private house which offers an excellent safari experience. The house sleeps seven people in three large en-suite and one single bedroom.
Asilia have three houses in the Mara North Conservation area and Mara House is one of these. 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.
The front of the house has a spacious lounge and dining area, although meals are often served alfresco, under the shade of a tree in the daytime and under the stars surrounded by candles and lanterns by night. There is a lovely verandah where you can relax and enjoy views down to the waterhole, and this is often where you'll while away the hours when not out on safari.
Mara House comes fully staffed, including a chef, house manager and private safari guide. 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 nearby. As you are the only guests here, you have total flexibility on the duration of your game viewing and what you wish to do each day.
Asilia 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 décor 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. There is an option for a fourth room to be converted to a single bedroom.
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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 neighboring, 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 centers. 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.
Anna Thomas (Staff)
Staying at Mara House is the perfect exclusive safari get away. During my stay, I felt as though it was my own home. I love the fact that it is located in a remote area of the conservancy. The outdoor decks are lovely and a great place to look out over the water hole. The pool is a wonderful place to cool off during the hot day and you can also eat your lunch there and bbq. The service is outstanding and you have your own chef that cooks your meals in the private kitchen. The private safari guides are wonderful and will always make sure you have a front row seat to the best game viewing experience.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I loved my stay at Mara House, Salash looked after us impeccably with lovely lunches by the pool and an incredible sundowner on top of the hill, where you really do feel on top of the world with the Mara Plains stretching out before you. Mara House is in a fantastic position close enough to go into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve for days game drive but it is lovely to be able to retreat away from the crowds up into the hills.
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
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
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight from London to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute transfer 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.