Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
The annual wildebeest migration often passes over the lawn
Spectacular view through the acacia trees to the expansive plains beyond
Exclusive use private house - perfect for a family
Delicious lunched under the shade of a large acacia tree
Private guide and vehicle for your stay
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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Tucked away on a prime wildlife area just outside the Maasai Mara National Park, Topi House is an exclusive private house which offers an excellent safari experience in Kenya's best game viewing area. The house sleeps six people in three en-suite rooms.
Topi House is one of three houses owned and run by Asilia. It is a private and secluded house located within the Olare Orok Conservancy, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The house has spectacular views through the small thorn tree forest, into the Mara Plains beyond. Topi House is designed as a private bush home in the middle of Africa's greatest eco system. The area, with its rolling hills, is ideal for bush picnics, walking and sundowners with a view.
Topi House is positioned directly on the wildebeest migration route and has been known to experience huge volumes of game right up to the front door. The house consists of three en-suite bedrooms which are linked by a large verandah running along the front. At the far end lies the living dining area, complete with an open log fire. Game viewing is done both in the game reserve and in the conservancy and includes game drives and bush walks with your private safari guide. Having your own guide for the house allows the ultimate flexibility for your safari. Visits to the nearby schools and Maasai villages are also possible.
The house is fully staffed, with your own chef, wildlife guide and house manager to ensure you have everything you need to have an unforgettable stay.
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 Masai 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.
Topi House sleeps six people in three large bedrooms. One large double room which is en-suite room and the other two share a bathroom. The rooms are beautifully decorated in local style designs with mosquito nets, fans and rugs on the floor.
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There are three double rooms.
Topi House welcomes children of all ages and invites them to enjoy the safari experience along side their parents. The house has plenty of resources and space for the younger ones to feel at home and to enjoy the space of this wilderness safely. Food can be tailored to suit children's needs and meal times can be earlier if required.
From Topi 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.
Dr Stanley Rom (Guest)
Topi House was magnificent and Anna, our Kenya-based daughter, had the experience of a previous 'common-man' visit to the Masi Maara. So she had the perspective. What was on offer was bespoke, personalised attention, the rest of the world could use as a model of how 'to do it'.
Fredrick Ronko, if he was not a Masi Warrior, would be a much loved university professor or CEO of a very successful FT listed company. His quiet manner does not hide a formidable intelligence and ability to do things right. Together with warm 'People-Skills', Knowledge and Management ability: A winning combination. It was a pleasure to be in his company and a privilege to have him share his love of the Maara with us. And the background operation he runsMagnificent.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Topi House is a wonderful traditional style homestead right on the edge of the Maasai Mara Reserve and it really has the most incredible views of acacia trees and the vast plains and lunch is usually served on the lawn in front of the house so you are in prime position to soak up the setting. During the migration there are often vast herds of wilderbeast surrounding the house and it is not unheard for a pride of lion to make a kill on the lawn!
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
Topi House borders both the 23,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy and the world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve. The site has been carefully selected to maximise the views through the small thorn tree forest, in which the house sits, over the national reserve boundary and into the reserve beyond.
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 trasnfer by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Ol Kiombo airstrip take about 1-hour. Guests are met on arrival and it's then a 40-minute game drive to Topi House.