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Saruni Mara

  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • This is a small lodge in the Masai Mara, with a maximum of 14 guests at a time
  • Specialized guiding, such as bird-watching, is available
  • There's a forest view

Cons

  • A high altitude of 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) means cold nights and sometimes cold days
  • The access road is rough

Updated 10/18/2012

Fodor's Review

This exclusive eco-friendly lodge lies just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve, inside Mara North Conservancy in a remote valley of olive and cedar trees. Each of the six cottages has polished wooden floors and is furnished with hand-carved cedarwood beds, Persian rugs, African art, colonial antiques, and comfortable chairs. You'll dine at a long table at Kuro House, the main lodge, which combines an eclectic mix of old-style Africa and modern design. The Italian

cuisine here is superb, but there's also a wide international menu available that uses fresh, locally grown, organic produce. You can also participate in a bush barbecue or dine alone by candlelight on your veranda. The library has a superb collection of Africana—it's definitely worth a visit. Children of all ages are welcome. The tucked-away Masai Wellbeing Space, which uses local plants for its treatments, is run by one of Italy's most famous spas, Centro Benessere Stresa, and is considered one of the best spas in Kenya. All the guides are members of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, and Saruni supports the innovative Koyiaki Guiding School, which trains young Kenyans. Make sure you factor in the $80 per-person, per-day park fees into your expenses as this is not included in the lodge's fees.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Phone:

254-734–764616; 050-224–24

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 6 cottages
  • All meals

Updated 10/18/2012

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