Acacia House and Mara House are located in the Ol Chorro Losoit Valley within the 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy and make the perfect safari getaway for families and groups of friends – they can be taken individually for smaller groups or together for larger parties. The houses are set away from the more well-trodden tourist trails and offer total privacy from the rest of the Mara – but with easy access to the escarpment or open plains, both of which are 15 minutes drive from the houses.
“This was one of the most magical family holidays we have ever had, and this was due to the staff at Mara House just as much as the beautiful animals we were lucky enough to see. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel like part of the family – everyone is so incredibly warm and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The house itself is stunning and the standard of the food was just fabulous – every meal was totally delicious and always so fresh and healthy. Martin was our guide, and we couldn’t have hoped to have a more friendly and knowledgeable guide who clearly loves his job and the people he meets. We were lucky enough to see a leopard eating her kill up a tree (and that was from the airport on the way to the house!). We also saw some beautiful cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lions, hippos and crocodiles. Our children were totally transfixed, and so were we!”
The lush and undisturbed bush forest around the houses attracts a wide array of game and both properties have large verandas overlooking a waterhole frequented by a variety of animal and bird life. The slightly higher altitude and secluded location means a cooler, fresher climate and a quieter and more exclusive safari experience than the majority of the surrounding Mara ecosystem.
“I can’t begin to describe how wonderful this place is. The accommodation is great and we were so well looked after and thoroughly spoiled. Martin our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about all the wildlife and Richard the cook served delicious meals. We saw every possible animal several times including the endangered wild dog and there was wonderful viewing from the veranda. I could go on and on… a huge thank you to you all.”
A fully-qualified guide and safari vehicle are on hand at all times to assist with a wide range of activities including game drives within the Mara North and Lemek conservancies, bush walks and visits to local villages and trading centres. Safari activities take place within the local conservancies and also within the Maasai Mara National Reserve (additional park fees apply) ensuring a wide variety of landscapes and experiences and excellent year-round game viewing.
“It is hard to overstate how good Acacia House is. It is incredibly comfortable, the bedrooms are spacious and welcoming, the kitchen is well-stocked with drinks and the porch affords a remarkable view of a watering hole that is regularly teeming with animals. In our two nights at the house, among other things, we saw dozens of elephants and giraffes. The pool, which also overlooks the watering hole, is elegant and private. The food is wonderful. And maybe best of all are the warm and accommodating staff. Our guide Martin may have the best eyesight in the history of mankind given his ability to spot game. We cannot wait to come back and will be sending friends.”
PT, Washington DC
Both houses are comfortable, well-equipped and relaxing and come with an experienced and friendly team of staff, including chef, private guide and house manager. All meals are prepared by the chef according to guests’ schedules and the generous full-board tariff includes both alcoholic and soft drinks. Bush breakfasts and sundowners are included and at the houses, guests can choose whether to eat inside the house, out on the veranda overlooking the waterhole or beside the shared swimming pool which has its own barbecue and dining area.