“What a wonderful hidden gem! House in the Wild is full of rustic charm and everything is geared towards creating a very laid back ‘safari chic’ atmosphere. The accommodation itself is excellent – but the real stars of the show are the fantastic team of staff who work very hard at making the guests feel very special. Purity’s food is simply delicious and Godfrey and Benson are a very engaging front of house team. All the rest of the team are equally busy behind the scenes, seamlessly producing a relaxing, high-quality holiday and making the guests feel exceptionally welcome. A special mention for Moses, our guide, whose enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise were second to none! We particularly liked the way that conservation is strongly embedded within the local community and House in the Wild clearly aims to support this ethos. We were very sad indeed to leave and truly hope to return again one day. Asante Sana!!”

Mark, UK

The inspired creation of the Wood family, founders of the surrounding Enonkishu Conservancy, House in the Wild sits on what was once intensive farmland. This unique “rewilding” project on the edge of the Maasai Mara has seen the rangelands around the lodge return to their natural state, with abundant wildlife coming back to the area after decades of farming.

With the transformation from agriculture back to nature complete, the surrounding areas now support a wide variety and quantity of wild game – including common sightings of wild dog, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a resident pride of lion on the base of the Kileleoni Hill, and there is world-class game viewing throughout Enonkishu and in the neighbouring Ol Chorro and Lemek conservancies.

At House in the Wild, generations of Woods have helped to create a very special, authentic and unpackaged safari experience, with an exceptionally welcoming and competent team on hand to look after guests’ every need.  As well as the spacious central living & dining ‘mess’ and bar, and the poolside living & dining pavilion, all overlooking the Mara River, there are four separate comfortable and stylish guest cottages –

The Marula Cottage contains 2 double bedrooms (or a double and a twin) each with an ensuite bathroom, together with central living room with fireplace and bar and a spacious front veranda with living and dining areas. It sits on its own private lawn with swinging beds overlooking the Mara River. It is ideal for two couples, or a family with older children.

The Original Cottage has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom with shared bathroom with bath and outside shower plus central living area and veranda. Located centrally just beside the main living and dining ‘mess’ it is ideal for families and has space for additional single beds to be added for extra children.

The Warburgia Cottage has one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and sits right above the river with lovely views from the front veranda with sofa. It is ideal for a younger couple or single but not for the elderly or less active as the who may find the bath/shower difficult to access.

The River Cottage has one family bedroom with one double bed and two twin beds plus ensuite bathroom and is ideal for families with smaller children. It sits just beside the river and has its own small path with stairs down onto the grassy river bank below.

“We have had the most amazing family holiday at House in the Wild – we cannot believe how beautiful it is and how tranquil. The service was second-to-none with friendly, polite and lovely staff. The food was outstanding – thank you Godfrey! Truly it was a 5-star stay even before our wonderful game drives. Seeing the vast quantities of animals was unbelievable and Wilson was the most wonderful guide to have – incredibly knowledgeable about all things Maasai and Mara. We have learned so much and gained such a love for this place.”

Sarah, UK

  • Small, charming, authentic, family-owned and run
  • Rustic-chic accommodation, generous full-board tariff
  • Swimming pool, poolside pavilion, spacious living & dining areas
  • Excellent game viewing and safari & conservation activities
  • Accommodates 12-14 guests in four private cottages
  • Resident rates from ksh 14,000 per adult ‘full board’
  • Set within the private 1000-acre Naretoi estate
  • Access to Enonkishu, Ol Chorro and Lemek conservancies
  • Spacious central living and dining ‘mess’ with bar
  • Poolside living & dining pavilion
  • Four separate accommodation cottages
  • 6 bedrooms in total
  • Swimming pool with children’s toys
  • Lawns overlooking the Mara River
  • Croquet, boules, river fishing
  • Electric fence, 24-hour security, night watchmen
  • 24-hour electricity – solar power with back-up generator
  • Hairdryer and other high-voltage items – by special arrangement
  • Cellphone signal and wi-fi internet
  • Childminders available

Activities – please ask for further information, availability and rates for these and other activities –

  • Visits to the Rhino Sanctuary
  • Guided Walks within Naretoi
  • Sundowner drinks and picnics
  • Trips to other nearby conservancies
  • Trips to the Mara National Reserve
  • Local school visits
  • Local Maasai village visits
  • Bush meals
  • Maasai homestay
  • Farm activities
  • Visits to the local cattle market
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Visit to the Mara Training Centre
  • Visit the indigenous tree nursery
  • Visit to the Mara Elephant Project
  • Yoga

House in the Wild sits above and beside the Mara River within the Enonkishu Conservancy, the most northern conservancy of the Maasai Mara with 4,224 acres of wildlife conservation land. As well as Enonkishu, guests also have access to the extensive Ol Chorro and Lemek Conservancies – all of which provide excellent game viewing across a variety of landscapes and away from the busier tourist trails. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also close at hand and game drives there are also available – but at additional cost and usually only recommended during the annual wildebeest migration.

By road – House in the Wild is a 4 to 5 hour drive from Nairobi via Narok.

By air – there are several daily flights on Air Kenya, Safarilink or Mombasa Air Safari to Ngerende Airstrip which is a 30-minute minutes away from the lodge. Private air charters can access the Naretoi Airstrip which is a 5-minute drive from the lodge but only suitable for smaller aircraft (please enquire).

“Staying at house in the wild surpassed all our expectations! It felt like we have experienced both luxury and a home-away-from-home. We were so well looked after in the best location for exploring the Mara. Thank you to all the staff for helping us to have the holiday of a lifetime. Special thanks to David for being such a fantastic guide – we really hope to come back some day!”

Amy & family, UK

“We had a wonderful time at House in the Wild – what an amazing spot. The rooms are very comfortable with great views! The food was very good and the staff very friendly – we will definitely come back. Thank you for your hospitality.”

Peter, Holland

“We have had the most amazing family holiday at House in the Wild – we cannot believe how beautiful it is and how tranquil. The service was second-to-none with friendly, polite and lovely staff. The food was outstanding – thank you Godfrey! Truly it was a 5-star stay even before our wonderful game drives. Seeing the vast quantities of animals was unbelievable and Wilson was the most wonderful guide to have – incredibly knowledgeable about all things Maasai and Mara. We have learned so much and gained such a love for this place.”

Sarah, UK

“We had a wonderful trip off the beaten track with a chance to experience real life in the Mara. A fantastic and helpful team – Purity’s cooking was delicious. We loved the school visit, the hill climb and seeing a leopard as we drove in to the house on our last night – just like it had been waiting for us! We can’t wait to come back again!”

Arthur, USA

Standard Season – 6th January to 20th June, 16th October to 18th December – Ksh 14,000 per night

High season – 21st June to 15th October – Ksh 17,000 per night

Christmas & New Year – Ksh 19,000 per night

  • Rates are per resident adult per night on a full-board, ‘self-drive’ basis.
  • Children aged 3-15 are charged 50% of adult rates, infants of 2 and under stay free.
  • Adult single occupancy supplement – ksh 5,000 per night.
  • Conservancy fees – ksh 2,000 per resident adult, ksh 1,000 per resident child (3-15).
  • Full board accommodation includes all meals, soft drinks, tea, coffee & hot chocolate, house wines, beers & non-luxury spirits.
  • Also included – ‘self drive’ access to Enonkishu, Ol Chorro and Lemek conservancies, airstrip transfers from Ngerende airstrip, laundry, guided nature walks, local village, school visits, community project visits.
  • Use of game viewing vehicle (seats 6 passengers) and driver / guide – ksh 20,000 per day.
  • Check-in from 11.00 am. Check-out before 11.00 am. Late departures must be pre-arranged and may incur an additional fee. Additional meals ksh 3,000 per guest on request.