“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!!”
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.”