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Mara Bush Houses

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Exclusive Bush House
- Family Friendly
- Swimming Pool
- Superb Guides

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Overview

Mara Houses is a collection of three bush houses within private reserves adjoining the Masai Mara. The sense of privacy, wilderness, variety of activities and the tailored daily itineraries mean these houses are perfect for families.

We stayed in Acacia House which has three large bedrooms, one large double with beautiful ensuite bathroom, one twin and a loft room upstairs for the children. It will sleep up to 4 adults and 3 children very comfortably. Acacia House shares a pool with its twin property Mara House. Although the two properties are less than 100m away from each other, you could easily stay in one and be unaware of the other – you get a real feeling of privacy and being very much out in the wild. Mara House and Acacia House overlook a thriving water hole, in the space of a couple of hours spent on the veranda, we saw giraffe, impala, warthog and dik dik.

Each house gets its own dedicated guide, so the pace and activities each day are tailored to suit – perfect for families. Situated on the private Mara North Conservancy, the houses are a fair distance from the main reserve. But don’t let that put you off, you are only a short drive from the vast Mara North plains which are teeming with wildlife during the migration season. It is not unusual to see greater densities of wildlife here than in the reserve and the only real reason to make it over to the main reserve would be to try and catch sight of a river crossing during the migration season.

The guides are well used to looking after families, a typical day will involve an early start for a morning game drive with a bush breakfast, returning to base for lunch. After lunch, the houses are perfect for a couple of hours of downtime to use the pool or laze on the verandah overlooking the waterhole. Later in the afternoon, the kids (and adults) can learn how to shoot bow and arrows maasai style before afternoon tea and a late afternoon game drive to a scenic spot for a sundowner. If you are staying more than a couple of days, it is likely you will visit the local school, which is cited by many visitors as a highlight of their stay and guests can enjoy escorted waking safaris with an armed ranger from the Conservancy.

Mara Houses are a fantastic experience and come highly recommended, but please get in touch early as they do book out quickly!

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Suggested Itineraries for Mara Bush Houses

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

The best of Kenya for families, combining the wilderness of Laikipia North, superb safari in the Masai Mara and the beautiful Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 13 days

Adults from $7,297 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $913 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,922 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $913 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 611 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
    Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

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