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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 $7,246 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $872 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,881 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 $872 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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