Mahali Mzuri

Mara Lodges, Kenya

The hotel

Mahali Mzuri opened in 2013 and is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s eclectic and exclusive portfolio of retreats. The name, in Swahili, means ‘beautiful place’, an apt description for this particular part of the world, teeming with wildlife, including elephants, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, gazelle and buffalo. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to explore your fascinating surrounds and spot the abundant wildlife during game drives, safari walks and night drives conducted by experienced Masai guides. Accommodation is in 12 luxury tented suites, all set beautifully beneath the stars and very comfortable indeed. As for eats and drinks, it’s all included, with gourmet meals, utilising fresh, local produce served in a variety of locations. Meals are accompanied by the finest wines and champagne and be sure not to miss Africa's tradition of sundowners! If you have children with you, there are two family tents and a main tent full of games, a music system and a TV. With a swimming pool, spa treatment room and unlimited access to the stunning Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this unique luxury tented camp, is getting very popular indeed!

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park

Where is it

In the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, right in the path of the annual migration. Flight and road transfer from Nairobi Wilson Airport: 2 hours.

Hotel information

12 luxury individual tents providing views of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. All are stylishly decorated with 1 king-size bed, sitting area, and en-suite bathroom, private terrace, mini-bar and free standing bath with separate shower. There are 6 tents on either side of the Main Tent, all are accessible by a walkway and most sleep maximum 2 adults, or 1 adult and 1 child.

Tents 7 and 8 are able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch and dinner. All drinks including Champagne and premium brands. Game-drives.

All meals and drinks (including premium drinks and champagne) are included and served either in the dining room, in the bush or somewhere private, just for two. Bush barbecues, Champagne picnics and sundowners available. Sunrise and sunset game drives (at least 2 daily). Informative talks on local culture, flora and fauna (on request), visits to local markets (open Wed-Thur only). Main tent with TV, DVDs, iPod and sound system, small library of books and games. Complimentary WiFi in rooms and the main areas of the retreat. Spa treatments* are available in a secluded spot a short walk from the main tent. And not forgetting the swimming pool, looking out over the plains.

3 nights between 22 Dec-1 Jan.

Price includes 3-night itinerary below staying at Mahali Mzuri

Day 1: Nairobi to Mahali Mzuri
Board your internal flight from Nairobi Wilson airport to Mahali Mzuri. You will be met and transferred to the camp. Afternoon game-drive. (D)
Days 2-3: Mahali Mzuri
Game-drives in the Masai Mara. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Mahali Mzuri to Nairobi
Late morning flight to Nairobi Wilson for your onward flight arrangements. (B)

Please note: children must be aged 6 years or older to stay at Mahali Mzuri.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Family vacation EVER

Mar 22, 2019 MaureenAtlanta Atlanta

We spent 4 nights and almost 5 days. The service WAS more than +5 stars. The food was amazing and the views breathtaking. This was my second time at the resort and wanted to bring the family. Everybody was blown away by the whole experience. The game drives were amazing and saw everything that we wanted to see and more. Mariana the camp… Read more
We spent 4 nights and almost 5 days. The service WAS more than +5 stars. The food was amazing and the views breathtaking. This was my second time at the resort and wanted to bring the family. Everybody was blown away by the whole experience. The game drives were amazing and saw everything that we wanted to see and more. Mariana the camp manager met our every need and welcomed us Betty-our guide was amazing and everyday we didn’t know how she could top the previous drive and she kept delivering Bob-our resident bar tender and waiter was the best and so accommodating. Vera-was also so amazing and friendly I don’t think there is ONE thing that could have been better and we will never forget this amazing time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating All the excellent reviews say it all!

Mar 3, 2019 roger_peatling Leicester, United Kingdom

Not much I can add to the other excellent reviews - if you can afford it then go. All our previous safaris have been on a budget. We have stopped in tents on safari but not like the ones at Mahali Mzuri! Super king size beds, mini bar, bath, private veranda and stunning views were not my previous experience under canvas! Game viewing was the… Read more
Not much I can add to the other excellent reviews - if you can afford it then go. All our previous safaris have been on a budget. We have stopped in tents on safari but not like the ones at Mahali Mzuri! Super king size beds, mini bar, bath, private veranda and stunning views were not my previous experience under canvas! Game viewing was the best ever owing to the abundance of wildlife, knowledgable guides and no restriction to remain on roads. A few bits of advice: Don't buy clothes just for safari, it's not necessary. Just ensure you have layers that you can put on take off - you start early morning feeling chilly and finish the game drive very warm. However, fleece lined ponchos are provided and in the morning you will also have a hot water bottle! Don't worry about the colour of your clothing - your Masai guides will be wearing bright coloured tribal dress and the animals couldn't care less! Bring your own binoculars - a couple of pairs are available in the vehicle but if there are more than 2 of you on the trip, you will have to share. Camera - obviously if you have the big telephoto lens then bring it but also bring your wide angle because you get VERY close to all the animals. My phone was all I needed to fill the frame with a one month old lion cub! Special occasions - if like me you have a big birthday, then let the staff know and they will organise something special for your evening meal. Tipping - this is always an issue for the British. I would hope all the staff are well paid in light of the high price and the statements Richard Branson makes about supporting local people, however if the service is good then a tip is appropriate. How much? Always difficult - the minimum wage in Kenya is about KS 6000 ($60), so some of the tips suggested in other reviews appear very high. Give what you think is appropriate but don't forget those earning the least will probably be those you less of - use the tip box in the office to recognise cleaners, kitchen staff etc. Also you can give away things you might not want eg clothes, shoes etc. If they don't fit the recipient, they will know someone suitable in their family. Read less
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Mar 1, 2019 Bob m Manchester, United Kingdom

AMAZING. Went here for our honeymoon. Amazing luxurious tents, looking over a ravine and valley from a superb vantage point. Had a lovely romantic bath one afternoon, supping champagne whilst watching 15 elephant down below in the valley. Truly incredible place with amazing staff and great food and drink.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Safari Camp, Stunning Location

Feb 18, 2019 mag01uk

This amazing adventure started from the moment we stepped off the plane where we were welcomed with a glass of champagne. The drive from the airstrip to camp feels like a mini game drive due to the number of animals that you see. Upon arrival at camp, we were greeted by a stunning view over the valley. The accommodation was lovely, the “tents”… Read more
This amazing adventure started from the moment we stepped off the plane where we were welcomed with a glass of champagne. The drive from the airstrip to camp feels like a mini game drive due to the number of animals that you see. Upon arrival at camp, we were greeted by a stunning view over the valley. The accommodation was lovely, the “tents” were spacious and well equipped, with breath taking views from the bathtub and the deck. We often saw animals passing by in the valley below us. The food is fantastic, everything we had was delicious and there is a well stocked open bar, although the staff are always available to serve you. All the team at Mahali Mzuri are friendly and welcoming. A special thanks to John, our game driver, who ensured that we got to see all the animals and their cubs during our stay, along with a couple of kills and educated us on the animal’s behaviours but beyond his expertise he simply made our days with him very comfortable, relaxing and fun. We would also like to thank Kisemei who always greeted us with a huge smile and got to know us quickly and looked after us very well. Lastly, a special mention to Wilson, who is so attentive to guests and picked up on our special occasion from a short conversation one evening and very quickly reacted to make it a memorable night for us. In summary a magical experience, one that we will never forget and one that we hope we can experience again, next time with our kids. Mark and Karen Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous safaris. Fabulous staff

Feb 14, 2019 el04 Indianapolis, Indiana

First the people: we were met at landing strip by the Wonderful Jackson ! I had requested him and I am sure glad we were lucky enough to have him as our guide. He knows the area and the animals like the back of his hand. Thanks so Jackson-we saw everything! A cheetah kill!!!, cheetah cubs, lions and their cubs, a leopard and of course… Read more
First the people: we were met at landing strip by the Wonderful Jackson ! I had requested him and I am sure glad we were lucky enough to have him as our guide. He knows the area and the animals like the back of his hand. Thanks so Jackson-we saw everything! A cheetah kill!!!, cheetah cubs, lions and their cubs, a leopard and of course elephants, giraffes, Buffalo,gazelle topi wart hogs. Jackal, hyenas, impala, hippos—the works. Jackson knows right how to get us close to perfect angle and he knows the animals moods. He is THE BEST. The manager Wilson and his #2 Ann are also both fabulous. They couldn’t be more helpful or attentive. And our —I don’t know what to call him —-so much more than a waiter—David. He is the kind of person who sets the standard for what the service industry should be. He did all sorts of above and beyond things for us always with a smile. We LOVED him. The tents are spacious and very spread out. The furthest are a good 6-8 minute walk to main lodge so if you want to be closer you might ask. No A/c so it does get hot at midday....they do have floor fans. It is run by generators which get shut off from midnight to 4 a.m.—and the nights are very cool. They have Walkie talkies if you need to reach the office during those hours. Make sure you understand that there ARE animal noises at night so you don’t get scared! The food was great. This is a very special place ! Read less