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 Another fantastic trip

Oct 30, 2019 F6089MSlizs Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

This is our second visit to this fantastic camp as a family. Cannot praise it enough. Location is out of this world and the tents are spacious and comfortable. Everything has been thought of from sun cream, lovely toiletries and even hair dryer (areal luxury in the Bush) But it is the staff at this place which really make it for us. Every single… Read more
This is our second visit to this fantastic camp as a family. Cannot praise it enough. Location is out of this world and the tents are spacious and comfortable. Everything has been thought of from sun cream, lovely toiletries and even hair dryer (areal luxury in the Bush) But it is the staff at this place which really make it for us. Every single one is smiley and helpful and spoil our two grandsons rotten. There is always someone around to fulfill any wants and we never feel we are being too much trouble. Although everyone is absolutely lovely our very special thanks must go to John, our guide. He finds us everything and is endlessly patient with the boys teaching them so much. Hope to return before too long. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb Camp, Charming Staff, Tremendous Food and the Great Migration - What Else?

Oct 11, 2019 Patricia W Gainesville, Florida

We have always limited ourselves to camps/game drives in South Africa because of the logistics. WE WERE SO WRONG. Early morning we flew in a tiny plane - 150 miles west of Nairobi - to the grassy landing strip in Mahali Mzuri ("beautiful place" in Swahili). It was a beautiful flight! The camp is located in a lush valley of the 35,000-acre… Read more
We have always limited ourselves to camps/game drives in South Africa because of the logistics. WE WERE SO WRONG. Early morning we flew in a tiny plane - 150 miles west of Nairobi - to the grassy landing strip in Mahali Mzuri ("beautiful place" in Swahili). It was a beautiful flight! The camp is located in a lush valley of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which is part of the Greater Masai Mara ecosystem famous for its abundant populations and species of wildlife. The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the animals and people that live on the land. We were met by our Guide Levi and Tracker Rinka with champagne! They were so great at finding wildlife - we stayed busy almost every minute of our drives. We saw leopards, cheetahs and lions galore! One day they took us to the Mara River to see the migration and the crossing! It was an entire day with lunch on the river! During our visit we followed on our daily drives many instances of this 1,000 mile Great Migration. The futuristic designed "tents" are perched on a bluff where we could sit on our veranda and watch the elephants play in the valley below. The entire arrangement of the suite is perfect. They have a bar set up with the special liquid of choice! They assign a very competent and charming staff member. Thank you, Johnstone! Our food was prepared by Chef Edison - and we had already been told he was GREAT in the kitchen. His soups are amazing and every bit of meat - beef, lamb, beef, lamb - was prepared perfectly. We were wowed! We had several meals served on our veranda and ended the evening listening to the game near our property. Six days of wildlife treks, astonishing photography, great food, helpful staff, and abundant African wildlife passed by all too quickly. We have fallen in love with this camp and have already booked it for 2020 - breaking our South African Rule, again. Thank all of you at Mahali Mzuri - it was truly a gift! Read less
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Oct 8, 2019 alleppey New York

We had great expectations for Mahali Mzuri in Kenya’s Masai Mara after our stays in Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. No question the place is exclusive and the tents were the best we stayed in. But the food was far below our experience in the other places. Especially steak!! However our guide Betty was superb. She knew how to… Read more
We had great expectations for Mahali Mzuri in Kenya’s Masai Mara after our stays in Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. No question the place is exclusive and the tents were the best we stayed in. But the food was far below our experience in the other places. Especially steak!! However our guide Betty was superb. She knew how to track the animals and was often the first to arrive at the “scene”. The Masai village visit was great and their efforts to support the local school for Masai must be commended. We also met some nice fellow travelers at Mahali!! We strongly recommend as we know the Branson organization will fix the food. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Glamping at its best

Oct 8, 2019 rvfb Manila

This is a 4.7 ratings for me to be exact as there are always certain issues everyone will always have with a 5 star resort like this but this is an amazing place just the same. The place is outstanding, the view breathtaking and the amenities very grand. In any situation like this most will feel very pampered given the full board meals and… Read more
This is a 4.7 ratings for me to be exact as there are always certain issues everyone will always have with a 5 star resort like this but this is an amazing place just the same. The place is outstanding, the view breathtaking and the amenities very grand. In any situation like this most will feel very pampered given the full board meals and drinks, the attention the staff caters to every vip guest and the entertainment value offered. Pool and spas are available but I skipped it being busy with enjoying the other amenities of the place. The unit cabins are designed like huge homey luxurious tents ergo the name "glamping" as compared to camping in glamor luxury and style. However the place could maybe use a little improvement like adding a club car service (in the future) for I find it a bit tedious to walk to my cabin lodge, located a bit far, as it was a descend/ascend type of location so one can get quite winded after walking back and forth from your unit to the main reception/dining area (although some other tourists don't mind though and prefer being located in the remotest cabin). The weather was really cold but then it rained on our arrival day and the wind chill factor just made the temp somewhat freezing and tent type dwellings cannot really contain its warmth come nightime, even compounded by the fact that the staff always leave one tent window cover open as a ventillation practice thereby unneeded colder air was just rushing in. I'm glad however, that the staff placed hot water thermal bags on our beds to make our sleep more comfy. That's a reeeealy nice relief. My bathroom hot water service was not working/available on the first night so I really couldn't bathe and so I just body wiped myself instead for if late at night it would be difficult to summon a repair service obviously in this kind of situation. It was rectified the next day thanks to the very accomodating staff. Also you are not allowed to venture out alone at night without an escort from the resort for its dangerous as strange animals would roam everywhere in the evening. Pathways also lack more lighting when dark so bringing flashlights are a must. The food and drinks were superbly free flowing and we couldn't complain much about it but not all in the menu were delectable, given our foreign taste, in spite of the vast array of food selections. As mentioned, service and entertainment were top notch for the staff attending to you well during/after your safari trips and pamper you with their royal service which makes you feel like a noble. The price for all this however is not cheap so if you want to be treated like a regal, you have to pay for it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Phenomenal safari luxury & impeccable service

Oct 5, 2019 Sf_winos New York City, New York

Just returned from 3 nights here and never wanted to leave. We did extensive research at many camps in Mara and Mahali fully delivered on all our expectations based on reviews online. We booked online ourselves both the flight (via Safarilink) to nearby airstrip and the All Inclusive rate for accommodations on Hotels.com. Before and after… Read more
Just returned from 3 nights here and never wanted to leave. We did extensive research at many camps in Mara and Mahali fully delivered on all our expectations based on reviews online. We booked online ourselves both the flight (via Safarilink) to nearby airstrip and the All Inclusive rate for accommodations on Hotels.com. Before and after booking, the Mahali team communicated very well with us with email questions and confirming our arrival and departure times. Pros: -Hospitality: Great arrival welcome at airstrip with sparkling wine, cool towels. The entire team at Mahali are all smiles, catering to any request. We rarely ever get special treatment or upgrades these days even at luxury resorts, and at Mahali we were treated to a surprise private bush dinner under the stars by campfire when the staff found out it was our anniversary. An amazing memory! -Game drives: Our guide (Jackson) was fantastic, asking many questions to ensure our game drives were delivering on our interests. Every drive is PACKED with game viewing big lion prides with many adorable cubs, leapord, cheetah, hippos, and more buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and other game than you can count. They think of everything, down to hot water bottles, rain parkas, and blankets in the Land Rover whenever any weather was chilly or showers possible. -Accommodations: were very comfy (and we are very picky & fancy hotel lovers). Super comfy bed, osculating fan (temps at night very comfy ~60F), deep soak tub with a view, insect spray - yet we never needed it .. we had no mosquitoes or bugs ever inside our tent which is well sealed. Mini bar stocked amply with wines including sparkling, sodas, beers, milk for the in-room coffee maker. They have thought of every detail here you may need. The tents are spaced apart very well, we never heard any neighbors and privacy of the layout was great. -Massage treatment: had a deep tissue treatment that was fantastic (Gwen is amazing) Room for improvement -Food was consistently acceptable but didn't wow. A few items tasted reheated, dry or overcooked perhaps sitting under lamps or warmers too long. -Drinks: Staff wasn't able to make cocktails beyond a simple mixer. We were invited to make our own cocktails which worked out fine for us. On the plus side, they do have a very nice premium spirits selection & there's no extra charges here for premium spirits like at some camps we considered. X-Factor: As a point for how attentive this team is, when our departing flight connecting to another camp was going to be cancelled by Safarilink the day before our check-out, creating the need for us to sit in Nairobi airport for many hours delayed, the Mahali manager Wilson called Safarilink and ensured that our flights were re-instated (!). All in all we loved this experience and would highly recommend it. Do not hesitate to book here. This camp was a splurge for us and it fully fulfilled our dream safari in the Mara. Read less