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 I wish I could rate it 6 stars

Sep 2, 2019 dmbandgal Media, Pennsylvania

If you are thinking about booking here, do it. We stayed here 3 nights and I loved every single minute of it. I even thought about changing our flight just so we could stay another night. The lodge is beautiful, overlooking an area where elephants, giraffes and buffalo wonder through. When we walked in and were greeted by a herd of elephants, I… Read more
If you are thinking about booking here, do it. We stayed here 3 nights and I loved every single minute of it. I even thought about changing our flight just so we could stay another night. The lodge is beautiful, overlooking an area where elephants, giraffes and buffalo wonder through. When we walked in and were greeted by a herd of elephants, I knew this was the right place for us. The "tent" we stayed in was quite possibly the most opposite of camping you could possibly get. The bathrooms are great, and include a beautiful tub. The beds are comfortable and the setting is so beautiful for a good nights sleep. The patio of our tent was private for us to enjoy the view, and the tent included a yoga mat so we could exercise during the day in between game drives. But maybe the best part of the camp is the people. Jackson was our game drive guide, and he was amazing. So knowledgeable and we saw so many amazing animals - lion cubs, leopards, cheetah, ostriches and a million other things. One day he even arranged a full day drive so we could visit the Mara river where the crossings are. We felt so fortunate to have had this amazing drives. At the lodge, Johnstone was our waiter and he was so attentive and wonderful to our needs. The food is absolutely amazing. The soups were spectacular, in particular. Our last night, they had a Taste of Kenya dinner with signature dishes from all over the country. It was so fun to sample so many things! The chef is truly talented. Additionally, we were fortunate enough to have visited the spa and I highly recommend booking an appointment there. The therapists are so talented and hearing the sounds of the Mara was such a relaxing experience. I could go on and on, but seriously this place is magical. I can't wait to go back. Read less
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Aug 17, 2019 KPTraveler Westport, Connecticut

Our 4-day experience at Mahali Mzuri was exceptional from start to finish. The lodge is perfectly equipped and architecturally stunning. Still, it's the people who make this place truly memorable. From housekeeping to dining to spa treatments (possibly my best ever massage), everyone is focused on superior client service. We want to particularly… Read more
Our 4-day experience at Mahali Mzuri was exceptional from start to finish. The lodge is perfectly equipped and architecturally stunning. Still, it's the people who make this place truly memorable. From housekeeping to dining to spa treatments (possibly my best ever massage), everyone is focused on superior client service. We want to particularly call out the quality of our game viewing thanks to our outstanding guide Duncan. His experience, local knowledge (we dubbed Duncan the "mayor of the Mara") and approach to always having "a plan and patience" produced terrific results every morning and evening in a peaceful private reserve. We have been fortunate to experience outstanding wildlife on our prior safaris to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana and this one exceeded our high expectations. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What an amazing place! Migrations and all!

Aug 3, 2019 Slessa Minneapolis, Minnesota

Where to begin with this place? Such a great lodge and such amazing people greeting you and tending to your every need. The lodge is set in a spectacular valley with views for days. Special call outs to Antony our waiter and Levy our Guide for the 4 day visit. You must ask for both of them on your upcoming visit. Special thanks for the last… Read more
Where to begin with this place? Such a great lodge and such amazing people greeting you and tending to your every need. The lodge is set in a spectacular valley with views for days. Special call outs to Antony our waiter and Levy our Guide for the 4 day visit. You must ask for both of them on your upcoming visit. Special thanks for the last minute private dinner setup under the stars and by the pool with amazing lights and later a to set the mood. This is a must for anyone looking for a Mara visit. The conservatory is private with minimal vehicles and the amazing game drives and animals made the visit for sure. We had the best time. It was our 2nd Richard Branson lodge (Ulusaba last time) and worth every penny. Thanks to everyone for an AMAZING time. We were grateful and humble to be able to experience such an amazing stay and would recommend 100% to anyone debating the visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Experience

Aug 1, 2019 simoncD2987QD Geylang, Singapore

6 of us shared 3 ‘tents’ for 4 nights at the end of July and we’re absolutely blown away by the experience. Special mention to Duncan ‘Donuts’, our ranger, chauffeur and tracker extraordinaire, to Bob, who looked after us so well at mealtimes, and to Betty, who unbelievably found my lost phone out in the wild off the beaten track where we had been… Read more
6 of us shared 3 ‘tents’ for 4 nights at the end of July and we’re absolutely blown away by the experience. Special mention to Duncan ‘Donuts’, our ranger, chauffeur and tracker extraordinaire, to Bob, who looked after us so well at mealtimes, and to Betty, who unbelievably found my lost phone out in the wild off the beaten track where we had been watching a jackal taunting a lion at a kill! Everyone else was fantastic, too and we have all had an experience that we will remember for our lifetimes (although we may well come back....). We had previously been to Ulusaba, the sister property in Sabi Sands, which was probably even more luxurious, but the drives here are the best I have ever had. A cat at every turn, and much more to boot. Not a cheap location, but great value for money nonetheless. Highly recommended... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly an amazing experience.

Jul 28, 2019 Daz148 Melbourne, Australia

From the moment we were picked up from the airport we were surrounded by wildlife - and the game drives here are completely amazing. Levy, our guide was very knowledgeable, and we got up close to so many animals. The service is excellent, very friendly and attentive. Thank you Johnston. The food is excellent. The rooms spacious and well fitted… Read more
From the moment we were picked up from the airport we were surrounded by wildlife - and the game drives here are completely amazing. Levy, our guide was very knowledgeable, and we got up close to so many animals. The service is excellent, very friendly and attentive. Thank you Johnston. The food is excellent. The rooms spacious and well fitted out. A bath with a view. Read less