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 Exceeded expectations...trip of a lifetime

Jun 26, 2019 Sharibick

Wow, wow, wow!! I have been extremely fortunate and have had the opportunity to travel to many places. I had been wanting to go on safari for years. Finally, I took the plunge and had a friend join me. Getting there: from the US, we flew to Nairobi’s main airport (NBO) and then spent the night closer to Wilson (WIL) airport in Nairobi. We… Read more
Wow, wow, wow!! I have been extremely fortunate and have had the opportunity to travel to many places. I had been wanting to go on safari for years. Finally, I took the plunge and had a friend join me. Getting there: from the US, we flew to Nairobi’s main airport (NBO) and then spent the night closer to Wilson (WIL) airport in Nairobi. We took Air Kenya (safarilink also flies the route) from WIL to Olare Orok. The first wow factor was the hotel emailed me the day before to confirm our commuter flights. In the meantime, a member of staff called the airlines to verify in case the hotel couldn’t get in touch with me. We did need to switch from about a 50 person plane to about a 12 person plane. The first stop in the larger plane is about 30 min and then 5-10 min between stops. There are no airports at these stops, just landing strips. When we arrived at Olare Orok, our guide (included in hotel) was waiting. Our flight was late but again no real airport so he was there waiting. We were greeted with Champagne. Guide and safari drives: our guide was Duncan. He was also training Gladys. Both were super personal and we hated leaving them. Our drive back to the resort, we spotted a leopard. Ok, they spotted a leopard. We stopped to view and watch him. The hotel had radioed Duncan to be sure all was ok as now we were about an hour later than expected. He explained we saw a leopard which is quite rare. We had two drives per day, one leaving in the morning before sunrise and one late afternoon until just after sunset. Each drive is 2.5 to 3 hours. Duncan was a wealth of knowledge. I learned so much about the animals and animals’ survival in the wild. He always made sure we were ready to move on when we would stop to see something. He got as close to the animals as possible while being safe. Every evening safari included wine (our preference) and small bites. Duncan joined us for a cup of coffee before each drive and made sure he asked if we had a preference for the drive, ie anything specific to see. Each room/group has their own driver for the duration of the stay. You receive a water bottle at arrival for your game drives. Food: we were greeted at the hotel by staff. Our restaurant server, Johnstone, was amazing. We were late the first day but he still served us lunch. The meal times are very specific. Each room/group has their own server for the duration of the stay. Johnstone asked if either of us had allergies and I explained I am lactose intolerant. The remainder of the week, he told me what on the menu has dairy and what they can do to accommodate me. The food was delicious. Every meal was prepared perfectly and was extremely tasty. The service impeccable. Hotel: after our arrival lunch, we were told the rules of the resort, basically don’t be stupid and don’t leave your room at night without a hotel employee. They have several men who walk around at night and walk you to your room. You are in the wild so they know how to handle an animal you may encounter in the dark. During the day, it is the be smart policy ie don’t walk up and try to pet the Zebra etc. We had elephants in our “backyard” and Zebras our front on various mornings. The rooms were perfect. We had a massive outdoor deck with 2 chairs and ottomans and 2 chaise lounges. There was a clawfoot bathtub and nice size shower. Everything is eco friendly, ie solar, filtered water, generator shuts off between 12am and 4am. The beds were comfortable. Laundry was done whenever we left clothes in the bin. Mosquito repellent and sunscreen was in each room, safari vehicle and at the pool. There is a bar that you can mix your own drinks and make your own coffee whenever you want. Most of the time someone is there but it is self serve if not. Premium alcohol is included. Staff: the staff was an absolute wow factor. The chef comes out and says hello. The GM introduces himself and chats with every guest at some point. Everyone on staff knows who you are. Our server, guide, and others all knew us by name. Vera and Ann were constantly asking us about our adventures when they saw us. Vera stayed up with my friend in the bar/social area chatting one night when I went to bed. Guest satisfaction is definitely a priority to everyone! I cannot recommend a place and holiday more. This was by far the most amazing experience I have ever been on. The staff definitely helped make it the most amazing. Definitely ask for Duncan and Johnstone after you book! Read less
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Jun 15, 2019 Pwhelan73 Solihull, United Kingdom

Having been to the Masai before we were surprised how much better the viewing of the animals was it this conservancy. A lot less jeeps allowed in this reserve and you will notice a major difference. We saw all the big 5 here and some great sightings of Leopard which can be hard in the Masai. The rooms are superb, all with amazing views, the pool… Read more
Having been to the Masai before we were surprised how much better the viewing of the animals was it this conservancy. A lot less jeeps allowed in this reserve and you will notice a major difference. We saw all the big 5 here and some great sightings of Leopard which can be hard in the Masai. The rooms are superb, all with amazing views, the pool very peaceful (a bit cold!), massage area beautiful, and the restaurant and bar area faultless. The staff were all attentive, chatty and genuine. Without any prompting they sorted out lots of different dining options for us (by the pool, our balcony, on the deck) - all lovely. Everything included in the price (except massages) and good wine/ drinks to accompany dinner/ safari drives. It’s expensive to go but when you have travelled quite a long way it seems worth it. We imagine peak season is very expensive (for us) but you cannot mark the place down for that. It’s location and views from all positions is unparalleled. The animal also come right up into the “tented” area and although there are guards you will hear thanks see them all around the resort. We did a lovely school visit (village one last time) and a trip to the Rhino sanctuary. This place and staff make you feel very very lucky to experience it. If you ever get the chance it’s a once in a lifetime place. It’s quite quiet so if you want lots and lots of company then I would say you should chose somewhere different. We loved it. Hopefully we will get back soon to see the lovely staff, community and this hotel again. Well done to all those who work there and make it so incredible. They do it justice. Read less
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May 12, 2019 AlaCF Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The tents are fully immersed in the bush so you get stunning views of the Mara from every single point on the camp, watching zebras, elephants, and leopards. All members of the staff are so kind, special thanks to Rinka for the special game drives. He allowed us to see Leopards, Cheetahs, Lions and all we wanted to see. The best experience in our… Read more
The tents are fully immersed in the bush so you get stunning views of the Mara from every single point on the camp, watching zebras, elephants, and leopards. All members of the staff are so kind, special thanks to Rinka for the special game drives. He allowed us to see Leopards, Cheetahs, Lions and all we wanted to see. The best experience in our life, we will come back Read less
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May 3, 2019 kristenoeser San Diego, California

We stayed here for 4 nights and the stay was one we will never forget. We were met at the airstrip by Ringa who was very friendly. The check in process was fast and easy and the tents are fabulous! They have everything you need and the views are to die for. Our safari driver was Jackson who was fantastic. It was wonderful getting to hear… Read more
We stayed here for 4 nights and the stay was one we will never forget. We were met at the airstrip by Ringa who was very friendly. The check in process was fast and easy and the tents are fabulous! They have everything you need and the views are to die for. Our safari driver was Jackson who was fantastic. It was wonderful getting to hear everything he knew about the animals and he delivered on letting us see every animal! We got to know each other on a personal level too during our drives which added to the closeness of the camp and made it feel more personal. The highlight of our stay however, was Bob our waiter. He always had a smiling face at every meal and went above and beyond in every way. When he found out I was a bit particular in what I like to eat, he made sure there was always something on the menu I would like, and I never left hungry! There was a large family of 6 who was too loud during dinner one night and the three parties in the camp were all eating close together. We didn't say anything to any member of staff complaining, however, the next night Bob had arranged for a private dinner on our deck as a way of apologizing. Above and beyond doesn't begin to describe the effort he and the staff went to to make sure we had an enjoyable evening. We told him it was quite alright and appreciated the gesture more than he knew. It was beyond perfect and was the best and most memorable meal we ever had and probably will have which we told him. We hope to return soon and make sure you request Bob as your waiter! Read less
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May 1, 2019 Honestperson1909 Nairobi, Kenya

I went to mahali mzuri during April with my parents. We flew there, so at the airstrip all three of us were greeted with beaded bracelets, soft drinks and champagne. It was an open truck, meaning no windows, this was a new experience or us. The seats were comfortable and on the way to the lodge we were given water bottles with our names on it. At… Read more
I went to mahali mzuri during April with my parents. We flew there, so at the airstrip all three of us were greeted with beaded bracelets, soft drinks and champagne. It was an open truck, meaning no windows, this was a new experience or us. The seats were comfortable and on the way to the lodge we were given water bottles with our names on it. At the lodge we were given some drinks and some cold wet towels. The lunch was delicious by the breathtaking view. When we reached the room, there was no water so the flush or taps were not working, but after some while it got sorted. The game drives were splendid and we realized we had our own personal butler. We had cookies in our room and let me tell you, it was the best i ever had. We also had cards and board games in our luxurious tent. Out of all the lodges i have been to, mahali mzuri topped it all. Read less