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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Mar 28, 2020 Horton1031

I had such a wonderful time at the Mahali Mzuri. The staff was so kind and attentive. Kissime, Johnston, and Mariana made our stay a pleasure. The tents were spacious and perfectly situated to see so many animals right from the balcony of our tent. I saw elephants, and giraffes, and hippos. I heard elephants, hyenas, and lions at night from… Read more
I had such a wonderful time at the Mahali Mzuri. The staff was so kind and attentive. Kissime, Johnston, and Mariana made our stay a pleasure. The tents were spacious and perfectly situated to see so many animals right from the balcony of our tent. I saw elephants, and giraffes, and hippos. I heard elephants, hyenas, and lions at night from the comfort of my bed. The gaming drives were amazing. We saw lions with their cubs, leopards, hippos, zebras and more. We saw a cheetah kill, a leopard drag a gazelle up a tree to feed her cub, and a lion munch on a zebra with two of his cubs. Being at the conservancy allowed us to be so close to everything. The animals were so plentiful, the land so beautiful, and we didn't have to compete with a lot of other jeeps since we were at the conservancy. I highly recommend staying here to have a luxurious safari adventure. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5th time in the Mara staying in different camps and I must say that I enjoyed our stay here the most!

Mar 22, 2020 CGriffiths Bethesda, Maryland

After having visited Sir Richard Branson's camp in the Sabi Sand and his beautiful lodge in the winelands of South Africa, I had been wanting to stay in Mahali Mzuri for quite some time. When a friend asked me to join her on this trip, I tried to convince her to stay here, but since it was her first trip to Kenya, I let her choose the camp.… Read more
After having visited Sir Richard Branson's camp in the Sabi Sand and his beautiful lodge in the winelands of South Africa, I had been wanting to stay in Mahali Mzuri for quite some time. When a friend asked me to join her on this trip, I tried to convince her to stay here, but since it was her first trip to Kenya, I let her choose the camp. However, that camp was damaged due to the rains right before we traveled and our agent informed us that we were moved to Mahali Mzuri instead. I then knew that God had a hand in this! I knew staying in a conservancy makes a huge difference in game viewing, being able to get closer to the animals without disturbing them and not having a ton of vehicles at one sighting. Besides you're helping the community. Then there was the luxury and comfort aspect which I knew we would find here. I had previously stayed at another 5 star camp in a conservancy but was disappointed with the guide we got there, so as soon as we heard we were staying there, I contacted Wilson, the General Manager at Mahali Mzuri, and asked him to please make sure we were assigned an experienced guide. I also informed him about our dietary restrictions. He responded immediately looping in the head guide and head chef. As mentioned, I was expecting a beautiful luxurious camp, but I was blown away by this place, by its warm and lovely staff always smiling and ready to help in any way, and the view, oh my! The view from the tent and the pool and dining area was spectacular! You could spend hours just looking out without even having to go an a game drive. What a peaceful and wonderful place. My special thanks to Mariana and Anne who went above and beyond to help us out. You are the example of 5 star customer service. And to Levi, our superb guide and Kiseimi our butler who were always there to please us and make our stay memorable. I will be back as soon as I able to! This place is very special! Read less
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Mar 19, 2020 Kenyatravellove

Traveling to Kenya was a dream and staying at Mahali Mzuri was more than I could have imagined. The staff members were so warm hearted, accommodating, friendly and professional. Big smiles and gentle souls! I loved coming into my beautiful tent feeling so well taken care of. I left a book and magazine on my bed and they so nicely placed it on my… Read more
Traveling to Kenya was a dream and staying at Mahali Mzuri was more than I could have imagined. The staff members were so warm hearted, accommodating, friendly and professional. Big smiles and gentle souls! I loved coming into my beautiful tent feeling so well taken care of. I left a book and magazine on my bed and they so nicely placed it on my desk, folded my scarf and situated my hat in such a way that I just stopped and smiled. I felt so welcomed and cared for. The food and service was also superb. Fresh, healthy and modern! The water was safe to drink and was always available. The viewing from the lodge itself was incredible. So many elephants, hippos and giraffes. Heaven on earth to be so close yet feel so safe. The game drives were packed with up close viewing of all the animals you could imagine plus some! Our guide Levi was incredibly knowledgeable and was always teaching us something. He was experienced and knew what signals look for to find the animals. He would park the Jeep up close and personal for the best viewing. I would definitely go back! Read less
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Mar 13, 2020 DreamaG Cary, North Carolina

The safari experience at this resort is second to none. The game viewing on the conservatory is phenomenal with multiple opportunities to see the animals you desire. They allow offloading which allows you a close up view of many animals. Our driver, John, was great and catered the safari experience to our specific likes and dislikes. He was a… Read more
The safari experience at this resort is second to none. The game viewing on the conservatory is phenomenal with multiple opportunities to see the animals you desire. They allow offloading which allows you a close up view of many animals. Our driver, John, was great and catered the safari experience to our specific likes and dislikes. He was a wealth of knowledge as well. The food and service were wonderful. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure you have a perfect experience. The chef is great and catered meals to our liking. The view from the dining area and bar area are perfect, allowing us to view animals every day while eating. The camp is a luxury tent. It is nice with all the amenities you will need during your stay. With that said, there is no air conditioning at the resort. Many days were quite warm during the middle of the day and the tent became uncomfortably warm. There is an oscellating fan in the room but it didn't alleviate the warmth. The tent is made up of screens which do allow for good airflow at night. However, it can get noisy with the sounds of nature. A light sleeper may find it a little difficult to get a good rest. The game is run by generator and the power is turned off every night from 12am-4am. This didn't impact our stay but is worth noting. Overall a great experience. We will be back. Read less
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Feb 24, 2020 Ayse S Istanbul, Turkey

The safari experience was the best. the hotel is also great. Just a little bit chilly rooms but it is totally ok for this kind of experience. We also had a chance to meet with Richard himself. Lucky I guess