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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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luxury Safari Camp!

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
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Apr 9, 2019 Esther D London, United Kingdom

One off the bucket list! If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is the one for you (and it's eco-friendly, too). The camp/tents are fully immersed in the bush so you get stunning views of the Mara from every single point on the camp, and can do elephant-watching from your bath. The drives are just surrealistic: we saw the… Read more
One off the bucket list! If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is the one for you (and it's eco-friendly, too). The camp/tents are fully immersed in the bush so you get stunning views of the Mara from every single point on the camp, and can do elephant-watching from your bath. The drives are just surrealistic: we saw the Big Five in all their different environments and day-time/night-time activities. We stayed 5 days and didn't get tired of watching them once. Our guide Ringa was a great spotter, and his incredible patience paid off every time - ask him to see an animal in particular and he will find it no matter what! Every single staff member will go out of their way and beyond to make you feel at home and looked after, without being 'too much' (i.e. pushy/salesy/outright annoying). Always smiling, gentle and soothing presences (our waiter David was quite simply a pleasure to be around). The meals were always super fresh and delicious, with loads of choice - one of us is a vegetarian with a delicate stomach and ended up putting on weight while at Mahali! Eddie the chef has a PhD in soup-making, shared his secret tips and even asked for special requests. Because the lodge was empty ahead of the annual maintenance closure, we even had the priviledge of being treated to a custom-made meal around a campfire outside the camp - simply magical... Can't recommend highly enough - go! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb Safari Lodge with great wildlife

Apr 5, 2019 BraddyNrFrome Mells, United Kingdom

This is a superb safari lodge - very comfortable with friendly staff - the game viewing was excellent - the guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. The living accommodation was comfortable with every need being met. We would certainly recommend this and will be returning.