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 Wonderul Safari

Jul 3, 2020 Willietravelsnj New Brunswick, New Jersey

Stayed at Mahali for 4 nights. The lodge is set on a cliff overlooking a valley. The views are truly spectular....the rooms are well appointed and spacious. Sitting on the deck and watching the animals in the valley below was a highlight. The food is good (not great) and the service was wonderful....as mentioned in previous posts, the soups… Read more
Stayed at Mahali for 4 nights. The lodge is set on a cliff overlooking a valley. The views are truly spectular....the rooms are well appointed and spacious. Sitting on the deck and watching the animals in the valley below was a highlight. The food is good (not great) and the service was wonderful....as mentioned in previous posts, the soups are amazing..... This is the place to come if you want to see the "Big Cats"!! Also, ask to go to the Rino Sanctuary. It's a short drive from camp and well worth the time - but you have to request it. Also, if you are there on a Thursday, go to the local market, I just wish the food had been better...... Read less
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Apr 17, 2020 chewkaren30

Mahali Mzuri is a land of wonders - a plain of wild animals, water stream from the mountains, huge vast of land scatters with excellent resorts, and Mahali Mzuri is one of them. It gives great service each butler attending to a tent - knowing the taste of each of customers who live there. Maasai is world renowned for its fine warrior - famous for… Read more
Mahali Mzuri is a land of wonders - a plain of wild animals, water stream from the mountains, huge vast of land scatters with excellent resorts, and Mahali Mzuri is one of them. It gives great service each butler attending to a tent - knowing the taste of each of customers who live there. Maasai is world renowned for its fine warrior - famous for their height, stamina, and striking red hair ... and their success in warfare. Maasai Mara game reserve is named in honor of the tribe which still lives there. I SIMply love their BEAUtiful sturdy, built tent - one of its kind! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mahali Mzuri - A truly a special place in our amazing world!

Apr 9, 2020 SoCalLars Redondo Beach, California

Mahali Mzuri is truly a special place in this world. Given the challenging times we are all experiencing around the world currently, I think it’s even more important to focus on what really matters in life….family, friends, and our community, locally and globally, so I wanted to share this information. My wife and I visited Mahali Mzuri and it… Read more
Mahali Mzuri is truly a special place in this world. Given the challenging times we are all experiencing around the world currently, I think it’s even more important to focus on what really matters in life….family, friends, and our community, locally and globally, so I wanted to share this information. My wife and I visited Mahali Mzuri and it was truly a life-changing experience (in a very positive way). When our trip was over and we came home, we actually did so with great new friends, who are part of the team at Mahali Mzuri. When our lives globally return to a normal reality, hopefully a better one for us all, I would strongly recommend visiting this amazing place if you can. The property is located within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to the North of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. The property is stunning and “the Mara” is absolutely breathtaking. The team that built the property did an outstanding job. Each luxury tent in the camp is perfectly located in front of breathtaking views of the valley, the river, and wildlife. The animals you see each morning and evening during your game drives are fantastic. They all roam wild and free (day and night) throughout the Conservancy, including the whole camp where you stay. They are protected by the Conservancy, and are under the care of the staff and the reserve rangers. All of Mahali Mzuri’s guides are extremely knowledgeable, fun to speak with and spend time with each day, and are always concerned about both the guest’s and wild animals’ safety. The daily game tours are a truly special experience in life, one that my wife and I will never forget. When you visit, don’t forget to bring a really good digital camera with a zoom lens, so you can capture photos and videos of everything you see. The people working at Mahali Mzuri, as well as, the lovely Maasai people we met at the nearby village and school, are amazing, special, and authentically friendly people. They welcomed us into the camp (and village) and shared so much with us. I cannot express in words how special all these people are and how blessed we were to be able to meet them and share time and experiences with them for the few unforgettable days we were there. True “wealth”...in my opinion, is having very good health (physically/mentally) and having the time to spend with our friends and family and collectively sharing amazing experiences. Mahali Mzuri and the lovely people there, are one of those amazing places and experiences to share with your family and friends. When you make that exciting choice to visit Africa, and want to include an epic safari for a truly exceptional experience in all facets (scenery, friendly people, jaw-dropping wildlife), I highly recommend visiting the lovely people at Mahali Mzuri. You will have a remarkable time! Read less
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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