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Kenya
Saruni Mara - Maasai Mara
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9 Rooms | Children: yes

Saruni is a deluxe and intimate lodge set in a private conservation area outside the Masai Mara National Reserve, the most famous game park in Africa. Established in 2003, Saruni can accommodate 12 guests at the main lodge and 6 at our nearby tented camp, Saruni Wild .Saruni Mara is set in a remote valley at the heart of the wild Kenya and offers a new concept of African safari: a real adventure lived in harmony with the Maasai warriors, coupled with high standards of style and comfort. Designed and built by Kenyan architect Mark Glen, the Saruni’s six large cottages are elegant and safe and offer the thrill of sleeping in close contact with nature. Rooms are furnished with colonial antiques, Persian carpets and African art; the atmosphere is informal but elegant.

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Community

Saruni Mara hosts a women group from the community that is allowed to sell their artifacts directly in a internal shop at the Camp: income generated benefits the community. Saruni also supports HIV-affected women through a project. More than 80% of Saruni’s employees come from the area, and they are encouraged to rise through the ranks, so that the local communities can have direct benefit from the Lodge’s presence.

Environment

Saruni Mara follows a low-impact and waste reduction policies. Solar panels are used to heat water and light up the entire lodge, and all waste is recycled. Saruni also protects the Northern corridors of the Masai Mara ecosystem paying professional rangers.

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya covers more than 400,000 acres and is situated between 4,900 and 6,800 ft above the sea level and is part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya. Around the reserve there are several wildlife areas owned collectively by the Masai communities. The Lemek-Koyiaki Group Ranch, in which Saruni is set, has an area of 368,000 acres.