Saruni Mara is an intimate luxury lodge nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa: Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Established in 2003, it consists of 2 large villas and 5 elegant cottages designed and built by Kenyan architect Mark Glen. Saruni Mara offers the thrill of sleeping in direct contact with nature in a safe form in an informal, but elegant atmosphere. The rooms are furnished with antiques from bygone times, Persian carpets and decorated with African art. Saruni Mara is located in a remote valley in the heart of the Kenyan wilderness within a beautiful private natural area of over 30,000 hectares and offers a new concept of safari in Africa: a real adventure, lived in harmony with the Maasai warriors, combined with high standards of style and comfort. Professional wildlife management and environmentally-friendly tourism ensure guests a unique and exclusive safari experience thanks to the low density of vehicles allowed to access the Conservancy. The Masai Mara is in fact considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the World" for being a savannah with a high concentration of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The scenery of the largest migration of wildebeest and zebras, when between July and November over a million animals cross the Serengeti in search of greener pastures. Saruni Mara has been awarded Gold Level Eco Status by the Ecotourism Kenya Organization for 3 consecutive years. A certification awarded to only 48 accommodations throughout Kenya for achieving a level of excellence in the responsible use of resources, environmental conservation and socio-economic development of the area in which they operate.
Drive to Mount Kilileoni, the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, where at the top you can enjoy a panoramic view over the Mara plains and forests with the Tanzanian border visible on the horizon. During your ascent, you can encounter rare antelope species that live at high altitude and once you reach the peak, you may chance across elephant and buffalo grazing. It is one of the least explored and most spectacular corners of the Masai Mara. You will need to allow half a day or a late afternoon & sundowner to best experience this unique drive.
Un’esperienza unica per scoprire la bellezza del Mara al suo risveglio o per assistere dall'alto alla Grande Migrazione. Si parte poco prima dell'alba e dopo aver gonfiato la mongolfiera si sorvoleranno pianure, foreste e il fiume Mara sicuri di poter avvistare gli animali che li abitano nel bagliore mattutino dell'alba. La corrente d'aria nel Masai Mara è una delle migliori al mondo, il che significa che si sorvolerà facilmente e in silenzio, senza che la fauna sottostante si accorga di nulla. All’atterraggio verrà servita una colazione di benvenuto con champagne per poi proseguire in safari su un veicolo aperto fino a rientrare al lodge.
The Warriors Academy is a special, interactive, and fun safari experience with a strong educational flavour, perfect for families with children or small groups. The ‘Moran’, or warriors show you the Kenyan wilderness from a different perspective, and you are able to get to know, enjoy and understand these unique people. Combined with regular safari activities, and tailored to your interests and timeframe, the Warriors Academy can last between a morning, an afternoon or a whole day. The Warriors Academys is a complimentary activitybut needs to be booked in advance
Every Thursday, guests accompanied by a guide/interpreter have the opportunity to see how the Maasai have adapted to modern times while keeping their traditions intact. The market is an authentic weekly gathering in the nearby center of Aitong where local people from all over the Mara region meet to trade livestock.(image Luigi Massimeo)
With almost 500 species of resident and migratory birds, including 57 species of raptors, the Mara’s ecosystem is a birdwatcher's paradise. Accompanied by experienced guides you will be able to observe birds of all kinds through lush hills, grassy plains and waterways. All you'll need is a good pair of binoculars.