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Maasai Mara, Kenya
- Set in the prominent position of the Maasai Mara eco-system
- Directly in the path of the world famous Great Migration
- Private, spacious tents with panoramic views of the plains below
Facilities includeWIFI 12M infinity pool Spa treatment room Private viewing decks for game viewing
- Day Game Drives
- Walking Safaris
- Night Game Drives
- Spa Treatment Room
- Massai Tribe Visits
- Massai Mara National Reserve
- Hot Air Ballooning Over The Massai Mara
Seasons in Kenya
About Mahali Mzuri
This most awe-inspiring of landscapes is the setting for Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson's tented camp in a pristine part of the African bush. Positioned within the Maasai Mara ecosystem, this is the place to be for a front row view of the abundant game in the area. The camp is also in the path of the world-famous annual Great Migration.
Mahali Mzuri is located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, where there are 13,500 hectares of bush to explore. Against the backdrop of a valley and sprawling plains as far as the eye can see, visitors to Mahali Mzuri can expect exciting game drives with experienced guides, delicious meals, a cosy and relaxing atmosphere at the camp and in a uniquely designed, spacious and luxurious tent.
There are twelve tented suites sleeping a maximum of 24 guests at any time. The tents are perched on a ridge looking over the valley with a distinctive design adapted to the local climate and terrain. There are six tents on either side of the Main Tent, each accessible by a shared walkway, the furthest of which is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Main Tent. Ten of the twelve tents are designed to sleep two adults and all can be split into twin beds. The remaining two tents are configured so that the sitting area is enclosed with sofa beds accommodating up to two additional guests.
You are provided with early morning snacks prior to your game drive and multiple course menus in the evening. The food at Mahali Mzuri is delicious.
At breakfast a continental buffet will be served with hot dishes available à la carte, and guests typically share tables - it's a great time to chat with your fellow travellers about the wildlife you saw earlier that morning. Lunch is normally served on the main deck with individual tables and guests can order from the à la carte menu. Dinner could be around a large communal table, out in the bush or somewhere private just for two.
Mahali Mzuri has an open bar policy, where guests are very welcome to make themselves at home, and help themselves to whatever they want at any time.
Mahali Mzuri is located within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the northern region of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara ecosystem at an elevation of 1700m above sea level. The camp is perched on the side of a lush valley with views over the rolling plains. The Olare Motorogi covers roughly 13,500 hectares (33,000 acres) and there are strict limits on the number of guests that can stay at any one time. The camp is well placed to observe the abundant game in the area and also to take advantage of the annual Great Migration, which sees up to one million wildebeest undertake a journey of roughly 1,600km.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy, one of three established conservancies which together cover a total area of 63,000 hectares in the Greater Maasai Mara ecosystem, bordering the northern edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The other conservancies are Mara North and Naboisho, and together all are helping to increase the protected area of the ecosystem by nearly 50%.
Since 2006 a unique land management structure has been developed in the conservancies with a dual aim of extending the protection afforded to wildlife in the National Reserve to an even greater area whilst directly supporting the needs of some 1,550 Maasai families. Today you can see that both the Maasai community and the safari guests enjoy the true benefits of conservation of this land in a relationship that will see the ecosystem protected for many years to come.
The Great Migration
Known as one of the seven 'new' wonders of the world, the annual Great Migration, or Great Wildebeest Migration to be more accurate, is truly breathtaking. The migration is in fact a sort of circle, with anywhere up to 2 million animals, mostly wildebeest, moving en masse in a never ending search for fresh grazing land and water.
The wildebeest and accompanying zebra, gazelle, eland and topi make up the bulk of the migration, but they aren't the only players. Lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and other predators take full advantage of the passing buffet and exploit every opportunity in search of a decent meal. Some of the highlights are being immersed in the mass of wildlife - a truly intimate experience amidst this astonishing natural spectacle.
This is a key time for wildebeests to breed, and incredibly, a newly born wildebeest will be on its feet and walking around within 3 minutes, running with the herd within 5 minutes, and able to outrun a predator shortly thereafter. The best time to view the migration will depend on the climatic conditions that year, but in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy you can expect to see the herds arrive any time from July to September, departing around November for the return journey to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
International flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Domestic flights from Nairobi Wilson's Airport
Two airports are approximately 18kms apart (driving time 25-45 minutes approximately)
Internal flights from Nairobi Wilson's Airport to Mara North:
Approximately £115 PP
Departing 10AM and 3PM
Return flight from Mara North to Nairobi
1 hour 25 minutes
Approximately £115 PP
Departing 11AM and 4PM
You will be collected by Mahali Mzuri staff and taken to the camp from Mara North airstrip. This is included in the rates. The drive is approximately 1 hour.
All international flights to Nairobi International Airport
Safarilink for domestic flights
Direct to Olare Orok airstrip
You will be collected by Mahali Mzuri staff and taken to the camp from Olare Orok airstrip
The is included in the rates
The drive is approximately 20 minutes
Driving to Mahali Mzuri from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will take approximately 5 hours
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
For game viewing the Olare Motorogi Conservancy has abundant wildlife year round, and Kenya’s position straddling the equator means there isn’t a huge amount of variation in temperature throughout the year. You can expect average highs of about 30°C/86°F in the months from December to March with somewhat cooler temperatures from July to September during the height of the migration. Due to its elevation temperatures in the evening do drop to around 15°C/59°F however it rarely gets much colder than this.
Low Season dates: 01 April - 30 June; 21 November - 21 December
Mid Season dates: 03 January - 31 March; 20 October - 20 November
High Season dates: 01 July - 19 October; 22 December - 2 January
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.
Visas and immigration - Virtually all visitors to Kenya will need a visa to enter the country however this can be obtained on arrival at the airport on payment of a cash sum, currently US$50 (£33). We recommend carrying at least this amount per person travelling plus a few extra American dollars for emergencies.
Visitors are also required to have at least two blank pages in their passport which must be valid for 6 months beyond your expected departure date from Kenya. As advice can change on a regular basis we recommend you check with the advice issued by your government’s State Department or Foreign Office before you set off on your journey.
You can hire Mahali Mzuri exclusively for anniversary celebrations, birthdays or any type of gathering where you might like the place to yourselves. Please enquire for the best rate for you.
Travelling with children
Children aged 8 years or older are welcome.
Children between the ages of 8 and 16 pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.
16 years and over are considered as an adult and will pay 75% of the adult sharing rate.
There are 2 tents which are able to accommodate additional guests in the separate enclosed sitting room.
Children are able to join their parents on daily game drives, but must be 12 years or older to go on a safari walk.
There are children's books, games, and kites, plus a TV, DVD player and games console for extra entertainment. Mahali Mzuri are delighted to organise tailored activities to further educate the younger guests on their African surroundings and the local wildlife.
Baby-sitting can be arranged but please advise at the time of booking if this may be required.
Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals can be prepared according to your child’s tastes.
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Every one of our team has a huge passion for travel and spend at least six weeks each year visiting our lodges, meeting new managers and guides, ensuring our high standards are met and maintained.
Unlike other tour operators, we do not charge you a premium for our services and as such, our prices are often better than booking direct because we can negotiate deals with our long standing relationships.
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