Mahali Mzuri – All-Inclusive
What We Love
- An awe-inspiring, all-inclusive stay, with transfers, game drives, and a luxe tented suite
- Soaking in the bath of your tented suite, drink in hand, as you gaze out over the Olare Motorogi Conservancies
- Having two game drives included for each day of your stay
- The little details; think cold towels at the airstrip, sunscreen by the pool, a stocked minibar in your tent
What To Know
- The 12 luxe tents take glamping to the extreme
- Located on 33,000 acres of game land
- There's an infinity pool and Nasaro spa; we love the Africology Shea Aromatherapeutics treatment using shea balms from Ghana blended with African potato, Rooibos, and a selection of Neroli, Chamomile, Jasmine or Black Pepper essential oils
- It's an hour-long flight from Nairobi to the private airstrip
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
As you’d expect from a member of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition collection, Mahali Mzuri safari camp in the Maasai Mara in Kenya is one of the slickest safari camps you’re likely to come across. Situated a private conservation area, approximately an hour’s flight due west of Nairobi, it’s right in the heart of the wildlife-rich plains, ensuring a high chance of spotting some spectacular wildlife. This is not camping as you know it; this isn’t even boutique camping, but something far superior. A crop of just 12 stylish, space-age structures on the lush green hillside, the luxury tents boast wooden floors, a plush en-suite bathroom, heaps of living space and a raised patio with a view of the bush and beyond. You’ll have access to the luxe facilities, which include the dining, lounge and bar area, a 40-foot infinity pool with a sunbathing deck and the Nasaro spa treatment room, offering Africology treatments. Twice daily, you’ll hop into a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with your experienced guide and explore the wild beauty of almost 33,500 acres of game land. This is a truly intimate experience with uninterrupted views of the animals, plus drinks on hand to toast the sunrise or sunset.
In the Area
Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri safari tented camp is one of very few camps located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancies, a private conservancy area north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, approximately 150 miles from Nairobi in Kenya. The property is located in the ideal spot to witness the migration (July through October) and offers the opportunity to see an exceptional range of wildlife, including the Big Five. Game drives will be led by experienced guides, who will take you out on custom-designed 4×4 Land Cruisers, packed with on-board binoculars, blankets, ponchos, hot water bottles, water, sunscreen and a bar of drinks for sun risers and downers. You can also go out on night drives, visit local markets or just chill out on the pool loungers to soak up the gorgeous African sunshine.
How to Get There
Having been to the Masai before we were surprised how much better the viewing of the animals was it this conservancy. A lot less jeeps allowed in this reserve and you will notice a major difference. We saw all the big 5 here and some great sightings of Leopard which can be hard in the Masai.
The rooms are superb, all with amazing views, the pool very peaceful (a bit cold!), massage area beautiful, and the restaurant and bar area faultless. The staff were all attentive, chatty and genuine. Without any prompting they sorted out lots of different dining options for us (by the pool, our balcony, on the deck) - all lovely. Everything included in the price (except massages) and good wine/ drinks to accompany dinner/ safari drives. It’s expensive to go but when you have travelled quite a long way it seems worth it. We imagine peak season is very expensive (for us) but you cannot mark the place down for that. It’s location and views from all positions is unparalleled. The animal also come right up into the “tented” area and although there are guards you will hear thanks see them all around the resort. We did a lovely school visit (village one last time) and a trip to the Rhino sanctuary. This place and staff make you feel very very lucky to experience it. If you ever get the chance it’s a once in a lifetime place. It’s quite quiet so if you want lots and lots of company then I would say you should chose somewhere different. We loved it. Hopefully we will get back soon to see the lovely staff, community and this hotel again. Well done to all those who work there and make it so incredible. They do it justice.
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
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!
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.
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!