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
This is our second visit to this fantastic camp as a family. Cannot praise it enough. Location is out of this world and the tents are spacious and comfortable. Everything has been thought of from sun cream, lovely toiletries and even hair dryer (areal luxury in the Bush)
But it is the staff at this place which really make it for us. Every single one is smiley and helpful and spoil our two grandsons rotten. There is always someone around to fulfill any wants and we never feel we are being too much trouble.
Although everyone is absolutely lovely our very special thanks must go to John, our guide. He finds us everything and is endlessly patient with the boys teaching them so much.
Hope to return before too long.
We have always limited ourselves to camps/game drives in South Africa because of the logistics. WE WERE SO WRONG.
Early morning we flew in a tiny plane - 150 miles west of Nairobi - to the grassy landing strip in Mahali Mzuri ("beautiful place" in Swahili). It was a beautiful flight! The camp is located in a lush valley of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which is part of the Greater Masai Mara ecosystem famous for its abundant populations and species of wildlife. The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the animals and people that live on the land.
We were met by our Guide Levi and Tracker Rinka with champagne! They were so great at finding wildlife - we stayed busy almost every minute of our drives. We saw leopards, cheetahs and lions galore! One day they took us to the Mara River to see the migration and the crossing! It was an entire day with lunch on the river! During our visit we followed on our daily drives many instances of this 1,000 mile Great Migration.
The futuristic designed "tents" are perched on a bluff where we could sit on our veranda and watch the elephants play in the valley below. The entire arrangement of the suite is perfect. They have a bar set up with the special liquid of choice! They assign a very competent and charming staff member. Thank you, Johnstone!
Our food was prepared by Chef Edison - and we had already been told he was GREAT in the kitchen. His soups are amazing and every bit of meat - beef, lamb, beef, lamb - was prepared perfectly. We were wowed! We had several meals served on our veranda and ended the evening listening to the game near our property.
Six days of wildlife treks, astonishing photography, great food, helpful staff, and abundant African wildlife passed by all too quickly.
We have fallen in love with this camp and have already booked it for 2020 - breaking our South African Rule, again.
Thank all of you at Mahali Mzuri - it was truly a gift!
We had great expectations for Mahali Mzuri in Kenya’s Masai Mara after our stays in Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. No question the place is exclusive and the tents were the best we stayed in. But the food was far below our experience in the other places. Especially steak!!
However our guide Betty was superb. She knew how to track the animals and was often the first to arrive at the “scene”. The Masai village visit was great and their efforts to support the local school for Masai must be commended. We also met some nice fellow travelers at Mahali!!
We strongly recommend as we know the Branson organization will fix the food.