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Saruni is a small, luxury lodge in Mara North Conservancy, the best wildlife area in the Masai mara ecosystem. We have one family villa and 5 cottages. Our masai guides are among the best in Kenya and to discover the amazing wildlife of the Mara with them is an unforgettable experience. In July 2012 Saruni Mara opened the doors of a brand new family villa and completed the refurbishment of its existing villa’s in to six beautifully designed, themed rooms.The stylish new villa has two en-suite bedrooms and a large lounge complete with dinning area and comfortable sofa’s sounding the welcoming fireplace. There is also an impressive large veranda overlooking the magnificent scenery of the Masai Mara. The remaining villas have been refurbished to incorporate themes that will engage with guests passions whether that is art, astronomy, photography, literature, natural history or simply romance. All furniture, carpets, lamps and bedding was either sourced locally in Nairobi or designed by Kenyan interior decorator Larissa Hoops and then made by local craftsmen.The Art room will inspire creative guests with an easel and paint as well as a desk with drawing materials.For star gazers, the Astronomy room has a vintage brass telescope, moon map and selection of interesting material on all things cosmic.Book worms and budding writers will enjoy staying in the Literature room with its vintage typewriter, leather reading chairs, desk with brass reading lamp, quill pen and leather blotter. There is also a selection of classic and African literature. For clients that prefer to view life through the lens, the Photography room has an old box browning camera, antique photographic equipment catalogue and stunning prints adorn the walls. The Family villa also doubles as the Natural History room and is decorated with a selection of antique and vintage prints. There is also relevant reading material such a books on mammals, reptiles, tree’s and birds.The Honeymoon room has been simply designed for a relaxing romantic break with comfy furniture and beautiful antiques.Saruni Mara is owned and run by Italian author Riccardo Orizio. This resort is the Masai Mara’s smallest permanent lodge and guests enjoy an exclusive experience with their own private vehicle and guide. Evenings can be spent relaxing in the common area enjoying fine cuisine influenced by Riccardo’s Italian family heritage. Guests can also enjoy bush breakfasts and dinners in breathtaking settings such as in the middle of an acacia forest. Saruni Mara is extremely active in local community and conservation projects and works very closely with the local Masai communities. The lodge is the proud recipient on the Silver rating by Ecotourism Kenya.Rooms at Saruni Mara start from US$390 a night. Prices are based on two people sharing on full board including all house drinks, park fees, game drives and airport transfers.
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My friend and I had a phenomenal three nights at Saruni Mara following two nights at their Samburu lodge. The staff was welcoming and wonderful, accommodations lovely, our guides excellent and knowledgeable on multiple safaris. The Italian cuisine too deliciousl......the Mara
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Laura and I had the absolute privilege of being guests of Saruni Mara in February 2019. How does one give a ‘score’ of 15 out of 10 because we would if we could. From Cecila’s smile and wicked wit via every member of the camp staff to our guide, Dixon, we have never encountered
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My family and I spent 4 nights at Saruni Mara. Absolutely everything was outstanding. The location was approximately 30 minutes away from the bush but this was not a bad thing. Zebra, buffalo and impala amongst other animals wandered freely around the lodges and many were
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it was our first time on Safari and we experienced so much more than we ever expected... which means a lot ;-) 3 nights in the camp and two nights in the wild were an absolute dream come true! We loved all the wonderful people, had absolutely lovely hosts and John as our
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My husband and I stayed at Saruni Mara for 3 nights on our honeymoon following 3 nights at the Saruni Samburu camp. We had the whole camp to ourselves for the 3 nights and the staff made us feel so welcome, even if I felt a little bad that they were all there just for us! They
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October is in my opinion one of the best months and one of the best value-for-money month in Kenya in general and in the Masai Mara. I'd not hesitate to book for a safari in October. Riccardo
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If you read the - for instance - last 10-20 tripdavisor reviews of 2018 about Saruni Mara you will find the answer, which is: no, the fact that Saruni Mara is on the mountain overlooking the plains instead of being in the plains does not impact at all the quantity or quality and variety of wildlife that you experience. All our guests see an en extraordinary amount of wildlife, almost always much more than they expected. Our guides are fantastic an below to the local community an know the terrain metre by metre. When you drive out of Saruni mara on your way to a game rive, you don;t do a "transfer to the plains" an waste time: you drive through fantastic valleys and mountains with an abundance of wildlife and birdlife and amazing landscapes, with some traditional masai villages who belong to the people who own an protect the land where the wildlife is. I hope this helps, but if not kindly let me know.
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Hello Ana, sorry for the delay in replying. Our food is Italian inspired, but far form being "basic" (I hope), as you can see from many tripadvisor reviews with their comments on the quality of our food. Kenyan cuisine is quite simple an as Rebecca says here we regularly offer a taste of it. If you want to have Kenya ashes more regularly or just to be sure that during your safari you ha a inner with Kenyan ashes, you are very welcome to let us know in advance and we'll organise a great "African dinner" for you.
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Yes - This March Saruni planned our entire Safari. Simply perfect!!!
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"Go to the Wild camp, any of the exclusive 3 tents. Speak to Wayfairer Travel if you want a good discount price"
"All cottages nestle along the forest. Each one great."
"take something warm to wear as the temperature in the morning and evenings can be a little cold."
"Excellent views, quiet rooms, exceptional service, very friendly staff"
"the Family villa ensured we were together as a family which made early morning starts easier."
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