Mahali Mzuri is a magical place.
The tents are beautiful with lovely outdoor seating and chaise lounges on the deck to watch the animals come to the valley and watering spot. They also feature a bedroom with a desk and a beautiful, modern bathroom with a shower and a tub. It was especially nice to have a hot bath at the end of the day. Every element of the interior design is thoughtful and beautiful The tents are strong enough to drive a landrover on top. Wi-fi is fast. There are no TVs in the tents, but there is a TV in the bar if you need one. I only saw it on one night when someone was watching the British Open. I loved the tents. Definitely my kind of "camping".
The staff are amazing. They are very friendly and lovely. One of the most important things about a safari experience is the staff, and they definitely got that aspect 100% right.
My massage was one of the best ever and the view over the watering hole from the spa was fabulous. I absolutely loved it! From the spa, I watched impala fighting and zebra wandering by. They used Africology products in both the spa and the bathrooms. It is an organic line from South Africa that I wasn't familiar with, but I wound up buying some of the products as I liked both the scent and the quality.
Food is great--mostly local and very fresh. After muffins and fruit and coffee and tea, you are off to your first game drive around 6:30AM. Back in time for a proper breakfast of fresh baked pastries, fruit, fresh squeezed juice followed by a hot option of eggs or french toast and sausage, bacon, beans, etc. Lunch which is served around 1pm is a vegetable soup, followed by a buffet of fresh salads (cucumber and grapes, beets and squash, pasta and broccoli, etc) and a main course. And then a decadent dessert. Evening tea and a dessert is 4:30. Followed by an evening game drive, a sundowner and then dinner. Wines and champagnes were all excellent. You won't starve or be thirsty.
Seeing the migration today was amazing! We also saw lions (3x) with a fresh carcass. And a small crossing of the Mara river by about 50 wildebeest. We almost saw a massive crossing of over a thousand wildebeest but they got frightened by the crocodiles and all of the dead wildebeest in the river and spooked away. Totally thrilling. As we were eating breakfast at the lodge, we saw cape buffallos, zebra, giraffe, wildebeests, baboons, hyena, impala, gazelle, and more on the valley floor. On a single game drive we saw the big 3: 3 lionesses and their nine cubs, a huge herd of 200+ cape buffalo, and a solitary bull elephant. The land cruisers are new, obviously, and are open-sided with a roof to protect from the sun. They seat six passengers and the guide. As the masai mara is unfenced, the game are increasingly finding this spot hospitable and they have the largest concentration of lions in Africa.
One of the wonderful things about Mahali Mzuri is how they are conserving the area for at least a generation. The partnership between the Masai landlords and the company will ensure that there is an area of abundant grasses for the wildebeest to migrate to rather than an area of over-grazed farmlands. As a mom, I'm glad this magical place is being protected so that my non-existant grand-kids will be able to experience and enjoy it. If you can, you should go too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahali Mzuri is located in the Motorogi Conservancy and there are 13,500 hectares of bush to explore along with the neighbouring Olare Orok Conservancy. 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 our camp and in a uniquely designed, spacious and luxurious tent. ... more less
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- Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve