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Saruni Mara

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Herndon, Virginia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A trip of a lifetime! Every detail from our guide, to the Private Villa to the food to the staff was simply perfect! I can't imagine what else Saruni Mara could have done to make this a better vacation and safari. First, I have to say Cecilia, the manger at Saruni Mara, is AMAZING! What a fantastic person and manager....

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Barkway, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed as a family of 4 at the beginning of April. The weather was lovely and we had an amazing stay here. Cecelia and her team are all friendly and welcoming and made our stay so memorable. The food was delicious and the team catered really well for our daughter who unfortunately had become unwell for a few days,...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This was a first time mother/daughters trip to Africa/Kenya and we just loved this property in Masai Mara. The property is tucked away on a hillside, surrounded by natural beauty and wild animals of Kenya. The hotel's docile Eland was a rare treat. The food outstanding, the service first-class (thanks to William's staff in particular James), the massage was relaxing...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I'm very glad you enjoyed yourselves so much. We look forward to have you back!

Reviewed 23 March 2017

I don’t think it is possible to get an idea of what a real safari experience is until you try it: this is what my wife and I have recently experienced at Masai Mara with Saruni Mara team. We couldn’t find better place for such a wild trip! Everything was perfectly arranged for us, so we were able to enjoy...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. And well done for getting Lemeria's name almost right! We look forward to have you back, around our fireplace.

Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived to Saruni Mara Sunday afternoon and left on Wednesday morning. Everything was amazing from the very beginning when we were picked up from the airstrip. The ride to the lodge was already like a little safari, we saw our favourites - giraffes and zebras:)) We were welcomed by friendly staff and taken to our bungalo. And after freshening...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review and I'm very pleased that you had such a great safari experience. Come back with your friends, we look forward to it.

Reviewed 5 March 2017

We stayed in Saruni Mara for 4 full days and we can not imagine better place for beginners - great guides, excellent food, welcoming staff, cozy and safe living space and plenty of animals. We were lucky to see big5, different cats over and over again and some more rare to see animals as porcupine, serval cat etc Maasai Mara...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you Olga and Lev for your wonderful review. Cecilia says hello and looks forward to have you back!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 February 2017

My wife and I took our two children here (16 and 14) for the February half term and we all loved every single minute of our time there. We stayed in the Family Villa which was perfect, really nicely laid out and, having everyone under one roof, made it easier to get everyone ready, particularly for those 6am drives. The...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and thank you for noticing that the game drive out of camp and into the core areas of the conservancy (I'm saying 'core' because Saruni Mara is inside Mara North Conservancy, just on the hills side of the conservancy instead of the plains) is always a great game drive, full of sightings and full...

Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed in Saruni Mara for 3 nights and enjoyed every minute of my stay there as well as the Maasai Mara. This was my first trip to Africa, and there were lists of great lodges, but am really glad that I chose Saruni lodges. Staff in Saruni are just amazingly friendly and provides excellent services. William, the manager was...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review and yes, William, John and all the team members are real gems! We hope to have you again with us in the future (maybe in Samburu?)

New York City, New York
Reviewed 30 January 2017

My husband and I and our two adult sons spent a wonderful time at Saruni in December. Ricardo and Cecilia were amazing hosts and we had a most delightful time. The setting of Saruni, tucked into the hills surrounding the Mara North conservancy, is absolutely spectacular. From the main lodge or villa, we enjoyed the most glorious views and sunsets...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you Deborah for your kindest words and for the review. Thank you for appreciating the Italian recipes that I introduced (simply because I cabot stay without them...even in the bush). I heard about your cheetah experience: amazing! We look forward to have you back in the future!

Santiago, Chile
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We are a young couple who got to spend honeymoon at Saruni and it was the most lovely time ever! From the food (which has a clear Italian influence) to the kindness of the staff, who were always so concerned to meet our needs, the amazing surroundings, the overwhelming beauty of the place, the coziness of the lodges, the attention...

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so so much for your wonderful review and for your incredible words. We are very privileged that you decided to spend your honeymoon with us and, with my team (yes, mostly a masai team!), I wish you the very best and I look forward to have you back to us in the future.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Saruni Mara

Address: C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: €926 - €2,997 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“All the accommodations are unique. Choose the one that fits your traveling group.”
JustinS702, 29 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are amazing with views of local wildlife such as baboons and zebras!”
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“The Family Villa is perfect for a family as you would expect”
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