Mara Bush Houses, Greater Maasai Mara

Experience total freedom in your own bush house in the heart of the Maasai Mara conservancies. Animals stroll right past the front doors of all three of these private sanctuaries, and you have total freedom to set the pace of your own safari escape.

Mara, Acacia and Topi houses are all seriously comfortable – although there is no resident host, a full complement of staff takes care of your every need. Each house accommodates six people in three double rooms, so they are ideal for couples, families and groups. Even better, you have the freedom to personally design your own itinerary. With detailed personal service, home-from-home hospitality and unequalled wildlife expertise, a safari at Mara Bush Houses is a unique and exclusive adventure.

Snapshot of Mara Bush Houses
  • Exclusive-use bush homes so you can safari 100% on your own terms
  • Perfect for families, enjoy intimate personalised safaris
  • Outstanding year-round game viewing and the Great Migration travels right past Topi House
Perfect for
  • Adventure safari
  • Wildlife enthusiasts
  • romantic travel
Standard price per person per night:

$400 - $795i

Acacia House Experience

 

The large open-air veranda is perfectly positioned to give you a window onto all the action at the busy Ol Chorro waterhole. Leading off from this veranda is an open-plan dining and seating area, complete with an authentic log fire. Beyond are two spacious double en-suite bedrooms and a third attic room, created specifically with children in mind.

To the side of the house, raised above the waterhole, you will find the pool (shared with nearby Mara House) and a barbecue area – the perfect place to dine and relax between safari expeditions and for evening sundowners. The house comes complete with a full complement of experienced staff members, including a chef, wildlife guide and house manager, to ensure a safari experience that delivers the very best the Mara has to offer.

Meals

Our mouthwatering home-cooked meals use ingredients sourced in Nairobi and from nearby local communities. Flexibility is key in our approach to meals: enjoy breakfast and lunch in camp or take a packed meal with you so that you can extend your game-viewing experience. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

Location

Acacia House sits in the secluded Ol Chorro Losoit Valley within the beautiful Lemek Hills, far off the typical tourist trail. This private home is within the 70 000-acre Mara North Conservancy area, from where the Mara Bush Houses team has operated its wilderness expeditions for more than 20 years. Combine Acacia House’s home comforts with the unequalled wildlife expertise of the local guides and you are guaranteed an exceptional game-viewing experience in the hills, valleys, plains and rivers of the reserve, exploring the very best locations the Maasai Mara ecosystem has to offer.

The plains are rich in wildlife, and elephant, zebra and other plains game frequently come to graze on the luscious grass around Acacia House. The Maasai Mara is, of course, famous for its big cats and the Mara North Conservancy is no exception. Lion stalk the plains in search of prey, while the ever-elusive leopard sneaks stealthily in and out of the bushes and cheetah burst into glorious action through the grass.

Featured wildlife

The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle migrate annually. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.

Given its prime wilderness location in the Mara North Conservancy area, Acacia House shares its space with countless species of wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for:
• Elephant
• Cheetah
• Black rhino
• Buffalo
• Serval
• Caracal

A typical day on safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life at Acacia House is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. Because the Mara Bush Houses allow you to safari 100% on your own terms, both your guide and your personal chef will consult with you daily to discuss how you’d like to plan your day.

As a general guide, here is a typical day on safari at the Mara Bush Houses:

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Breakfast for those who wake up with a hearty appetite, and then set off on a morning game drive or bush walk. (Some days you may choose to take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier to catch the sunrise, or plan a hearty breakfast spread to enjoy when you return home.)
09:30–11:30 Arrive home after game viewing
12:30 Light lunch with fresh salads and home-baked bread on the side
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book, cool off in the swimming pool or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea and cake
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners and snacks in the bush
18:30 Arrive back to freshen up
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
☐ BETTER
✓ BEST

All the Mara Bush Houses offer excellent family safaris. Personal attention, guiding, accommodation and service are focused on creating a superb safari experience for the entire family.

Having your own private vehicle and guide is very family friendly: it allows you to set the pace of your viewing experiences to suit your own needs and schedule. During bush walks, your Maasai guide will teach the children all about bush skills, including spoor and dung identification, animal tracking, beetles, bugs and birds. And when they aren’t splashing in the pool back at home, you may well find them in the kitchen baking sweet treats with the staff. 

Mara House Experience

 

Mara House is the most recent addition to Asilia’s collection of private safari houses and was designed to reflect the success of both Topi and Acacia House. The warm and inviting living areas are at the heart of Mara House and lead onto the outside veranda, which offers magnificent views of the hills and valleys as well as the famous Ol Chorro waterhole. The three spacious en-suite double rooms are beautifully furnished in a traditional East African style with a refreshing contemporary edge.

An experienced and friendly team, consisting of chef, private guide and house manager, is always on hand to ensure your stay is seamless and restful – your only decision will be whether to have lunch on the veranda or under the acacia trees beside the swimming pool (shared with nearby Acacia House).

Meals

Our mouthwatering home-cooked meals use ingredients sourced in Nairobi and from nearby local communities. Flexibility is key in our approach to meals: enjoy breakfast and lunch in camp or take a packed meal with you so that you can extend your game-viewing experience. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

Location

You’ll find Mara House far off the tourist track, deep in the 70 000-acre Mara North Conservancy area (where the Mara Bush Houses team has been in operation) for more than 20 years and tucked in the Ol Chorro Losoit Valley between the beautiful Lemek Hills. This private safari house is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding game-rich wilderness. Plains game, elephant and zebra graze on the nourishing grasses around Mara House, and these are followed by the big cats: look out for lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as the opportunity for excellent predator/prey action.

Featured wildlife

The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and is where up to two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle migrate annually. Over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds can be spotted in this wild part of Africa. Frequent sightings from Mara House itself include:
• Elephant
• Cheetah
• Black rhino
• Buffalo
• Serval
• Caracal

A typical day on safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life at Mara House is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. Because the Mara Bush Houses allow you to safari 100% on your own terms, both your guide and your personal chef will consult with you daily to discuss how you’d like to plan your day.

As a general guide, here is a typical day on safari at the Mara Bush Houses:

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Breakfast for those who wake up with a hearty appetite, and then set off on a morning game drive or bush walk. (Some days you may choose to take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier to catch the sunrise, or plan a hearty breakfast spread to enjoy when you return home.)
09:30–11:30 Arrive home after game viewing
12:30 Light lunch with fresh salads and home-baked bread on the side
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book, cool off in the swimming pool or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea and cake
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners and snacks in the bush
18:30 Arrive back to freshen up
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
☐ BETTER
✓ BEST

All the Mara Bush Houses offer excellent family safaris. Personal attention, guiding, accommodation and service are focused on creating a superb safari experience for the entire family.

Having your own private vehicle and guide is very family friendly: it allows you to set the pace of your viewing experiences to suit your own needs and schedule. During bush walks, your Maasai guide will teach the children all about bush skills, including spoor and dung identification, animal tracking, beetles, bugs and birds. And when they aren’t splashing in the pool back at home, you may well find them in the kitchen baking sweet treats with the staff.

Topi House Experience

 

Your private bush experience begins the minute you land at Ol Kiombo airstrip: even the short drive home to Topi House is an incredible game-viewing opportunity. Designed to be your very own private bush home in the middle of Africa’s greatest ecosystem, Topi House occupies a coveted spot with unrivalled access to the eastern side of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

The house has three spacious en-suite bedrooms that are linked by a large veranda running along the front facade. At the far end is the living area, which is made up of an open-plan sitting/dining room complete with an open log fire. Guests can also relax around a campfire near the house, under the stars.

Your team will prepare all meals to the usual high standard and will cater for bush picnics or lunches out on the lawn under the shade of the acacia trees. Like Acacia and Mara houses, Topi House is not hosted but comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff at your disposal, including a chef, professional safari guide and house manager to ensure a seamlessly run and personal safari experience. The area, with its rolling hills, is also ideal for bush picnics and sundowners with a view.

Meals

Our mouthwatering home-cooked meals use ingredients sourced in Nairobi and from nearby local communities. Flexibility is key in our approach to meals: enjoy breakfast and lunch in camp or take a packed meal with you so that you can extend your game-viewing experience. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

Location

The property is positioned directly on the wildebeest migration route and has been known to experience huge volumes of game right up to the front door. Topi House is located in a small thorn-tree forest between Olare Orok Conservancy and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, in a site carefully chosen to maximise the striking views over the national park boundary and into the reserve beyond. From this coveted spot you enjoy unrivalled access to the eastern side of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Featured wildlife

Situated right alongside the wildebeest migration route, Topi House offers thrilling sightings of:
• Elephant
• Cheetah
• Black rhino
• Buffalo
• Serval
• Caracal
• Wildebeest

A typical day on safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life at Topi House is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. Because the Mara Bush Houses allow you to safari 100% on your own terms, both your guide and your personal chef will consult with you daily to discuss how you’d like to plan your day.

As a general guide, here is a typical day on safari at the Mara Bush Houses:

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Breakfast for those who wake up with a hearty appetite, and then set off on a morning game drive or bush walk. (Some days you may choose to take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier to catch the sunrise, or plan a hearty breakfast spread to enjoy when you return home.)
09:30–11:30 Arrive home after game viewing
12:30 Light lunch with fresh salads and home-baked bread on the side
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax keeping one eye open for passing game
16:00 Afternoon tea and cake
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners and snacks in the bush
18:30 Arrive back to freshen up
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
☐ BETTER
✓ BEST

All the Mara Bush Houses offer excellent family safaris. Personal attention, guiding, accommodation and service are focused on creating a superb safari experience for the entire family.

Having your own private vehicle and guide is very family friendly: it allows you to set the pace of your viewing experiences to suit your own needs and schedule. During bush walks, your Maasai guide will teach the children all about bush skills, including spoor and dung identification, animal tracking, beetles, bugs and birds. And if the kids seem to have disappeared, take a look in the kitchen: they will probably be baking delicious sweet treats with the staff.

Activities

 

Safari is a very personal thing and can be enjoyed in many different ways. At Mara Bush Houses it is our firm belief that any safari expedition should be done on your terms, according to your routine and your time scale.

Game drives
Expert guides take you on twice daily game drives. Watch herds of elephants drink at the waterhole or stay with a pride of lion as the cubs play and fight with one another. There is no rush and no preordained schedule – this is safari on your terms. Game drives occur in the general Greater Maasai Mara region. From Topi House you can explore the Maasai Mara Reserve on early morning and evening game drives, and at Mara and Acacia Houses, the drives explore the Mara North Conservancy and surroundings. Our vehicles are either open game-viewing vehicles, or closed vehicles with big windows, high roofs and hatches that open.  All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.

Bush walks
There is little better than exploring and learning about the bush on foot. At all our Bush Houses, the guides will teach your kids how to touch the earth, soil and leaves and smell the wild fruits and flowers on a vibrant and exciting bush walk around the properties.

Community & cultural visits
The culture of the natural guardians of this land, the Maasai, is both complex and fascinating. Time spent with the local guides in their home communities is a rich and rewarding experience, often the most memorable moment of a safari here.

Hot-air balloon safaris (Topi House only)
This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon.

Camp Story

 

For three generations the Beaton and Looseyia families have worked in partnership at Mara Bush Houses. What began as a small cottage in the middle of the bush evolved into a traditional tented camp, and has now become a successful group of three private safari houses – the product of more than 30 years’ work in developing one of the most genuine cultural safari experiences in Africa.

In the intervening years the families have been joined by a small team of individuals, all of whom were born and raised on the plains of the Maasai Mara. The result is a unique cultural experience that gives guests the opportunity to explore, share and discover the ever-changing nature of the bush in the company of its natural guardians. The team brings with it long friendships and deep roots that give us all a good reason to be part of this wonderful family.

Situated in the Mara North Conservancy, which covers 30 000 acres and provides 422 direct jobs, Mara Bush Houses are at the forefront of turnaround tourism, Asilia’s term for the positive effect that tourism done well can have on Africa’s wild places. Looking into the future, Asilia is one of the driving forces behind the initiative to form an umbrella organisation. Our intention is to link all Mara conservancies – we think this will greatly improve the prospects for this crucial cultural and natural area.

The Mara Bush Houses work with 11 tourism partners’ camps to combine travel with community development. The conservancy fees provide the Maasai community with a sustainable livelihood and ensure the conservation of wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. In addition, they provide steady and sustainable employment, leading to an improved standard of living for the community as a whole. Healthcare, clean energy and empowerment of the local people through education and skills training are just few more of the benefits.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • Acacia House: 2 generous en-suite bedrooms and 1 double bedroom with separate bathroom

  • Mara House and Topi House: 3 spacious en-suite bedrooms each

  • Triple rooms available

  • Children welcome

  • Fully catered

  • Swimming pool (shared between Acacia House and Mara House)

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar and generator power

  • Battery-charging facility

Activities: Acacia & Mara

  • Game drives

  • Night drives

  • Lots of kids activities

  • Cultural visits

Activities at Topi House

  • Game drives into the Maasai Mara National Reserve

  • Visits to Koiyaki Guiding School in the nearby Mara Naboisho Conservancy

  • Lots of kids activities

  • Cultural & community visits ($25 per person)

  • €Hot-air balloon safaris

Migration viewing

  • July/August to November (Topi House, but accessible from Mara and Acacia)

Closest Airstrips

  • Mara North: 60 minutes’ drive from Acacia House and Mara House

  • Ol Kiombo: 45 minutes’ from Topi House

Seasonality

  • Open All year round

  • High season July to October; 20 December to 5 January

  • Green season April and May

  • Low season 6 January to 31 March; June; 1 November to 19 December

  • Open All year round

  • High season July to October; 20 December to 5 January

  • Green season April and May

  • Low season 6 January to 31 March; June; 1 November to 19 December

  • Open All year round

  • High season July to October; 20 December to 5 January

  • Green season April and May

  • Low season 6 January to 31 March; June; 1 November to 19 December

Child Ages

  • Children of all ages are warmly welcomed at the Mara Bush Houses.

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Mara Bush Houses:

  • The Great Migration

    Without doubt the annual Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Asilia will ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds.

    • 2 million wildebeest migrating
    • 2,800 kilometers covers
    • Best time to travel between Jul - Oct

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    The Great Migration
  • Big Cats & The Big 5

    Let Asilia show you the Big 5 and magnificent apex predators of the ecosystem for memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Big Cats & The Big 5
  • Cultural Experiences

    Discover Africa's rich culture.

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    Cultural Experiences
  • Family Safari

    Take the family on unforgettable holiday.

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    Family Safari
  • Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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    Romantic Experience
  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Exclusive-Use Accommodation & Personal Guiding

    Go on a personal, private safari.

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    Exclusive-Use Accommodation & Personal Guiding
  • Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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    Game Drives
  • Photography

    Get the shot of a lifetime.

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    Photography

Featured itineraries at Mara Bush Houses

  • Family Travel

    Take your family on their greatest wildlife adventure.

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    Family Travel
  • Bush and Beach Family Safari

    See incredible wildlife & relax in a beach house.

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