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.
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.
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.
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:
• Black rhino
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 SUITABILITY LEVEL
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.