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Vaison-la-Romaine, France
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing experience in this extremely comfortable Safari Lodge. The staff were second to none in their hospitality. Excellent food. Beautiful location. Unbelievable Game Drives with our fantastic guide, Senior, who excelled in finding us huge varieties of game. Our balloon trip nearby far outweighed my expectations. All in all, a truly memorable experience, well recommended

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New Delhi, India
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Saruni Mara is an unbelievably aesthetic lodge set in an equally beautiful setting on a hill .Looking out of your room, you see the Mara Conservancy plains stretching out for miles. The stars at night are the brightest I've ever seen. To make it complete, great food, impeccable and friendly service, and the best guide ever. Dixon, many thanks for... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

The lodge is in an unbelievably beautiful location, the staff were polite, helpful & really went the extra mile organising an intimate dinner for us of traditional Swahili food it was delicious. The lodges were all you would need clean & comfortable with a fab view from the shower! Would definitely recommend staying here.

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your fantastic review and I'm so so pleased that you loved the location and the experience. More 

London
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Saruni Mara is located in a Conservancy close to the National Masai Mara Reserve. The camp is small with a maximum of 14 guests so you are treated as one of the family. We stayed in the Family villa which has 2 separate en-suite bedrooms with a shared lounge and verandah. The rooms are first class with huge beds and... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I note that you agree with us that the wildlife experience in the private conservancies of the Mara is of the highest level: it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of money to make it happen and I'm always grateful when your guests become so aware of this. We... More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

My husband and I spent four nights in Saruni Mara at the end of September. It was part of our two week safari and beach trip planned through Imagine Africa. The camp is on a hillside with great views, although a bit of a trek getting there! Both the spacious cottages and communal areas are very pleasant, with a colonial... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful and thoughtful review and we look forward to have you back one day in the future. More 

London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed at Saruni Mara after staying at their sister camp in Samburu..this lodge is located on the outer part of Mara north and again offers spectacular views across the region . It had a colonial feel to its decor if a slightly less luxurious feel that Samburu - (if I was being picky in such a comparison ) ..we had... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful and entailed review. I'm glad you enjoyed the safari with us, including the long day down to the Mara river crossing spots. Yes, it can be a tiring day, but as you say worthwhile. As you have probably realised, we go inside the national reserve and to the "crossings" only during the migration season (July... More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The location was spectacular, remote & unspoilt. The individual chalets were spacious, clean & the decor exactly what you would hope for, classic Safari. A decanter of Sherry in your room & hot water bottles in your bed in the evening were just some of the "little touches". The staff were attentive & caring, the food delicious. Nothing was too... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

That you so much for your wonderful review, very appreciated. I like that you liked our sherry decanter! We look forward to have you back one day. More 

Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Don't hesitate to stay here. My husband and I needed this get away and was blessed by everyone here ... the attention to our comfort, needs, wants... the staff, the lodge, the bungalows all helped this trip be unforgettable... oh, and then there were the zebras, giraffes, leopard, cheetahs, lions, hippos, baboons..., and the rest of the wonderful world of... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you very much and I'm so pleased that we gave you the needed break and the great experience you were looking for. We also hope to have you back to Saruni one day. have you tried our other property, Saruni Samburu? More 

Flintshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This was the second stop of our safari honeymoon and we were arriving from Saruni Samburu and quite frankly we were struggling to believe that it could be as good as our previous 4 days. We were proven wrong within minutes of landing, our guide Lamiria (apologies for the spelling) picked us up and instantly started showing us the vast... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for sharing that thought: "how can anything be better than Saruni Samburu?". We like to prove that this is possible.... even if it is very hard, I agree. We look forward to have you back with us in the future, maybe trying our new property in the North, Saruni Rhino. Please give... More 

North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

Truely wonderful trip,made so by the lodge setting and outlook The staff are all so friendly and attentive, Well managed by manager Eddie Our guide John was with us for all 4 days of our stay and was able to find so much game we became blaze about it. Facilities and food were all out of the top draw and... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Mara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review. The word "perfect" is a big word to use and we'll make sure we remain true to it. More 

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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 

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Address: C14, Keekorok | Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve 20500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 91,444 - ₹ 1,24,752 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“All chalets have their own balcony's on which to relax”
 of 5 bubbles ericaI7121JK, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I had the Love Shack which is very private and right at the end of the row of rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles miraNewDelhi_India, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Wifi is available in some rooms but also in the general reception area. The family villa is great for famlies”
 of 5 bubbles RoyM596, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Every single room has a theme and all of them are equally excellent”
 of 5 bubbles Jason-and-Mel, 26 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All the chalets are good, some further away from the main building.”
  • The main room in our 2 bedroom , 2 bathroom villa
 of 5 bubbles bornie, 24 Feb 2016 | Read review
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