Masai Mara
House in the Wild

Ideal for families and groups of friends travelling together, House in the Wild is a private lodge on the edge of the Maasai Mara that sleeps up to 14 guests.

It has a unique position – set on the banks of the Mara River, it lies within a 1000-acre private estate inside the game-rich Enonkishu Conservancy. Expect family-friendly activities, warm hospitality and a traditional Kenyan farm experience.

Facilities & Activities

Being set inside Enonkishu, the game is a major draw, with big cats, elephants and plains game commonly spotted within a 15-minute drive from the house. The team of experienced guides know the area intimately, offering both safari drives and guided nature walks. There is everything from easy one-hour jaunts to hikes up Kileleoni Hill – the highest point in the Greater Mara Ecosystem, it offers superb views from the top.

Guests can dive deeper into local culture and traditions by getting stuck into farm activities, such as helping with milking the cows. Cultural excursions include visiting the family home of a local Maasai guide or a local school. Other activities include horse riding, visiting a rhino sanctuary, fishing, mountain biking and balloon flights. The farm also has its own pool and a tennis court.

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Dining

You’ll be treated to organic, fresh food that’s produced by the farm or family and freshly prepared by Purity, the lodge chef. Tuck into homemade bread, cakes and preserves and yoghurt and cheeses made in the dairy. There are homegrown salads, local honey and organic eggs and locally-reared meat. All meals are included, along with drinks and house wines and beer. Enjoy everything from bush breakfasts at sunrise to picnic lunches to refuel during a full day of game driving. Dinner can be eaten in the dining area by the fire or beneath the stars at the campfire.

Rooms

The accommodation comprises a main farmhouse and five cottages. Larger groups or multiple families can hire the whole lodge (sleeping 14 people) exclusively or you can pick a smaller accommodation option. All rooms offer a sense of indoor-outdoor living – think baths overlooking the river, seating areas that spill onto large verandas and four-poster beds with views towards the bush. The decor is natural, with plenty of wood and stone throughout, with a muted colour scheme that’s pepped up with local art and handicrafts, such as handwoven rugs and African wall hangings.

Some excellent room options exist for families (see more in our Family tab). For smaller parties, Warbugia Cottage has a double en suite with a bath overlooking the river, while Hippo Cottage has one room with a four-poster bed and double sinks in the ensuite bathroom. Olerai also has one room and an impressive brass bath with river views.

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Family

There is a good choice of accommodation options for families of varying sizes. For broods of up to 4, the Family River Cottage features one double room with the option of adding 2 single beds for children at the rear of the room. A highlight is a huge bath overlooking the river. There’s a little more space in the Two-bedroom Original Cottage, which has 2 double rooms sharing a bathroom, a bath, and an outside shower. Marula Cottage has 2 large double ensuite rooms, with the addition of its own private lawn.

Children will love the farm surroundings and the child-friendly activities will keep them entertained – with horses to ride, cows to milk and a farm school to visit. Babysitting services and a creche daycare are available.

Guided nature walks are family-friendly an suitable for children aged over 7 years.

Sustainability

The Enonkishu Conservancy is an example of sustainable rangeland management and is a conservation partner with WWF. Cattle are used to rehabilitate degraded grassland while grazing plans and erosion control are also benefiting the area. House in the Wild uses some of its revenue to contribute to this sustainable rangeland management, which allows space and resources for the people, cattle and wildlife.

House in the Wild and its owners also have a good relationship with the Maasai community, and their conservation efforts help to preserve the Maasai way of life and the surrounding natural environment.

The lodge uses a combination of generators and solar power, with kerosene lamps used at night.

Location

House in the Wild is set on the banks of the Mara River, within a 1000-acre private estate inside the Enonkishu Conservancy. It’s approximately a four-hour drive west of Nairobi. A faster way to arrive is by air – there are twice-daily flights into Ngerende airstrip with Air Kenya or Safarilink. Ngerende airstrip is a 15-minute drive from the house. If a private plane is an option, there is a private airstrip on the farm.

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