Mahali Mzuri means 'beautiful place' in Swahili, and we hope you agree!
Due to Mahali Mzuri's excellent location on the Kenyan plains, you’ll have a front row seat, not just to the annual great migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round. During their twice daily game drives, you will have the opportunity to see lions, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs, but that's just for starters!
At Mahali Mzuri, the super stylish tented suites make for the perfect retreat during your stay. They can cater for up to 24 guests in the camp at any one time, so you are peace and quiets as well as guaranteed excellent customer service at all times.
Your tent is your window onto some of the world’s more spectacular scenery. Each of our 12 luxurious tents is designed to be your home away from home throughout your stay, with an ensuite bathroom, inviting private deck and views you won’t want to miss. You’ve heard of glamping but this isn’t camping as you know it! Their 12 tented suites are super stylish and unlike any tents you’ve ever experienced.
There are six tents on either side of the Main Tent, each accessible by a walkway, the furthest of which is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Main Tent. Ten of the 12 tents are designed to sleep two adults and all can be split into twin beds. Two tents are configured to accommodate two additional guests.
Mahali Mzuri is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's collection of unique retreats. Game viewing is naturally the number 1 activity guests at Mahali Mzuri enjoy the most. Who wouldn't want to witness the thrill of a hunt or see a baby warthog rolling in the sand? However, if you have time, make sure to head-out on a local Maasai community tour or indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment.
In the safari camp itself, each couple will share one of their 12 luxury tents, each complete with ensuite bathroom, private deck and breath-taking views. In the centre of the 12 tents is the Main Tent. Here you will find our relaxing lounge with an open fireplace and a large decked area where breakfast and lunch will be served. Just a short distance from the Main tent is the 12-metre infinity swimming pool, big enough for a leisurely swim or a refreshing dip.
The most important contribution by Mahali Mzuri to sustainability is how they work together with the local community in the formation of conservancies and the protection of the wider Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The land surrounding the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara reserve was once considered Koiyaki Group Ranch territory and was managed by a community committee. It has now been sub divided into individual free hold title. These small units were not considered economically viable and conflicting land use was a major concern among interests such as tourism, agriculture, development, conservation and charcoal production. Forming conservancies made up of contiguous parcels of land has become the most viable way of preventing the fragmentation of such an important environmental resource. The basic concept of these conservancies is to guarantee a fair income to every landowning member regardless of tourism numbers.
Every community member is receiving a stable income and is able to make better planning decisions for the future of their homes and families.
Tourism operators can promote high value, low density tourism which creates less pressure on the environment.
Both the community and commercial operators can appreciate the real value of effective conservation on conservancy land.
This private conservancy is shared between five key Safari Camps and this is the only Safari Operators permitted to conduct game drives in this area. Together they have a code of conduct and conservancy agreement to protect the land from ‘over tourism and development’ which only adds to the guest experience. In total the number of guests allowed to stay in this area is 94. There are no fences between the Mara and Olare Motorogi conservancies, so there is fantastic game viewing to be enjoyed.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy, is one of four established conservancies which together cover a total area of 63,000 hectares in the Greater Maasai Mara ecosystem, bordering the northern edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The other three conservancies are Olare Orok, Mara North and Naboisho, and together all are helping to increase the protected area of the ecosystem by nearly 50%.
Since 2006 a unique land management structure has been developed in the conservancies with a dual aim of extending the protection afforded to wildlife in the National Reserve to an even greater area whilst directly supporting the needs of some 1,550 Maasai families. Today both the Maasai community and safari guests are enjoying the true benefits of conservation of this land in a relationship that will see the ecosystem protected for many years to come.
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