House in the Wild Masai Mara, Kenya

House in the Wild is an exclusive boutique lodge tucked away on a 1000 acre private estate, Naretoi, on the edge of the Maasai Mara. It sits on the banks of the Mara River and is surrounded by game within the Enonkishu Conservancy, an area founded by House in the Wild owners Lippa and Tarquin Wood.

It has a relaxed 'home from home' atmosphere where guests can get off the beaten track and enjoy a behind the scenes experience, seeing how local communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife of the Enonkishu Conservancy.

‚ÄčThe house sleeps 12 people comfortably, with 2 double ensuite rooms on the river, and 2 family cottages. The house comes fully staffed and has an excellent chef and safari guide who can help guests to plan their activities during their stay. If you have a group you can rent the whole house privately.

Food including vegetables, eggs, milk, chicken and baked goods are produced by the family or the farm at Naretoi. Beef is produced by Mara Beef, a local company that breeds top quality grass-fed Angus, Boran and Zebu.

Activities are varied and designed around you - relax by the swimming pool, or enjoy 4x4 game drives and guided walks. Guests can also visit local community projects, fishing, visit the rhino sanctuary or explore the farm (milking cows, beekeeping, planting trees or assisting the scouts in their conservation work).

Conservation and wildlife is equally important to the team at House in the Wild. Enonkishu Conservancy is a world class conservation area, where animals migrate freely in between the neighbouring conservancies. There is a resident pride of lion, plenty of leopard and in the dry season elephants take refuge in the shade of the forests and browse on the branches of the trees on the Kileleoni Hill. Night drives are offered and honey badgers, porcupines and ant bears can often be seen.

Conservation fees are distributed to the landowning community and allow guests to traverse through Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Chorro Oiruwa conservancies, offering some spectacular landscapes.


Enonkishu Conservancy [Maa for place of healthy cattle] is a member of the Global Savory Hub Network, which is run under Holistic Management, enhancing environment, communities and revenues for the pastoralists and landowners in the region.

Nearby Attractions

The Masai Mara

Facilities

  • Free Wifi access

  • Laundry facilities

  • Refillable water bottles

  • Bespoke toiletries

  • Private Guide and Safari Car 

  • Nanny & Driver accommodation

  • Baby sitting service and kids entertainment

 

Activities

Throughout the day on the property there are always interesting activities going on.  Guests are welcome to walk around the estate, meet the team, snuggle a newborn calf, milk the cows, help with day-to-day jobs which may include spraying the cattle, beekeeping, tree planting or helping the scouts in the conservation work. There is also always a willing team eager to play football and guests are welcome to mix in on the farm pitch.  Guests are free to walk or jog around the estate, in the knowledge that they are safe from game within the farm fence.

Game drives - Our experienced guide knows the area intimately and there is plenty of game to see within the Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Chorro Oiruwa conservancies.  Big cats, elephants and plains game are commonly seen within a 15 minute drive from the house.  The Mara game reserve is about 50km game drive away, worth visiting over the Great Wildebeest Migration for a chance of seeing a river crossing. 

Bird walks - There is a huge amount and variety of bird species around the house. Much can be seen on guided walks along the river banks.

Swim - Take a dip in the pool overlooking the river, relax on the sunbeds and soak up the views.

Guided Hill Climb - For the more energetic guests, a guided walk / climb up the Kileleoni Hill is well worth it.  Being the highest point in the Greater Mara Ecosytem, the view stretches out as far as the eye can see. Also a great spot for sundowners or bush breakfasts for those who’d rather go up in the car!

Holistic Management - Learn about how wildlife and livestock can thrive when in a holistic management system.  Learn about our innovative conservation efforts and how farmland has been restored to its natural state through our rewilding program.  

School visits - The Emarti Primary and Secondary Schools are 5 km away from the main farm gate, crossing over the river at the Emarti Bridge.  With over 700 children to visit guests always get a warm welcome. 

Cultural Manyatta trips - An authentic experience where our local maasai guide takes you to his family home. 

Rhino Sanctuary - On the edge of the hill, guests can get up close to the tame rhinos in the Rhino Sanctuary.

Go Fish - Sit on the banks of the mara river and see who can catch the biggest catfish.

Maasai Singing - Our team of maasai  watchmen on the farm are also talented singers and dancers, and always willing to perform their latest traditional hit at sundown on the lawn by the house.

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