Saruni Mara

Maasai Mara, Kenya


Our Rating

Trip Advisor

Room Type

5 Cottages, 1 Family villa

Child Policy

Children of all ages


Lounge, library, spa and curio shop


Bush Walks, Game Drives, Hiking and Climbing, Hot Air Balloon, Wildebeest Migration


About This Accommodation

Saruni Mara is in the Mara North Conservancy, built into the hillside and overlooking the lush valley below. It is a solid 4-star property and a favorite of ours. The accommodation, service and guiding are excellent and you will always be well looked after.

Spacious rooms are elegantly decorated and have beautiful views from a wooden deck. The main areas include a living space with an open fire pit, extensive decks, a library and a dining room where tasty, Italian-style meals are served. Saruni Mara is ideal for guests who are looking for a camp but don’t want to stay in a tent. It has the solid feel of a hotel, but is intimate and small.

Saruni Mara has close ties with the Maasai community and you can see their daily life when you visit the village, school and artwork workshop. This is a wonderful activity for kids who always seem to enjoy going into the schools, meeting the children and getting their faces painted.

Game drives are exciting with great game viewing in both the privacy of Mara North and access to the main Mara reserve though the camp is located in the northern part of Mara North, so you should be prepared for quite a drive to reach the reserve. Walking safaris are also available with qualified guides for those who want to stretch their legs and explore on foot. For those who need a little pampering, the spa is available for treatments. Saruni Mara and is a terrific place for honeymooners, who are accommodated in their own beautiful suite or for families in the exclusive-use and fully serviced 2 bedroom Nyati House (a 5-minute drive from the main camp).

We love the Saruni properties, so we recommend guests pair Saruni Mara with Saruni Samburu, which has a real "wow" factor.

Featured Activities in Saruni Mara

Videos from Saruni Mara

  • From sunrise to sunset, this video will take you on a journey of incredible views, fascinating culture, teeming wildlife, breath-taking landscapes and magical encounters that are all part of a Saruni safari.
  • The lazy, hazy days of the Saruni safari experience awaiting you in our lodges & camps across Kenya. Wallowing hippos, crossing zebras, snacking hyenas, playful ellies and charming, local guides, this evocative film from talented @PhilipDickenson of @yogafornature/#yogafornature, has it all. Sit back and let us take you there.
  • It's not only our guests that take time out to relax, unwind and rejuvenate at Saruni lodges and camps across Kenya. Check out these baboons with their all too human behaviour! It really is a baboon's life! Video credit: Philip Dickenson of Yoga for Nature.
  • Head out in with our Saruni guides to discover the only too natural circle of life that awaits you in the Masai Mara. Watch these lions and their cubs get in on the wildebeest action that is meal time. Viewer discretion advised - contains scenes from nature.
  • A brilliant video account of Heather & Pete Cole's of The Conversant Traveller ( Saruni Mara game drive.
  • A brilliant video account of Heather & Pete Cole's of The Conversant Traveller ( stay at Saruni Mara. Enjoy!
  • Taken by guest Will Axtell and entered into Saruni's #WhyILoveSaruni's annual competition - this video features a Saruni safari staying at Saruni Samburu, Saruni Mara and Saruni Wild.
  • So, you may know your “un, deux, trois”, from your “eins, zwei, drei” – but do you know your “nabo”, are, uni”? Let Saruni Mara guide - William Ole Tinka – teach you how to count from one to ten in Maa (the language of the Maasai). Are you ready? GO!

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What Our Clients Think

Beautiful cottage. Gorgeous and welcoming. Friendly staff. The wildlife at Saruni in the Maasai Mara was incredible and such an awesome experience. The meals were great. The first camp had emailed the food they had served us, so the second camp would not serve the same thing. When I mentioned, in conversation to another guest, that I would really like Strawberry jam, instead of orange and pineapple, it appeared at the table the next morning."

The meals were awesome! The local staff was incredible. We loved our guides Lemeria and William. Lemeria made it possible for us to see the crossing with the best view. He is extremely knowledgeable about animals, birds and plants. It was impressive to be greeted by Maasai in costume, the manager, and a drink. Both lodge staff and guides were extremely courteous, personable and professional. The Kuru House was stunning. I loved the metal animal head sculptures."

Excellent game view. Low density tourism with high density wildlife. The conservancy is large enough to be free from other vehicles where no vehicles could be seen... Our guide, Dixon, was great!"

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