Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mahali Mzuri

Rates from (inc tax)$1,379.31

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Swank canvas


Home on the high plains

The 12 luxurious tents at Mahali Mzuri, a luxury safari camp within Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve, have prime viewing perches for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. There's only a handful of guests staying here at any one time, so you’ll have front-row seats as millions of wildebeest (and some bandwagon-jumping antelope and zebra) pass by on their annual circular journey. This is a camp, but not as you know it: there’s an adults-only infinity pool, and each tent has a private deck, Bose speakers and a Nespresso machine; no gas stove or canvas folding-chair in sight.

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A private dinner for two set up on your tent’s wooden deck


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Need to know


12 luxury tents.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but also flexible if your tent’s ready.


Double rooms from $1379.31, excluding tax at 16 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,600.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include all meals and drinks, return transfers from the Olare Orok or Mara North Airstrips and daily game drives.


Head to one of the local villages to experience daily life in the Maasai Mara – guests can assist with morning milkings, or herding the cattle, goats and sheep home at dusk.

At the hotel

Spa, library, acres of game reserve, free WiFi throughout, iPads to use, a Bose sound-system, and laundry. In rooms: Bose iPod dock, Nespresso machine, free bottled water, minibar and Africology bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Ignore any image conjured by the word ‘tent’: this is next-level ‘glamping’. Each of the 12 tented suites is located on a ridge above the river, from which the views look like a still from The Lion King. Families should opt for one of the two tents that include a sofa bed; for the ultimate seclusion, book the one furthest away from the main lodge.


There’s a 12-metre, heated outdoor pool for dipping into between drives. It’s adults-only.


The Nasaro Spa tent has equally dazzling views of the bush, so try not to fall asleep while the therapists do their thing. Treatments include being massaged with smooth rose-quartz and amethyst stones and a couple’s ritual, all performed using Africology products.

Packing tips

You probably won’t be too fussed about the state of your barnet on safari, but the camp helpfully provides options for both scenarios: straighteners for if you care, sun hats for if you don’t. If the Cessna restrictions eliminate the chances of bringing your best binoculars, rest assured – the hotel supplies those, too.


The resort is not suitable for wheelchair users; one tent is accessible via a flat pathway from the main house, but there are steps in the main building that would need to be crossed in order to reach it.


Over-eights are welcome. Two of the tents can accommodate children on the sofa bed. Meals can be modified to suit younger palates and activities are designed to educate younger guests. Families of four will most likely be in their own private vehicle.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Each table in the main tent overlooks the valley, with all the far-reaching views you’d expect, but make the most of your private tent by requesting to dine out on its deck. Meals are fully portable: choose the main deck, by the pool or out in the plains.

Dress Code

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa should be your safari style-icons.

Hotel restaurant

Guests can grab a quick snack before setting off on an early-morning drive, or hold out until midway through, when the guide whips up a tasty breakfast in the bush. Lunch is served on the main deck when guests return, and – in case you’re worried it’s too long a wait until dinner – you’re fed afternoon tea before you head out for the final drive of the day. Expect pan-African food made with locally sourced produce, with liberal sprinklings of spice, as well as bush barbecues and champagne picnics. The steaks are also a highlight. Some nights will have additional entertainment in the form of Maasai dancers and a camp fire.

Hotel bar

All drinks are included in your room rate, so you can help yourself to the honesty bar at any time, though an attentive barman is on standby to do the mixing if you prefer. The bar area enjoys the same spectacular views as the rest of the resort, none more soul-stirring than at sunset. After a long day out on safari, order a Kenyan Dawa, a mix of vodka, lime juice and honey; the name is derived from the Swahili word for ‘medicine’, so it’ll have you stotting like an impala in no time.

Last orders

Breakfast is served after (or during if you can’t possibly wait) the morning game drives. Lunch is between noon and 3pm. Enjoy afternoon tea at 4pm, before you set out for your final drive of the day. Dinner is served on your return.

Room service

Meals can be served on your tent’s decking area if you prefer.


Photos Mahali Mzuri – Maasai Mara – South Africa
Mahali Mzuri
Olare Motorogi Conservancy
North of Maasai Mara National Reserve


Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a five-hour drive from the hotel. Your best bet in terms of arriving by air is to connect to the Olare Orok Airstrip via a Safarilink Aviation or Air Kenya flight from the city’s domestic airport (Nairobi Wilson). Flights to the region take under an hour. Transfers from the airstrips are included in your room rate; from Olare Orok, the drive should take around 25 minutes (it’s a little longer from Mara North: allow one hour’s drive time). British Airways and Kenya Airways operate direct flights between London and Nairobi.


The hotel’s a five-hour journey from Kenya’s capital, but driving here is not recommended due to the vast distances and the presence of wild animals within the reserve. The hotel can provided detailed route instructions for the brave (and those who have borrowed a sturdy four-wheel drive).

Worth getting out of bed for

Game drives are the order of the day here and, during the Great Wildebeest Migration (between July and October) you’ll barely have to leave your tent to get in on the action. Nocturnal guests can book an after-dark drive, and the vertigo-free can enjoy hot-air-balloon rides over the plains. For guests staying a little longer, who wish to venture outside of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, day trips to the Maasai Mara National Reserve can be organised for an additional fee.


Photos Mahali Mzuri – Maasai Mara – South Africa

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this safari lodge in Kenya and unpacked their binoculars and neutral-coloured linens, a full account of their African break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Mahali Mzuri in the Maasai Mara

Mahali Mzuri translates from Swahili as ‘beautiful place’; as names go, it’s a little on the nose, but certainly apt. Luxury tents, set 1,700 metres above sea level, blend seamlessly into their surroundings. They're decorated with locally inspired prints and materials, and have terracotta-canvas roofs; each has a private wooden viewing deck for really wild sightings with little effort. With just 12 suites, the camp retains an intimate, exclusive feel while treading lightly on its environs.

Safaris might be all about the wildlife, but food plays a starring role here, thanks to the inventive cuisine served in between game drives. Feast at barbecues in the bush and picnics on the plains, or take a cue from the resident carnivores and tear into a steak. The best time to visit is undoubtedly between July and October, when the Great Wildebeest Migration takes place and millions of mammals go on the move – but the landscape of this great frontier will be beautiful in any given month. Luckily, there’s a hotel to match.

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