House in the Wild
Marula Cottage Original Cottage
Marula Cottage
Original Cottage

House in the Wild

“House in the Wild” offers a private and exclusive home away from home. Ideal for families and groups of friends travelling together, “House in the Wild” is at its best when it is hired for a group booking, when guests can enjoy the exclusivity of it all, with complete privacy, and the Mara as their own back yard.

This private 12-14 bed lodge, is situated in a unique location perched on the banks of the Mara River, tucked away on a 1000 acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy on the edge of the Maasai Mara.
Surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life, exclusive to “House in the Wild” and share an eternal sense of history and farming community, whilst having direct access to some of the world’s best wildlife viewing.

The “House in the Wild” and the “shamba” is a welcome retreat for a few days respite while still being “on safari”. The main farmhouse and five cottages offer the warmth and rustic charm of another era, with all of the home comforts you could ask for.

Outside, the gardens provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk looking out for some of the 400 species of bird species found here. Beyond the garden, the farm’s dairy herd, horse stables and the organic vegetable garden beckon.

The Wood family & “The House in the Wild” have a deep, long standing and meaningful connection to the Maasai community, the wildlife and the land, encouraging renewable practices that serve as a model for living in harmony with nature. Through their personal relationships, cultural programs and conservation efforts, they help to preserve the pastoral traditions, stories, medicine and ways of life of the Maasai and the surrounding natural environment.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

With the creation of the Enonkishu Conservancy, “House in the Wild” raises money through revenue, to support sustainable rangeland management that allows space and resources for the people, cattle, and wildlife. Enonkishu fascinating project designed to improve productivity of the livestock in the region, thereby improving livelihoods and maintaining heritage. Enonkishu is the selected conservation partner with WWF and UNESCO-IHE as the pilot project in their regenerative rangelands project.

Experience a sense of place as you cycle the back roads of the “shamba” learn about
the Maasai culture while visiting the local village and a local family. You will discover a
vast array of trees and shrubs all indigenous to East Africa. After a full day of
adventure, either on a game drive in the wildlife abundant conservancies, a guided
nature walk, a horse ride through the conservancy, you will be treated to delicious
cuisine created by Chef Purity from delicious organic produce fresh from the gardens,
bakery and dairy. Homemade preserves, freshly baked cakes and breads, yogurt,
cheeses, home gown salads, locally farmed honey and the most delicious home grown
organic beef, eggs, and chicken

 

Need to Know

The property does not need to be booked exclusively.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Look out for some of the 400 species of bird species.  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. 

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

The “House in the Wild” team of silver level guides engage their guests not only in the wildlife game drives, but also in nature walks and cultural exchanges, providing the opportunity to learn more about local traditions and customs, geology, biology and indigenous medicine. Guided nature walk, bird walks, game drives, horse riding, farm activities, local school visits, cultural trips, visit to rhino sanctuary, tennis, bush dinner, balloon flights, Maasai dancing or relaxing by the pool.

FacilitiesFacilities

All cottages are ensuite with showers and bath. Hot & cold running water with flush toilets. 

A combination of generator and solar. Kerosene lamps throughout the night.

There is free Wi-Fi available in the lounge and on the lawn by the lounge.

Driver accomidation available.

Pool. 

AccommodationAccommodation

The “house in the wild“ is a private 12-14 bed lodge, and consists of a main farmhouse and five cottages.

The Original Cottage: This has two double rooms, sharing a bathroom with a bath and an outside star shower.

Family River Cottage: One double with the option of additional 2 single beds for children at the rear of the room.

Warburgia Cottage: A double en suite with massive bath overlooking the river.

Marula Cottage: This cottage has two large double en-suite rooms with its’ own private lawn, verandah and lounge areas.

Laundry is done on a daily basis. A crèche / daycare is also available.

AccoladesAccolades

Enonkishu is the selected conservation partner with WWF and UNESCO-IHE as the pilot project in their regenerative rangelands project.

SeasonSeason

Low Season: 6th January - 20th June. 16th October - 18th December. 

High Season: 21st June - 5th October. 19th December to 5th January. 

Average StayAverage Stay

When booked with friends or family the average lenght of stay is approximatley a week. Whilst couples/smaller families stay for three nights. 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

An average price of $270 for adults. Children (3-15 years) $155 per night. 

Children PolicyChild Policy

House in the Wild is family friendly.  Children under 3 do not pay accommodation or conservation fees.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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