Mara Bush Houses are owned and run by Asilia Africa. This company offers authentic safari experiences of East Africa. Both houses are perfect for a family or group. Neither is hosted, but they are fully staffed. Their location in the Mara North Conservancy is fantastic, allowing for game drives on and off road, as well as walking safaris and cultural excursions. We recommend a 3- or 4-night stay. The property is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Mara Bush Houses are situated in the peaceful Ol Chorro Losoit Valley between the Lemek Hills. Mara North Conservancy, an area of the Mara that occupies 30,000 hectares. They’re accessed via an hour’s road transfer from Mara North airstrip.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MARA BUSH HOUSES:
Each house – Acacia House and Mara House – offers three bedrooms. At Mara House, all bedrooms have an en-suite, while at Acacia there’s a double room with en-suite bathroom, an attic room for children, and a ground-floor double room with a shared bathroom. Furnishings are pleasantly homely, and the style is classic contemporary. The palette is mainly neutrals amidst warm wood, with splashes of colour provided by vibrant rugs on the timber floors. All en-suite facilities are very well appointed and there’s a complimentary laundry service too.
Both houses have an open-plan lounge–diner with a lovely log fire to keep you cosy during the chilly evenings. Here you can chat, read a book, and enjoy amazing views over the Ol Chorro waterhole, which is very popular with the local wildlife. The furnishings are comfortable here as well, featuring sumptuous sofas and armchairs, coffee and occasional tables, subtle lighting, and colourful rugs. Each house has a deck too. Set with lounge and dining furniture, this is the perfect spot for relaxing and tucking into delicious food and drink while marvelling at the scenery.
ACTIVITIES AT MARA BUSH HOUSES:
Guests at Mara House and Acacia House can enjoy a variety of experiences:
Expertly guided game drives- Vehicle safaris set off during early morning and late afternoon, to avoid the heat of the day. There’s also the option to spend an entire day on safari, with staff making up a packed lunch for you. The Mara North Conservancy boasts a real wealth of wildlife, including big cats, elephant, wild dog, plains game, and hundreds of bird species.
Night drives- If you’re interested in seeing the nocturnal creatures of Mara North, you can head out after sunset and enjoy sightings of genet or bush baby, with the help of a spotlight and a keen-eyed guide.
Nature walks- Walking is a great opportunity to get to know the smaller lives of the conservancy, fun for children and adults alike. From plants to insects to birdlife, there are all sorts of fascinating things to see here.
Cultural excursions- This is Maasai territory, and all guests of Mara Bush Houses are welcome to visit the tribespeople in their communities. You’ll learn about their ways of life in a truly memorable experience
Photographic safaris- Asilia property Naboisho Camp, in Naboisho Conservancy, has a specially modified photographic vehicle that’s available to guests of Mara Bush. Open roofed and with drop-down sides, it’s ideal for taking photos of Mara North’s wildlife. Other features include three 360-degree swivel seats, beanbags, foam camera rests, and charging points. For more information about photo safaris from Mara Bush Houses, or anything else to do with staying at this property, please get in touch with a member of the YZ team.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.