Rustic and cottage-y, with superb service and great guiding, Topi House is really good value for a family or group! It might not offer high-end luxury, but it’s a very comfortable option within the Maasai Mara.
Topi House is owned and run by Asilia Africa. It’s one of three bush homes operated by Asilia within the Greater Mara region – the others are Mara House and Acacia House, both in the northern part of the Mara North Conservancy. All provide Asilia’s high-quality service and exceptionally good guiding, but we have singled out Topi House as it is slightly closer to the best wildlife viewing areas. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, use of private vehicle and private guide, vehicle safaris in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, transfers between the house and Ol Kiombo Airstrip, and a laundry service. The house is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The house is accessed via a brief game drive transfer from Ol Kiombo Airstrip. It’s situated in a small acacia forest between the Olare Orok Conservancy and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT TOPI HOUSE:
There are three bedrooms, linked by a veranda running the full length of the house. Two have a double bed, and one of the doubles can be separated into twins. The other has twin beds, and all beds are surrounded by mosquito netting. Other features include bedside stands and lighting, a standing fan, a writing desk cum dressing table and chair, and hanging space for clothes. A couple of art prints adorn the walls, while the stone floors are laid with a few colourful rugs. Each room offers an en-suite washroom, containing a flush toilet, washbasin, and walk-in shower. A few toiletries are supplied. From the bedroom, doors lead out onto the veranda, where guests can relax and enjoy views through acacia woods and beyond to sprawling plains!
The living and dining areas at Topi House are as pleasantly unassuming as the bedrooms. In the living area, comfortable sofas and armchairs are positioned around a central coffee table, before a cosy open log fire. There are occasional tables too, and a large rug covers part of the stone floor. The dining space contains one large table and cushioned chairs for communal meals. From the house’s main door, a stone path leads to a clearing under acacias where guests can enjoy al fresco dining, and the campfire is set up just a short distance away.
ACTIVITIES AT TOPI HOUSE:
Topi House offers a great range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives
– The house is well positioned to offer vehicle safaris within the Olare Orok Conservancy and in the Maasai Mara itself. As guests have use of a private vehicle and guide, you can set the pace of your safari and let the guide know if you’d like to see any particular species of wildlife. The rolling savanna, woodlands, and water sources of the Mara region are home to all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – as well as smaller predators such as cheetah, hyenas, jackals, and wild dog, and other herbivores including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes.
– This activity is also enjoyed in the company of your private guide. Walks are fantastic for anyone interested in taking a close look at the smaller lives of the Olare Orok Conservancy – the plants, insects, and ample birdlife!
Great Migration viewing
– Guests staying at Topi House during the period from July to October will have opportunities to see the huge herds of the Great Migration, as throughout dry season astonishing numbers of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles move up into the Mara region from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in their search for food. It isn’t uncommon for a few gnu to come right up to the house and graze on the grasses just outside!
Community and cultural visits
– Guests are invited to spend time with the house’s guides in their own home communities. It’s fascinating to find out all about the Maasai ways of life in this spectacular part of the world.
– Staff at the house are happy to entertain the youngsters whenever the adults need a little time to themselves. Kids can get involved with animal tracking, bird spotting, and even dung identification too! They can also do a little cooking with the kitchen team.
Hot air balloon safaris
– This experience is available at extra cost. An early start to the day is necessary, as the balloon launches just before dawn. However, the effort of getting up is well worth it, as you’ll enjoy amazing views over the Maasai Mara. And once the balloon has descended to earth, you’ll tuck into a delicious bush breakfast!
*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.