Saruni Mara The Observatory Room

Location: Mara North Conservancy, outside Masaai Mara National Reserve, Kenya


Saruni Mara is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa, intimate and exclusive. Saruni Mara is open all year round and welcomes children of all ages. Please note that young children can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion only.

The Lodge prefers to provide you with a suitable hair-dryer on your arrival should you require one as the 3-point British plugs are used. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge, should you encounter any problems gaining access please inform lodge management.  A computer is also available for guest’s use.

Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 68,732 acres. It forms the north-western zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. The Masai Mara is famous for its unique concentration of wildlife, birds, rich vegetation and open savannah.

Saruni Mara The Love Shack Bedroom
Saruni Mara The Love Shack Bedroom
Saruni Mara The Observatory Room
Saruni Mara The Observatory Room
Saruni Mara The Photographer Studio
Saruni Mara The Photographer Studio

Uniqueness of this Camp

This Lodge has an exclusive location in the secluded hills of the Mara North Conservancy. Guests’ are guided by Masaai Warriors who are knowledgeable to customs, landscape and wildlife. The lodge provides the local Masaai people with jobs, income, training and guidance. 

Mara North Conservancy has the highest density of predator’s and plain game in the World. The unique Warrior program – ‘Warrior Academy’ where guests spend a few days learning the survival skills of the revered Maasai warriors – taking part in teaching in the same way as a junior warrior learns to track animals and craft tools on the plains of the Masai Mara, and academy great for the family.


The Observatory themed cottage makes you dream of vast, star-lit African skies. Has a vintage brass telescope, moon map and selection of interesting material on all things cosmic, beautifully furnished and spacious – king size bed (twin or double), with a large front deck for relaxing in the day and star gazing at night.

The Love Shack is the perfect romantic retreat, simple and elegantly designed for hours of relaxation. Secluded cottage, known as Saruni Mara’s Honeymoon Suite, has elegant furnishings and beautiful antiques create a feeling of classic elegance and romance. The bedroom is very spacious with a king size bed and opens out onto a large verandah with a magnificent view of the valley of the Masai plains – the perfect private dining area.

The Photographer’s Studio is inspired by imagery and decorated to the theme of life through the lens. Beautifully-furnished cottage, spacious, with king size bed (twin or double), in a large bedroom, en-suite bathroom and outdoor verandah overlooking the beautiful view. Tribute to the decades of incredible photography of the marvel of the Great Migration and the Masai Mara has produced. 

The Artist’s Studio; an elegant sanctuary for the creative soul, and the perfect place to find inspiration. With a stylishly decorated en suite bedroom, one king size double bed and can add an extra single bed, has an open veranda, with beautiful views over the secluded valley and the Mara plains in the distance.

The Literary Room; an ideal hideaway for thinkers, dreamers and writers, inspired by great stories of African adventures and discovery. This cottage is classic and more than comfortable, equipped with a vintage typewriter, leather reading chairs, writing desk with a brass reading lamp, quill pen and leather blotter, guests can experience and create their own safari story. The beautiful, spacious en-suite bedroom with king size bed, open up onto a large verandah, a perfect reading perch for the afternoon. Available in all rooms above:  Private verandah, Hairdryer (avail on request), Room safe, Organic soaps & lotions, Water dispenser, Mosquito repellant, Air horn, Umbrellas, Hangers, Insecticide, Free Wi-Fi connectivity in common areas, Mosquito net, Wake-up service, 24hr security, Bathrobes, Hot & cold water.

The Natural History Suite is the family villa, this stylish new villa has two en-suite bedrooms can accommodate (1 x twin + 1 dbl/2 dbls in king size beds, an extra bed can be added) a large lounge complete with dining area and big fireplace. 

There is a large verandah overlooking the magnificent scenery of the Masai Mara, decorated with a selection of antique and vintage prints. Relevant reading material such a books on mammals, reptiles, trees and birds are available.

The Nyati House: beautiful, private wilderness home, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and dining room, kitchen and large verandah. This is booked exclusively and is located a 5 minute drive away from Saruni Mara in its own secluded valley. Perfect for groups or families looking for privacy and wanting to experience the Masai Mara on their own schedule and in the comfort of their own wilderness home. Equipped with your own safari vehicle and guide. Meals served in your own dining room and guests at 

Nyati House have a very personal experience. Children can enjoy the front garden for children. Available: Private verandah, Hairdryer (avail on request), Room safe, Organic soaps & lotions, Water dispenser, Mosquito repellant, Air horn, Umbrellas, Hangers, Insecticide, Free Wi-Fi connectivity in common areas, Mosquito net, Wake-up service, 24hr security, Bathrobes, Hot & cold water & Fireplace.


Lodge Amenities: 24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, gift shop.


Lodge Activities: Big 5 game viewing, Bird Watching, Fine Dining, Guided Game Walks, Garden Tours, Gourmet Picnic, Massages, Night Drives, the library at Saruni Mara.

Activities Nearby: Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Game Viewing drives, Hiking, Hot-air ballooning (extra cost), drive atop Mt Kilileoni, visit local weekly market, cultural performance (occasional), Ol Chorro Rhino Sanctuary visit @$20pp, seed throwing (@ $3 per box)join the re-greening movement with a guide who knows the most suitable places to throw seeds, annual great migration, wedding and Scenic Flights