Mara Conservancies

House in the Wild


Private game viewing in the Maasai Mara

If your family is looking for a private, remote getaway with plenty of opportunities to see animals and a variety of activities to fill the days, then House in the Wild is the perfect place for you.

Family-owned, this home away from home sits on the banks of the Mara River on the private 1,000-acre Naretoi estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy. Once farmland, the family has embarked on an ambitious rewilding project to restore wildlife habitats and improve the lives of those who call the area home.

The lodge has seven cottages, including three two-bedroomed cottages perfect for families and each is uniquely decorated, many with feature baths overlooking the river. Shared areas include a spacious mess tent lounge and bar, as well as a pool lounge. When you’re not out looking for animals or participating in various fun outings, relax beside the swimming pool which boasts wonderful river views. If you're after total privacy, House in the Wild also has three exclusive-use private villas.


At a glance

  • Seven cottages including three two-bedroomed family cottages

  • Exclusive use vehicle and guide for all bookings

  • Great wildlife viewing, conservation and community projects

  • Swimming pool and lawns for games

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    Game drives

    Your experienced guide knows the Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Chorro Oiruwa conservancies extremely well. There are plenty of big cats, elephants and plains game to see within a short distance of the house. The Mara Game Reserve is a 50km game drive away, and if you’re visiting over the Great Migration, you may even witness a dramatic river crossing.

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    Guided walks

    Head out on a guided walk and there is lots to see, including a huge variety of bird species around the house and on the river banks. If you’re feeling more energetic you can go on a guided walk or climb up the Kileleoni Hill. It’s the highest point in the Greater Mara Ecosystem and you’ll be treated to incredible views. This is also the perfect spot for sundowners or bush breakfasts if you take a drive up first thing.

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    Farm activities

    There are generally a variety of activities going on around the farm on a daily basis which you can discover. Take an early-morning 15-minute walk to the dairy herd to milk a cow. Fresh milk makes your morning coffee all the more delicious.

Community & Culture

The Enonkishu Conservancy is a community driven conservation model. Most of the staff at House in the Wild live within a 5km radius of the property. The owners founded the Mara Training Centre through the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund grant which helps communities to sustainably manage their natural resources. They also built the Emarti Primary and Secondary schools, where students can take part in a conservation programme.


The founders of the House in the Wild aim to restore and regenerate biodiversity in a sustainable way with social, ecological and economic benefits. The owners, Lippa and Tarquin Wood were part of founding Enonkishu Conservancy, a community-led conservation initiative which safeguards the natural resources, heritage and people of this fragile ecosystem. The aim is to establish a balance between conservation and enterprise for the Maasai communities.


House in the Wild runs on 95% solar energy and recycles water through an eco wetlands system. They also source firewood from their own sustainable plantation and grow homegrown vegetables for their daily menus.

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