Mara North Conservancy

Saruni Mara


Relaxed eco-lodge

Saruni Mara can be found nestled in a secluded green valley of the Mara North Conservancy with the wide-open game plains to the south and lush forest to the north.

A small, intimate set-up, the lodge has just five cottages, a family villa and an exclusive use owner’s house, all with a classically relaxed safari feel. The views from bed are exceptional

Explore the Mara on day and night drives, walks and romantic dinners in the bush, all looked after by a team of Maasai guides who will share their knowledge of this amazing ecosystem and their rich culture with you.


At a glance

  • Five cottages

  • Family villa and private house

  • Spa

  • Library

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    Game drives

    Hop into a specially designed Land Rover where a professional guide and tracker will seek out the Mara’s iconic wildlife. Days can be hot or cold, sunny or rainy but the wildlife of the Masai Mara is always in action. Being in a private conservancy means virtually no other traffic and the ability to go on night drives.

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    The Migration

    Millions of wildebeest and zebra thunder their way from the across the Tanzanian border from the Serengeti onto the Mara each year in what is one of the world’s great natural spectacles – the Great Migration. Usually on the Mara between August and October, game drives are especially thrilling during this period.

  • Luxurious safari lodge in the heart of Maasai Mara National Reserve

    Hot air ballooning

    See the beauty of the Mara and witness the vastness of the annual natural phenomenon that is the Great Migration from above.

Community & Culture

Saruni Mara is a founding member of the Mara North Conservancy, which provides jobs, income, training and guidance for the local Maasai people. Tourism directly supports conservation - by visiting Saruni Mara, you are directly giving back to the community who protects this beautiful land, improving their quality of life, while at the same time encouraging conservation

The Mara North Conservancy was created in a partnership between member camps and over 800 Maasai landowners. By leasing land directly from individual Maasai landowners, they have received substantial and direct income from wildlife.

More than 80% of Saruni Mara’s employees are Maasai from the local communities. They are trained, employed and encouraged to rise through the ranks so that the local communities benefit directly from the lodge’s presence in the area.

Saruni also sponsors young Maasai to train as guides at the Koiyaki Guiding School, to make sure that the future generations of conservationists and safari guides come from the area.


The lodge protects the northern corridors of the Maasai Mara ecosystem and contributes to the preservation of the Mara North Conservancy by making wildlife preservation a financially sound alternative to raising cattle.


Saruni Mara is classified by ESOK (Eco Tourism Kenya) as gold-rated thanks to sustainable practices such as the lodge running on solar power, harvesting rainwaters, using biodegradable cleaning products, eliminating plastic bottles, recycling and waste management. The physical footprint of the camp itself is minimal as it was built around natural features.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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