Spotlight: Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri is the new kid on the block for Kenyan safari camps, but they certainly do not lack talent for creating a fantastic glamping experience. Mahali Mzuri is also part of the Virgin Limited Collection of luxurious destinations around the world.

Mahali Mzuri is located within the Motorogi Conservancy in the Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp has a prime location for observing abundant game in the area and also to take advantage of the annual migration, which sees up to one million wildebeest.

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There are 12 luxury tented suites accommodating up to a maximum of 24 guests at any one time. Each tented suite sits on a raised platform and includes a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, sitting area and a large deck with views over the landscape. The deck gives you the perfect vantage point for spotting the game that will almost certainly wander into view. There are strict limits on the number of guests that can stay at any one time. Luxury rarely gets this close to the action!

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Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same. Catch glimpses of wild animals roaming the Kenyan plains including wildebeest, elephants, zebra, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffe, impala and gazelles. On a typical game drive at Mahali Mzuri you’ll spot an abundance of wildlife characteristic to the area. A number of lion pride territories meet in the Motorogi Conservancy which can make for some interesting encounters as the different groups battle for dominance. The experienced and highly trained team of field guides will guide your twice daily (morning and afternoon) game drives. Enjoy navigating the Motorogi and Olare Orok Conservancies in open vehicles.

There are plenty of things to do aside from game drives including walking safaris, hot air balloon tours, and cultural day trips where you can learn about the local Maasai Tribe whose traditions and customs are still practiced. And, of course you should take the opportunity to relax at the spa.

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Mahali Mzuri’s spa is called Nasaro – which literally means ‘refuge’ or ‘relaxation’ in Maa. A whole range of treatments is available, from facials to massages to those essential grooming rituals. Nasaro is located down near the valley floor and provides a private, intimate setting in which to be pampered with truly stunning views over the bush. The range of products used comes from Africology, ethical skin care products to capture the rejuvenating and healing essences of Africa.

Mahali Mzuri opened in 2013 and is Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Motorogi Conservancy within the Maasai Mara. Mahali Mzuri’s main priority is to leave as small a footprint as possible on the land while collaborating with local Maasai communities and select. tourism partners. The evidence is apparent because Mahali Mzuri has been working with the Maasai since the projects inception and the staff is from the surrounding communities.

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Severin Safari Camp

Sometimes you just need to getaway to a safari camp in Kenya. Severin Safari Camp is an easy recommendation to give. It doesn’t get more authentic or close than Severin. Guests of Severin experience a unique combination of adventure, recreation and wellness. Few people have seen the dazzling display of colors that you get while watching the sun set near Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Severin Safari Camp is hidden in the remote Kitani Wildlife area of Tsavo West National Park overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The eco-friendly luxury camp offers a unique combination of adventure, wellness and relaxation for the sophisticated traveler who loves romantic pampering and unique wildlife experiences. The camp is unfenced to allow wildlife to crossover to the waterholes. No need to worry though, Masai warriors guard the ground 24-hours per day and escorts accompany guests to and from their tents. Experiences of being so close to nature like this are a rare treasure in our modern world. And, safari camps definitely fit into the glamping style of traveling.

 

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Severin Safari Camp has an elegant natural design. The tents and suites feature handmade wooden furniture in a traditional African style. The camp is perfectly integrated; the lounge and restaurant area is open and provides a wonderful panoramic view. Severin’s octagonal tents come fully equipped with running hot and cold water, shower, toilet, comfy beds, and private terrace.

In addition to tents, the Kitani Lodge is located in nearby and offers 8 Bandas for self-caterers. The Bandas are equipped with kitchenette, own bathrooms and beds. The mosquito nets give you a feeling of the authentic Africa. From the covered patio guests have a direct view on their private campfire from where they can watch the passing animals. A large variety of wild animals seek the floodlit waterhole at night providing amazing wildlife viewing experiences.

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Tsavo National Park is recognized as the third largest national park in the world and rich with great herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas. The park’s 22,000 square kilometers offer a lot to explore on game drives. The camp is very sensitive to preserving the ecosystem and ensures that the camp does nothing to interrupt the fragile system. Solar cells and strict waste management systems top the list of Severin’s efforts.

In rugged safari vehicles driven by Severin’s experienced guides guests see the “real Africa.” The drives take guests closer to wildlife than most have ever been. The panoramic views from the vehicles are breathtaking. The animals are surprisingly active after the sun sets. Night drives equipped with spotlights illuminate the secrets of the African wilderness. Severin’s Masai guide will even take you around on foot for a unique experience.

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Severin is informal and it is recommended that you pack for comfort. Don’t forget the sunscreen, binoculars, and sunglasses. Occasionally Tsavo can get cold at night and the early morning, so be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket.

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Spotlight: Marataba Safari Company

There are few places that can be described as mystical and unparalleld, Marataba is one of them. Marataba Safari Company is a place of dreams where the plains touch the mountains deep in the heart of rhino country in South Africa. Marataba is a contemporary, luxurious game lodge surrounded by a world of vibrant color and nature. This magnificent tented safari camp sits at the base of the Waterberg Mountains.

The secret recipe behind Marataba’s success is the intelligent design that combines nature and architecture. Stone, glass, and canvas are used to create a surprisingly comfortable camp in the African wilderness. What could be more enticing than enjoying contemporary comforts in one of the last really raw places on earth? After a day of adventure, it’s a great feeling to crawl into a king-size bed with 300 thread count cotton sheets.

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There are 15 luxurious tented suites that will live up to anyone’s glamping expectations. Each tent is secluded and blends in with the surrounding environment enhancing the experience and connection with nature. The tents have a main bedroom that overlooks the river and African bush. The en-suite bathrooms have stone baths and showers. The private deck overlooks sweeping plains and twisting river below. The views of the scenic landscape are simply spectacular.

Marataba game drives take you to see the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) and most other large mammals synonymous with Africa. Look for cheetah, white and black rhino, hyena, kudu, impala, and many other species. It’s amazing what you will learn from your guide about the behaviors and habitats of the animals. There is an abundance birdlife. Chacma baboon and vervet monkey can be seen here especially around the lodge. You may even have the opportunity to spend time with a professional wildlife photographer and learn skills for taking great photos.

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Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and sunblock. On particularly hot days, you can venture with a guide to swim at naturally formed rock pools. A sumptuous picnic and fully stocked bar will accompany you so you can either frolic and splash in the water or relax with drink in hand.

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Marataba is a malaria-free 23000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains and forms part of the Marakele National Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Marakele National Park is a haven for an impressive variety of wildlife, thanks to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and wetter eastern regions of South Africa. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize this spectacular park.

Marataba is the perfect destination for a variety of occasions including family vacations, weddings, and honeymoons. Some kids dream of being astronauts while others dream of being a game ranger. Guides take special care in spending time with children to spark their interest in Africa’s natural wonders. Make a wedding magical by hosting it at Marataba. The experienced staff understand the importance of this special day and tailor all arrangements as you like them. Marataba is an unrivalled destination for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. Whatever your reason, Marataba will set the scene for an unforgettable adventure.

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Plan your trip with Marataba Safari Company. Get more information about Marataba.