Basecamp Mara Houses

Basecamp Mara Houses is a unique property that offers complete seclusion and privacy for the ultimate in luxury safari experiences. Hidden away in a tranquil and wildlife-rich valley that overlooks over the Mara plains, each of the 3 houses forms a self-contained world for either a family or a group of friends and give a very special feeling of “home away from home” in the middle of the exotic African bush. At Basecamp Mara Houses, located on the beautiful and diverse Mara North Conservancy, you can enjoy the experience of having your own private holiday home in one of Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas. Each house features a large private verandah overlooking a busy waterhole where many animals come to drink. Basecamp Mara Houses, a pioneer in partnership with the Masai community, offer complete flexibility in terms of activities and meals – your days can unfold exactly as you would like them to, with meals whenever and wherever you wish.

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Basecamp Mara Houses is a property made of three independent houses. Each house is fully staffed with a dedicated waiter, room attendant, house manager and a safari guide. Mara House sleeps 6 and has 3 x en suite bedrooms, open plan dining room and lounge with fireplace, large outdoor verandah. Acacia House sleeps 6 and has 3 bedrooms (1 x en suite double room on the ground floor, 1 x bedroom with a shared bathroom and 1 x attic room ideal for children, an open plan dining room and lounge with fireplace and a large outdoor verandah. Dik Dik House sleeps 4 in  2 bedrooms (1 x en suite double room, 1 x twin room. It has a lounge with fire place, open plan dining room, large outdoor verandah overlooking a private tower.

Rates from US$1600 per House

See our 2024 Saruni Basecamp Rates and Terms & Conditions – simply click on the view/download button below.

Please contact us for Resident Rates applicable to residents of Kenya & East Africa.

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Activities & Experiences

  • Guided, shared day & night game drives
  • Picnics, bush meals & sundowners
  • Wellness Space
  • Pool swimming
  • Young Explorers Club – family activity
  • Visit to local weekly village market
  • Tribal Story-Telling through song & dance
  • Drive atop Mount Kilileoni
  • Ol Chorro Rhino Sanctuary visit
  • Migration River Crossings
  • Birdwatching
  • Seedballs throwing
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari


  • Wellness Space for massages
  • Gift shop – supporting community groups & projects
  • Communal swimming pool & bar
  • Waterhole for wildlife sightings


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Indoor shower & bath
  • Fan
  • Mosquito net over bed
  • Private verandah & living area
  • Fridge & water dispenser
  • In-room safe
  • Electricity

Basecamp Mara Houses are located in Mara North Conservancy, in the Masai Mara

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Basecamp Mara Houses is a founding member of Mara North Conservancy and a key partner of Lemek Conservancy, protecting the northern corridors of this region.

Both conservancies are important community-owned wildlife areas in the Masai Mara ecosystem and their success has helped changing the story of tourism and conservation in the Masai Mara, improving the livelihoods of people and extending the size of protected land where fauna and flora thrive.

Tourism directly supports conservation through daily fees. This means that by visiting Saruni Basecamp, our guests are directly giving back to the community who protect this beautiful land, improving their quality of life, whilst at the same time encouraging the purpose for conservation.

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Reasons to Visit Basecamp Mara Houses

There are many reasons to visit Basecamp Mara Houses and we have selected the six main ones to make it easier for you to feel the uniqueness of this safari lodge, where nature, wildlife and people connect in a special way.

Secluded Location

Mara House, Acacia House and Dik Dik House are nestled in the quiet Ol Chorro Losoit valley, in the heart of the untouched, private and protected Mara North Conservancy. Enjoy exclusive experiences in the world-renowned Mara-Serengeti ecosystem from this secluded location, with access to both the Mara North and Lemek Conservancies.

A remarkably high density of wildlife

The nearby Lemek Hills are a haven for the endangered wild dog – a highlight of any safari. Leopard and cheetah are frequently seen in the area, while you may well encounter grazing zebra and elegant waterbuck each time you step outside. The skill of our guides means you’re also likely to spot some of the lesser-known – but no less intriguing – birds, animals and reptiles that call the Mara home.

Exclusive Use

All houses are booked on an exclusive-use basis only, offering the perfect retreat for families or groups of friends seeking privacy and comfort in the wild – your home-away-from-home in the heart of the wilderness.

Flexibility and freedom

During your stay at Basecamp Mara Houses, you can plan your day as you please, with a dedicated safari guide and custom-built safari vehicle available for activities that can start and end whenever you wish. From thrilling game drives and guided bush walks to relaxing at the pool or playing board games in the lounge, each day unfolds at your preferred pace.

Tailored Service

At Basecamp Mara Houses, our dedicated team is on hand at all times to arrange the activities, meals and experiences that fit in with the way you and your family or friends would most like to experience the Mara. Our wildlife guide, personal chef, room steward, waiter and household manager work hand-in-hand to ensure your stay is seamless and memorable.

Delicious dining experiences

Our private chefs create delicious meals tailored to your preferences. A stay at Mara Bush Houses includes bush breakfasts and sundowners, and you can choose to dine indoors, on your private veranda overlooking the waterhole, or at the shared swimming pool, which also has its own barbecue and dining area.


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