Experience total freedom in your own bush house in the heart of the Maasai Mara conservancies. Animals stroll right past the front doors of all three of these private sanctuaries, and you have total freedom to set the pace of your own safari escape. Mara, Acacia and Topi houses are all seriously comfortable – although there is no resident host, a full complement of staff takes care of your every need. Each house accommodates six people in three double rooms, so they are ideal for couples, families and groups. Even better, you have the freedom to personally design your own itinerary. With detailed personal service, home-from-home hospitality and unequalled wildlife expertise, a safari at Mara Bush Houses is a unique and exclusive adventure.
Acacia House Accommodation
The camp consist of 9 spacious double en suite bedrooms and a third attic room, created specifically for younger guests.
Acacia House Activities
Safari is a very personal thing and can be enjoyed in many different ways. At Mara Bush Houses it is their firm belief that any safari expedition should be done on your terms, according to your routine and your time scale.
Expert guides take you on twice daily game drives. Watch herds of elephants drink at the waterhole or stay with a pride of lion as the cubs play and fight with one another. There is no rush and no preordained schedule – this is safari on your terms. Game drives occur in the general Greater Maasai Mara region. From Topi House you can explore the Maasai Mara Reserve on early morning and evening game drives, and at Mara and Acacia Houses, the drives explore the Mara North Conservancy and surroundings. Their vehicles are either open game-viewing vehicles, or closed vehicles with big windows, high roofs and hatches that open. All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.
There is little better than exploring and learning about the bush on foot. At all their Bush Houses, the guides will teach your kids how to touch the earth, soil and leaves and smell the wild fruits and flowers on a vibrant and exciting bush walk around the properties.
Community & cultural visits
The culture of the natural guardians of this land, the Maasai, is both complex and fascinating. Time spent with the local guides in their home communities is a rich and rewarding experience, often the most memorable moment of a safari here.
Hot-air balloon safaris (Topi House only)
This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon.
A Typical Day On Safari
Acacia House A Typical Day On Safari
The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life at Acacia House is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. Because the Mara Bush Houses allow you to safari 100% on your own terms, both your guide and your personal chef will consult with you daily to discuss how you’d like to plan your day.
As a general guide, here is a typical day on safari at the Mara Bush Houses:
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Breakfast for those who wake up with a hearty appetite, and then set off on a morning game drive or bush walk. (Some days you may choose to take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier to catch the sunrise, or plan a hearty breakfast spread to enjoy when you return home.)
09:30–11:30 Arrive home after game viewing
12:30 Light lunch with fresh salads and home-baked bread on the side
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book, cool off in the swimming pool or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea and cake
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners and snacks in the bush
18:30 Arrive back to freshen up
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars
Acacia House Featured Wildlife
The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle migrate annually. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.
Given its prime wilderness location in the Mara North Conservancy area, Acacia House shares its space with countless species of wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for:
- Black rhino
Acacia House Meals
Their mouthwatering home-cooked meals use ingredients sourced in Nairobi and from nearby local communities. Flexibility is key in their approach to meals: enjoy breakfast and lunch in camp or take a packed meal with you so that you can extend your game-viewing experience. Please let them know if you have any special dietary requirements – their camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.
Acacia House Gallery
Acacia House Reviews
” Our stay at the Mara and Acacia houses offered the best safari experience in our travels to Kenya. Even the animals co-operated. We saw a bounty of lions, elephants, cheetah and even the elusive leopard. But what made this time most memorable was the staff and guides of the Mara Bush Houses. Special activities provided included a bush run for one of our young athletes, volleyball games with the staff, a visit to a local Maasai village on market day, a surprise bush dinner – including entertainment. And the chef for our group was able to accomodate all of our diverse dietary requirements deliciously. Thank you to all for a truly amazing experience! “ – Linda U
” We had a delightful time at Mara House. Our guide was truly special quickly working out what we wanted to do and offering us options (including visiting a local school). Mara North Conservancy is full of life and we saw an impressive array just on the drive from the airport (including a hyena). The food at Mara also deserves a mention as it was first class. They catered brilliantly for our complex dietary need which include gluten free diets and vegetarians. ” – Gf_mum
” It was our 2 small grandsons first trip to Africa and all the staff at Acacia house made it very special for them. The hospitality was amazing — we were so well cared for —and the accommodation was spacious. The fire in the sitting room when we returned from our evening game drive was very welcoming. All the food was excellent and the attention given to the gluten free requirements of our7 year old grandson was exceptional. Thank you for that. Dickson, our guide, was so patient! These 2 little boys never stopped asking questions and we all learned such a lot from his detailed knowledge. We saw amazing game — a baby wildebeest being born, 2 lion prides, baby elephants and, amazingly, after our sundowner on the hill, we followed a leopard for about 20 minutes as it wandered down the track. That was memorable.
So thank you all at Acacia house. We had a fantastic few memorable days with you. ” – Joyce C