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The Masai Mara

The Masai Mara in Kenya is famous for its unique concentration of wildlife, birds, rich vegetation and open savannah. It has been classified among the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ due to the extraordinary annual migration (July to November) when over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebras cross from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures.

Less famous, yet exceptional, is the Loita Hills migration, where thousands of local wildebeest come to the Mara North Conservancy (December to May). MNC is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 30,000 hectares. It is a vital part of the greater Masai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya.

Professional wildlife and tourism management ensures guests have a truly exclusive and private safari experience with a very low vehicle density. The MNC is a partnership between conservationists, investors and over 800 Masai landowners. It aims to create a best practice, world-class conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife and local communities.

The conservancy was formed from land leased from individual Masai landowners. This marks the first time that they have received substantial and direct income from nature and wildlife.

Together, MNC and the Masai community are implementing sound land management policies including, controlled grazing, holistic management practices, low volume and low impact tourism, and community land-use plans. We strongly believe that tourism has the capacity to protect a natural wildlife habitat, alleviate poverty and contribute positively to the local community.

MNC is showing how wildlife, communities and tourism all stand to benefit from a new brand of conservation. The conservancy is leasing land from Masai landowners in the Masai Mara region for the purpose of establishing Kenya’s premier low-density wildlife conservation area. We have created a best practice conservancy with long term commitments to the environment, wildlife and local communities.

Saruni is in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
The GPS coordinates of the lodge are: 1°08’51.4″S 35°17’22.5″E
The Mara North Airstrip is a 40 minute game drive from the lodge.

To see the locations of all the lodges in the Saruni collection across Kenya, download the ‘Saruni Lodges Location Map’ below.


To learn more about Mara North Conservancy, download their brochure here:


Read about ‘The Success of the Conservancy Concept in the Mara’ in the Ndege News article (June-August 2015 edition) below:


To have a better understanding of the Masai Mara ecosystem and of where in the Mara North Conservancy we are located, below are some of the best maps available:

Saruni and the Mara North Conservancy


The Masai Mara Conservancies

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