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Your tent is your window onto some of the world’s more spectacular scenery. Each of our 12 luxurious tents are designed to be your home away from home throughout your stay, with an ensuite bathroom, inviting private deck and views you won’t want to miss. You’ve heard of glamping but this isn’t camping as you know it! Our 12 tented suites are super stylish and unlike any tents you’ve ever experienced.
There are six tents on either side of the Main Tent, each accessible by a walkway, the furthest of which is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Main Tent. Ten of the suites can be configured with either king or twin beds and two of the suites are four poster king size beds designed to accommodate up to two additional children on sofa beds in the living room. We can cater for a maximum of 24 guests in the camp at any one time.
Hire Mahali Mzuri exclusively for anniversary celebrations, birthdays or any type of gathering where you might like the place to yourselves! Exclusive use of Mahali Mzuri is quoted per night for use of all 12 tents and facilities. Exclusive use rates usually apply when booking seven or more tents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa?
Virtually all visitors to Kenya will need a visa to enter the country. UK and Irish citizens travelling to Kenya can apply for their visa in advance online using the Kenyan e-visa portal: www.evisa.go.ke. Visas are generally issued within two working days. Please note that the e-visa system only accepts Debit cards and is roughly US$51 per person. From 1st February 2016 visa fees do not apply to children under the age of 16.
Visitors are also required to have at least two blank pages in their passport which must be valid for 6 months beyond your expected departure date from Kenya. As advice can change on a regular basis we recommend you check with the advice issued by your government’s State Department or Foreign Office before you set off on your journey.
Can I bring my children?
Children aged six years or older are very welcome to stay Mahali Mzuri and are able to join their parents on daily game drives. We have two tents which are able to accommodate a family of four, with sofa beds (180cm in length) in the separate enclosed sitting room. Children of all ages must be under parental supervision at all times whilst in camp.
We have children’s books and games, plus a TV and DVD player for extra entertainment. We would be delighted to organise tailored activities to further educate our younger guests on their African surroundings and the local wildlife. Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals, such as sandwiches, can be prepared.
Just what is…?
• A child? A guest aged 6 to 15
• An adult? A guest aged 16 years and over
Children and additional adults are charged as follows:
• 1 child sharing with 1 adult will be charged 50% of the adult double occupancy rate per night, on top of the adult single occupancy rate
• 1 child or 1 adult sharing with 2 adults will be charged 50% or 75% (respectively) of the adult double occupancy rate per night, on top of the adult double occupancy rate
• 2 children or 2 adults sharing with 2 adults will be charged 50% or 75% per person (respectively) of the adult double occupancy rate per night, on top of the adult double occupancy rate
• 1 child in his/her own room is charged at the adult single occupancy rate
• 2 or more children in their own room are charged 50% per night on top of the adult single occupancy rate
Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed in the conservancy, we may not be able to accommodate extra children or adults in tents – please contact us for details.
Can I hire a game vehicle privately?
Yes you can. The cost to hire your own game vehicle is $600 per day. Private hire of game vehicles at Mahali Mzuri is subject to availability.
Can I hire Mahali Mzuri exclusively
Absolutely. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or just a great opportunity to experience a safari with family, friends or colleagues, the Mahali Mzuri team is on hand to cater for all requests.
What's in my tent?
Each tent at Mahali Mzuri includes a spacious seating area, en suite bathroom and large deck to maximise those amazing views over the plains. All our tents cover approximately 106 square metres including the external decks, and two of the 12 tents can accommodate up to two additional guests. All rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, sunscreen, insect repellent, torches, extra blankets, ponchos, bathrobes, slippers, a complimentary mini-bar, snacks, tea and coffee making facilities and hot water bottles. Power sockets in Kenya use the British standard 3-pin arrangement so guests visiting from other parts of the world will need an adaptor which we will provide in your room. Please note that the current in Kenya is 240 volts.
How about cash? What's the currency?
The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. The Shilling is readily accepted for both large and small transactions however you may need at least $50 in cash per person to pay for your visa upon arrival in the country if you've not organised your visa prior to departure. The authorities at the airport will accept payment in Euros and British Pounds however amounts may vary and they are less likely to have exact change. Credit cards are not accepted! ATMs are available at the main international airport and in the larger towns however these reportedly can struggle with non-Kenyan cards so we recommend obtaining some Shillings before you depart for small purchases while you’re in transit (or if you plan on spending any time in Nairobi). Once you arrive at Mahali Mzuri you will not need any cash, and if you purchase anything from the gift shop or book a spa treatment payment can be taken by credit card.
What's the best time to visit? What will the temperature be?
For game viewing the Olare Motorogi Conservancy has abundant wildlife year round, and Kenya’s position straddling the equator means there isn’t a huge amount of variation in temperature throughout the year. You can expect average highs of about 30°C/86°F in the months from December to March with somewhat cooler temperatures from July to September during the height of the migration. Due to its elevation temperatures in the evening do drop to around 15°C/59°F however it rarely gets much colder than this.
Will I be able to visit the Maasai Mara national reserve?
With all the abundant wildlife and careful land management policies in place in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, it’s unlikely you’d need to go farther afield during your safari, but if you do wish to visit the National Reserve we can arrange this for you. A daily access fee per person will apply and this was US$80 at the time of writing. If you are staying with us during High Season for at least three nights we will include one day's complimentary pass to the Reserve per adult.
What clothing and footwear will I need?
For game drives you should wear pale or neutral colours. In the warmer months from December to March these should be lightweight, but take a windbreaker or light jacket for evenings. For the cooler and wetter months take a jumper/sweater, fleece or warm jacket too. Trainers/sneakers are fine for safari walks, and it’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses – for all seasons. You can wear whatever you like around the camp, and while formal wear isn’t always practical, of course it’s up to you. Make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit.
Do I need to have any vaccinations before I arrive?
No vaccinations are required on entry unless you have just arrived from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is still a risk in some areas of Kenya so it is important to see medical advice on appropriate precautions during your stay.
What are the arrival and departure times at Mahali Mzuri?
Check-in is officially 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier we’ll make every effort to have a tent ready for you, but if not we’ll look after your bags so you can start enjoying yourself. Check-out of your room is officially 11am however we are flexible. Just ask us the night before you leave. If your flight leaves later in the afternoon we won’t leave you stranded and you are welcome to make use of the camp’s facilities until it’s time to say your goodbyes!
AMREF, the flying doctors organization based in Nairobi, provides air evacuation services in medical emergencies across East Africa, as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. AMREF Flying Doctors operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as a vital link between remote areas and AMREF’s Control Centre at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Their airplanes, some fitted with operating theatre and resuscitation room, can take you back to Nairobi and to its modern, efficient private hospitals in less than one hour. All you need to do is to subscribe to their insurance: it costs very little and whilst it’s highly unlikely you’ll need to use it, it gives you total peace of mind. For those who already have travel or health insurance, it’s worth double checking what’s included in the existing policy as air evacuation may not be covered. To buy AMREF insurance please visit http://www.flydoc.org