For three generations the Beaton and Looseyia families have worked in partnership to develop one of the most genuine cultural safari experiences in Africa. Guided by some of the very best safari guides in Africa, guests have the freedom to safari on their own terms and choose from a wide range of activities including walking, day or night game drives, bush picnics or sundowners, visits to local villages, schools and trading centres. Or simply relax at the house watching the game come to the waterhole or the wildebeest migration passing by.
Let the fun and games begin! Your Mara bush house is a private family hideaway in the wild wilderness of East Africa. There are 3 bush houses waiting to welcome you. Acacia, Mara and Topi. Each house is fully catered and you can come and go as you please in your own private game-viewing vehicle with your bush guide who knows everything about wildlife, bugs, birds and the stars on high. He will fascinate the kids with bush-wise facts, games, local customs and magical tales of life in the wilderness.
When you come on safari with us, the guides of the Mara Bush Houses will share with you our world. We will walk safely escorted by an armed ranger and we will teach you to touch the earth, soil, leaves and flowers. We will smell the herbs, eat wild fruits and sometimes just sit on a rock.
We will track together and show you how we live with wild animals and together we can learn the sounds of birds and the messages they give us. Sometimes we can say nothing and let the air, wind, and silence do the talking.
We will guide you to the big game in an adapted 4X4 and get close without disturbing them. We can stay with a pride of Lion as the cubs play with each other or with a herd of Elephants. There is no hurry to see the next animal for it is great to see the wise mama teaching her family, leading them to water holes, wallow in the mud and see the calf’s try to drink through the mouth for the first time. We will try together to look for Africa’s most endangered species such as Wild Dogs and Cheetah and we will also not forget the Colobus monkey and Zorillas.
Our home here is warm, the water hole is busy with game, but it is also very calm. So please do come and so we can share things together and as we say here in Masai land, “Take a seed to plant in your shamba (garden) and will take some from you to plant in ours”.
With our small team of chefs we have worked hard over the years to overcome limitations that our remote location used to put on our ability and ambition to serve some of the best farmhouse cooking in east Africa.
Partly through many years of practise but mainly through harnessing the perfect balance of best of what is around us and the finest ingredients from across the country we have been able to offer a very unique culinary experience. It is one that is designed to give you all the home comforts you might expect but mixed subtly with the very fine elements that Kenya and the Mara can offer. The herbs we grow here, spices from the coast and organic meats from some of the finest farms in Africa. Being located so far from a shop we make much of it ourselves; the bread, the cookies, the ice cream (for our many younger guests!) and many other treats are created here in our kitchens.
The combination we hope is a reflection of the setting, here in the Mara, and is adaptable and changeable as it would be in your own home. It leaves you only with the choice of where you want to enjoy it and we are happy to help with that too.