House in the Wild offers warm hospitality and the chance to restore, relax and nurture a sense of place while on safari.
Our guests leave feeling inspired, re-awakened and ready to plan their trip back...
What is our purpose?
We are committed to a model of regenerative eco tourism that restores wildlife habitats in harmony with improving the lives of the people living here...
"Regenerative tourism" is the idea that tourism should leave a place better than it was before.
Since 2012, the land surrounding the House in the Wild Collection, once intensively farmed, has been devoted to a pioneering re-wilding project. Using grazing animals as the drivers of habitat creation, and with the restoration of dynamic, natural water courses, the project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife.
The transformation of the area has been inspiring, with common sightings now of wild dog, leopard and of course the resident pride of lion in the Enonkishu Conservancy.
Surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life, exclusive to House in the Wild and share a sense of well-being and calm, hosted by a welcoming team to look after your every need, whilst having direct access to some of the world’s best wildlife viewing.
What's the story?
House in the Wild is a private family – owned boutique lodge, in a unique location perched on the banks of the Mara River, tucked away on Naretoi, a 1000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy on the edge of the Maasai Mara. On what was once an intensive farm, Naretoi is the first project of its kind where the land on the edge of the Mara has changed from farming back to nature. This “rewilding” project has seen the rangelands around the House in the Wild return to their natural state, with wildlife returning to the area after over a decade of intensive farming.
The House on the Wild was originally a family getaway on the Wood’s commercial farm but has been restored and lovingly put together and upgraded to offer a "laid back luxury" accommodation option for guests wanting privacy and adventure.
There is also the option to stay in one of the private Wild Villa's on offer, Amani and Jamani House. These incredible properties sleep up to 14 guests and can only be taken on an exclusive basis (minimum 4 pax).
Just go with the flow...
We offer guests the opportunity to experience a life changing journey in an utterly unique and inspiring space, alongside a world class safari experience with warm hearted hospitality
Guests can enjoy privacy and the freedom to plan their day at their own speed. Activities include accompanied bush walks, game drives, sundowners, visits to the rhino sanctuary and farm visits.
Guests can get away from the beaten track and experience the ultimate exclusive and private safari alongside a meaningful life changing journey, learning about the inspiring stories of how communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife of the Enonkishu Conservancy.
Community led conservation
Guests will learn about how communities and nature can thrive together.
The Wood family have a longstanding connection with the Maasai community, the wildlife and the land, encouraging renewable practices that serve as a model for living in harmony with nature.
Lippa and Tarquin Wood are the founders of the Enonkishu Conservancy, where they work with 50 Maasai families to protect the surrounding wildlife grazing areas so the community can earn revenue from guests as well as from their cattle, in a holistic grazing plan, where wildlife and cattle can thrive together.
With the creation of the Enonkishu Conservancy, the Mara Training Centre and Collection in the Wild they raise money through conservation fees and other community-based enterprises, to support sustainable rangeland management that allows space and resources for the people, cattle, and wildlife. Enonkishu is the selected conservation partner with WWF and UNESCO-IHE as the pilot project in their regenerative rangelands project.