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'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 by Tarquin and Lippa and their team.
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.
The properties are hosted by the Wood family and their team of local staff. Guests can enjoy accompanied bush walks, game drives, sundowners, bush meals 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
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.
Our new logo
The large trees and riverine forest around House in the Wild is also the home to a beautiful troop of African Blue Monkeys. We have chosen them for our logo as they are always part of the scene at House in the Wild. Early morning after eating fruit in the trees, they come down to sunbath on the banks of the river where our guests love watching their interesting social dynamics.
Our team have got to know this troop, and unlike other monkey types in the area, these monkeys are gentle and kind and keep a distance but feel at home here in the shady trees on the House in the Wild lawn.
The whimsical key in our logo comes from the beautiful keys we use for our room padlocks, as well as the symbol of the key for unlocking potential...
House in the Wild is a very safe place to be, and these are almost more decorative than functional!
Each padlock is made of brass and was an antique found in Malindi on the Kenyan Coast and they represent a wild animal that will be seen during your stay with us.