A feast for the senses...
The Swahili word “karibu” expresses the genuine, open pleasure that our staff take in welcoming their guests.
All properties overlook the Mara River and provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk looking out for some of the 400 species of bird species found here.
After a full day of adventure, either on a game drive in the wildlife abundant conservancies, a guided nature walk, you will be treated to delicious cuisine created from delicious organic produce fresh from the gardens, bakery and dairy.
House in the Wild is very proud of the fact that all of the fresh veggies, eggs, milk, cream and baked goods are produced by the farm or the family. Homemade preserves, freshly baked cakes and breads, yogurt, cheeses, locally farmed honey and the most delicious home-grown organic eggs and fresh vegetables, healthy and delicious ingredients delivered to our kitchen from the farm daily, to create fresh and delicious meals. The food is prepared with love and great care is taken to ensure meals are healthy and wholesome as well as delicious and beautifully presented. Dining is either under the stars on a table by the campfire or in the dining area by the fire...
THE ENONKISHU CONSERVANCY
HOW WE ROLL...
Hand crafted furniture, naturally lit bathrooms with showers and massive bath tubs, huge comfy beds, with fluffy pillows and duvets, draped with mosquito nets, verandahs and views over the gardens or the Mara River.
A short drive away, the farm’s dairy herd, indigenous tree seedling nursery and the organic vegetable garden beckon.
Experience a sense of place as you cycle the back roads of the “shamba” learn about the Maasai culture while visiting the local village and a local family. You will discover a vast array of trees and shrubs all indigenous to East Africa.
We are very proud of the fact that most of the fresh veggies, eggs, milk, cream and baked goods on each of the properties are produced by the farm or the family. We have, fresh, healthy and delicious ingredients delivered to our kitchens daily, to create fresh and delicious meals. The food is prepared with love and great care is taken to ensure meals are healthy and wholesome as well as delicious and beautifully presented. Our chefs can work on any dietary requirements and all meals are created with care using responsibly sourced ingredients. Dining is either under the stars on a table by the campfire or in the dining area by the fire...
The award winning Enonkishu Conservancy has a large density and variety of game within it, and has become a world class conservation area, where animals migrate freely in between the neighbouring conservancies. There is a resident pride of lion, plenty of leopard and in the dry season elephants take refuge in the shade of the forests and browse on the branches of the trees on the Kileleoni Hill. Night drives are offered and honey badgers, porcupines and ant bears can often be seen.
Conservation fees are distributed to the landowning community and allow guests to traverse through Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Chorro Oiruwa conservancies, offering some spectacular landscapes and wildlife grazing area.
Enonkishu Conservancy [Maa for place of healthy cattle] is a member of the Global Savory Hub Network, which is run under Holistic Management, enhancing environment, communities and revenues for the pastoralists and landowners in the region.
The Emarti community on the Transmara side of the river are small scale farmers and pastoralists. The Emarti village is 5 km from the farm and there is a primary and secondary school, very much worth visiting. The children always give a warm welcome and it is interesting to see life as it unfolds on a day to day basis in the village.
The Enonkishu community consists primarily of maasai pastoralist families, who's main source of income is livestock. Together with the elders, the mammas and the youth we are implementing a grazing plan and engaging in social enterprises that will improve livelihoods, environment and revenues for all.
A visit to our local manyatta, is also an amazing experience and a chance to have a glimpse of the Masai pastoralist way of life. The manyatta we actually visit is the family home of Moses, our guide, and if you are lucky you will meet his family and hear a couple of his grandmother's fascinating stories... We can also organise a homestay for those wanting to have a real taste of life in a maasai village.
Tarquin and Lippa Wood, along with their daughters Tamara and Pepali, and son Wilbur, live 5 minutes away from the house. Tarquin and Lippa are the founders of the Enonkishu Conservancy and the Mara Training Centre.
Family owned -
The House in the Wild was originally a family getaway on the Wood’s commercial farm but has been restored into a Boutique Safari lodge, lovingly put together by the Tarquin and Lippa and their team.
The Villa in the Wild is our recently renovated private home. As a family, we have been very fortunate to have a beautiful holiday home in the African bush. We have had so many lovely memories and special times here as a family and want to share it. It combines the best elements of a comfortable safari lodge with the rustic charm of a country farmhouse.
For guests on more of a budget, we recommend the Bandas in the Wild our sister property that is about 3 km upstream from House in the Wild, on a meander on the Mara River.
A Focus on
At House in the Wild we make sure that luxury is sustainable. We run 95% on solar energy, we recycle our water through an eco wetlands, we source our firewood from our own sustainable plantation and we grow our homegrown vegetables in our Wild Shamba for our daily menus.
Through the creation of the Enonkishu Conservancy, a community driven conservation model, we are keeping vital migration routes open to the wildlife in this area.
We share conservation classes in the nearby schools and work with communities on Sustainable Rangeland Management. Over the last decade what started as degraded land has gone through an exciting re-wilding process and biodiversity is now thriving.
Free Wifi access
Refillable water bottles
Private Guide and Safari Car
Nanny & Driver accommodation
Baby sitting service and kids entertainment