Architect Andrin Schweizer has drawn inspiration from the surrounding landscape in his design of Mara Bushtops. His use of local materials and a natural, earthy colour palette ensures the camp blends into the environment of the Masai Mara rather than imposing upon it, which contributes to the sense of tranquillity that Schweizer and the Bushtops team hope to impart to every guest here.
This camp is set within its own private conservancy, the Bushtops Conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara and lies less than five kilometres from the main entrance gate to Mara National Park. It boasts a sensational location perched on the side of a hill, with a scenic valley to one side.
Accommodation & Facilities
Each of the 12 luxury tents on offer here come with an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers with pressurised hot and cold water, writing desk, dining table, sun lounger, huge wooden deck with hot tub, 24-hour butler service, constant electricity and Wi-Fi courtesy of solar power and a backup generator, and – of course – spectacular views of the Bushtops Conservancy and its resident wildlife. One tent is set aside as a family suite, with two double bedrooms linked by a sumptuous lounge for the use of up to six guests. Those staying in the family suite may also make use of a private fireplace, wine wall and minibar. Communal areas include a gym, sauna, relaxation area, both a cold pool and a heated pool, and an award-winning spa.
The kitchen staff at Mara Bushtops serve up a range of delectable à la carte dishes in full view of the camp’s salt lick and waterhole, which draw wildlife like giraffes, elephants, warthogs and baboons throughout the year! Guests can choose to dine outside by the light of lanterns, or in the tastefully decorated restaurant that incorporates local flora into its design. Underneath the restaurant lies a fully stocked wine cellar where award-winning labels from around the world are kept in optimum climatic condition by ancient charcoal and evaporation refrigeration techniques.
The proximity of the camp to Mara National Park means excursions in this famous corner of Kenya are easily facilitated, while the private Bushtops Conservancy allows for truly exclusive game drives closer to home. Also available are night drives with a heat-seeking, night-vision camera operated by the tracker – each seat in the safari vehicle has a personal screen so you can keep up with the action! A number of different walking safaris are on offer here, which can be embarked upon alongside rangers, naturalists and Maasai spotters. Additional activities include balloon safaris, private bush breakfasts, school and village visits, a bushcraft challenge and an exploration of Kakiya Cave, which the Maasai have used as a place of worship for generations.
Children over the age of 7 are welcome at Mara Bushtops.