The words ‘exclusive’ and ‘luxurious’ are often exaggerations: at Mara Bushtops they fit like a glove. Watching from your own 100 square metre private deck as an abundance of wildlife congregates around the adjacent salt lick is, literally, unforgettable. Having your butler draw your hot tub after a spectacular game drive is heavenly. Delving into the well-stocked wine cellar and enjoying superb cooking simply adds to the magic. Together, these experiences create an oasis of five-star luxury, blending peace with adventure – and first-class comfort with unforgettable sights and smells, sounds and sensations.
Mara Bushtops has been called the best camp in Kenya, by people who know the difference between wild claims and the real thing. It boasts a sensational location, perched on the side of a hill, with a scenic valley to one side. Set amid our Bushtops Conservancy, a private ranch bordering the Masai Mara, we are less than five kilometres from the main gate into the Mara National Park. Nearby airstrips at Siana Springs and Keekorok bring Mara Bushtops within easy range of daily direct flights from Nairobi, Loisaba, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Malindi, Mombasa and Diani. This makes Mara Bushtops ideally placed to deliver the world’s best game drives, enjoyed from Africa’s most sophisticated game-viewing vehicles.
Mara Bushtops has been designed to blend into its surroundings, minimising our visual and environmental impact, whilst providing every comfort to our guests. 12 spacious and fabulously appointed luxury tents (think of a 5-star hotel room, under canvas) can be found by following private paths from a shared space, to secluded havens of privacy and calm. Every fixture, fitting, texture, surface, material and ornament has been chosen carefully by talented architects and designers.
Andrin Schweizer is the genius behind our Mara Bushtops tent design and interiors, plus Mara Bushtops’ fabulous lounge and Amani Spa Village. He is also the architect behind Roving Bushtops. Andrin fits the Bushtops ethos and style perfectly. One of his greatest strengths is working within the landscape, using local materials and reflecting natural, earthy colours. Like us, Andrin’s inspiration is environmental, blending into nature rather than imposing upon it. Whenever we have a crazy idea, Andrin takes it in his stride, then makes it work even better than we’d ever imagined! Based in Zurich, Andrin is a Swiss institution, the star of a TV renovation series and just one of the reasons why Mara Bushtops stands out from the crowd.
At the heart of the camp are our reception, lounge and dining areas, incorporating a fine wine cellar, a bar and library. A deck and infinity pool provide additional space to wind down, read, chat or snooze. Settle into a chair on our wooden decking, then gaze across the Conservancy to the distant hills, with nothing to disturb your view or peace of mind. We will bring you a drink or snack, or leave you in peace: the choice, like time itself, is all yours.
Our cool outdoor infinity pool complements the Spa’s heated pool – bringing you closer to nature. This is the perfect spot for a refreshing splash followed by sundried relaxation, perhaps with a chilled drink for company.
One of the crowning glories of Mara Bushtops is the Amani Spa, where you can enjoy anything from a massage to a facial, hydrotherapy session to skin treatments, fitness workout to a sauna, Jacuzzi to a swim.
“In 40 years of travel we have never had such a marvelous experience!”Denny and Ellen, USA