Nestled within the captivating landscapes of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Southwestern Kenya, the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is a haven of sophistication and tranquility, offering guests an immersive experience in one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife and wilderness conservation regions. From exhilarating guided game drives to elegant interiors, sustainable practices, and a deep connection to the local community, this extraordinary lodge promises an unforgettable safari adventure.
Wildlife encounters beyond imagination
The Masai Mara National Reserve is celebrated for its incredible biodiversity and the opportunity to witness the famous “Big Five” up close. Guests can embark on guided game drives led by experienced guides, offering the chance to encounter lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros, and elephants. The reserve’s most iconic event, the annual great wildebeest migration from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania, occurs between June and September, attracting over 10 million animals. It’s a spectacle of nature that should not be missed.
Inspired design that blends with nature
The lodge’s elegant interiors, designed by Kristina Zanic Consultants, seamlessly merge the savannah’s essence with warm tones, natural materials, textures, and native colors. Each of the 20 private tents serves as a peaceful sanctuary, featuring terraces overlooking the Talek River, a vital water source and habitat for wildlife. For honeymooners seeking the ultimate romantic escape, the tented honeymoon suite boasts a private plunge pool. Additionally, two interconnecting king and twin suites are ideal for families with children over the age of six.
Wellbeing and mindful practices
Embracing the ethos of mindfulness, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge offers thoughtfully designed spaces for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Adventure Lounge is a cozy retreat filled with books for those seeking quiet moments, while young adults can find their own space for reflection. The Fig Tree Deck invites guests to gather around the fire pit, sharing stories of the day’s exploration. The Spa by JW embodies the serenity of the reserve, providing tailored experiences and signature treatments that combine locally inspired techniques and therapies. Natural and organic products by renowned African skincare brand Healing Earth add to the sense of indulgence.
Nourishing Culinary Journeys
At the heart of the lodge lies the JW Garden, an outdoor haven where guests can explore home-grown, organic ingredients, including the lodge’s signature rosemary. These ingredients are thoughtfully incorporated into personalized dishes, cocktails, and mocktails crafted by the lodge’s talented chefs. The garden also hosts daily programming, including live cooking sessions and chef-led talks for a true farm-to-table experience. The Fig Tree Lounge offers panoramic views of the plains, serving refreshing cocktails and mocktails infused with seasonal ingredients. Sarabi Restaurant, with its indoor and alfresco dining, guides guests on a nourishing epicurean journey inspired by JW Garden ingredients and local culinary heritage. For a unique experience, guests can venture into the reserve with the lodge’s guides for a freshly prepared ‘Bush Breakfast’ or dinner while savoring sundowners and the breathtaking savannah vistas.
Connection to the locale
The lodge’s commitment to the local community is integral to its philosophy. Currently, 60 percent of the lodge’s team are locals, with plans to increase this to 70 percent, thereby contributing to the socio-economic development of the region. The JW Marriott Masai Mara’s Apprenticeship Programme invites young women from the community to diversify their skills and launch careers in the hospitality industry. From its inception, the lodge has been deeply engaged with the community. Much of the construction was undertaken by local experts, using sustainable materials from responsible suppliers. The lodge has also improved access roads, installed power, and provided clean drinking water to the locals through a water treatment plant.
Sustainability at the core
Sustainability is at the heart of daily operations. The lodge’s water treatment plant recycles and sanitizes water, while food waste is composted on-site. Water troughs are strategically placed around the lodge to provide clean drinking water for community livestock throughout the day. The commitment to waste reduction and recycling is a testament to the lodge’s dedication to preserving the environment.
A passion for wildlife and nature
The lodge’s Head Guide is a lifelong conservationist who shares insights into local culture and leads guided walking tours. Guests have the opportunity to explore photography and acquire new skills at the lodge’s photography studio.
JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is conveniently located, just a 30-minute drive from Keekorok Airstrip and a 25-minute drive from Sekenani Main Gate.
Plan your ultimate safari adventure
Nightly all-inclusive rates start at $2,500 for two people per night or $1,750 per individual person per night (excluding premium wine and spirits, spa treatments, gratuities, and park entrance fees). To learn more and book your unforgettable safari experience, visit [JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge](https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/nbomj-jw-marriott-masai-mara-lodge/overview/).
Discover the wonders of the Masai Mara National Reserve and immerse yourself in the heart of Africa’s wilderness at JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge.