Acacia House is located in the Ol Chorro Losoit valley, at the northern tip of the Mara, in the 4,000-acre Rekero Private Conservancy. Owned and operated by Nomadic Encounters, it is a comfortable and well-priced private safari house.
A stone and wood build, Acacia House is a two bedroom house consisting of a lounge and dining area, kitchen, garden and pool. Externally, the house is classically colonial in feel (large semi-wild garden, great big veranda and corrugated iron roofing), while, on the inside, it is very much like a large cottage, with uneven wall finishes, an open fire, exposed beams and wooden floors. Open plan, beautifully styled, the lounge and dining area is characterised by a flagstone finished back wall and chimney breast, black slumber chairs, chunky side tables and an open fire.
food and service
Booked on an exclusive basis, guests have the run of the house, which comes with its own chef and house manager. Using local produce, fresh meats, and as at home with an international cuisine as it is with a Kenyan one, the kitchen is superb, the food excellent, beautifully served. Special diets and tastes are easily catered for. Meals can be taken inside, at the dining room table, or outside, either on the veranda or beside the pool. The service, discreet, friendly and highly professional, makes for a wonderful stay.
With accommodation for up to 6, there are two spacious double en-suite bedrooms and a third attic room, created specifically for younger guests. Consisting of pale, polished floors, the same cottage-like walls, exposed beams and a selection of antique rugs, the two main sleeping rooms are stunningly designed, the bathrooms – sunken bath, sink and shower – equally so, with tree sculptures complimenting the house’s all round use of wood.
The attic room is much simpler, includes two single beds and standing wooden roof supports – no trouble for nimble youngsters, but less suitable for adults. Please be advised that the attic bedroom is not en-suite and shares the second bathroom.
Facilities include a 24 hr power and wireless internet through an inverter system – please bring your own laptop if you wish to utilise the Wi-Fi. Please note that the inverter system cannot run hairdryers.
Hosted by the super experienced Rekero team, the activities at Acacia House are first class. Excellent wildlife viewing and bird watching can be enjoyed in custom-built, four-wheel drive vehicles, allowing real access to the animals. Guided walks are a specialty. Visits to one of the local villages, schools or trading centres can easily be arranged at a moment’s notice.
Other activities include bush picnics, sundowners and lazing by the pool. Please note that all walks and wildlife drives are led by the Rekero guides. They have all achieved the highest scores in the Maasai Mara, in the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association examination.
Guests interested in Community Conservation are very welcome to participate in Rekero’s projects, including daily computer training for local villagers at the nearby Rekero Trust classroom.