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We offer utterly unique and transformative safari experiences, alongside restoring wildlife habitats, in harmony with improving the lives of the people living here...​

 

The Story

What's our story?

House in the Wild was once a mud hut on a bean farm surrounded by degraded and severely overgrazed land... 

It is now a boutique lodge in a thriving community driven conservation project.

Since 2012, the land surrounding the House in the Wild, has been devoted to a pioneering re-wilding project in partnership with the Maasai community. Using grazing animals as the drivers of habitat creation, and with the restoration of dynamic, natural water courses, the project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife and improved quality of well managed livestock.

The transformation of the area has been inspiring, with common sightings now of wild dog, leopard and of course the resident pride of lion in the Enonkishu Conservancy.

 

Naretoi is the first project of its kind where the land on the edge of the Mara has changed from farming back to nature. 

 

It is now an an endearing story of hope, growth and progress, and offers warm hospitality and the chance to restore, relax and nurture a sense of place while on safari. Our guests leave feeling inspired, re-awakened and ready to plan their trip back...

Tarquin's grandfather, Sir Michael Wood was a pioneer and innovator in the fields of aviation, medicine and agriculture.  In the 1950's he started farming in Tanzania, and cleared land for crops to feed a growing nation.

 

He had a farm on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and one day over sundowners, with his fellow AMREF founders, they came up with a plan of improving healthcare in rural Africa by setting up the Flying Doctors.

It was in the days before independence from Britain when millions of people living in remote areas had no access to proper medical treatment. His plan was to take specialised and essential health care to the small bush hospitals that were isolated by terrain and inadequate means of communication. He also connected these remote hospitals to expert medical advice by setting up a radio network with Nairobi as the hub. It was a daunting task but he had huge vision, charisma, deep compassion and enormous courage to explore medical frontiers.

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From conflict to coexistance

The award winning Enonkishu Conservancy is a partnership between the Maasai families who own land in the area, the House in the Wild and Naretoi.   It has a large density and variety of game within it, and over the last 10 years, it has gone through a pioneering restoration project, from barren and degraded land to 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.

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"Utterly unique"

We offer guests the opportunity to experience a life changing journey in an utterly unique and inspiring space, alongside a world class safari experience with warm hearted hospitality.

The little things make the big difference and we make sure we use locally sourced or hand made items wherever we can. Hand crafted furniture, beeswax candles, soaps made by Kenyan artisans, outside showers built from the natural rock, gin that gives back to conservation - everything has a story and everything has a "Wild" ethos.

We celebrate all safari moments  - morning coffees on the plains, sundowners looking over a watering hole, being with loved ones around the campfire, dining under the stars or by the open fire in our candle lit dining room, we always make it special and we always add our Wild Style.

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