House in the Wild
The House in the Wild Collection of properties are situated in a unique location, each perched on the banks of the Mara River, tucked away on Naretoi, a 1000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy on the edge of the Maasai Mara. Naretoi was once an intensive farm and is the first project of its kind where the land on the edge of the Mara has changed from farming back to nature. This “rewilding” project has seen the rangelands around the House & Villa in the Wild return to their natural state, with wildlife returning to the area after over a decade of intensive farming.
The properties are hosted by the Wood family and their team of local staff. Lippa and Tarquin Wood have a longstanding connection with the Maasai community, the wildlife and the land, encouraging renewable practices that serve as a model for living in harmony with nature. They are also the founders of the Enonkishu Conservancy, where they work with 50 Maasai families to protect the surrounding wildlife grazing areas so the community can earn revenue from guests as well as from their cattle, in a holistic grazing plan, where wildlife and cattle can thrive together.
With the creation of the Enonkishu Conservancy, the Mara Training Centre and Collection in the Wild they raise money through conservation fees and other community-based enterprises, to support sustainable rangeland management that allows space and resources for the people, cattle, and wildlife. Enonkishu is the selected conservation partner with WWF and UNESCO-IHE as the pilot project in their regenerative rangelands project.
Sundowners – on the edge of the hill, watching the sky change colour and the sun set over the plains, with a gin and tonic in hand.
Bush Breakfasts after a morning game drive.
Guided Walks within Naretoi to get to know some of the things you may miss on a drive like the local flora, identifying tracks and spoor and of stretching the legs, recommended going out for 1 or 2 hours, suitable for the whole family with children over 7.
Tennis – there is a tennis court with balls and rackets provided.
Local School Visits – why not pack a few extra pens, pencils, footballs or things you might be looking to throw away and we can donate these to the local school children of the Emarti Village.
Farm activities and visits to the local cattle market.
Fishing in the Mara River – have a go after a morning game drive or over sunset on the edge of the Mara River fishing for catfish. If you catch it, take a picture and release it!
Garden games – croquet, garden boules, rugby balls, board games.
Visit to the Mara Training Centre founded by Tarquin and Lippa Wood, to learn about rangeland management and their efforts to work with local communities to restore and maintain the natural environment through Sustainable Rangeland Management (www.maratrainingcentre.com)
Visit the Wood’s indigenous tree nursery and spend a morning planting trees in their river bank restoration project (upon request), fly home guilt free about your carbon footprint!
The award winning Enonkishu Conservancy has a large density and variety of game within it, and has become 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 grazing area.
Enonkishu Conservancy [Maa for place of healthy cattle] is a member of the Global Savory Hub Network, which is run under Holistic Management, enhancing environment, communities and revenues for the pastoralists and landowners in the region.
Owners & Host
The properties are hosted by the Wood family and their team of local staff.
The Swahili word “karibu” expresses the genuine, open pleasure that this amazing team take in welcoming their guests. Tarquin and Lippa Wood, along with their daughters Tamara and Pepali, and son Wilbur, live 5 minutes away from the house.
“As a family, we have been very fortunate to have a beautiful holiday home in the African bush. We have had so many lovely memories and special times here as a family and want to share it. It combines the best elements of a comfortable safari lodge with the rustic charm of a country farmhouse.” ~ Lippa Wood
Guests can get away from the beaten track and experience the ultimate exclusive and private safari alongside a meaningful life changing journey, learning about the inspiring stories of how communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife of the Enonkishu Conservancy.