Ngerende Island Lodge is an elegant new property situated on an oxbow in the Mara River, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The lush vegetation, river views, luxurious accommodation and superb game viewing make this an ideal spot in which to spend several days.
The 7 tented suites are spaced well apart to ensure privacy and seclusion. They are contemporary in design, set on raised platforms and have polished mahogany floors extending out to the private terrace. The open plan sleeping and living area is spacious and inviting. All suites have an open fireplace, bathroom with massage shower and a separate open air bath. The terraces overlook the Mara River, with its resident pods of hippo. The honeymoon suite also has a plunge pool and jacuzzi. All rooms have a personal butler.
The main building houses the dining room, which has a veranda with expansive views of the river and hippo pool. There is a library and a sitting room with open fires as well as a small bar. Bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be arranged. There is an infinity swimming pool and a spa offering a range of restorative and pampering treatments including aromatherapy and massage.
Ngerende Island Lodge is located in the Olchoro Conservancy just outside the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered and full day drives can be arranged. Night game drives give you the chance to glimpse shy nocturnal species. Other activities available include guided bush walks, bird watching and visits to local schools. Alternatively, you can relax on your veranda and watch hippos in the river. The lodge is just 2 kilometres from an airstrip, so is easily accessible.
Open: Ngerende Island Lodge is open all year.
Location: Ngerende Island Lodge is on the banks of an oxbow on the Mara River in the 17,400 acre Olchoro Conservancy, surrounded on all sides by water. There is an airstrip 2kms from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 7 suites built of canvas and wood and set on raised decks. The verandas look out over the Mara River. They are spaced well apart for privacy. Suites have polished wooden floors, an open plan sleeping and living area with a fireplace, bathroom with shower, twin basins and a flush toilet. There is also an open air bathtub. The honeymoon suite is in a secluded setting and has its own plunge pool and Jacuzzi. Each suite has a personal butler.
Activities: The lodge offers game drives, guided walks with armed rangers, bird watching, bush meals and visits to a rhino sanctuary. Cultural visits can also be arranged.
Facilities: There is a restaurant and meals can be enjoyed here or outside on the lawn. There is a swimming pool with a wooden sundeck. There is a spa providing holistic treatments including massages and facials. The gift shop sells a range of locally made products.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Safari activities can be tailored for children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
This lodge benefits the local community, conserves wildlife and natural resources, and encourages interest in the Maasai culture. An eco-friendly lodge we're sure will continue to make a difference.
"This is possibly the most beautiful lodges in the Mara. The rooms are exquisite, beautifully designed with lovely small touches of luxury. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the hippos in the river just below my room, and found the tree-planting ‘touch’ at the end of my stay made it very special. The food and the staff were fantastic and I would certainly recommend this to clients looking for that ‘indulgent’ experience."