The Wild Hill

Enonkishu, Masai Mara, Kenya
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The Wild Hill
Enonkishu, Masai Mara, Kenya

Elevated, exclusive, exquisite and exhilarating, this spectacular new private retreat sits on the peak of Kileleoni Hill at the very highest point in the Masai Mara. The Wild Hill, opening in July 2024, combines luxury, sustainability, wellness and wildlife to create a transformative safari experience.

The Wild Hill accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 bedroom suites

“Every glance offers sweeping views of the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem, with shards of light shining through the clouds down from the heavens…”

Location

Enonkishu Conservancy, Masai Mara

Amani House sits close to the Mara River on the fringes of the 1000-acre Naretoi Estate within Enonkishu Conservancy, the most northern conservancy of the Maasai Mara.  Guests also have access to the extensive Ol Chorro and Lemek Conservancies – together these cover an area of over 40,000 acres and provide excellent game viewing across a variety of landscapes well away from the busier tourist trails.

Several other private conservancies are also close by, as is the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Given the quantity and quality of the wildlife in Enonkishu and its uncrowded surroundings, game drives in the National Reserve are usually only recommended during the annual wildebeest migration.

In recent decades, the area, once intensively farmed and over-grazed, has been devoted to a ground-breaking rewilding project.  Enonkishu has become a world-class conservation area, host to an incredible variety and density of mammals including some of the world’s rarest animals, white rhino, wild dog and a wealth of plains game including antelope, giraffe, zebra, eland and wildebeest.

There is a resident pride of lion, families of cheetah and a number of leopard.  Herds of elephant browse among the trees of nearby Kileleoni Hill, also home to the endangered Mountain Reedbuck.  Night game drives offer rewarding sightings of nocturnal animals such honey badgers, porcupines and aardvarks.

For keen ornithologists, Enonkishu and the adjoining conservancies are home to a huge variety and quantity of birdlife.  Several hundred species include ostrich, hornbill, crested cranes and secretary birds as well as dozens of different types of eagle, vulture and other birds of prey.

Enonkishu – which means ‘the place of healthy cattle’ in Maasai – is also host to a working livestock ranch. The conservancy works with more than 50 local Maasai families to protect the surrounding wildlife grazing areas, enabling the community to earn revenue from guests as well as from their cattle.  A holistic grazing plan allocates space and resources which enable people, wildlife and livestock to thrive together.

At Enonkishu and Naretoi – which means “working together” in Masai – responsible, low-impact, high-end eco-tourism goes hand-in-hand with conservation. Funds raised through conservation fees and other community-based enterprises go towards supporting sustainable rangeland management, restoring biodiversity, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, assisting in ecological monitoring and training wildlife rangers.

The conservancy supports community-led initiatives which boost small businesses, support the local provision of health care, education and clean water and encourage and assist with bee keeping, tree planting and other sustainable farming practices that serve as a model for living in harmony with nature.