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Ishara: Information from the owner

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All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Ishara, which contains our own observations and views.

Last updated by Owner
24 Apr 2024
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Facilities at Ishara

Property facilities
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Spa
Room facilities
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Activities on site
Big 5, Bird Watching, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Garden Tours, Gourmet Picnic, Massages, Safaris, Wildlife Tours
Nearby activities
Animal Encounters, Big 5, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Game Viewing, Hot-air Ballooning, Safaris, Wildlife Tours
English, French, German, Spanish, Swahili

Room types at Ishara

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Family Suite

Each Family Suite consists of two inter-leading tents with a King or Twin beds in one suite, and two Queen beds in the other. This suite accommodates up to four adults sharing or a maximum of five for families with children.

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River Suite

Serene and secluded, our open-plan River Suites are thoughtfully placed on the brink of the wild, amidst the existing ecology. Immerse yourself in the natural environment with unobstructed views of the river, forest, and expansive savanna from every corner of the spacious room.

Comprising the majority of suites on our property, these magnificent tents unite true luxury with the grandeur of the Masai Mara. Wash away the day with an outdoor shower under the radiance of moonlight, or revive your senses with a soak in the vintage bathtub on the deck.

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The Starbed

The first of its kind in the Masai Mara, Ishara’s Starbed Experience embodies the true meaning of freedom and is an inimitable way to embrace nature. Experience a spectacular evening beneath the African night sky, below a blanket of stars. Elevated above ground on a private observation deck, you’ll enjoy scenic views of vast plains stretching into the horizon and fig trees scattered along the river. From lions roaring at dusk and hippos frolicking in the water, to the lively dawn birdsong and the gentle gurgle of the stream; close your eyes and experience the enchantment that is the Masai Mara night.

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The Villa Suite

Ishara’s exquisite Villa Suite is a place where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the African wilderness and discover a sanctuary to connect and unwind. A visual and sensory experience, it has been created to celebrate the spirit of togetherness with a distinctly intimate experience, weaving the healing energy of this paradise with the adventures of the wild.

The Villa Suite comprises two River Suites around a central core that afford unobstructed views of the river, forest, and savanna. From the lounge to the indoor and outdoor dining areas, private fireside deck, private plunge pool, and fully stocked bar and fridge, every space has been carefully crafted to create lifelong safari memories.

Activities at Ishara

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Expeditions & Excursions

Inhale the smell of rich soil soaked by equatorial showers as you take a guided nature walk around camp. Learn about the medicinal plants of the Mara and the traditional practices of its indigenous people. From young explorers to seasoned travelers, Ishara's in-camp expeditions have something for everyone. These include birdwatching and nature walks around camp; spear throwing; traditional beading; medicinal plants of the Mara; and bird and animal species identification.

Excursions such as hot air balloon safaris and Maasai cultural village tours may also be arranged.

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Ishara is the photographer’s canvas; each new sunrise brings with it new and unique opportunities to capture nature’s beauty. With this in mind, Ishara and Canon have set up the first official Canon Brand Experience Centre in the Masai Mara, a world-class interactive and artistic space. Complete with complimentary high-end Canon cameras, accessories, binoculars, photo printers, professional photo editing suites and resident pros, whether you are a professional or a first timer, Ishara and Canon give you the space to explore, learn, and hone your shooting skills.

Worshops begin by introducing the Canon cameras and lenses, helping guests become familiar with their size, weight, and layout. Once they have a good understanding of the basics, they then delve deeper into the fundamental aspects of photography, adjusting each setting and observing the visual impact it has. The fun then truly begins as you embark on an exciting photo safari together, exploring the mysterious possibilities of the Mara and making the most of all you encounter.

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There are stories to be lived, and moments to be captured. Ishara's location in the Masai Mara National Reserve is an unrivalled, exhilarating adventure. Allow every one of your senses to experience nature’s splendour, uninhibited.

Their guides are masters in wildlife spotting, tracking, and protecting. Hear dramatic stories on game drives and harmonious community tales as you experience the wonders hidden within this ancient land.

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Safari Photoshoots

Ishara's resident professionals encapsulate the true essence of each individual and their unique journey. From stunning landscapes to candid portraits, every image taken by the in-house creative team evokes a sense of emotion and nostalgia, allowing you to relive and cherish your adventures for years to come. Whether you're a solo traveler seeking to capture your explorations, a couple looking to add a touch of romance to your holiday snapshots, or a family wanting to preserve the joy and excitement of your safari experience, Ishara is dedicated to delivering exceptional world-class photography to every guest.

Don't miss the chance to strike a pose and create your own stunning safari image collection with Ishara's complimentary photoshoots in camp or out in the wild.

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Special Events & Celebrations

The desire to push the boundaries and make the unthinkable possible is what drives Ishara to constantly innovate and provide unforgettable experiences for their guests. For those seeking something beyond the ordinary, Ishara offers a haven where luxury, wildlife, adventure, and relaxation converge in perfect harmony. It's the ideal destination for anything from romantic proposals to grand milestone celebrations and corporate retreats. The camp takes pride in curating truly authentic and bespoke experiences, filled with the excitement of discovery and a sense of limitless possibilities. With Ishara, the extraordinary is not only within reach, but just the beginning.

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The Observation Deck

Situated at a spectacular vantage point on the river’s edge, the Observation Deck raises you up among the treetops. Here, just a few steps away from your suite, you can enjoy exquisite views of the river, the plains, and their wild inhabitants.

The Observation Deck is a truly unique experience. Whether you’re there for a romantic escape or simply to enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature, it is the perfect place to create magical moments.

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The Shamba of Goodness

The first of its kind in the Masai Mara, this method of growing fresh produce uses 95% less water than traditional methods, ensures minimal land degradation, and does not affect the indigenous biodiversity of the flora native to the ecosystem. Enjoy a tour of our ‘shamba (garden) of goodness’ with our chef and learn more about our delicious ingredients. For a hands-on experience, pick out fresh greens to be used in your next salad or meal. Vertically designed to ensure minimal space is used, our shamba is both functional and eco-friendly.

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The Sustainability Tour

At Ishara, luxury and sustainability coexist harmoniously, without sacrificing one for the other. From renewable energy sources and innovative water treatment methods to tree planting and biogas digesters, Ishara is constantly striving to find new solutions that benefit both their guests and the environment. Their unique biophilic architecture seamlessly blends in with the surrounding landscape, creating a tranquil and immersive experience for guests. The camp also has an aeroponic tower farm where fresh produce is grown and used in their gourmet meals. To further support the local ecosystem, Ishara has created a wildlife waterhole, providing a source of sustenance for animals and creating a natural spectacle for guests to appreciate.

Take a camp tour and learn more about how it is possible to indulge in luxury while still being mindful of our impact on the planet.

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The Waterhole

The Ishara waterhole is the ultimate vantage point for private game viewing and has become a place where nature finds sustenance, transforming into a spectacular carnival of life from day to night and across the seasons. It attracts diverse wildlife from near and far, even acting as a checkpoint for birds and mammals undertaking their annual migrations.

This oasis had always been envisioned as a key sustainability feature for the camp once its use as a source of murram for the build had been completed. It now provides all-season reliable sustenance for both terrestrial and aquatic life inhabiting the area, in addition to mitigating the negative effects of climate change on resident wildlife. In just a short period it time, the waterhole has evolved into a thriving micro-ecosystem that is a joy to behold.

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Ishara is a space to connect with oneself, to invigorate the spirit with moments of wonder and tranquility. While wildlife remains the star of the show, Ishara provides an atmosphere inspired by balance and rejuvenation. Whether you’re lounging in the outdoor infinity pool, soaking under a cloud of bubbles in a vintage copper tub, having a massage overlooking the plains from the property’s luxe Aya Spa, or sleeping on the unique elevated “Starbed,” Ishara lets you bathe, eat, and rest in unforgettable splendour.

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