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House In the Wild – Narok, Kenya

Dallas and I stayed at awesome accommodation during our stay in Kenya.  Located some two hour drive from Narok proper, House in the Wild offers private and serene accommodation with first class service and meals.  Our small group of six had the whole place to ourselves (it was booked that way), though it can accommodate up to 12, and within hours, we were like family – arriving from Denmark, Australia, and the United States.  Safari tours can be easily booked through this venue with Moses and Boston as premium guides and story tellers.  Our hosts, Tarquin and Lippa Wood came in for a couple visits to make sure our stay was perfect.

House in the Wild is located on Naretoi, the 1000 acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Maasai Mara.  All the houses are situated with gorgeous views of the Mara River from the porch or just a few steps away.

Contact Information:

Lippa@naretoi.com

+254 728 484 665

PO Box 961, Narok, 20500

houseinthewild.com

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My room with ensuite at our private ‘estate’  Still just 30 second walk to main meal/gathering place.
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Quasi-glamping.  Absolutely stunning and luxurious accommodation with daily cleaning service.
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Discovery hiking – identifying tracks and habitat of local fauna with Moses Titimet Nampaso.  Almost looks like we are identifying tire tracks!  😉 

 

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Another outing – market day at Aitong.

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Site Inspect for FAMS

Dallas is not a good bathroom cleaner upper. Probably never will be, so occasionally, i can no longer stand the mess and start scrubbing. I don’t mind, he takes out hay for me when it’s too cold to live, manhandles gates i struggle with, and does lots of other jobs that are getting harder and harder for me. ANYWAY, here’s about as clean as one can get cheap Mustee brand shower panels after being used for 5 years. Took me about half an hour, scrub brush, cloth, Soft Scrub, hot water, and tooth brush to get this clean. However, as a former travel consultant and group air coordinator, i had the opportunity to participate in a few FAM (familiarization) trips. On FAM trips, we are paraded to various hotels, restaurants, etc in the hopes we would book their properties (they are paying for this FAM), so we learn to scrutinize. Looking at this shower, what would you check to see if it was clean?

Nothing can be perfectly clean, but there is definitely a minimum standard to be maintained to show respect for your paying guests. (this is our home now and no longer a guesthouse)

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Here’s the mostly cleaned shower.  If you were doing a site inspection for a hotel, where would you look?
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The bottom of the shower curtain.
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Run your finger or a cloth on all horizontal surfaces.
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Note the difference between the cleaned edge on the right vs still dirty on the left.
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Check the top of the curtain rod.
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Inspect corners and the BACK of the frame panel.
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The soap dish should be scrubbed.