Mara Plains Camp

Sample Itinerary—Wild Encounters

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Experience the enchantment of safari expeditions of yesteryear at this intimate camp nestled in a private reserve. Get immersed in the legendary Great Rift Valley on exceptional game drives, bush walks, and cultural experiences.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Join the lodge manager and a Maasai warrior for a private bushwalk at twilight, followed by a sundowner and discussion of Masaai culture (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Set out on game drives across 35,000 acres of the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, encountering wildlife of all sorts—yet rarely another vehicle.
  • Watch for the “big five” in the nearby Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous safari destination.
  • Fall asleep to the low bellowing of hippos in the nearby river while tucked inside your spacious, stylish tent.

Day 1—Arrive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya

Greet your guide at the airstrip for a private transfer to the lodge. Upon arrival, get settled in your spacious tented suite facing the open savanna, and try out the provided binoculars and professional camera gear. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in the private Olare Motorogi conservancy, where it’s rare to encounter another safari vehicle. Toast the sunset with a sundowner cocktail in the bush, and watch for the stirrings of nocturnal animals on the drive back to camp. Freshen up and join fellow travelers around the fire for a pre-dinner drink. After a hearty meal in the main lodge, fall asleep to the low bellowing of hippos in the nearby river.

Day 2—Safari, Rest, Repeat

Head out at dawn for an early safari adventure in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to find animals at their most active. In this pristine section of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, watch for big cats and elephants, resident and migratory birds, and endangered rhinos and wild dogs. Extend your outing with a visit to a local village or to watch Maasai women making intricate beadwork as part of the Maa Trust’s social entrepreneurship program. Return to camp for lunch, followed by a siesta or a soak in the deep copper tub of your tent. Late this afternoon, set out on another game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle, perhaps continuing into the night as you stalk a lion or hyena on the prowl.

Day 3—The Masai Mara

With your lodge guides, venture out on an early drive into the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve, famous around the world for the massive wildebeest migration that traverses the Great Rift Valley each fall. Track zebras, gazelles, buffalo, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, hippos, and hyenas, and be on the lookout for a dazzling array of birds. Between July and September, safari goers can choose to spend the entire day by the river in the hopes of catching a wildebeest crossing. This afternoon, join the lodge manager and a Maasai warrior for a private bushwalk at twilight, followed by a sundowner and discussion of Masaai culture.

Day 4—Depart

Set out on one final game drive, or spend the morning soaking up the scene from your spacious tent. Depart via private transfer back to the airstrip.

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