Just north of the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve, in the quiet wilderness of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, there is a cluster of elevated safari tents hidden within a copse of riverine trees. Mara Plains Camp is at once elegant and unassuming—the tents are crafted of rough-hewn wooden floors and billowing canvas and filled with an exquisite collection of furnishings that recall the colonial influences of bygone centuries, as well as Kenya’s Swahili and Maasai roots. Whether you come for the thundering wildebeest, the rainbow-colored birds, or to experience the culture of the Maasai firsthand, Mara Plains Camp is the perfect setting for immersing yourself in the mystique and the beauty of the East African savanna.
What happens when leading conservationists get together to design a safari lodge? A place barely visible from the outside but extraordinary from within, where nature is the star and wildlife is welcome, where canvas wins out over concrete and even the flashlights are solar powered. Great Plains Conservation, the ecotourism group founded by conservationists and National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has created their camps with the main goal of conserving the area’s wildlife and culture—a concept known as “conservation tourism.” Under this model, Mara Plains sits within a conservancy on private land owned by the local Maasai and leased to Great Plains Conservation. What does this mean for you? Thousands of acres to explore and rarely another safari vehicle within sight.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic Expedition. At Mara Plains Camp, National Geographic guests are invited to visit Maa Trust, a local non-profit that works towards ensuring the success of conservation in the Maasai Mara ecosystem through sustainable community development. Learn about the community surrounding Mara Plains from a local staff member and pay a visit to a workshop of beadwork and leather goods produced by community members.
The Safari Awards, Best New Camp, Finalist, 2015 The Safari Awards, Best Romantic Room or Tent, Finalist, 2015 The Safari Awards, Best Ecologically Responsible Property, Finalist, 2015
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