Mara Plains Camp: About

Located in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya

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.

Highlights

  • Set out on game drives over 100,000 acres of protected private land, encountering wildlife of all sorts in a setting away from the crowds.
  • Get acquainted with the Maasai on visits to schools and villages, and learn local crafts at workshops with Maasai women.
  • Spot animal footprints, plants, and small creatures on a guided walking safari.
  • Fly above the plains at sunrise in a hot air balloon before enjoying a champagne breakfast.
  • Relax in the enchanting atmosphere of safari expeditions of old in your spacious tent—or its deep copper tub.

Why We Love this Lodge

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.

Lodge Features

  • Seven solar-powered canvas tents accommodating up to 14 guests
  • Main camp with a dining area and cozy lounge
  • Wi-fi and cell service in tents
  • Swarovski 8x42 binoculars and professional camera equipment for guest use
  • Bottled water from a local source
  • A staff of Maasai watchmen to escort guests after dark
  • A boutique with a range of safari clothes, locally made jewelry, and Maasai arts and crafts
  • A range of activities designed for families traveling with children

National Geographic Exclusive

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.

Awards and Recognitions

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

Photos From Our Lodges and Travelers

A Note About Travel to Kenya

Please note that there is a US Department of State Level 2 advisory currently in effect for Nairobi, Kenya. See travel.state.gov for more information.

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