Mara Plains Camp
Location: Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Southern Kenya
No of rooms: 7
Style: Luxury ensuite canvas tents on raised decking
Highlights: For $200, you can take a private guide, a private vehicle and use $10,000 of camera equipment for the whole day – your images will then be burnt onto a disc for you to take home, your guide will be a photographic expert.
Dining: Communal dining in camp, or bush picnics
What’s the difference: From March 2013 your room at Mara Plains will have thousands of pounds worth of complimentary camera equipment to use whilst you stay, and a pair of swarovski binoculars – this is the only camp in Africa offering this.
The Luxury Safari Company Award for: View of one of the Masai Mara Plains which has THE MOST action – lions chasing wildebeest over breakfast, rhino wondering past over lunch!
Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, six-roomed camp under canvas that is located within the private Olare Orok Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve boundary. It is also located within the Mara North Conservancy, which is a combination of conservancies working together on over one hundred thousand acres, to create an area rich in wildlife with the Mara’s lowest density of vehicles.
The camp is situated along the Ntiakatek River with views of the surrounding plains and riverine forest. The camp caters for only 12 guests in six spacious and comfortable ensuite canvas rooms built on raised decks. The central lunge areas and dining areas are raised off the ground on wooden decks offering spectacular views over the plains and back into the riverine forest. Along the river under cool shade is a grassy outdoor area to bird watch or enjoy a leisurely lunch under the trees. Evening dinners are often served under the stars around our camp fire. The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Mara Plains believes in keeping the experience intimate and personal, so there are no set camp schedules and set meal times. The day’s activities and meals are tailored around the guest’s preferences and wildlife activities of the moment. As the camp is located within a private conservancy, guests are allowed to enjoy nature-based walks and exciting night game drives, as well as daytime game drives and visits to local enkangs or villagesShow Less