Mara Plains Camp is within a 30,000 private conservancy on the northern border of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. In the heart of one of the most abundant game areas in the world, you'll be in the midst of big predator country and often fall asleep to the sounds of lions roaring.

  • Intimate, luxury camp with only 7 tents
  • One of the smallest, most personal camps in the area
  • Located in one of the most game-rich areas on Earth
  • Abundant predators with excellent chance to see lion, leopard and cheetah
  • Lowest density of vehicles (no minibuses allowed) and only one guest room per 700 acres
  • Possibly the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Maasai Mara
  • One of the most eco-friendly lodges in the Mara region

As a guest of Mara Plains Camp, you'll have access to over 100,000 acres of low-density vehicle traversing lands as well as an additional 375,000 acres within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve itself.

Intimate, luxury camp

Mara Plains Camp is a small, luxurious 7-roomed tented camp, catering for only 14 guests. Each unit is built on a raised deck and opens on three sides to give you sweeping views out over Kenya's most famous plains. Each canvas room has a dressing area, full en-suite facilities and a private veranda.

Many activities on offer

You won't be pressed for things to do at Mara Plains Camp. There are early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, specially designed to give you the best photographic opportunities. Hot air balloon safaris (additional cost), visits to local cultural villages, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners are some of the attractions. However, at Mara Plains, the experience is kept intimate and personal. There are no set camp schedules and meal times. Rather, the day's activities and game viewing are centred around your pace and preferences.

Environmentally sensitive

Mara Plains is one of the few camps in the area that has been built entirely without cement, which means the camp can be removed without a trace. All the structures are on raised decks to minimise any impact on the soil. It has been specifically designed and built to be as natural and eco-friendly as possible. All camp water is drawn from a well operated by a solar pump and passed through UV filters. Water is heated and electricity is provided via solar power, with eco-boosters and generators as back-up. All waste is recycled and grey and black water treatment systems are in place.

Getting there

By air - Daily scheduled flights connect from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, as well as Nanyuki, Lewa and Laikipia, to Ol Kiombo airstrip. Transfer to Mara Plains Camp is a 20-minute game drive. Private charters are available to the Olare Orok Conservancy, which is also a 20-minute drive from Mara Plains Camp.

Please check luggage restrictions for all flights.

Our take on Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp is superbly located. You can enjoy the tranquillity of the private conservancy as well as the busier Maasai Mara National Park. Its accommodation is wonderful, but the secret ingredient here is really the staff. From the managers to the guides to the night staff, everyone goes out of their way to make sure you have the most amazing safari experience. It's a special place that we gladly recommend.

  • One-day trip into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, including reserve fees
  • Full board
  • Soft drinks, beer, non-premium wine
  • Laundry
  • Conservancy fees
  • Shared scheduled activities including night game drives and local airstrip transfers (Ol Kiombo and Olare Orok Airstrips)
  • Champagne, premium spirits, cellar wines
  • Exclusive use of vehicle, subject to availability (compulsory for families with children aged 8 - 15)
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Maasai cultural visits
  • Accommodation for guide and pilot
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