Mara Expedition

Maasai Mara, Kenya

At a Glance

  • An exclusive little camp at the heart of one of the ultimate wildlife hotspots on Earth

  • Enjoy the attentive and friendly hosting that comes hand in hand with Great Plains camps

  • Borrow some of the camp's top quality canon camera equipment to capture a few memories

  • In this quiet conservancy you can avoid the traffic of other areas of the Mara

  • Seek the elusive leopards who live in the riverine forest around camp

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Best time to Visit

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The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.

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Insider's View

Have a nice siesta in your hammock overlooking the river.

Warm yourself by the fire pit and enjoy listening to the hippos in the river below!

They have by far the best bucket showers around- almost worthy of power shower status!

Set off into the Mara on horseback and gallop alongside of herds of giraffe and antelope for an unforgettable adventure.

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Mara Expedition is set a short distance from its larger sister Mara Plains, in the Mara North Conservancy, bordering Kenya's Maasai Mara. With just 5 luxury tents, in the shade on the bank of the Ntiakitiak River, it is an exclusive option in prime wilderness.

Mara Expedition (formerly Mara Toto) sits in the heart of the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy, magnificent predator country and within striking distance of one of the finest wildlife sightings on earth, the river crossings of the great wildebeest and zebra migration.

Derek and Beverly Joubert, alongside the Mara Plains managers, Lorna and Richard, spent endless days driving through the area in search of the perfect site for their new camp. At the end of a long day of driving they stopped on the river bank for a sundowner and realised they had, by chance, stumbled upon the perfect spot.

The whole concept for Mara Expedition was focused on a blend of comfort, adventure and intimacy that would make this small camp stand out amongst the other options of the greater Maasai Mara area.  Mara Expeditions is designed for those who seek the levels of service and attention to detail of a Great Plains camp, but are prepared to forgo some of the fancier amenities. However, guests will still be pampered with fine dining, beautifully appointed tents and warm hospitality.

On the wildlife front, you wont need to venture far from camp to be in with a chance of experiencing some extraordinary game sightings, the migration passes through camp every year and the riverine forest in which the camp is set is prime leopard territory.

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There are just five safari tents at Mara Expedition, custom-designed to allow cooling breezes to pass through and covered by light-coloured flowing canvas. The tents are spaced in the riverine forest on the bank of the Ntiakitiak River. All are en-suite, including flush loos and tapped hot and cold water, bucket showers are available to order at any time of day.

The interiors of the tents are decorated in reference to the style of exploration and discovery. Carefully collected campaign furniture with brass and leather details harks to an era of romance and exploration.


Mara Expedition offers a wide range of activities. Benefiting from its location in the Mara North Conservancy, guests at Mara Toto are able to embark on extensive game drives throughout the area and into the Maasai Mara itself. Stunning dawn balloon safaris (available at an additional cost) are easy to arrange. Great Plains, owners of Mara Plains and Mara Expedition are champions of local community projects throughout southern and eastern Africa and visits to local villages and community projects are a highlight.

The involvement with Great Plains of celebrated photographers and film makers Derek and Beverly Joubert has added a special focus on this aspect of safari. Specially designed, open-sided game drive vehicles help guests capture the best shots. There is even Canon camera equipment available to rent and photos are downloaded to a disk for you to take home.


  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.

  • Maasai Mara Balloon Safari

    Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.

  • Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle

    Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.

  • The Great Migration

    The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.

  • Walking in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.


Closed indefinitely due to flood damage

Mara Toto was damaged in floods in November 2016 and has been closed indefinitely. Please speak to your Scott Dunn consultant for alternative options.

Location & directions

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Situated on the Ntiakatek River, Mara Expeditions is located on the northern border of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy.

How to get there

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute drive to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Ol Kiombo airstrip take about 45 minutes. Guests are met on arrival and transferred to the camp via a 30-minute game drive.

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