Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Mara Plains Camp has gone to extensive measures to minimise their impact on the environment - from solar power to waste management
Enter a new world as you cross the Ntiakitiak River and gaze out over the endless plains of the Maasai Mara as it stretches out before your eyes. With only four other camps in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, relish in the exclusivity of Mara Plains.
Recline in luxury on your private deck, sipping on champagne while the outdoor lavish bath tub fills and lions laze in the distant shade of acacia trees.
Witness the epic vision of thousands of wildebeest as they thunder across the Maasai Mara, one of nature’s great events where a game drive from Mara Plains puts you in the heart of the action.
Savour the finer details at one of only two Relais & Chateaux properties in Kenya. The essence of Kenya blends with elegant touches and sustainable ethos; from the Arabic influence of the coast to bold colour accents of the Maasai, harmonising with the surrounds for a quintessentially African atmosphere.
Enchant your littles with the magic of the bush, the Young Explorer’s Club stimulates their sense of adventure while weaving the value of culture and conservation into every activity for a family safari that is second to none.
Capture the moments that will last a lifetime - each tent has a Canon camera and lenses for your use and the photos are yours to take home to make your friends green with envy.
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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Mara Plains is a small, intimate camp located with the exclusive Olare Orok Conservancy, adjacent to the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Mara Plains has just seven uniquely designed canvas rooms on raised platforms, accommodating a maximum of fourteen guests.
Located on the Ntiakatek River, in the northern border of the Maasai Mara, within the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy and being one of only three camps in this conservancy Mara Plains has the lowest vehicle density in the region.
The beautiful camp is situated in a game rich area, and at night you can often hear the sounds of lion roaring or in the morning see traces of leopard that walked through during the night. As it is in a private conservancy guests can go for bush walks and night game drives, all of which can be arranged as and when you wish. There are no set rules or time schedules allowing you to tailor your stay to your personal preferences.
On morning game drives you will have the opportunity for a bush breakfast. Eat a sumptuous feast in the peaceful surroundings of the African bush. Evening game drives will feature the infamous sundowner - a long tradition in Africa where you enjoy a delicious drink, accompanied with some freshly made snacks whilst the sun is setting. The perfect end to an exciting day.
Mara Plains has seven canvas tented rooms, situated on raised platforms and which open on three sides to give an incredible feeling of space and openness and with your own private deck you can soak in the incredible views that surround you. Each room has a separate dressing area, and is en-suite with flush loos and shower and hot water. The camp is run on solar power. There is also wifi available in each guest tent.
|Luxury Tented Room||
There are 7 octagonal canvas rooms built on raised decks. The tent opens on 3 sides onto a lovely private verandah with seating and amazing views. Each room is en-suite with a dressing area, shower and flush toilet.
|Two bedroom luxury tented suite||
Mara Plains has seven canvas tented rooms, one of which is a two bedroom suite, situated on raised platforms and which open on three sides to give an incredible feeling of space and openness and with your own private deck you can soak in the incredible views that surround you. Each room has a separate dressing area, and is en-suite with flush loos and shower and hot water. The camp is run on solar power. There is also wifi available in each guest tent.
Although there are no specific childcare facilities available for children, children of all ages are welcome at Mara Plains and the staff are always delighted to have them and offer a helping hand. One child aged 8 years and over can share a tent with their parents.
The tented camp is centred around three open air tents all connected together featuring a dining room, two lounges, one of which has a small library and writing area and an open air campfire.
There are several activities that you can partake in during your stay at Mara Plains. Daily day and night drives in totally open Toyota Land Cruisers making them ideal for keen photographers offering all around visibility. Other activities include bush walks, hot air balloon rides, cultural tours, school and village visits.
Louisa Ross-Taylor (Staff)
Walking into Mara Plains you can not fail to be blown away by the view of the endless plains which unfolds in frount of you as you walk into the main area. It was hard to concentrate during the safety briefing as I kept on being drawn to watch the gazelles racing about and the giraffe casually strolling across the horizon.
This tented lodge is supremely comfortable, where nothing has been forgotten. The tented rooms are vast and either have a view over the plains or the river, and have an extensive deck on which to relax. The whole lodge has a colonial chic feel to it, and it was such a treat to go for a swim in the vast copper bath.
I like that the rooms have wifi but none in the main area to encourage guest to relax, chat and to discuss Their days adventures rather than hiding behind their phones.
Our guide Jackson was fabulous and was great at finding unwitting suspects, whether it be lion, elephant or bee-eater, to be photographed with the Canon 5d Camera which came with an amazing long lens which every tent has for use during your stay along with a great pair of binoculars.
The camp also strives to be as Eco-friendly as possible and to minimise its footprint, with most of its power being provided by solar (except on very cloudy days). The waste water is recycled through a biobox treatment system and primped to a local marsh area and they recycle as much as possible. Also the bathroom products are 100% natural and biodegradable as well as being Kenyan made.
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.
Location & directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Situated on the Ntiakatek River, the Mara Plains Camp is located on the northern border of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok 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 transfer by road 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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