Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
The Mara Plains private vehicle comes equipped with a Canon50-D body and 28-135mm and 100-400mm lenses
Visit a local Maasai village, or "Enkang"
Game drives traverse the Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara North Conservancy as well as the vast Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Mara Plains Camp has gone to extensive measures to minimize their impact on the environment - from solar power to waste management
Have a bird's eye view of the Maasai Mara from a hot air balloon ride
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.
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Mara Plains or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya
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 centerd 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.
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.