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Mara Toto

Maasai Mara

Mara Toto 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.

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

Insider's View

Have a nice siesta in your hammock overlooking the river.

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

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

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

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

Olivia Caveney

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mara Toto or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

Description

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 Toto 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. The name 'Toto' means baby in Swahili, in context of this camp it is a nod of respect towards Mara Plains, just a few kilometers upstream. Mara Toto 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 Toto is set is prime leopard territory.

Accommodation

There are just five safari tents at Mara Toto, custom-designed to allow cooling breezes to pass through and covered by light-colored 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.

Luxury Safari Tent

Activities

Mara Toto 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 Toto 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 filmmakers 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.

Additional Notes

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

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

When to go

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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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mara Toto or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

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