Encounter Mara

Maasai Mara, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Encounter Mara will organize night drives, bush walks and even hot-air balloon safaris

  • Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda

  • The nearby salt lake and the design of the camp mean that quite often you won't even need to leave camp to see some fantastic game!

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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

Enjoy a breakfast at the hide and wake up with the animals to enjoy your food as well as some incredible game viewing.

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Encounter Mara is a traditional-style safari camp in the Naboisho Conservancy of the Maasai Mara. Incredible views, an abundance of wildlife at your doorstep and a wide range of activities from game drives to guided walks make Encounter Mara special.

Encounter Mara is positioned under the shade of acacia trees blending into the natural environment boasting exceptional views over the open plains. Wildlife is regularly seen in and around camp with zebra and giraffe often seen grazing in front of the guest tents.

The camp is small with ten en suite tents all with running water and hot bucket safari showers. Views of the open savannah can be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed or from the private veranda at the front of each tent.

Meals are served under the stars or on cooler evenings in the main tent which is beautifully lit up at night. Dinner is a sociable affair with all guests eating together exchanging stories of their travels and their day's adventure in the bush. Private dinning can be requested as well as bush picnics for those looking to enjoy a full day on safari.

Activities available include day and night game drives as well as guided walks. For an additional fee fly camping is also available and a fantastic experience to get closer to nature and feel at one with the natural surroundings sleeping in dome tents and sharing stories around the camp fire.

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  • 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.

  • Riding in Maasai Mara

    Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.

  • 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

Encounter Mara is located within the Naboisho Conservancy of the Maasai Mara, in southern Kenya.

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