Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp: Information from the owner

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Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 7
Last updated 20-Oct-2016

Main description of Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains: Facilities

Property facilities Mobile Connectivity
Room facilities Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Dressing Gowns, Tea / Coffee, Verandah, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Hair Dryer
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Safaris, Night Drives, Walks (Guided), Cultural Tours, Hot-air Ballooning

Room types at Mara Plains

Large Canvas Tents on Raised Decks

Large Canvas Tents on Raised Decks

The camp is nestled in lush forest on the meandering bends of the Ntiakitiak River, and careful thought was given to every detail. The camp is not an imposition on the landscape, but rather a subtle refuge among the wild. The camp’s main area takes your breath away; positioned just so, the horizon lies ahead, punctuated by a single acacia tree. It’s the Africa of the mind’s eye. Flanking the main mess area is the library, an area to enjoy a quiet afternoon passing the time reading books or editing photographs. Flowing fabrics, open-air spaces and strong teak structures ground the space. Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. Thick Lamu wood doors, deep purples, and brass accents – these small details transport guests to a time and land far away. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private verandah complete what is genuinely a stunning concept. These stylistic elements coupled with thoughtful environmental elements such as solar power and an absence of cement make Mara Plains is a modern-day safari retreat. Tents 4 & 7 can serve as honeymoon tents. Tents 5 and 6 are most suitable for guests with limited mobility. Tent 5 is closest to the main area with minimal steps and a banister.

Activities at Mara Plains

Cultural Visits

If a chance to learn about the Maasai is of interest, then cultural visits to a nearby Maasai village (locally known as an “enkang”) are also a highlight. Locally produced crafts are available for purchase at the camp, all proceeds of which go toward the community, and particularly the women’s groups and schools. Guests are also able to visit the local ladies beading workshop to try your hand at beading or just to learn about how these beautiful goods are made.

Game drives (day & night)

Game drives (day & night) take place in some of the Mara’s most coveted vehicles. Each of the four Toyota Land Cruisers is open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors). With just four to six guests each, the Cruisers also have fully-stocked fridges stocked with drinks and snacks. No two days are the same on safari. Game drives typically start at sunrise, returning for lunch and depart again in the mid-afternoon before returning just after sunset. However, very often we will go out all day, deep into the Reserve or Conservancy with pack breakfast and lunch. Very often, our safaris will continue into the night, a possibility because of our location on a private conservancy. Night drives are particularly prolific in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

Guided Walks

Mara Plains also offers walking safaris (at additional cost) with the Olare Motorogi Conservancy warden, subject to prior booking and his availability.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is available at additional cost. This should be booked in advance and is subject to availability and additional cost. Departures are very early in the morning to allow time to transfer to the nearest launching point.


Each of Mara Plains’ guest tents has a professional Canon camera set, including a Canon 7D camera body and Canon 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’s departure. Each tent has a pair of Swarovski binoculars available for guest use as well. Photographic tuition can be arranged for guests (at an additional cost) and we recommend prior booking if possible. Tuition can be either on company cameras or own guests’ personal cameras.

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