Reviews of Mara Plains Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
An outstandingly good camp. Exceptional rooms, service, food and hosts (Hattie and Henry). The camp is beautifully decorated and presented with strong influences from the founders; the Jouberts with lots of their photographs and books on display. The camp is geared up for serious photographers with vehicles adapted to accommodate cameras etc.
You share a vehicle with fellow guests although on our stay all guests had a separate land cruiser.
We stayed in room 6 with exceptional views across the plains.
Game viewing was very good especially big cats; lions, leopards and cheetah as well as local proximity to migration crossing points of the Mara River.
We are likely to return and also visit other Great Plains camps.
Overall really good.
Safari was fantastic. Room service not quite so good - a few minor glitches. The tent itself was lovely but lacked a few amenities such as a proper mirror some brighter lighting when you needed it. Also no hairdryer in the tent - we had to ask for it. Having said that the service out on safari was very good with packed breakfasts and lunches being brought to us. It feels that they worked really hard to deliver a very personal service and large achieved this but just fell short on a few basics.
Food was great as was the company, though. Cameras being provided also very useful.
Expert Africa comments
Mara Plains has responded to this feedback to say they are delighted that overall Mr and Mrs F had an excellent safari with them. On the specific issues, as Mara Plains runs totally on solar power their energy supply does not provide for high wattage appliances. They offer lower wattage hairdryers which work in the tents but they need to show guests how to use them otherwise they tend to trip the power! These hairdryers are kept in the office and offered at the introductory briefing and these travellers asked for one at the beginning.
The camp wasn’t previously aware of a problem with the large mirrors above the wash basins and at the dressing table. But they have now noted this issue, and it is something they will look into in order to improve the rooms. Mr and Mrs F did ask for brighter lighting and an extra lamp was added on the first evening.
Mara Plains Camp review
It's a beautiful camp, and the able managers and staff were eager to meet our needs and provide special treats, like a private campfire and dinner and our family tent.
Our guide, Kevin, was excellent and we enjoyed many sightings in the conservancy and in the Maasai Mara Reserve.
Excellent in all aspects
Great location, tents have just been refurbished and are beautifully done. Excellent guide and game safaris. I would really recommend it!Read more about the whole safari