Maasai Mara Conservancies

Our top 28 lodges and safari camps in the private Mara conservancies

Listed below are our recommendations for great places to stay in the various conservancies around the Maasai Mara  – Mara North Conservancy, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Ol Derikesi Conservancy. Ask us for more details of which camps are where, and what is likely to suit you best.

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Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp

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Appealing both to safari purists and those seeking a little luxury, Naboisho Camp is the most upmarket of the handful of small, ...More about Naboisho Camp

Excellent  98%
(41 reviews)

Staff was outstanding. Particularly liked the Masai garb. Would have preferred more walking. Evelyn was a joy as well as John, Daniel, Lucas, Marsi, Alex Naboisho Camp reviews...

Kicheche Mara

Kicheche Mara

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Kicheche Mara is a relatively small, well-designed and very well run bushcamp in Acacia Valley, stretched out above the Olare ...More about Kicheche Mara

Excellent  99%
(37 reviews)

This was our second stay at Kicheche Mara, and we’d happily return for subsequent visits. The rains created quite a challenge for the guides and staff. The river at the ... Kicheche Mara reviews...

Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp

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Located in the quiet Olare Motorogi Conservancy and with only six tents dotted through the bush, Kicheche Bush Camp is an intimate ...More about Kicheche Bush Camp

Excellent  99%
(35 reviews)

This was our second visit to Kicheche Bush, and we enjoyed it every bit as much as our first time two years ago. This is an intimate camp that emphasizes game thrives ... Kicheche Bush Camp reviews...

Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara

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Located in the quiet Mara North Conservancy in Kenya, Offbeat Mara sits near the Olare Orok River. It is nestled into the bush ...More about Offbeat Mara

Excellent  97%
(26 reviews)

We had a great stay at Offbeat, and really enjoyed the rustic yet comfortable and relaxed, friendly style of the camp. Much of this was down to the wonderful manager Jennifer, ... Offbeat Mara reviews...

Kicheche Valley

Kicheche Valley

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The newest of three Kicheche camps in the Mara region in Kenya, the upmarket and unfenced Kicheche Valley Camp opened in 2011...More about Kicheche Valley

Excellent  96%
(17 reviews)

I had an excellent Safari experience at the Valley Camp. The facilities are great and the camp staff were very friendly and helpful. The game drives were very productive ... Kicheche Valley reviews...

Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara

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Encounter Mara is a classic tented camp, opened in 2011. It is tucked in a shady forest of orange-leaf croton and Euclea trees ...More about Encounter Mara

Excellent  95%
(11 reviews)

Quite a posh camp - even more so than Rekero - but very friendly. Brunch or lunch was laid out on a table plus chairs to sit on. Lovely tent, very comfortable. Again a buffet ... Encounter Mara reviews...

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp

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Nestled in the trees on the edge of the Ntiakatek stream in the 120km2 (30,000 acre) private Olare-Motorogi Conservancy (previously ...More about Mara Plains Camp

Excellent  100%
(10 reviews)

Mara Plains was the final stop of our November/December safari that took us from north to south. And it was definitely the highlight. Our tent overlooking the Conservancy ... Mara Plains Camp reviews...

Serian

Serian

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Perched quite high above the Mara River, where it cuts a broad valley along the western border of the Mara North Conservancy, ...More about Serian

Excellent  98%
(10 reviews)

Frances and George were my day long guides at Serian and were full of energy and enthusiasm. They could spot all sorts of animals and birds with clarity. They took their ... Serian reviews...

Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

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Elephant Pepper is a small, tented camp located in the protected Mara North Conservancy. Originally built in 1984, it was named ...More about Elephant Pepper Camp

Excellent  98%
(8 reviews)

The location of the camp is very good and our tent was really lovely, incredibly spacious, but one of the best features of the camp is the management, Tom and Alison. They ... Elephant Pepper Camp reviews...

Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp

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In a riverbank location in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Porini Lion Camp is a traditionally styled tented camp in one of the ...More about Porini Lion Camp

Good  83%
(8 reviews)

Porini Lion Camp lived up to its name both in terms of feeling like a proper camp (rather than a "lodge") and in view of the number of lions and other big cats we encountered, ... Porini Lion Camp reviews...

Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp

Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp

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Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp is a simple, budget camp of dome tents in the 65km2 Ol Kinyei Conservancy, an exclusive 18,000 acre ...More about Ol Kinyei Adventure

Excellent  97%
(7 reviews)

Amazing safari, watching baby lions, cheetah family playing, lions feeding with hyena, vultures and jackals taking over, awesome crossing of zebras and wilderbeest at river, ... Ol Kinyei Adventure reviews...

Cottars 1920s Camp

Cottars 1920s Camp

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Located on its own private conservancy Cottar's 1920s Camp is owned and run by Calvin and Louise Cottar who established this ...More about Cottars 1920s Camp

Excellent  92%
(5 reviews)

I find it difficult to criticise Cottars because they are a high end luxurious Camp and are very good at what they do, after all they celebrate their centenary next year... Cottars 1920s Camp reviews...

Ngare Serian

Ngare Serian

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On the west bank of the Mara River, tucked between the river and the escarpment on its own 16-square-kilometre private conservancy, ...More about Ngare Serian

Excellent  96%
(5 reviews)

Ngare Serian is special. From the moment you cross the river over the swing bridge (which is actually quite wobbly and scary!) you know you're entering a special place. It ... Ngare Serian reviews...

Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp

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The first tented camp in the Mara region to be run with support from the local community, Porini Mara Camp is a genuine eco-camp ...More about Porini Mara Camp

Excellent  96%
(5 reviews)

We asked for a tented camp with great wildlife and not too many visitors, and Porini Mara delivered all round. The camp is perfectly located by a river in one of the ... Porini Mara Camp reviews...

Basecamp Eagle View

Basecamp Eagle View

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Basecamp Eagle View is located in a stunning spot, with arguably the best views in the quiet 211km2 Mara Naboisho Conservancy, ...More about Basecamp Eagle View

Excellent  100%
(4 reviews)

We spent 3 nights at Basecamp Eagle View. The views from our tent (no 4) were stunning across the plains and we regularly saw elephants and giraffes from the tent veranda... Basecamp Eagle View reviews...

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

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Named after the Danish author of Out of Africa, this beautifully sited, Danish-owned, tented camp is located on the east bank ...More about Karen Blixen Camp

Good  90%
(4 reviews)

From the moment we arrived to the moment we departed we were made to feel very special. Lillian and her team were excellent hosts. A special mention to Solomon for his friendly ... Karen Blixen Camp reviews...

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

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A designer tented lodge in a stunning location, Ol Seki perches at the end of a ridge in the Naboisho Conservancy, northeast ...More about Hemingways Ol Seki

Excellent  93%
(3 reviews)

The wildlife in the vicinity of this camp was amazing. I think we were lucky, but we saw cheetahs, lions (including two sets of cubs and three of the four male lions in the ... Hemingways Ol Seki reviews...

Saruni Wild

Saruni Wild

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Saruni Wild is located in the Lemek Conservancy, on the border of neighbouring Mara North Conservancy, close to the Mara North ...More about Saruni Wild

Excellent  93%
(3 reviews)

In terms of game viewing, our experience at Saruni Wild was great, We saw all the big cats, as well as the wildebeests that we did not see at Lewa. Our guide, Kisame was ... Saruni Wild reviews...

Leleshwa

Leleshwa

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Leleshwa, one of the smallest camps in the Greater Mara eco-system, is located on the wooded banks of the little Ropile River, ...More about Leleshwa

Good  90%
(2 reviews)

Unfortunately we were the only people staying in camp on two out of our three nights so we missed chatting to others about their day. All our meals in camp even breakfast ... Leleshwa reviews...

Basecamp Leopard Hill

Basecamp Leopard Hill

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Opened in January 2018, Basecamp Leopard Hill is the newest and most luxurious of the Basecamp Foundation’s safari camps in the ...More about Basecamp Leopard Hill

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

We have just returned from three nights at the absolutely amazing Leopard Hill. The setting is secluded and stunningly beautiful. The 'mess' tent and decked areas were wonderful ... Basecamp Leopard Hill reviews...

Basecamp Wilderness Camp

Basecamp Wilderness Camp

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Formerly a simple encampment of dome tents, known as Basecamp Dorobo Fly Camp, the new Wilderness Camp is set in a peaceful valley ...More about Basecamp Wilderness

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

Whilst based at Eagles View I stayed two days and nights at Dorobo, as it happened largely on my own. What an experience.!I was treated like a visiting prince, by the ... Basecamp Wilderness reviews...

Kicheche Walking Wilderness

Kicheche Walking Wilderness

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In 2016, Kicheche expanded its highly regarded luxury tented camps to include fly-camping in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The fly ...More about Kicheche Fly Camp

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

This was a repeat experience and I would hope to do it again next time I stay at these Kicheche camps. Walking between the conservancies from Valley Camp to Bush Camp you ... Kicheche Fly Camp reviews...

Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri

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Mahali Mzuri, which means ‘beautiful place’, is a relatively new and very upmarket property for the Mara, having opened in 2013...More about Mahali Mzuri

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

From the time we were picked up at the entrance to the Olare Motorogi Conservancy by our driver John, we knew we were going to be spoilt! We were immediately given a Maasai ... Mahali Mzuri reviews...

Mara Toto

Mara Toto

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Mara Toto is due to open in 2019 as a brand new camp in the game rich Naboisho Conservancy. We will update this page as soon ...More about Mara Toto

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

Excellent camp, my kind of perfect bush camp. I am very impressed with how it was so well hidden in the tree line ( surely the best laid out camp in OMC along with Mara Plains ... Mara Toto reviews...

Saruni Mara

Saruni Mara

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On a wooded, south-facing hillside in the far north of the Mara North Conservancy, the Italian-owned Saruni Mara is a stylish ...More about Saruni Mara

Good  80%
(1 reviews)

While Saruni Mara is in a lovely position on a hill overlooking a valley, it did not suit us particularly well. To start with, our allotted cabin room - though very attractive ... Saruni Mara reviews...

Cottars Private House

Cottars Private House

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Located on a wooded hillside in the Olderikesi conservancy, outside the southesast corner of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, ...More about Cottars Private House

Entumoto

Entumoto

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Opened in August 2010, Entumoto is a Swedish-Maasai owned, permanent tented camp in the Siana Group Ranch (Siana Conservancy), ...More about Entumoto

Mara Bushtops

Mara Bushtops

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Hugging the brow of a hill in its own private game sanctuary, Mara Bushtops is an exclusive, hotel-style, tented lodge a few ...More about Mara Bushtops

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