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  97%
(39 reviews)

How can our room be called a tent??? It was bigger than many studio flats in London! Obviously, it was not as stunning as our rooms in Meru and Lewa but it was extraordinary ... 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%
(30 reviews)

This camp is in a most lovely setting. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very well-integrated, friendly and most welcoming. The relief manager, Peter Cadot, was ... 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%
(27 reviews)

The quality of service here was exceptional as was the food and indeed the attention of all of the staff. Best photographs of the holiday were taken here on both vehicle ... 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%
(23 reviews)

Great camp with good service, guiding, food, and excellent game viewing! Offbeat Mara reviews...

Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara

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

Excellent  93%
(9 reviews)

Naboisho Conservancy is absolutely beautiful and I would definitely return. It is a cross between driving through Jurassic Park and the Garden of Eden!! Encounter Mara is ... Encounter 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%
(9 reviews)

What a fantastic location with great views from the tent and mess tent. The food was restaurant quality and we all loved every meal. Our grandson Toby is gluten free and ... Kicheche Valley 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%
(9 reviews)

Mara Plains Camp is a wonderful and luxury camp that has a great team looking to have all your needs covered before you ask, it is also located in a river rim where you can ... 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%
(9 reviews)

We spent 6 nights at the Serian Original camp. We started with an excellent game drive from the Mara North airstrip to the camp, seeing Cheetah on the way to lunch and our ... Serian 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%
(7 reviews)

We stayed at Porini Lion Camp for our last 2 days in the Mara, having been at Ol Kinyei the previous 2 days. I am happy we decided to see another camp and another area as ... Porini Lion Camp 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...

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  100%
(5 reviews)

What can I say about Alison and Tom and the elephant pepper camp, well I did tell them that I would tell everyone it was awful, dirty, lousy food, terrible accommodation... Elephant Pepper 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  96%
(5 reviews)

This was the highlight of our trip. Brendan and I have done many safaris, including Kruger Park and this is top by far. The whole Conservancy experience was great - excellent ... Ol Kinyei Adventure 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  95%
(4 reviews)

Small intimate camp in great location on bank of the Mara river. Spacious comfortable tents on raised decking. Very friendly/efficiently run with variety of activities ... 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  95%
(4 reviews)

Porini Mara was my second of my Porini camps as just amazing and life changing as Porini Aboslelle. Run my mara people, who were and are all just fantastic, knowledgable, ... 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%
(3 reviews)

This is an excellent camp=well run with knowledgeable and charming staff who offer a good service. Good rooms-wonderful views and terrific area to visit both by car and ... Basecamp Eagle View 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...

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

Excellent  100%
(2 reviews)

Our family (2 adults, 2 children) enjoyed everything about Karen Blixen Camp. The location on the Mara River is fantastic. We are somewhat picky eaters (two vegetarians ... Karen Blixen Camp 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...

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  100%
(2 reviews)

Saruni Wild was a delight. I was the only guest, so I had a private guide. Just lucky! The tents are very comfortable indeed, the food was delicious, and the Maasai who ... Saruni Wild 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...

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

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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