A hidden gem in the heart of Mara

Waytob 37 yrs, Nairobi, Kenya , Read 6 reviews »

Olare Motorogi , Kenya

Mara Plains Camp

  • One-of-a-kind camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy,
  • Located in the lowest vehicle density vehicles in the Maasai Mara region
  • Individual tents are luxuriously designed

Facilities include

In-room safe Overhead ceiling fan

Activities include

  • Shop
  • Picnic
  • Sundowners
  • Game Drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Walking activities
  • Photographic tuition
  • Visit local Maasai village
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About

About Mara Plains Camp

If a camp's success lies in its details, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed, located as it is on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south.

Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, only to be greeted by an endless horizon with one, single, flat-topped tree 'the quintessential shape of East Africa' right in your line of sight.

When sitting in the middle of one of the richest wild ecosystems in the world it's exceptionally important not to try and upstage what nature has provided, so the design of Mara Plains is one of understatement and quiet class. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences - Maasai and Arab culture. Ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors who have roamed this land for millennia.

One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having unfettered access to the Maasai Mara's additional 375,000 acres.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp is nestled in lush forest on the meandering bends of the Ntiakatek River.

Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density vehicles in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. There is only one guest bed per 350 acres, leaving the land unadulterated for the wildlife to roam and thrive, as nature intended.

How to get there

Mara Plains Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled air transfers or private charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately 30 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route. Safarilink and/or Air Kenya offer scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to the Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Maasai Mara Reserve.

When to go

Low season: March - May, November - mid December
High season: June - October, mid December - February

Important Information

There is minimal risk of Malaria, but Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned.

There are no credit card facilities at the camp.

The camp is run by an impressive solar farm. This system produces 240V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area, with plug points in each tent (type of plug: Universal plug points). The power system does not allow hairdryers, shavers or any high-wattage device.

Each guest tent has an Canon 7D camera body with 24-70mm and 100-400mm lenses for guest use during their stay. Guests also have one Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars to use during their stay.

Children

Travelling with children

Children 8 years and older are welcome at the camp, and at a discounted rate. Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rate. Families with children (8-15) will never be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests. Families with children age 8-15 years must book a private vehicle unless the family consists of six travellers or more.

Children under 8 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use.

Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is a river nearby. Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities (kid's program excepted).

Kid's program - thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

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