OverviewGood things come in small packages at Kenya’s rustic Mara Expedition Camp, which calls to mind the safari tents of Africa’s colonial era. Five tents, shaded by the forest canopy, feature old-fashioned amenities such as flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot and cold running water. The interiors harken back to the days of early explorers with vintage Indian campaign chests and brass chandeliers. Guests rave about the sense of community and conservation at the camp, the bush breakfast picnics, game drives and the friendly people who make it all happen with exceptional service. Maasai Mara National Reserve is a magical spot where travelers cross paths along the plains with teeming wildlife. This is prime leopard territory and the perfect location to observe the annual wildebeest and zebra migration. Notable ambassadors of the property include National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and acclaimed filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Travelers uncover a life-changing experience with photo opportunities that will forever capture their journey at Mara Expedition Camp.
AccommodationsSet at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, five tents forego fancy amenities but still leave you wanting for nothing. With flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot-and-cold running water, each tent is decorated with an eclectic yet co-ordinated assembly of what early explorers may have carried with them – brass chandeliers, old Indian campaign chests, rich leather and hardwood furniture – combined with rich textiles and soft cottons. But it’s out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and the adjacent Mara North Conservancy that guests really connect with Africa and live the explorer experience, surrounded by wildlife. Mara Expedition Camp can accommodate up to 10 guests sharing in five tents. An additional guide’s tent is available. Children from 8 years old are welcome.
Amenities• Fully inclusive of all scheduled wildlife-viewing activities, meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• Private verandahs
• Outdoor dining
Activities• Early-morning late-afternoon and night game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle within the Maasai Mara Reserve
• Hot-air balloon flights
• Visits to local villages
• Community projects
Great Plains Conservation
Great Plains Conservation is grounded by a mission to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce. Its exquisite collection of safari camps, a study in sustainability, was designed to make a difference in the preservation of some of Africa’s most diverse and threatened habitats. Five passionate conservationists came together with one philosophy rooted in the fundamental appreciation of the good life, good people, good staff and good decisions that make a lasting impact on Africa’s national treasures and for iconic wildlife. Conservationists include Dereck and Beverly Joubert who are renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in genuine interactions with travelers, wildlife, nature and the local communities which they are able to help through their foundations of Community Uplife, Save the Lions, Save the Rhinos, and Save the Elephants. Guests of the company’s low-impact, high-quality safari camps reap the rewards as they achieve peace of mind in knowing that they are giving back to the environment and local people that inhabit its lands. Throughout Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the Great Plains team has crafted life-changing safari journeys, which, while leaving no negative trace on the acres they cover, leave an indelible footprint in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to visit.Visit Website
Wilson Airport (WIL) to Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Maasai Mara Reserve
Mara Expedition Camp is located on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River, within Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.