Mara Nyika


Overview

Located on the private 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy on the cusp of Kenya's vast Maasai Mara, Mara Nyika is the newest Great Plains Conservation camp. In Swahili, Nyika means "Large or Great Plains." Ringing in the romance and nostalgia of East Africa. Perched under the indigenous flat-topped Acacia kirkii tree's canopy, the tents offer shade and privacy with unparalleled views overlooking the bush while elevated walkways connect the tents to the camp's main common spaces. Before the sun rises, guests can venture out in the bush on guided 4x4 game drives and enjoy a picnic breakfast afterwards. Later head back out at dusk to see nocturnal animals and feedings. A Canon EOS 5D camera and high quality binoculars are provided for guests to capture the special moments out in the wild. Children can partake a wide range of experiences from birding to the art of tracking wildlife. In the spirit of Great Plains Conservation, the camp is run on a solar farm and each guest stay plays a major impact on local Maasai communities by supporting over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood through conservation fees which also protects the wildlife in the Maasai Mara's interconnected eco-system. While wildlife densities are excellent year round, January, February and March in particular lend themselves itself to excellent wildlife viewing. Here you take only memories and leave only footprints.

Accommodations

Designed as tree-top camps, there are four double or twin configuration tents plus one guide room. The spacious 1,000 sq. foot tents boast a private verandah, an en-suite bathrooms with flush loo, shower and copper bath tub and basins with hot and cold water. The tents art also equipped with a desk, dressing area as well as a small lounge and fly netting surrounding the camp and mosquito netting over the bed. A honeymoon tent is secluded to offer privacy. For those requiring ADA assistance or wheelchair access, there is a low ramped tent. In summer 2020, two additional rooms will be added, a two bedroom family unit and a Jahazi suite- an exclusive-use two-bedroom villa.

Amenities

• Fully inclusive of all scheduled activities, meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• En-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water
• Fly netting surrounding the tent and mosquito netting over the bed
• Laundry service
• Photographic equipment (Canon EOS 5D camera bodies, monopods and selection of 24-70mm and 100-400 mm lens)
• High quality 8 x 42 binoculars
• Gourmet dining
• Yoga mats and bands provided in each tent
• Children as young as 8 years old welcome
• Children's Program include range of experiences from birding to cooking to the art of tracking wildlife

Activities

• Day & Night Drives in an open 4x4 vehicle
• Hot-air Ballooning (additional cost)
• Visits to a local Maasai Village (additional cost)
• Wellness Spa with in-room treatments (additional cost)

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.

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Location

NEAREST AIRPORT:
Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (WIL) to Naboisho (ol Seki) Airstrip whose co-ordinates are: 01° 22.557'S, 035°17.649'E

Located on the private 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy set further afield in Kenya's vast Maasai Mara. Mara Nyika is located approximately a 40-minute drive from the camp's private airstrip where private charters are able to land.

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