OverviewOne’s arrival at Mara Plains Camp in East Africa is dramatic and surreal – over a river, through the woods, then up a final gentle slope to an endless horizon. Located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this discrete property is the perfect base camp for a peaceful safari voyage hosted by passionate guides who heed the call of the wild. The ancient plains serve as home to a vast number of wildlife species from big cats and zebra to cheetahs and crocodiles. So as not to upstage its natural setting, Mara Plains Camp is a study in understated décor influenced by Maasai and Arab cultures with touches of Swahili heritage. Seven tents are raised on decks with views of the savannah; each tent is nestled under a canopy of trees surrounded by dense vegetation. Rich leathers, copper and brass accents and expedition-style campaign furnishings recall the grand era of Africa exploration. The food is also a spiritual experience featuring simple and healthy dishes, prepared and presented with nature’s bounty as the centerpiece.
AccommodationsDesigned with understatement and quiet class, the seven tented camps are uniquely designed. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Maasai and Arab culture. Accented with rich leathers, copper and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements, rather than overwhelm the surrounding wilderness. Mara Plains Camp can accommodate 14 guests sharing, plus an additional guide’s tent as required. Children from 8 years old are welcome and can be accommodated in the family suite.
Amenities• Fully inclusive of all scheduled activities, meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• En suite bathrooms
• Photographic equipment available to guests
• Swarovski binoculars in each tent
• Gourmet dining
• Children from 8 years welcome
Activities• Early-morning late-afternoon and night game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle
• Local village visits
• Hot-air balloon flights
• Cooking classes
• Craft workshops with local Maasai women
• School visits
• Guide walking safaris
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
Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (WIL) to Olare Motorogi Airstrip whose co-ordinates are: 1° 19′ 25.2″ S 35° 14′ 27.3″ E.
Mara Plains Camp is located on the 35,000-acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya.