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Mara Plains Camp - Masai Mara

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PO Box 24133
Nairobi 00502
Kenya

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Richard Bonham 


Category:  Eco Lodges and Camps
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Mara Plains Camp - Masai Mara - Profile

General Information

Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, six-roomed camp under canvas that is located within the private Olare Orok Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve boundary. Guests can game drive in both the Masai Mara National Reserve and in the privacy of the neighbouring Olare Orok Conservancy away from the crowds. The Conservancy is a fabulous wildlife reserve of nearly twenty thousand acres, rich in wildlife (including the predators and big cats in particular), It boasts Mara's lowest vehicle density, no mini-buses and only one guest room per 700 acres. Mara Plains Camp opened in 2008 in a extraordinary location that appears to be the epicenter and hunting grounds for many of the big cats. Hardly a night passes without the exciting sounds of predator activity and lions roaring nearby. The camp caters for only 12 guests in six spacious and comfortable en-suite canvas rooms built on raised decks. There is an additional tent for a pilot or private guide. The camp is situated along the Ntiakatek River with uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains and riverine forest. The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we can proudly boast that not even a teaspoon of cement can be found anywhere on the property! In addition to the tented rooms, the camp has a raised dining room under canvas as well as a comfortable lounge. The outdoor dining area is a great place to relax in the cool shade of the large trees along the river. The 4x4 open game-viewing Landcruisers have been designed for comfort with only four to five guests per vehicle. This ensures increased maneuverability for better viewing, photography and an easy environment in which to communicate with our highly experienced guides. All Mara Plains guides are Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association qualified. They are from the area and thus possess intricate knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the tribal traditions and customs of the people. Access to Mara Plains Camp is via the Ol Kiombo airfield which is serviced daily by Safarilink and Air Kenya from Nairobi. At Mara Plains we believe in keeping the experience intimate and personal, so there are no set camp schedules and no set meal times. The day's activities and meals are tailored around your preferences and the wildlife activities of the moment. The camp is located in a private conservancy bordering the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Guests inside the conservancy are allowed to enjoy nature-based walks and productive night game drives that would otherwise not be possible if you were staying inside the park. A typical morning starts with an early wake-up call at first light before we set out to explore what animals traversed the area during the night and early mornings when the big cats in particular are most active. Returning to camp for breakfast allows for conversation around the table about what was seen and what were the highlights of the morning's drive. Getting closer to nature on foot is a highlight for many guests and this can be arranged after breakfast for those who are interested. Your armed guide will introduce you to the abundant birdlife and can help you identify trees and local plant species, or sharpen your wildlife tracking skills. There is usually time for a siesta after lunch. Game drives are arranged for late afternoon / early evening so we can savour the African sunset with refreshing sundowner drinks and snacks before continuing our drive to witness the nocturnal animals as they become more active. A hearty dinner awaits you back at camp. Share stories of the day with other guests and staff, whilst listening to the sounds of the African bush come alive. Mara Plains guests can also take advantage of the fascinating cultural opportunity to visit a Maasai village (or "Enkang" as it is known locally) and experience the traditional ways of the community. For those who are interested in a hot air balloon safari we can take you to one of the ballooning launch sites for a fabulous early morning experience (This is at extra cost).

Mara Plains Camp - Masai Mara - Facilities

Overview

Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, six-roomed camp under canvas that is located within the private Olare Orok Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve boundary. Guests can game drive in both the Masai Mara National Reserve and in the privacy of the neighbouring Olare Orok Conservancy away from the crowds. The Conservancy is a fabulous wildlife reserve of nearly twenty thousand acres, rich in wildlife (including the predators and big cats in particular), It boasts Mara's lowest vehicle density, no mini-buses and only one guest room per 700 acres. Mara Plains Camp opened in 2008 in a extraordinary location that appears to be the epicenter and hunting grounds for many of the big cats. Hardly a night passes without the exciting sounds of predator activity and lions roaring nearby. The camp caters for only 12 guests in six spacious and comfortable en-suite canvas rooms built on raised decks. There is an additional tent for a pilot or private guide. The camp is situated along the Ntiakatek River with uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains and riverine forest. The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we can proudly boast that not even a teaspoon of cement can be found anywhere on the property! In addition to the tented rooms, the camp has a raised dining room under canvas as well as a comfortable lounge. The outdoor dining area is a great place to relax in the cool shade of the large trees along the river. The 4x4 open game-viewing Landcruisers have been designed for comfort with only four to five guests per vehicle. This ensures increased maneuverability for better viewing, photography and an easy environment in which to communicate with our highly experienced guides. All Mara Plains guides are Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association qualified. They are from the area and thus possess intricate knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the tribal traditions and customs of the people. Access to Mara Plains Camp is via the Ol Kiombo airfield which is serviced daily by Safarilink and Air Kenya from Nairobi. At Mara Plains we believe in keeping the experience intimate and personal, so there are no set camp schedules and no set meal times. The day's activities and meals are tailored around your preferences and the wildlife activities of the moment. The camp is located in a private conservancy bordering the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Guests inside the conservancy are allowed to enjoy nature-based walks and productive night game drives that would otherwise not be possible if you were staying inside the park. A typical morning starts with an early wake-up call at first light before we set out to explore what animals traversed the area during the night and early mornings when the big cats in particular are most active. Returning to camp for breakfast allows for conversation around the table about what was seen and what were the highlights of the morning's drive. Getting closer to nature on foot is a highlight for many guests and this can be arranged after breakfast for those who are interested. Your armed guide will introduce you to the abundant birdlife and can help you identify trees and local plant species, or sharpen your wildlife tracking skills. There is usually time for a siesta after lunch. Game drives are arranged for late afternoon / early evening so we can savour the African sunset with refreshing sundowner drinks and snacks before continuing our drive to witness the nocturnal animals as they become more active. A hearty dinner awaits you back at camp. Share stories of the day with other guests and staff, whilst listening to the sounds of the African bush come alive. Mara Plains guests can also take advantage of the fascinating cultural opportunity to visit a Maasai village (or "Enkang" as it is known locally) and experience the traditional ways of the community. For those who are interested in a hot air balloon safari we can take you to one of the ballooning launch sites for a fabulous early morning experience (This is at extra cost).

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