Mara Expedition Camp

Set amid a grove of acacia trees in the Masai Mara Game Reserve this rustic camp draws inspiration from intrepid explorers of a by-gone area.

Situated on private land Mara Expeditions Camp has access to some of the region’s best wildlife. Reflecting the ambience and adventure of the early explorers the whole camp is under canvas, shaded by large African ebony trees and decorated with beautiful pieces of campaign furniture.

Intimate and secluded the camp has just 5 spacious canvas tents, ideal for travellers who are after a peaceful yet adventurous experience and love the feel of East Africa’s romantic safari era. Each light and airy tent has either a double or twin beds, sits on a slightly raised deck and has its own ensuite bathroom fitted with double brass basins and a huge brass safari shower. Hot water is provided on demand for showers whilst a thermos of hot water is always available at the vanities. Run by an impressive solar farm, the camp does have 24-hour electricity and there are British three-pin power points in each tent.

Mara Expedition Camp’s central lounge and dining area provide a perfect place to relax after a morning’s safari or to enjoy an after-dinner drink. For convenience there is tea and coffee station in the central tent while the outdoor fire pit is the ideal spot to chat with fellow travellers and reflect on the day’s adventures. Dinner is a romantic affair, either under canvas or under the stars, lit by candles or lanterns, and with delicious meals prepared by the talented camp chef.

The camp also has two complimentary professional Canon camera sets available and a limited number of binoculars for guests to use on a first-come basis during their stay. Though a more adventurous camp, guests at Mara Expedition Camp can expect some of the highest levels of both service and guiding within Kenya.

Daily activities

Daily activities centre on morning and afternoon game drives in open-sided Land Cruisers, however guests can choose to go on full-day game drives and take a picnic breakfast and picnic lunch with them. The camp is locally famous for its resident leopards while game drives traverse the rolling plains home to iconic wildlife including lions, cheetah, wildebeest and zebra. In peak season, the camp is ideally positioned to witness the sensational annual wildebeest and zebra migration. Mara Expeditions Camp has access to both the Masai Mara Reserve and the more private, 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy. Safari-goers also have the option of enjoying a magical hot-air balloon safari over the Masai Mara or visiting a local Maasai village or school (both additional cost). 

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  • Hidden in a grove of acacia trees in the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy
  • Just five light and airy guest tents
  • Camp décor inspired by exploration travel of a by-gone era
  • Opportunities for full-day game drives and night drives 
  • Excellent food & service
  • An intimate camp with an “adventurous” feel
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open 4WD vehicle
  • Night drive safaris
  • Local village visits
  • Hot air balloon flights *

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Fly from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ol Kiombo airstrip, approximately a 1h 15 minute flight. Mara Expedition Camp is a 45-minute drive from the airstrip offering plenty of chances to discover wildlife on your way to camp. 

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Kenya FAQ

Can I see the Big 5 in Kenya?

Yes – Kenya is home to all members of the legendary Big 5. Lionleopardelephant and buffalo can all be seen in many of Kenya’s best game viewing areas. The Masai Mara National Reserve is the countries undisputed number one safari destination. Black rhino can be found in a number of places across the country, however the two best places to see them are in the Ol Pejeta and Lewa Wildlife conservancies.   

When is the best time to see the Great Migration?

Firstly, the great wildebeest and zebra migration is a natural event. Therefore, the exact arrival of the annual wildebeest migration can never be guaranteed. Generally, they tend to arrive between July and September and linger on the plains of the Masai Mara until November, before once again heading back towards Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. For more information about the Great Migration, we highly recommend talking to one of our experts.

Kenya Overview

What are the best things to do in Kenya?
Kenya has so many exciting and wonderful experiences to enjoy that the options are endless. Top experiences include:

  • Witnessing the great wildebeest migration (September to October) in the Masai Mara.
  • Exploring Samburu Game Reserve with its big game as well as rare endemic species.
  • Breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Thousands of flamingos and pelicans on the Rift Valley lakes .
  • Getting close to rhino in Laikipia.
  • Meeting the Samburu or Maasai and learning about their culture.

What is the climate like in Kenya?
The highland areas have a temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to the high altitude, however  it is hotter in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). The coast is hot and humid most of the year. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the ‘short rains’ that take place over 5-6 weeks in November and December and the ‘long rains’ that occur during March to May.

How do I get to Kenya?
Kenya’s major capital Nairobi is the main entry point into the country. Major airlines that fly into Nairobi include British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers flights to other popular African destinations including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Kenya is often combined with neighbouring Tanzania, and with Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Kenyan safari.

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