Mara Plains Camp

In the heart of big game country, ultra-luxurious Mara Plains Camp sits on a bend of the Ntiakitiak River on the northern border of Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Awarded Relais & Châteaux status, this ultra-luxurious tented camp accommodates just 14 guests in 7 spacious and comfortable canvas-covered rooms on raised decks. The design and décor of the tents pay homage to the essence of East Africa. Swahili heritage is littered throughout the lodge, with accents of red honouring Maasai chiefs and warriors. To complement this, the campaign style furniture creates a lavish and comfortable atmosphere that doesn’t take away from the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. Throughout their stay, guests enjoy use of Swarovski binoculars and professional photography equipment.

There is also a dining room, cosy lounge and al fresco dining area by the river. Similar to the rooms, décor throughout the property is a classy understated combination of colonial glamour, Maasai culture and Swahili traditions.

Situated in the private 35,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains enjoy unrivalled access to low-density tourism land, which is home to a vast number of wildlife species. Gameviewing in this rich, wild ecosystem is by 4WD Land Cruiser with professional guides on morning and late afternoon game drives with a cap of 4-5 guests per vehicle. Guests are also able to explore the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve’s 375,000 acres. Maasai community visits and hot air ballooning can also be arranged.

  • Enjoy both land and water-based activities at splendid Kanana Camp
  • Go gameviewing by motorboat and vehicle at Okuti
  • Paddle a mokoro along a reed-lined waterway in the Okavango Delta
  • Discover the extraordinary wildlife of Botswana
  • Be awed by the might and power of Zambia’s Victoria Falls
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open 4X4 vehicle
  • Night safaris
  • Local village visits
  • Hot air balloon flights

*Some activities at extra cost

The best way to get to Mara Plains Camp is via light aircraft transfer from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Olare Orok airstrip. Flight times depend on aircraft – which can vary from a Cessna Caravan (12 seats) to a 40-seat aircraft and weather conditions; an average journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. From the airstrip, the camp is approximately 30 minutes by vehicle, allowing for game viewing en route. Alternatively, you can transfer by road to the Masai Mara (approximately 6 hours).

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Accommodation in the Masai Mara

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Masai Mara. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

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Elewana Sand River

Sand River Masai Mara by Elewana is a vintage-style safari camp near Tanzania's border with exceptional gameviewing. The wildebeest migration is an added bonus.

Governors’ Camp

Governors’ Camp was once exclusively reserved for Kenya's colonial rulers. Today, it remains one of the Masai Mara’s best safari camps.

Governors’ Il Moran Camp

Governors’ Il Moran Camp is The Governors' Camp Collection's most premium safari lodge inside Kenya's world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Governors’ Private Camp

On a riverbank in Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve, Governors’ Private Camp is yours to enjoy in its entirety as it is only available for exclusive use.

Kicheche Bush Camp

A classic tented camp in a private conservancy bordering Kenya's Masai Mara, Kicheche Bush Camp offers an African safari experience without the crowds.

Kicheche Mara Camp

Located in the Mara North Conservancy, seasonal Kicheche Mara Camp offers a classic Kenya safari experience and views of the annual wildebeest migration.

Kicheche Valley Camp

Kicheche Valley Camp offers an exclusive safari experience in the Mara Naibosho Conservancy, a stunningly wild section of Kenya's Masai Mara ecosystem.

Little Governors’ Camp

At the edge of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, Little Governors’ Camp offers a peaceful setting to view the wildebeest migration.

Mara Bushtops

Mara Bushtops is one of the most exclusive safari camps in Kenya's Masai Mara, offering great gameviewing and views of the annual wildebeest migration.

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.

Mara Explorer Camp

Mara Explorer Camp is located where four of the Masai Mara’s prime safari areas converge. The camp offers some of Kenya's best wildebeest migration viewing.

Mara Intrepids Camp

Family-friendly Mara Intrepids Camp sits close to Kenya's notorious Mara River, where crocodiles and wildebeest battle during the annual migration.

Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Luxurious Mara Ngenche Safari Camp offers plenty of permanent game as well as excellent wildebeest migration viewing in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara.

Mara Nyika Camp

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Mara Plains Camp

In the heart of big game country, ultra-luxurious Mara Plains Camp sits on a bend of the Ntiakitiak River on the northern border of Kenya's Masai Mara.

Naboisho Camp

Family-friendly Naibosho Camp in Kenya's private Mara Naibosho Conservancy offers intimate safari experiences not found in the busy Masai Mara or Serengeti.

Rekero Camp

Deep in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, Rekero Camp offers unrivalled views of annual wildebeest migration river crossings and superb year-round gameviewing.

Sala’s Camp

Sublime Sala's Camp is one of the first camps in the Masai Mara to witness the celebrated annual wildebeest migration.

Tipilikwani Camp

Tipilikwani Camp is close to where over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra cross from Tanzania into Kenya's Masai Mara during the annual migration.

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Kenya FAQ

Where can I go hot air ballooning in Africa?

A morning hot air balloon ride has become an increasingly popular activity in Africa – and for good reason. It offers a unique way of viewing the undulating African landscapes and variety of wildlife below. Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the very best places to do this. The vast open plains are perfect for seeing huge herds of wildebeest, giraffe and various antelope species. Sitting out on the savannah enjoy a champagne breakfast after your flight just tops off the experience.

Where can I see the river crossings?

 It is a daunting time for the wildebeest when they must cross one of the many crocodile-infested rivers that criss-cross the Masai Mara. Witnessing hundreds (sometimes thousands) of wildebeest crossing a river at one time is regarded by many as their ultimate Kenyan safari highlight. River crossings are never guaranteed, the best chance of seeing them is when the annual wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara (July-October).

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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