Mara Plains Camp

Exclusive camp in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy

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 National Reserve. Awarded Relais & Châteaux status, this exquisite tented camp accommodates just 14 guests in 7 spacious and comfortable canvas-covered rooms on raised decks. There is also a glorious 2-bedroom suite ideal for family’s or couples travelling together.

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. The rooms are connected to the main camp that houses a dining room, cosy lounge and al fresco dining area by the river. Similar to the rooms, décor throughout the property is a classy yet understated combination of colonial glamour, Maasai culture and Swahili traditions.

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy

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.

Elegant two-bedroom Jahazi Suite

Raised on recycled railway sleeper decking, this exclusive suite is nestled under a canopy of trees yet offers mesmerising vistas of the surrounding plains. A completely private residence in the bush, the suite has its own dining area and lovely outdoor veranda. Each bedroom (situated on each side of the main living room) has an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers as well as a beautiful claw-footed bathtubs. During their stay, guests can enjoy the services of their own chef as well as a private vehicle and guide.

Accommodation details

  • One of just a handful of camps in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
  • Just seven superbly appointed guest tents creating an intimate experience
  • The elegant two-bedroom Jahazi Suite
  • Watch game from the camp’s lounge
  • A maximum of 4-5 guests per game drive vehicle
  • Excellent food & service – one of the best properties in Mara
  • A member of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux collection
  • Search for iconic species including lion and cheetah
  • Early morning, late afternoon and evening game drives in an open 4WD vehicle
  • Local Maasai village visits
  • Hot air balloon flights

Please note: Some activities may be at extra cost – contact us for details.

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 from Nairobi by road to the Masai Mara (approximately 6 hours).

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 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).

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