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Mara Plains Camp

If a camp’s success lies in its details, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed. It is located on a bend on the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the greatest predator country, the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. One of only five camps in the Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having unfettered access to the Maasai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.

Rarely a night passes without lion roaring nearby, while leopard are regularly found to wander through the camp and cheetah have established territories on the savannah nearby the main area.

Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, only to be greeted by an endless horizon with one, single, flat-topped tree – the quintessential shape of East Africa – right in your line of sight.

The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Maasai and Arab culture. Add to this cultural melting pot a nod of the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements, rather than overwhelms the surrounding wilderness.

Awards/Accreditations

  • Winner, Andrew Harpers Grand Award 2015
  • Relais & Châteaux Property since 2015
  • The Safari Awards: Best New Camp-Finalist 2015
  • The Safari Awards: Best Romantic Room or Tent-Finalist 2015
  • The Safari Awards: Best Ecologically Responsible Property-Finalist 2015

Camp features
Wi-Fi and cell service in all rooms
Swarovski 8x42 binoculars & Professional Camera Equipment for guests’ use
Complimentary Laundry service
A team of Maasai watchmen to escort guests at night

Conservation Model: Low impact, high yield. Maasai landowners benefit directly from the wildlife by moving their livestock and homesteads outside the core conservation area, and leasing their land to the conservancy for a guaranteed monthly income. Conservation fees from visitors safeguard the stability of the conservancy habitat, while supporting over 1000 Maasai families.

Designed by the owners, leading conservationists and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert and their partners, the camp is barely visible from the outside.
No cement was used in the construction and if need be, the entire camp could be dismantled and moved without trace.  The camp runs on solar, almost entirely and the grey and black water is treated by a bio digester and returned to the environment completely clean.

Accommodation

Small, high quality customized camp, with seven-rooms all under canvas on raised railway sleeper decks. Double or twin configuration and includes a family unit of 2 rooms with a shared living room area, plus 1 guide tent. 

Activites

  • Day and night game drives
  • Bird watching in camp
  • Cultural visits to a nearby Maasai village (or “Enkang” as it is locally known)
  • Bush walks with a seasoned guide  – extra costs apply
  • Ballooning – extras costs apply
  • Additionally, locally-produced crafts are available for purchase at the camp boutique with all proceeds going towards the community projects.

Conservancy Fees

  • USD100 per person per night

Accessibility:
  • Daily scheduled flight to Ol Kiombo airstrip. Transfer to Mara Plains is 20 minutes away and is included.
  • By private charter flight to Olare Orok Conservancy airstrip (20 minutes away)
     
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Mara Plains Camp and the Olare Motorogi Conservancy practice a low-impact, high-yield model of conservation. Maasai landowners benefit directly from the wildlife by moving their livestock and homesteads outside the core conservation area, and leasing their land to the Conservancy for a guaranteed monthly income. This partnership agreement for limited land use in the Conservancy ensures the survival of the unbeatable variety of wildlife that move through the area.

Conservation fees from visitors safeguard the stability of Olare Motorogi Conservancy habitat, while supporting over 1,000 Maasai families. Olare Motorogi Conservancy has one of the lowest density of vehicles in the Mara ecosystem, and also the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa.

Water is pumped to the rooms from a well by solar power and is heated either by solar or individual boilers burning wood from a sustainable source. There is 24-hour 240V electricity supply in each tent via an inverter and battery system.

Contacts: Tel: +254 (0)20 6000457 / 6005108 / 6005980
Email: bookings@bush-and-beyond.com
More info: greatplainsconservation.com/mara-plains-camp/
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