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Mara Plains
7 Uniquely Designed Octagonal Canvas Rooms

The camp caters for only 14 guests in seven uniquely designed octagonal canvas rooms. Each is raised on decks, and opens on three sides to the outside. Floor to ceiling net walls and the marquis ceiling make for very open-air and inviting environs. The rooms have a dressing area as well as private verandahs with seating and exquisite views. The en-suite facilities consist of a double basin vanity, flush toilet and shower.

Mara Plains Camp is centred around three open-air marquis tents connected together in a pod concept. There are two lounges, one with a small library and writing area. A main dining room with a grand wood table and magnificent chandelier host breakfast and some dinners, when we are not dining under the stars. The décor - rich in browns, coppers and reds - is warm and inviting, encouraging a relaxing break from adventures. Also raised on decking, and blessed with sweeping views, the central area brings together the whole camp. As the evening ends, we often move to the open-air campfire and listen as the resident lion prides begin their night's exploits.

Olare Orok Conservancy - Masai Mara Area, Kenya

June - October; December - March

The best months for traveling to Kenya are June through the end of October and then December through the end of March. If you are wanting to see the Great Migration then I suggest the months of July, August and September, these are also the busiest times along with the Christmas holidays as this is when school holidays fall. If you prefer to travel when the game is still superb but it is not so busy then we recommend the following months, June, September, October, November, February, March, April and May!
Game Drives (Day & Night), Nature walks, Birdwatching, Visits to the Nearby Masai Villages, Bush Picnics, Sundowners, Massages, Tracking on Foot & Day Trips to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

At Mara Plains we venture daily into the Masai Mara Game Reserve. These are particularly popular during the wildebeest migration season. For full day expeditions, lavish picnic boxes with cold drinks are provided.

No other camp in the greater Masai Mara Game Reserve or Olare Orok Conservancy has the privilege of traversing opportunities of Mara Plains Camp. Guests are able to traverse three wildlife filled regions as part of their stay at Mara Plains:

Olare Orok Conservancy: 30,000 acres

Mara North Conservancy: 80,000 acres

Masai Mara Game Reserve: 375,000 acres

At Mara Plains Camp, we believe in keeping the experience intimate and personal, so there are no set camp schedule or meal times. Plans are tailored around the whims of the day, and as the wildlife dictates. After all, we are located in one of the most wildlife rich regions of the world.

Mara Plains Camp guests have the opportunity to visit a local Maasai village, or "Enkang" in Maa which is the local Masai language, learning more about the traditions and culture of the surrounding community.

No visit to the region would be complete without experiencing the thrill of floating quietly above the Masai Mara and viewing wildlife from a Hot Air Balloon. This is a very early morning activity, giving stunning views of the sunrise, the landscape and a sense of the sheer size of the Masai Mara region. This must be booked in advance and is at an additional cost.

Photographers - for photographers and non-photographers alike - have specially designed our Toyota Land Cruisers. We are among the only, if not the only camp, in the Masai Mara to have completely open game drive vehicles. The thoughtful engineering provides all-round visibility with a (removable) canvas roof, and comfortable bucket seats. These rugged, 4X4 vehicles provide access to all of the region's diverse ecosystems, and do so with ease.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounds have been fraught with negative association due to the high density of tourism and associated vehicle numbers. Mara Plains answers to that challenge by providing guests with an opportunity to visit one of the Earth's greatest wildlife destinations, but still do so in relative privacy. With over 100,000 acres of conservancy land at our disposal, guests have a ratio of one tent to every 700 acres - the lowest density in the region. This provides access the widest variety of habitat, much of it prime predator country.

Couple this with the quality and experience of the Mara Plains team and guests are provided with one of Kenya's finest all-round safari experiences.

While relatively humble in design, Mara Plains priorities are in the right place, with extraordinary wildlife viewing. After all, it's the `Greatest Show on Earth' and we are in the front row.
Imagine a camp set right in the heart of some of the greatest predator country of Africa...
This is Mara Plains Camp, located on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. 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.

Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, seven-roomed camp under canvas and on raised decks with sweeping views across Kenya's notable savannahs. It is among the smallest and most personal camps in the Masai Mara region. It is just one of three camps currently operating within the Olare Orok Conservancy, which boasts the region's lowest vehicle density with no mini-buses, and only one guest room per 700 acres!

Here, it is possible to avoid the high tourist density of the Masai Mara Game Reserve proper, if desired. In total, guests of Mara Plains have access to over 100,000 acres of low-density vehicle tourism lands as well as an additional 375,000 acres within the Masai Mara Game Reserve itself.

Mara Plains offers possibly the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Masai Mara - early morning and late afternoon and night game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), authentic local village visits and unrivalled access to superior wildlife habitats.

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