Welcome to Mara Expedition Camp
A journey of discovery where lessons learned will change your life and the way you view the world…
Fully inclusive of all scheduled wildlife viewing activities, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks). Park fees and flights are additional.
Mara Expedition Camp can accommodate up to 10 guests sharing in five tents. An additional guide’s tent is available.
Children from 8 years are welcome. Families will be joined by other guests on all scheduled game viewing activities. Private game drive vehicle hire is not available at this camp.
Early morning and afternoon game drives in open 4×4 vehicles within the Maasai Mara Reserve. Hot air balloon flights are at an additional cost.
Mara Expedition Camp is located on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River, within a private and secluded site in Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
This is a place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to vast territories, where we submit to the supreme power of wild Africa and take our lead from Mother Nature…
It’s a place of learning, where Africa teaches lessons that will change the way you view the world in one of the most incredible classrooms on the planet – the incomparable Maasai Mara.
Located a few kilometers from Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp has been built on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending savannah in the north-central section of the Maasai Mara. Guests are able to maximise their safari experience within the Maasai Mara Reserve all year round at Mara Expedition Camp with the camp only closed between the period 1 April to 14 June annualy.
It’s a perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, which has been constructed in the spirit of mobility and non-permanence out of deference to the wilderness, which surrounds it.
There’s an air of yesteryear in Mara Expedition Camp’s design, which draws stylistic reference from the old, authentic expedition camps of the colonial era. Temporary and transient in atmosphere, there is nonetheless a perfect blend of comfort, adventure and harmony in the camp’s five, custom-designed tents.
Set at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, the tents forego fancy amenities but still leave you wanting for nothing. With flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot-and-cold running water, each tent is decorated with an eclectic yet co-ordinated assembly of what early explorers may have carried with them – brass chandeliers, old Indian campaign chests, rich leather and hardwood furniture – combined with rich textiles and soft cottons. But it’s out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and the adjacent Mara North Conservancy that guests really connect with Africa and live the explorer experience, surrounded by wildlife.
The camp is in prime leopard territory and the annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes literally in front of your tent, offering you the chance to witness one of the miracles of nature first-hand from the comfort of your verandah.
Mara Expedition Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airstrip, the transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.
Safarilink and/or Air Kenya offer scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to the Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Maasai Mara Reserve. This airstrip is licensed for a wide range of aircraft including, but not limited to, King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.
Flying distance from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ol Kiombo is 390km and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is about an hour. Flying times depend on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.
In essence, Mara Expedition Camp can be completely removed if need be, with specific attention applied to achieving this without compromising the levels of guest service and facility standards that Great Plains Conservation has become renowned for.
In the event of having to decommission the camp, the site can be very easily returned to the state in which it was found (or even better). All materials used in its construction are “green” and/or recycled from elsewhere and, in keeping with our philosophy of touching the earth lightly, all of our energy is solar, with solid waste being separated and sent to Nairobi, a six-hour drive away, for recycling. Paper and combustibles are used in the lighting of fires for the wood heaters when needed.
Our access to the Maasai Mara and Mara North Conservancy makes for a low ratio of guests to land, minimising our impact on the environment and wildlife.
Venture out to explore the Maasai Mara from your secluded camp from