Welcome to Mara Plains Camp

An unparalleled adventure into one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on the planet, where the battle for survival plays out in front of you each and every day…

   

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QUICK FACTS

Accommodation

Fully inclusive of all scheduled activities, meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks). Park fees and flights are additional.

Number of Guests

Mara Plains Camp can accommodate 14 guests sharing, plus an additional guide’s tent as required.

Children from 8 years are welcome and can be accommodated in our family suite.

Activities

Early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in an open, 4×4 vehicle, and local village visits. Balloon flights across the Maasai Mara are at an additional cost.

Location

On the 35,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy which lies on the northern border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya.

An Overview of Mara Plains Camp

If a camp’s success lies in its details, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed, located as it is on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south

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.

It’s a small detail, perhaps, but one which Great Plains co-founder Dereck Joubert spent days considering as he paced the approach to ensure the impact of arrival in camp was maximised. On deciding the best route, his only hope remained that an elephant didn’t flatten that all-important tree!

Such are the apparently unimportant decisions which, when added up, go towards making Mara Plains Camp the marvelous combination of romance, adventure, discovery and exploration that it is.

When sitting in the middle of one of the richest wild ecosystems in the world it’s exceptionally important not to try and upstage what nature has provided, so the design of Mara Plains is one of understatement and quiet class. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Maasai and Arab culture. Ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors who have roamed this land for millennia.

Add to this cultural melting pot a nod to the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements, rather than overwhelm the surrounding wilderness.

One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi 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.

Camp Access

Mara Plains Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled aircraft transfers to the nearby Olare Motorogi airstrip, from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic airport and other locations in Kenya, or private charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately 30 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.

The camp is also accessible by private charter to the Olare Motorogi Airstrip, whose co-ordinates are: 1° 19′ 25.2″ S 35° 14′ 27.3″ E

Flying distance from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Olare Motorogi is 390km and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is about an hour and fifteen minutes. Flying times depend on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint

Mara Plains Camp has been constructed without using any cement in an effort to minimise its impact on the sensitive environment that surrounds it. This makes it entirely possible to remove the camp without it leaving any trace.

All of the structures in the camp are on raised decks, limiting covered surface area and pioneering and innovative green building techniques were used in keeping with our philosophy of leading the way in low-impact safari operations. Solar energy is used throughout the camp and water is bottled locally at the Loita Spring, filtered and 100% chemical-free.

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is leased from the local Maasai community and conservation fees directly support more than 1,000 families – a partnership which ensures the survival of an astounding volume and variety of wildlife.


Great Plains Conservation supports Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take school supplies for the Endoinyo Erinka Primary school that was built by the Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancy Trust or the Women in the Mara beading cooperative and adult literacy project, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.