Safari in Kenya

“I like Hemingway, although I suspect that were he alive today, we would have much to disagree on! I don’t hunt. I abhor it. But judging a man out of that time is wrong. So I enjoy reading his work. I see between his passages of death the love we both share a love of a Kenya safari experiences Kenya amongst Africa’s Green Hills in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and wide afield in the Maasai Mara.” –  Dereck Joubert.

Kenya is where the African safari was born (safari means “journey” in Kiswahili), and it remains the perfect destination for unparalleled game-viewing, cultural interactions and unique activities.

Kenya’s diversity of landscapes is reason enough to come to see us and join a safari in Kenya. From the classic savannah and awe-inspiring wildlife viewing of the world-renowned Maasai Mara, the lush Chyulu Hills with their stunning views of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. A Great Plains Conservation curated Kenya safari experience is the finest destination for first-time explorers and multiple repeat visitors. Still, it is also the perfect destination for an active traveller with horseback riding, hiking, biking and, of course, searching for the iconic wildlife that a safari in Africa is famous for.

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In Kenya, there is something for everyone. We have hand-picked locations within these magical rolling plains that best represent the ultimate Kenya safari experiences in a unique Great Plains Conservation way.

A Kenya safari experience provides the best of all worlds, moving from one location to the next, having access to the Maasai Mara Reserve itself, and escaping to our pampering and caring privacy again. Exclusivity is important to us, so we have three private safari camps in the Maasai Mara region with access to over 100,000 acres of some of Africa’s more prolific wildlife areas. We are in the three significant private conservancies adjoining the Maasai Mara Reserve.

ol Donyo Lodge, built out of lava rock in the foothills of the Chyulu Hills, is in one of the most critical ecosystems of southern Kenya. It is on landowners by our Maasai community partners. Our involvement in ol Donyo came from our desire to primarily protect the migratory wildlife corridor between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. This route provides safety for some of the last great tusker elephants in the world. ol Donyo Lodge also epitomises that perfect blend between wild Africa, with lions and cheetahs in good numbers and the community that cares for the land. This settles beautifully under the stars and in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, Hemingway’s favourite place on Earth.

Visit our local authentic Maasai community, people who are relatives of our staff and partners. “One highlight for me here is a sunken hide we just designed and put in. It places you safely at elephant toenail height and almost at touching distance,” says Dereck Joubert. Sleep on the roof of your room under the stars, in our star beds and dream of your next safari in Kenya.

“A safari in Kenya is perhaps best considered during the annual wildebeest migration that travels into the Maasai Mara sometime between June and September. For me, it’s the times outside of that, when a green carpet of grass stimulates a flush of young babies, from warthogs to gazelle, and with crisp skies, that the wonderful lady Kilimanjaro looks down at us.”

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Mara Plains Camp / Mara Plains Jahazi Suite

Set on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy and bordering Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, Mara Plains is a stunning and intimate safari camp in one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on the planet.

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Mara Expedition

A place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to their territories, the setting is the perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, constructed with deference to the wilderness that surrounds it.

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ol Donyo Lodge

Wedged between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, this is a place of timeless wild beauty presided over by Africa’s greatest icon – Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Mara Nyika

Many may think of Mara Nyika as a tree top camp, with the walkways from tent to the main area giving a feel of a tree house under canvas but the camp’s ethic and inspiration is still one of exploration and adventure – a sense of impermanence in this ever-changing world. 

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Mara Toto

Mara Toto Camp sits in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where the thick forest meets savannah, and just a few kilometres from its sister camp, Mara Plains. Mara Toto is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from Africa’s original explorers’ designs and designed for those who search for East Africa’s romantic safari era.

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We are pleased to invite you to our Kenya camps

ol Donyo Lodge

Mara Plains Jahazi Suite

Luxury Kenya Safari

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Nyika Camp

Mara Toto Camp

Lounge exterior Mara Expedition camp

Mara Expedition Camp