WELCOME TO MARA NYIKA
“Nyika” means “Large Plains or Great Plains” and as such Mara Nyika is the perfect sister camp to Mara Plains in Kenya. It rings with the romance of the vast open plains of East Africa from a time when light canvas flapped in the light breeze across those plains as wildebeest and zebras call to each other and at twilight, “simba”, the great lions roar across the 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.
Privacy in this camp is the key to understanding it. Privacy to live, think, explore, be romantic and be pampered – all the while with one of the most spectacular backdrops Africa can provide.
Guest’s stay enables us supporting over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood through the payment of conservation fees and which ultimately ensures the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara eco-system.
Many of our guests would spend a few days in Mara Nyika combined with a stay at either our Mara Expedition or Mara Plains Camp to get exposure to all three wildlife areas, namely the private Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies and Maasai Mara Reserve. Each wildlife experience from our camps is unique and thus offers different faces of the Mara which is an unbelievable bonus.
Mara Nyika is unique in that it allows guests to explore the private and exclusive 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy in which the camp is located. “Naboisho”, means “coming together” in the Maasai’s Maa language.
Inspired by their neighbours in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy (where our Mara Plains Camp is located), the approximately 500 local landowners signed a 15-year lease to create the Mara Naboisho Conservancy on the 28th of March 2010. The conservancy model combines the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, tourism and enhancement of livelihoods for the local communities.
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is now the second largest conservancy in the greater Masai Mara region.