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Welcome to Mara Expedition Camp

A journey of discovery where lessons learned will change your life and the way you view the world…

“Mara Expedition Camp, a Great Plains Conservation Explorer-Collection safari camp, is positioned in a grove of typical East African acacia trees overlooking a valley in the Masai Mara Reserve. It is on private land, so very exclusive but offers affordable Kenya safari opportunities and access to some of the region’s best wildlife. The camp tells the story of early-day explorers with touches of campaign furniture and open-air space under light canvas. It is an ideal camp to start your safari, looking for big cats such as cheetahs and lions. Most days, you don’t even have to go very far!” – Dereck Joubert, CEO.

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Mara Expedition Camp is a stylish experience and adventure camp unique to the industry and fits the service levels, specialised guiding and design that has become associated with Great Plains Conservation. The camp 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. Here, you will experience the best of both worlds: the intense action of the Maasai Mara ecosystem and the more private 28,000-hectare Mara North Conservancy.

It is safari chic with five light and airy, spacious canvas tents, plus one 2-bedroom family tent. It is set down low, hidden from lights and noise from other camps or any sign of mankind. Under the grove of African acacia trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design but just enough for all the comforts. This camp’s ambience and ‘back to the classic’ safari design will be a sure hit with private groups and safari enthusiasts alike.

Mara Expedition Camp is a place for the ardent safari-goer seeking an affordable Kenya safari experience. The camp is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering nearby. It is positioned to take the best advantage of two migrations – the famous annual Serengeti migration and the green season migration from Loita Plains, an additional 50,000 wildebeest and over 100,000 zebras vying for grazing rights. Full days, with picnic breakfast (and often lunch, too), traverse some of Africa’s richest game country, renowned for extraordinary predator density and frequent hunts. Access to Mara North Conservancy gives guests options of more privacy when not out exploring the Masai Mara Reserve.

Great Plains Foundation aims to restore indigenous trees to landscapes across Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Working with local communities and schools, Conservation Roots teaches the value of indigenous trees and their critical role in functioning ecosystems. To date, we have planted trees in partnership with schools in Botswana and Zimbabwe as part of our conservation education outreach work and planted more than 5000 indigenous trees in deforested areas bordering Maasai Mara. We need to give the planet’s lungs a second chance and we encourage guests to join us by planting a tree during their stay. Learn more at

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$ 955
11 January – 31 March 2024

$ 835
01 April – 14 June 2024 & 01 November – 19 December 2024

$ 1 255
15 June – 31 October 2024 & 20 December 2024 – 10 January 2025

The above rates are in US$ and based on a per person per night sharing basis. Single guest, child rates, private safari drive and guide rates are available on request

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In addition to our own programs, Great Plains Foundation keeps a list of school needs in the countries where we work.

Needed items can be hand-carried by travellers or we can help purchase them locally. To learn more or to help support students and educators as part of your trip please reach out to