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…

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind luxury Kenya safari camp located in the private 13,300-hectare Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s northern boundary. This intimate Great Plains Conservation Réserve-Collection safari camp is one of Kenya’s only three Relais & Chateaux properties. The other safari camps are its sister properties, ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Nyika Camp. Mara Plains Camp blends the finest in wildlife viewing with the absolute best of safari hospitality and guiding.

No other Maasai Mara-based camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 40,000 hectares of private conservancy land and the world-renowned Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration.

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Each guest at Mara Plains, a luxury Kenya safari camp, contributes considerably to the success of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy’s flourishing ecosystem; conservation fees are paid to safeguard this habitat while supporting over 1,000 Maasai families. This partnership agreement ensures the survival of an astounding volume and variety of wildlife.

This Great Plains Conservation Réserve-Collection safari camp is nestled in a lush forest on the meandering bends of the Ntiakitiak River, carefully considering every detail. The camp is not an imposition on the landscape but rather a subtle refuge among the wild. Its presence does not detract from the ecosystem’s visual beauty but incorporates it with sweeping views across the plains and careful position among the riverine forest. It is captivating on arrival.

The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) and extensive private verandah complete what is genuinely a stunning concept. Each suite has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough-hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. Thick Lamu wood doors, deep reds, and brass accents – these small details transport guests to a time and land far away. These stylistic elements and thoughtful environmental elements such as solar power and no cement make Mara Plains a modern-day safari retreat.

The Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, an intimate, two-bedroom exquisite, tented luxury Kenya safari suite, is built entirely under canvas and is a perfect partner to the safari experiences at Mara Nyika Camp and ol Donyo Lodge. It is on raised, recycled railway sleeper decking and offers guests incredible views of the steady stream of wildlife parading past whilst discreetly tucked away under the tree canopy. Central to the Mara Plains Jahazi Suite is an indoor dining area leading out to a prominent private outdoor verandah and flanked by two large bedrooms with en-suite facilities consisting of a flush loo, double basins and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. A short walkway leads off the main area to a private swimming pool. Ceiling fans in the guest’s bedroom and careful tented suite design maintain a comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. When residing at the Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, guests automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle and guide.

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. The camp is a sanctuary for resident wildlife species, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species. After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp, and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms. Hippos snorting and leopards barking often provide the night’s chorus.

But most of all, Mara Plains is a showcase for one of the world’s most magnificent wildlife havens. We believe in keeping the safari experience intimate and personal, so there is no set camp schedule or set mealtimes. The guest’s preferences and wildlife opportunities of the moment tailor the day’s activities and dining arrangements. Each guest suite has a set of professional cameras and lenses available for guests to use on a complimentary basis. Add to it the pair of high-quality binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes.

When the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism to a standstill, protected areas and camps were left empty, with national parks facing a severe drop in tourism revenues, wildlife ranger’s salaries were uncertain, and they lacked the tools and resources needed to protect wildlife. This perfect storm of conditions leaves many endangered animals highly vulnerable to wildlife crime. Our Great Plains Foundation Project Ranger sprang into action in 2020 as an emergency response to the effects of COVID on conservation funding in Africa and is committed to keeping front-line conservation personnel in the field. This critical project protects these important African areas and wildlife and the livelihoods of the men and women who defend them. Learn more about our support for the tireless work Africa’sa’s brave rangers here.

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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 info@greatplainsfoundation.com