Welcome to Mara Toto Camp

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“When I designed Mara Toto Camp, a perfect camp from which to enjoy your Masai Mara safari, it was based on an original 19th-century styled expedition camp with light canvas and high apex tents, supported by huge gum-poles. Right along the river’s edge and under some of the most spectacular ebony trees, its position creates a hidden haven to retire between exciting safari drives. This small 8-bed camp is ideal for families, or small parties, explorers, adventurers and photographers. Nearby leopard and lion’s calls are often heard from this safari camp.” – Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation.

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Mara Toto Camp sits in a slight bend of 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. Here, you will experience the best of both worlds: the intense action of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, as well as the more private 28 000-hectare Mara North Conservancy. Mara Toto is a stylish experience and adventure safari camp unique to the safari industry. The camp fits the service levels, specialised guiding, and design associated with Great Plains Conservation.

Mara Toto Camp is tucked away in a grove of trees, hidden from lights, noise and any sign of humankind – a perfect camp to stay at to enjoy your Masai Mara safari. Under the canopy of African ebony trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design, but just enough for all the comforts. It is safari chic with four light and airy, spacious canvas tents, each with en-suite bathrooms where you enjoy piping hot water from huge brass ‘safari showers’ to a chorus of hippos lazing nearby. This camp’s ambience and ‘back to the classics’ safari design will be a sure hit with private groups and safari aficionados.

Mara Toto is a place for the ardent safari-goer looking for the best wildlife sightings when on a Masai Mara safari. The seasonal camp is only open for select months of the year. It is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering the riverbanks. And 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. With picnic breakfast (and often lunch, too), full days traverse some of Africa’s most prosperous game country, renowned for extraordinary predator density and frequent hunts. Access to both the Reserve and Mara North Conservancy give guests options for more privacy.

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 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 of Africa’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