Mara Plains

For the safari goer who would like to be an integral part of the conservation conversation, this low-key yet utterly luxurious lodge in one of the most iconic wildlife playgrounds on the globe is for you.

A member of the Great Plains Conservation family of exclusive lodges, Mara Plains is a Kenyan under-canvas dream come true for any safari and wild animal enthusiast. Situated on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River in the 35 000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains celebrates its East African heritage and sings a song of commitment to the communities of people and wildlife who have lived here for generations. The company’s ethos is all about low-impact tourism, from the sensitive lodge design that celebrates the nostalgia of traditional East African safaris to its minimised impact on the surrounds, low-vehicle density policy and the assurance that the lodge’s lease in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy benefits the 1 000-family strong community who call it home, you can rest assured that conscious tourism is at play here.

Just an hour’s flight from the busy streets of Nairobi and you’ll find yourself in the most magnificent and well managed African wilderness area. The Great Plains are home to one of the most extraordinary large-scale migrations on the planet, but it’s the daily sightings – be it while on a game drive or from your tent’s elevated wooden deck – that will stay with you forever. Towers of giraffe, plenty of lion kills and hyena are a given, and then there are the lucky sightings of leopard and wild dog that guests rave about too. And let’s not forget the breathtaking sight of wildebeest and zebra en masse – luckily there are professional quality cameras and binoculars on each safari vehicle to make sure you get the perfect shot on your morning or evening game drive!

Mara Plains Camp can accommodate 14 guests in seven spacious tents that hark back to the golden era of safari. Gleaming wooden furniture, comfy leather couches, white linen and old-school trunks set the scene for romance and exclusive luxury. The nostalgia and sheer class extends to the dining and social aspect of this extraordinary plains experience – magnificent multicourse meals, the best wine and perfectly set tables enhance the luxury of this bucket-list destination. Mara Plains is polished perfection down to every last delicious detail.

Things to do
• Hot-air balloon ride across the Masai Mara
• Morning & evening game-viewing drives
• Photographic safaris
• Young Explorers children’s program
• Maasai village tours
• Yoga on safari
• Sunset drinks & cocktails
• Plains picnics

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