Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains Camp
Olare Motorogi Private Conservancy,
Northern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve
Great Plains Conservation
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
David Stogdale – Managing Director, Kenya
5 Star Luxury – Member of Relais & Chateaux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
Mara Plains Camp has been constructed without using any cement in an effort to minimise its impact on the sensitive environment that surrounds it. This makes it entirely possible to remove the camp without it leaving any trace.
All of the structures in the camp are on raised decks, limiting covered surface area and pioneering and innovative green building techniques were used in keeping with our philosophy of leading the way in low-impact safari operations. Solar energy is used throughout the camp and water is bottled locally at the Loita Spring, filtered and 100% chemical-free.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is leased from the local Maasai community and conservation fees directly support more than 1,000 families – a partnership which ensures the survival of an astounding volume and variety of wildlife.
Mara Plains Camp
History & Story
If a camp’s success lies in its details, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed, located as it is on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south
Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, only to be greeted by an endless horizon with one, single, flat-topped tree – the quintessential shape of East Africa – right in your line of sight.
It’s a small detail, perhaps, but one which Great Plains co-founder Dereck Joubert spent days considering as he paced the approach to ensure the impact of arrival in camp was maximised. On deciding the best route, his only hope remained that an elephant didn’t flatten that all-important tree!
Such are the apparently unimportant decisions which, when added up, go towards making Mara Plains Camp the marvelous combination of romance, adventure, discovery and exploration that it is.
When sitting in the middle of one of the richest wild ecosystems in the world it’s exceptionally important not to try and upstage what nature has provided, so the design of Mara Plains is one of understatement and quiet class. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Maasai and Arab culture. Ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors who have roamed this land for millennia.
Add to this cultural melting pot a nod to the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements, rather than overwhelm the surrounding wilderness.
One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having unfettered access to the Maasai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.
Not plans at présent for any refurb or rebuild.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
One of only two Relais & Chateux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World accreditted safari camps in Kenya.
Private Wildlife viewing concession with limited guests in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
Direct access to the world famous Maasai Mara Reserve whose northern border is right at the camp so no gate of delays.
Private Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Northern boundry to Maasai Mara
Key sites/activities in the area
Open vehicle game driving and wildlife viewing activities in the early morning and late afternoon/including evening game drives.
Private game drive vehicle and guide availoable for hire at additional cost (this included in the daily tarif of the Duba Plains Suite).
All rooms at Mara Plains Camp include a range of quality Canon photographic equipment and binoculars for guests to use on a complimentary basis.
Mara Plains accepts children from 8 years old.
All children that stay at Great Plains Conservation safari camps have the opportunity of participating and joining our Young Explorers Club.
• Number of suites:
Mara Plains has a total of 7 Luxury guest tents including a 2 bedroom family tent.
Each tent, on ave 700 sq feet each, is raised on wooden decks, equally large private verandahs, indoor private seating area and en-suite bathroom with indoor bath and shower.
Each rooms offers limited wifi.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
Mara Plains Camp has 7 tents including a 2 bedroom family tent.
Restaurants & Bars
Mara Plains has a number of dining areas. These include a central dining area in the main camp area, but guests are also able to dine under the stars and beneath a magnificent tree top canopy.
A brand new wellness offering is currently being developed.
All guest rooms have yoga mats and a selection of banjds for guests to use.
Extra Notable Features
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening wildlife viewing game drives in the world famous Maasai Mara Reserve as well as the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
Private wildlife viewing vehicle and guide available at additional cost for guests.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
Andrew Harpers Grand Award
Robb Report, Essential Safari Guide
Number of employees