Mara Plains

February 10, 2015  By: Gretchen

AAC SurveyingTheMaraPlains_LornaBuchanan-Jardine_Nov111Set in one of the most wildlife-rich areas of Kenya, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed. The camp is located on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, bordering Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south. One of only four camps on the Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivaled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-density tourism land. The Conservancy is home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, and has unfettered access to the Masai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.AAC Mara Plains copy right Beverly Joubert20130701_1994

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 – Masai 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 honor the great Masai chiefs and warriors who have roamed this land for millennia.

AAC lo res MaraPlains_July2013_LornaBJ-RichardPye-3Add 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 overwhelms the surrounding wilderness. With accommodation for only 14 guests, a stay at Mara Plains is an exclusive experience.

Mara Plains Camp was constructed without using any cement in an effort to minimize its impact on the sensitive environment that surrounds it. This makes it possible to remove the camp without it leaving any trace. All of the structures in the camp are on raised decks, and pioneering and innovative green building techniques were used to ensure 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.AAC Mara Plains copy right Beverly Joubert20130701_1988

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy where Mara Plains is located is leased from the local Masai 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 while enriching the local community.

Why Mara Plains?

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Safari your way – Mara Plains will tailor your safari according to your expectations. Early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in an open, 4×4 vehicle, and local village visits are included in your stay. Balloon flights across the Masai Mara are at an additional cost.

Experiencing the Great Migration is a must – resident game is great year round, but certain times of the year vast herds can be found right at the camp’s doorstep.

Private concession – put on your hiking boots and enjoy a guided bush walk, or enjoy a night drive. These types of activities are only possible in private concessions.

One of our safari specialists can arrange a stay at Mara Plains as part of a customized East African safari. If you’d like to see a sample itinerary for inspiration, take a look at our Kenya Luxury Safari.

All photos courtesy Great Plains Conservation.

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