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Overview

The professional Canon camera set and Swarovski binoculars available to each guest sets the tone for Mara Nyika: this is a camp for travellers who are looking for an undiluted visual wildlife experience. Tucked under grand thorn trees and located on the privately managed Naboisho Conservancy, Mara Nyika gives its guests the advantage of exploring the famous Masai Mara but in exclusive comfort, right down to the luxurious viewing vehicle and 1 000 square feet (93 square metres) suite.

Part of the Great Plains Conservation group and open all year, the camp has a good pedigree. Drawing on the expertise of legendary wildlife film-makers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Mara Nyika lies not only in an exceptionally rich wildlife area but also on the path of the Great Migration, when tens of thousands of wildebeest arrive onto the Naboisho plains. The emphasis is firmly on the game viewing with morning and afternoon game drives but expect all-day safaris (with a gourmet picnic lunch) if the viewing is exceptional. Moreover, a further advantage of a private location is that you can end your game viewing with a spot-lit night drive, a great chance to catch Africa’s elusive nocturnal animals on the prowl.

There are only four tented suites at camp, with an additional guide’s tent if required. The intimate and personalised service at camp lends Mara Nyika a suitable ambience for romantic travel but the camp also welcomes families with children over the age of eight and would make a great option for an exclusive booking. Solar power provides electric light and recharging facilities and there is even Wi-Fi in your room. Hot-air ballooning and a visit to a local Maasai community are available at an extra cost.

Highlights

  • Private location in a game-rich Masai Mara Conservancy
  • Day and night game drives plus bush walks for birders
  • Canon 5D camera body, 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses in each suite – tuition available
  • Swarovski binoculars supplied to each guest if required
  • Full-day safaris for exceptional game viewing
  • Spacious, elevated tented suites
  • Recommended for the Wildebeest Migration (August to November)
  • Excellent game viewing all year
  • Family-oriented and wheelchair-accessible accommodation available

Activities

  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Night drives

Rooms

Tented Suite

The four guest suites at Mara Nyika are raised off the ground and lie under great sprawling thorn trees, lending the camp a ‘tree-house’ feel. Elegantly furnished, each is very spacious (1 000 square feet or 93 square metres) and is made up of a lounge and bedroom with an en-suite bathroom complete with copper bath tub, indoor shower and flush toilet plus double basins. There is reasonable cell phone reception as well as Wi-Fi access in your suite as well as solar-powered electric light, battery recharging points and a low-voltage hair-dryer.

The suites are available as twins or doubles, though the family-oriented suites can be configured to sleep three with prior notification. Note that the honeymoon tents are more discretely located while the family-recommended suites are closer to the main camp.

A welcome addition to each tent is a Canon EOS 5D camera body, monopods and selection of 24-70mm and 100-400mm lens plus a pair of high quality 8 x 42 Swarovski binoculars, all for your use, and the camp will provide you with a memory stick of all your images when you leave.

Facilities

Raised above the ground and commanding grand views, the main camp at Mara Nyika is made up of a large open lounge and dining area with a reference library, tea and coffee station and well-stocked bar. Outside is a broad viewing deck, an outdoor fire pit and comfortable seating, and a set of elevated wooden walkways that lead to the guest suites – all designed with wheelchair access in mind. The camp provides a complimentary laundry service (back the next day weather-permitting) and solar power means electric light and recharged batteries.

Further facilities include a boutique shop and wellness spa with in-room treatments available plus a children’s safari programme with age-appropriate activities such as bird watching, traditional cooking and tracking wildlife – perfect for younger children on safari with their parents.

Dining

Three meals a day are prepared under the care of an executive chef and state-of-the-art kitchen but the timing – and location – of meals is very flexible in order to accommodate exceptional wildlife viewing. Indeed, picnic breakfasts and lunches are considered normal procedure, especially during migration season. Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for with advance notification, as can families with a child-friendly choice of meals.

If not served out on the savannah, meals are enjoyed indoors or outdoors at camp depending on the weather, served at group or individual tables as required. Breakfasts and lunches are wholesome, hearty and home-cooked; dinner is a grander affair with a la carte options.

General facilities

  • Laundry service
  • Solar power
  • Spa

Amenities

  • En-suite shower only
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2019-11-01 — 2019-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $865
2019-12-20 — 2020-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,735
2020-01-11 — 2020-02-29 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,450
2020-06-01 — 2020-06-14 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,000
2020-06-15 — 2020-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $2,100
2020-11-01 — 2020-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,000
2020-12-20 — 2021-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $2,100

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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