After breakfast you are transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve where you are met at the airstrip and transported by road to Mara Plains Camp. Under the shade of an acacia forest on the edge of the Ntiakatek stream, this intimate tented camp is situated within the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern border of the Masai Mara. All profits here ensure the survival of an astounding diversity of wildlife and support over a thousand Maasai families under a partnership agreement.
Combining the unspoilt wilderness with the finest in safari hospitality and guiding, this camp offers a multi-faceted Mara experience which is in no way reliant on a glossy overcoat to call itself a 5-star camp. The conservancy boasts the Masai Mara’s lowest vehicle density and a favourable ratio of guests to land that guarantees unhurried game viewing. Rarely a night passes without a lion heard roaring nearby, while leopard are regularly seen wandering through the camp and cheetah have established territories in close quarters. When visiting during the Migration months – May to October – you have front-row seats to this fascinating spectacle, which can often be observed from the comfort of your tented suite’s private verandah.
The camp’s bouquet of activities spans across the private conservancy and busier national reserve. Thrice-daily game drives are guided by passionate professionals who are permitted to drive off-road to allow unrestrained tracking and thrilling wildlife sightings. They posses the knowledgeable to adapt wildlife excursions to suit your specific wildlife interests. There is no set meal or activity schedule, so if you spot, say, cheetah tracks on a morning game drive and decide you would like to follow it into the bush, you can have your lunch delivered right to the vehicle. Similarly, if you are on a late afternoon game drive and happen to be following a hunting pride of lions, dinner will be put on hold. Walking safaris provide the opportunity to get up-close to small animals and plants while your expert guide interprets the landscape and imparts to you a wealth of interesting facts. Float high into the sky in the wicker basket of a hot air balloon for a unique bird’s-eye perspective of the Mara plains and its 4-legged inhabitants. On a visit to a Maasai village you learn about the tribe’s unique culture and their reciprocal relationship with the natural environment.
Your beautifully appointed canvas home – which resembles a 5-star hotel room more than a tent – is perched on a raised deck and open on three sides. A wrap-around verandah affords sweeping views across the captivating plains while floor-to-ceiling net walls allow the breeze inside while you watch impala traversing the plains from the comfort of your king-sized bed. Begin each morning with a soak in your deep stand-alone copper bathtub and take your first glance over the sprawling game-rich plains from your private verandah. Like your suite, the communal lounge and dining tent is completely open to the elements and offers breath-taking wilderness views. Take a leisurely walk around the camp’s vegetable and salad garden that supplements the chef’s seasonally fresh menu and nearby you will see the solar power and water treatment plant which keeps the camp’s carbon footprint to a minimum.