Mara Expedition Camp

Mara Expedition Camp is a stylish experience and adventure camp that is unique to the industry and that fits the service levels, specialised guiding and design that has become associated with Great Plains Conservation.
Narok, Narok County, Kenya
Rates from $500
  
  

Mara Expedition Camp Details 

Overview

This is a place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to vast territories, where we submit to the supreme power of wild Africa and take our lead from Mother Nature…
It’s a place of learning, where Africa teaches lessons that will change the way you view the world in one of the most incredible classrooms on the planet – the incomparable Maasai Mara.
Located a few kilometers from Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp has been built on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending savannah in the north-central section of the Maasai Mara. Guests are able to maximise their safari experience within the Maasai Mara Reserve all year round at Mara Expedition Camp with the camp only closed between the period 1 April to 14 June annualy.
It’s a perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, which has been constructed in the spirit of mobility and non-permanence out of deference to the wilderness, which surrounds it.
There’s an air of yesteryear in Mara Expedition Camp’s design, which draws stylistic reference from the old, authentic expedition camps of the colonial era. Temporary and transient in atmosphere, there is nonetheless a perfect blend of comfort, adventure and harmony in the camp’s five, custom-designed tents.
Set at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, the tents forego fancy amenities but still leave you wanting for nothing. With flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot-and-cold running water, each tent is decorated with an eclectic yet co-ordinated assembly of what early explorers may have carried with them – brass chandeliers, old Indian campaign chests, rich leather and hardwood furniture – combined with rich textiles and soft cottons. But it’s out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and the adjacent Mara North Conservancy that guests really connect with Africa and live the explorer experience, surrounded by wildlife.
The camp is in prime leopard territory and the annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes literally in front of your tent, offering you the chance to witness one of the miracles of nature first-hand from the comfort of your verandah.

Camp Access
Mara Expedition Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airstrip, the transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.
Safarilink and/or Air Kenya offer scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to the Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Maasai Mara Reserve. This airstrip is licensed for a wide range of aircraft including, but not limited to, King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.
Flying distance from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ol Kiombo is 390km and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is about an hour. Flying times depend on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint
In essence, Mara Expedition Camp can be completely removed if need be, with specific attention applied to achieving this without compromising the levels of guest service and facility standards that Great Plains Conservation has become renowned for.
In the event of having to decommission the camp, the site can be very easily returned to the state in which it was found (or even better). All materials used in its construction are “green” and/or recycled from elsewhere and, in keeping with our philosophy of touching the earth lightly, all of our energy is solar, with solid waste being separated and sent to Nairobi, a six-hour drive away, for recycling. Paper and combustibles are used in the lighting of fires for the wood heaters when needed.
Our access to the Maasai Mara and Mara North Conservancy makes for a low ratio of guests to land, minimising our impact on the environment and wildlife.

Bedroom
Uniquely designed custom tents on slightly raised decking;
Large bedroom with dressing and small seating area;
Classic in style, the tents are of tan canvas with plenty of netted windows and high ceilings;
Either twin or double bed configuration;
The "Honeymoon" tent is Tent 1 with Tent 2 being closest to the main area.

Bathroom
En-suite with flush loo, double brass basin and a campaign style, romantic bucket shower.;
Hot water is provided on demand for showers, and a thermos of hot water is always available at the vanities;
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device.

Rooms

Mara Expedition Camp has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.

Inclusions

Hot water is provided on demand for showers, and a thermos of hot water is always available at the vanities;
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device.
Customised canvas tent on slightly raised decking.
Fly netting on all tent sides
All meals included;
All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
Excellent: Three delicious meals a day are provided. We are extremely flexible on timings.
Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives;
All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested.
Central lounge and dining room;
Coffee/tea station;
Outdoor fire area with seating.
Two Canon 50D camera sets with wide angle and 100-400mm lenses;
Complimentary on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Photos will be downloaded to a DVD on guest’s departure.
A limited number of Leica binoculars are also available for guest’s complimentary use during their stay.
Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting.
The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain;
For the walking impaired, Tent 2 is closest to the main area with minimal steps.
The camp is run by an impressive solar farm;
This system produces 240V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
Plug points in each tent;
Type of plug: British large three-pin;
Power system does not allow hairdryers, shavers or any high-wattage device.
Mobile reception is relatively good and internet wireless access is sporadic;
No cell phones or computers are allowed in the public areas of camp or on game drive vehicles, only in the privacy of guest tents.
Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned.
Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
Senior staff all has first aid training;
Nearest decent medical facility is in Nairobi.
Moderate – high density predator area.
24-hours a day, guards armed with traditional spears.
Fire extinguishers in each tent.
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Checking In & Out

Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am

Rates

06 March - 31 May & 01 November - 19 December 2017: $ 500
01 June - 31 October 2017 & 20 December 2017 - 10 Janauray 2018: $ 660
Checking In & Out
$500 / per night
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Hospitality 

Food

The area offers some fantastic food options sourcing the region’s best produce and catering to a range of budgets, see some of the best below:
Isokon Restaurant
Make sure you book in advance if you plan to eat at any of the above restaurants as they are very popular and easily fill for the weekend.
We also offer a concierge service on this property if you would like us to arrange any bookings.

Location 

Getting There and Distances

Mara Expedition Camp is 280 kms from Nairobi
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