Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains 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 $1240
  
  

Mara Plains Camp Details 

Overview

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.

Camp Access
Mara Plains Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled aircraft transfers to the nearby Olare Motorogi airstrip, from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic airport and other locations in Kenya, or private charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately 30 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.
The camp is also accessible by private charter to the Olare Motorogi Airstrip, whose co-ordinates are: 1° 19′ 25.2″ S 35° 14′ 27.3″ E
Flying distance from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Olare Motorogi is 390km and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is about an hour and fifteen minutes. Flying times depend on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint
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.

Bedroom
700 sq. foot tented rooms with private verandah (of nearly equal size);
Desk and dressing area as well as small lounge;
Either twin or double bed configuration;
Tents are beige in color with high ceilings and netted windows, so are light and bright;
Honeymoon tents are Tents 4 and 7. Tents 3 and 5 are closest to the main area.

Bathroom
En-suite with flush loo, shower (indoor), copper bath tub and double basins;
Hot and cold running water;
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device (low voltage hairdryers provided).

Rooms

Mara Plains Camp has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.

Inclusions

Hot and cold running water;
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device (low voltage hairdryers provided).
Customised large canvas tent on raised wooden decking.
Overhead ceiling fan
Fly netting on all tent sides
All meals included;
All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
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.
The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain;
For the walking impaired, Tents 5 and 6 are close to the main area with minimal steps.
Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting
Main lounge and library on raised decks, uniquely framing the landscape;
Dining room and bar;
Coffee/tea station;
Outdoor fire pit with seating.
A selection of local and regional wares available.
Yoga mats and bands are provided in each suite
Available at additional cost, based on availability.
Canon EOS 5D camera bodies, monopods and a wide selection of 24-70mm, 24-105mm and100-400mm lenses;
Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars.
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: Universal plug points;
Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device (low voltage hairdryers provided).
Cell service is relatively good. Wi-fi available in guest tents;
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 as this is a high-density predator area.
24-hours a day, guards armed with traditional spears.
Fire extinguishers in each tent.

Checking In & Out

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

Rates

11 January - 28 February & 01 - 30 June 2017: $ 1 240
01 March - 31 May & 01 November - 19 December 2017: $ 880
01 July - 31 October & 20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018: $ 1 660
Checking In & Out
$1240 / 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 Plains Camp is 280 kms from Nairobi
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