Situated in the luscious river woodland of the Ntiakitiak River, within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the Northern border of the Masai Mara, is the definition of grandeur and colonial opulence. Mara Plains is a lavish and magical wonderland. From the minute you step onto the rope bridge, you are immediately transported into your very own, African, home away from home. “A camp’s success is in the details,” says Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains and Mara Plains is testament to this. There is not a single item within the entire lodge that has not been put there for any other reason than to ensure that you have the most decadent and enjoyable stay possible.
Under the shade and protection of the Mara Plains canopy, the Masai Mara stretches out before you. The symphony between the land, its people, the game and the lodge is an inspiration to the hospitality industry. With only seven carefully considered and environmentally sensitive tented suites, Africa opens its arms and cradles you safely, guaranteeing the ultimate seclusion, peace and rejuvenation for your safari.
Your very own piece of the Masai Mara
In amongst whistling thorns, white thorns, fever trees and wild olives the great plains of Kenya are home to many of Africa’s most majestic animals. The red grass savannahs, interminable vistas and distinct horizons combine to ensure the epitome of a breathtaking African panorama. The density and variety of wildlife is astounding and the area boasts much of the unique Kenyan plains game such as the graceful Thompsons, Grant’s gazelle and the colourful Topis, it’s a predator’s paradise. Everything in absolute abundance.
Luxuriously indulgent colonial suites
“The rooms are what set Mara Plains apart, they are more spacious and more magnificent than any other camp I’ve ever been to.” says Jess, Camp Manager. Tucked into the river bend, in amongst hippo, monkeys and a plethora of birds sit the seven elegant suites. Each one is more like a home than a suite and is exquisitely designed to give you complete privacy, an unbeatable view, and your very own paradise of African bushveld. The wooden floors, neutral palette, draped canvas and natural fabrics are discreet allowing the beauty of the outside world to envelop you, even once inside. The gentle breeze wafts through the sides, the sounds of Africa entertain you and your nostrils are filled with the freshness of the lush riverine woodland and endless savannahs. Elaborate furnishings, leather finishes, Persian carpets, deep reds and a delightful mixture of wood and copper combine to marry the Arab and Maasai influences, characteristic of Ancient Swahili heritage.
Kenyan Hospitality at its best
Greeted by genuine Maasai askaris and surrounded by the biggest of smiles and most gentle people, you instantly feel at home. Everyone greets you with the utmost respect and most dignified Kenyan hospitality. The food is of the highest quality, and freshly picked ingredients are skilfully combined to create only the most powerful and vibrant of flavours. Presented impeccably every time, by Chef Benjamin in his chef whites, you will no doubt- over indulge on more than one occasion!
Unparalleled game viewing and expert guides
Game drives at Mara Plains are action-packed. There is an awe-inspiring landscape, the notorious Big Five, magnitudes of plains game and so much more to investigate that your erudite and affable guide will not only proudly show you, but also teach you about. End off your day sitting with an iced cold G and T in hand, watching a pride of lion, as the sun descends below the horizon, the light fades and gives way to an endless starry night.
“Maisha Mairefu,” Swahili for “here’s to a long life,’ says Sentewo, Mara Plains Guide. Your day is done; relax and close your eyes while the Masai Mara beckons you to return again at first light.
How to get there
Mara Plains Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled aircraft transfers to the nearby Olare Motorogi airstrip from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic airport. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately 30 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.