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The New Mara Plains Is Open!

July 30, 2013 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

The Maasai Mara is well known for its astounding wildlife numbers and one of the highest densities of predators in the world. But as of July this year, it is also home to the new Mara Plains Camp, Great Plains Conservation’s latest in bespoke safari experiences. 

Emulating the style and community of its Botswana camp, Zarafa recipient of many “best of” awards, the brand-new Mara Plains Camp adopts many of the same values and design ethics but with its own East African twist. Still limited to just seven tents, and set among the riverine forest of the Ntiakatek River, the camp overlooks the plains of the Maasai Mara Reserve and the 35,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy. CEO of Great Plains Conservation, Dereck Joubert, a National Geographic filmmaker and explorer was instrumental in the design of this brand new Mara Plains Camp, along with his wife Beverly.

Combining this sense of romance and adventure this intimate camp blends the finest wildlife viewing with the absolute best of safari hospitality and guiding to include bush  walks, all day game drives in custom-designed open vehicles. No other camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land of the Olare Motorogi and Mara North Conservancies as well as the world-renowned Maasai Mara Reserve, home to the Great Migration. Each of the seven tented suites comes with a complimentary set of professional Canon 7D camera and lenses (including a 100-400mm lens) and a pair of Swarovski 42×10 HD binoculars for use during a guest’s stay. This stylish camp will be the camp of stars and royals, not just because of its design but also because it is far from the crowds, located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, on the border with the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Each guest’s stay at Mara Plains Camp contributes considerably to the success of the Olare Motorogi and Mara North Conservancy’s flourishing ecosystems; conservation fees paid safeguard this habitat, while supporting over 1,000 local Maasai families. This partnership agreement ensures the survival of an important ecosystem, biodiversity ranges and the astounding volume and variety of wildlife. Besides being of beautiful design, and beyond the million or so wildebeest, Mara Plains Camp is also one of the ‘greenest’  ever built, replicating the innovative schemes used at Zarafa Camp in Botswana for a low-impact operation.

Mara Plains is a place of dreams, of romance, of style and beauty, where one’s soul is grounded by a single tree on the horizon line. Where Chef Juma hugs you on arrival, guides who grew up on this very site take you into their worlds, and managers Richard and Lorna delight you with their perfect hosting, colourful stories and wit.

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