- Mara Expedition Camp has developed a high reputation for an unforgettable African safari based in an enchanting lodge that found hidden in a small bend of the Ntiakitiak River; providing an ideal intimate escape from modern living.
- Early morning and late afternoon / early evening game drives in an open, 4×4 vehicle. Balloon flights across the Maasai Mara can be arranged but are at an additional cost.
- The camp is surrounded by riverine forest. Its mess tent nestles into trees and is open fronted to provide views across the river. There are two areas – a lounge and a dining room.
- There are just five tents at Mara Expedition Camp, also in the shade of the forest. Each is constructed from an attractive light canvas and has a wooden deck overlooking the river.
- There is a further lounge space down by the Ntiakatek , offering a day bed and a few director’s chairs to guests in need of a little riverside relaxation! And the camp even has its own little shop, stocking mainly jewellery items.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
The Maasai Mara never fails to deliver extraordinary wildlife sightings: prides of lion, solitary leopards, the shy black rhino and abundant herds of elephant and buffalo are all to be found here in and amongst bountiful plains game. Head out with picnic breakfast or lunch and spend the day exploring the Mara.
With access to over 2,000 hectares of wilderness along the escarpment, guests can embark on walking safaris as long or as short as one desires. Walks are escorted by Maasai naturalists and offer prolific birding, antelope sightings, breathtaking views along the Rift Valley and across the Mara below, and opportunities to learn more about Maasai traditions.
Wake up before dawn and fly over the Maasai Mara at first light, viewing Africa’s animals as you silently float above and past them. This is an experience for which the Mara is famous.
Located a few kilometers from Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp is set on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending savannah of the Maasai Mara. A place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to their territories, the setting is the perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, constructed with deference to the wilderness that surrounds it. Mara Expedition Camp’s design 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 leave you wanting for nothing.
With flushing toilets, cold running water and bucket showers, each tent is decorated with an eclectic yet coordinated 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 is out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and the adjacent Mara North Conservancy that guests really connect with Africa and are 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.
There are just five tents at Mara Expedition Camp, also in the shade of the forest. Each is constructed from an attractive light canvas and has a wooden deck overlooking the river. This forms a veranda at the front of the tent, furnished with a pair of director’s chairs and a hammock. Inside, the style echoes that of the mess tent, including Persian rugs, campaign chests for tea and coffee, a big barrel as a coffee table, and brass chandeliers! The beds can be arranged as twins, doubles or triples. En-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins made of beaten brass, and authentic safari shower! All tents benefit from solar power.
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. It is safari chic with five light and airy, spacious canvas tents, each with en-suite bathrooms where you enjoy piping hot water from huge brass ‘safari showers’ to a chorus of hippos lazing nearby.
The camp is surrounded by riverine forest. Its mess tent nestles into trees and is open fronted to provide views across the river. There are two areas – a lounge and a dining room. The lounge is decorated in explorer style, featuring Persian rugs, leather seating, beaded cushions, brass lamps, and mysterious wooden chests!
The dining room contains a long table and upright chairs for communal meals. Guests also dine in the area in front of camp, while the fire pit a few metres away makes for an ideal spot to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. There is a further lounge space down by the Ntiakatek , offering a day bed and a few director’s chairs to guests in need of a little riverside relaxation! And the camp even has its own little shop, stocking mainly jewellery items.
Due to its position on the border between two conservancies, the camp is able to offer game drives across a large area. This region is particularly renowned for its big cats, especially leopard, but there are plenty of other species to observe. The spectacular savanna, river valleys, and verdant woods are home to predators such as spotted hyena, jackal, wild dog, as well as herbivores such as elephant, rhino, giraffe, and gazelles. The bird life is equally impressive. And between August and November, the campsite itself plays host to the wildebeest Great Migration!