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Northern Central Maasai Mara Game Reserve | on the border of the Olare Orok & Mara North Conservancies, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Las Vegas, Nevada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I loved the Mara Toto camp. It's like camping with a king sized bed and full private bathroom. I loved how you feel completely in nature, but with all the comforts of home (my type of camping). The guides offered for safaris are also extremely knowledgeable and the jeeps are geared towards photographers (with arms and beanbags to help steady... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I just got back from Kenya last month, it was my fifth visit in three years. This was the first time I stayed at Mara Toto, it is a new camp. It was one of the most wonderful places I have every stayed. From the fantastic guides, food, accommodations to the people that run it. There are only five luxurious... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Everyone at Mara Toto was so kind, generous and helpful. The common area was filled with nature books to reference our day's game drives, and the tents were so cozy and nicely furnished. The food was exceptionally good and very creative. We were told what every dish was and its ingredients.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We spent three nights at Mara Toto with friends. The whole experience was magic and having spent many nights in lots of camps and lodges in Kenya over many years, this was our best ever stay. The tent, food, service, ambience, location and staff were unsurpassed. We hesitate to name anyone as everyone was fantastic but Kim, the Manager, and... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Mara Toto Camp, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for your stunning review. Mara Toto is our newest camp and we are exceptionally humbled when folks like yourself let us know how it exceeded your safari expectations! Thank you for your room suggestions too - we will look into those going forward. Best wishes! More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Mara Toto was the final stop on our family safari. Travelling as a group of ten we took out the entire camp which suited us perfectly. The new, spacious tented accommodation is breathtaking in the quality of luxury fittings, thoughtfulness and attention to detail. The uncurtained rain shower in the centre of each bathroom requires booking as the water is... More

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Oakville, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We just completed a 5 week trip to Africa which included camps in the Masai Mara, Tanzania and Botswana. Our time at the beautiful Mara Toto will always remain as a special, magical time of our 5 weeks because of Kim, the manager, all the staff, excellent tent, wonderful food but mainly because of Edwin, our AMAZING guide. He was... More

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Palo Alto, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

There is no question that the camp facilities were very nice, fancy and comfortable, but that was pretty much the nicest thing I can say about this camp experience until the very last day of our three night stay. We got stuck with a HORRIBLE guide (named Edwin) and I felt cheated and disappointed that we spent so much time... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Mara Toto Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback which we also received from your agent upon your departure. We have, since then, tried to reach out to you numerous times (via your agent ) to discuss your experience as it is not at all consistent with the reputation and ethics of our founders, company, guides or general staff. As you note, other Trip... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Kim, the manager, and Edwin, our guide did everything perfectly when my 3 daugthers (ages 15, 11 and 8) and I visited the Mara. Tent was fabulous, high "ceiling" with lots of bathroom space and place to put our gear, plus internet connection in both our tents and the dining/sitting area. Hammocks for each tent by the little river. And... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This what I call camping! Not one for traditional camping (I like my little luxuries, thank you!) this is the way to go. What a beautiful location, wonderful staff, great food and all the game viewing you could ever wish for. Our guide, Edwin, had fantastic knowledge and a great sense of humour! Kim, our camp manager, also with a... More

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Perth, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Game, game and more game, we saw it all. Edwin our guide made sure we saw everything possible during our 6 night stay. We wanted for nothing thanks to Kim – our Camp Manager who made sure every little detail was perfect. The food was wholesome and tasty and our 10 year old was offered her own personal meal choices... More

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Address: Northern Central Maasai Mara Game Reserve | on the border of the Olare Orok & Mara North Conservancies, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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'Toto' means baby in Swahili, and was often used as a term of endearment in reference to young safari staff in the days of early exploration. But today, in our context, it is simply meant out of respect to its sister camp, Mara Plains, which has developed a phenomenal reputation. We are certain Mara Toto will follow suit. Just a few kilometres downstream from Mara Plains, Mara Toto resides in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and we've made a home. A perfect blend of comfort, adventure and intimacy make this a gem in the otherwise confounding matrix of camps in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Mara Toto positions itself squarely in the heart of magnificent predator country, and the camp's traversing rights of both Mara North Conservancy and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve give guests the flexibility to explore far and wide in search of arguably the finest wildlife sightings on earth. This site was handpicked by National Geographic Explorers-In-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. After searching tirelessly for hours in search of the 'perfect spot' for this magical camp,they ended up for a sundowner on the very spot where Mara Toto is located today. They looked around and realised 'this is the place'. And so Mara Toto was born. The camp itself consists of five custom-designed tents of light-colored flowing canvas open on the horizontal side with canopied ceilings. Set at ground level, and shaded by the riverine forest, this camp is designed for those who want the particulars of a Great Plains Conservation property but are willing to forgo some of the fancier amenities. Still, you will not want for much. En-suite facilities including flush loos, bucket showers and tapped hot/cold water ensure utter comfort. 24-Hour electricity, fine dining and exceptional hospitality round out what can hardly be called sparse. Each of the tents is decorated with a nod to the style of early exploration and discovery - an eclectic yet coordinated assembly of what early travelers may have carried - items such as brass chandeliers, old Indian chests, local natural materials - hand-picked by us at markets throughout Africa. The whole aura is refreshing - of romance and exploration. Mara Toto is, despite its romantic appeal, a place for the ardent safari-goer. One does not beget the other and in fact we believe they both make for a spectacular camp. Spend your days out - all day - exploring the 70,000 acre private Mara North Conservancy, shared with just an handful of other small boutique camps, or go in deep into the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve to catch the river crossings or a foray around Paradise Plains in search of Notch & sons. You'll not have to look far for wildlife - the glade of trees surrounding the camp is prime leopard territory, and the camp is a superior location to witness the great wildebeest and zebra migration from your tent. The new open-sided vehicles are custom designed by Dereck & Beverly Joubert (National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, acclaimed filmmakers and Great Plains Conservation co-founders) allowing for the very best equipment for photographic opportunities. Mara Toto, in maintaining the caliber expected of a Great Plains Conservation property, offers among the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Maasai Mara - extensive game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), local village visits (authentic) and unrivaled access to superior wildlife habitat as well as visits to local schools and Great Plains Conservation community projects in the surrounding area. ... more   less 
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