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Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 0000 Kenya
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#12 of 166 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
This is a small, high quality, seven tented camp under canvas, located within the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve boundary. Guests can game drive in both the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the private Conservancy away from the crowds. It is a fabulous wildlife reserve of 30 000 acres, rich in wildlife (with all the predators and big cats in particular), with the lowest vehicle density in the Mara, no mini-buses and only one guest room per 700 acres.
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Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 0000 Kenya
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Ralph wrote a review Jul 2020
Miami, Florida37 contributions4 helpful votes
I am a passionate fan of Kenya and wildlife photography. I have been on numerous safaris across Africa and had spent several prior trips in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy where Mara Plains was located. This past January of 2020 I decided it was time to visit. A group of 4 of us took the Family Tent (2 tents sharing a giant deck). When we arrived we were greeted by the brand new camp managers Sam and Becky. I had high expectations coming into that camp having heard that it is as good as it gets in that part of the Maasai Mara. I was not disappointed. Cross over the suspension bridge and enter a world that that will create special memories to last a lifetime. The tents are the best that I have ever slept in. They reach a level of comfort that is pure perfection: from the gorgeous old wood floors to the cooper bathtub and rain shower. The tents are pure comfort without leaving the guest feeling removed from the Africa experience. Food, drinks and overall service was a 10 out of 10. It was some of the best food I have ever eaten at a safari camp. Camp managers Sam and Becky were always present, very accommodating and just overall wonderful people as I had opportunity to get to know them. Great Plains' safari vehicles are perfect: set up for 4 people you have plenty of personal space and comfort. Guides at camp are typical for Mara. All local Maasai with a lifetime of knowledge that have attended guide school and have a passion for showing guests their incredible home. We had Jackson as our guide who has been mentioned in other posts. He was super: both as a guide and just fun to be around. He has an infectious laugh. For what ever it's worth. I am a big fan of only staying in camps located in a conservancy. These parcels of land are leased from the Maasai and limit the number of camps and vehicles that can utilize it. No crowds; as it should be. I could go on and on about Mara Plains. I can tell you that without any doubt I will returning to that camp as soon as I can. It will be like coming home again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: There are no bad tents: you will hear the hippos from all tents.
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Becky J wrote a review Mar 2020
St. George, Utah2 contributions
This is our second time here because it’s our favorite place in Africa. The drivers understand photography and lighting, are extremely well versed in animal behavior and leave you knowing your with a top professional. The rooms are very spacious and decorated with the wonderful colonial safari theme. They are also very private from one another The food, rather served in the main dining room or out on some hillside overlooking the plains is always fabulous. And eating by candlelight at your tent it’s just decadent. There’s a small gift shop with unusual and wonderful things to purchase just before you head home. Is the only place I have ever found gifts I wanted to take home to friends. James Robertson of Ker & Downey suggested Mara Planes Camp to me several years ago and he was right on. Another huge plus for it is it’s right outside the Mara Plains Conservancy. Animals are abundant but people are not which is heaven. You will feel you have Africa all to yourself
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Mary L wrote a review Mar 2020
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On our 5th trip to Africa, we stayed at Mara Plains for 5 nights and we loved it! Our guide, Kevin, was fantastic, and made sure we saw all the big cats, which we love. Our tent was elegant, with a deep copper bathtub which I used every night. The setting is beautiful, the managers Sam and Becky were great, and all the staff members were so nice. I had an African Head Massage at the spa which I loved. A walking safari with a "bush breakfast" was a highlight. Loved this place!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Simbaken wrote a review Jan 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii41 contributions28 helpful votes
I don’t know where to start. From the moment we landed and we saw a happy smiling humble face (our dear guide Jackson) to welcome us to the moment where the same person saw us off on the plane after 5 wonderful days at Mara Plains, we have had one of the best times of our lives. What an amazing amazing experience of being at the Mara under the care of Mara Plains Camp. Initially worried about the rain but we had 5 blissful days and 4 nights at this stunning camp. We were picked up by our guide Jackson who took us to camp where we had a waiting crew to receive us as if we were Royal celebrities coming to stay there. Sandra (the then fill in Manager) together with this amazing team of staff so beautifully welcomed us. It felt heart-warming and we immediately felt at home and in love with the place. Each and every staff treated us like royalty, always so accommodating to the few requests we had and went out of their way to please us. I just loved being there and enjoying the service while soaking up the vibes and spirit of the Mara. The room itself was huge and so well furnished and we had requested for a plains facing room which has stunning views. Tent No 3. Although hardly time was spent in there apart from sleeping we loved the open space. The game drives were just beautiful and not once did we get stuck despite the heavy rains that fell over December. Our guide and our hero ‘Jackson’ was just fantastic with his driving skills. Words cannot describe this gentleman. I and my 2 boys (aged 10 and 8) loved his company and being with him on the game drives. An amazing animal spotter, an amazing driver, so patient, ever so humble, funny..witty, and so caring. An all in one package for us. We were in his trusted hands and thank god we had him as our guide as we felt so secure and comfortable. He made sure we saw every animal possible and every game drive was unique. We would have breakfasts in the bush, stop for a drink or 2, just so relaxing while watching the game. I wish I could just go back. God bless him and we miss him so dearly. The lodge/camp was amazing. I enjoyed sitting by the fire after we returned to camp from a long day of game drives. Having a sunset drink while warming up before dinner. The service from all the staff was amazing. The kitchen staff would attend to our ever request. Being vegetarian they made sure food was prepared to our taste. Being small eaters I would request for less food. It was just so homely. Every staff member there makes you feel at home and belonged. Just loved the service. They even set up a private area for us and gave us a surprise dinner there alone while celebrating my sons 10th birthday. One day I asked Sandra if I could go and see their sister camp, Mara Nyika. She without the blink of an eye said no problem and organised it all. We went for a long game drive into the Naboisho Conservancy and into Mara Nyika where once again we were greeted by their wonderful staff who invited us in for Lunch. I cant believe how they treat guests, more than Royalty. It just comes so naturally to them. The staff at Mara Nyika had prepared an amazing lunch for us. Just so beautifully laid out and served. So grateful to Sandra and her team at Nyika to accommodate this. Mara Nyika is a stunning camp which is part of the Great Plains Group. Very new and very rustic. Loved having lunch there and talking to the staff. Hoping to stay there in my next visit at least for 2 nights. Returning from a game drive, one of the lady staff member (sorry cant remember her name) said you look so tired, so she made me sit on a chair and gave me a shoulder massage. What a beautiful gesture and i was very touched. Bless. I have so much to write but will have to stop here. It still brings tears in my eyes when I think about this magical experience with Mara Plains. I cannot express more in words about my stay at Mara Plains camp. The whole experience from the staff to the place to the food to the animals to the picturesque landscape to connecting with the spirit of the Mara. I felt free, I felt at home, I felt reenergised, and I want to go back once again to experience this whole phenomenal safari again. Thank you Great Plains Conservation, Mara Plains. Thank you dearest dearest Jackson (my brother) and thank you all the beautiful humble staff and souls of Mara Plains. You all made my 5 days’ worth it. You all deserve 10 stars. Special mention to Stella who managed my booking. Thank you so much.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: If you like the Plains view then ask for Tent 3. Although i am sure all rooms/tents are beautiful.
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cheffip wrote a review Dec 2019
Vancouver Island, Canada711 contributions49 helpful votes
Mara Plains was the final stop of our November/December safari that took us from north to south. And it was definitely the highlight. The tent overlooking the Conservancy was beyond beautiful, the service excellent and the food very good. Special mention to Sandra, who I believe was serving as interim manager, and went out of her way to make sure our needs were met and special requests fulfilled. Finally, our guide Edwin was superb, with a great eye for game but also a deep knowledge that made him one of the very best guides we have had in our four safaris in five African countries. Five stars all the way.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp?
Top room amenities include a desk, a view of a nearby landmark, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Does Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.