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Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp
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    Reviewed July 29, 2011

    "If we're gonna do it, we're gonna do it right"
    These were the words that became the motto for our family adventure to Africa. With 14 of us going, it had to be well planned!

    We were lucky that our travel planner chose the Mara Plains camp as one of our many stops on our two week safari. After being in camps in Tanzania for one week, we came to the Mara Plains camp.

    Immediately, all fourteen of us were 'welcomed home' by the staff. They strived to make us feel at home, and it worked! With our party taking up all seven tents in the camp, it was good we became acquainted with the wonderful staff! Whether it was relaxing around the 'bush tv' (the fire) with Richard and Lorna, while listening to a wonderful story; or viewing animals on a game drive with the great guides, Ping, Daniel and Kevin; or playing volleyball with the staff we had a great time here!

    BACKGROUND:
    To start, the Mara Plains camp is on a tributary of the Mara River. Less than 100 yards from the lounge tent, zebras and wildebeest graze. At night, countless animals rome through the camp; hippos, leopards, lions…you name it, it's there! It is amazing,and you are totally safe (for those who just got worried!).

    ACCOMADATIONS:
    The sleeping tents, of which there are seven, are spectacular. Each have a large bed, which can be converted into double beds, as well as a good area to keep your clothes, and a great bathroom. Also, each room has a terrace with a good view of either the river or the plains. (My favorite tent was number 6… it has a great hammock!). There is a great laundry service, picking up your laundry usually one time a day, but sometimes even two to three times! They strive to go the extra mile, and they do.

    There is also two great lounge tents, and a dining tent (all grouped together). Our family spent a lot of time here, as it was very homey.

    ACTIVITIES
    The Mara Plains camp has a superb location. There are SO MANY animals here! And trust me when I say this… one of our camps had basically no animals! And to add to the abundance of animals, the guides enhance it by so much! They are all experts, and boy do they know their stuff! Out of all three: Daniel, Ping and Kevin, I would have to say that Ping is the best (sorry everyone else! :]). He is truly an expert. He was able to track some amazing things for us, which I will touch on later.
    While going on safari is really the only thing at the camp, they also will let anyone who wants to participate in daily volleyball with the staff of the camp, which our family took great advantage of!

    EXTRA MILE
    Richard and Lorna strive to make you feel right at home, which they did a great job of for our family. We ate with them a lot, and learned a lot about themselves. Richard has been living in Africa his whole life, and Lorna moved here after being here with friends and meeting Richard. They wanted us to feel like family, and they did. There were many special activities they planned for us. One was eating an extraordinary lunch outside of the camp (out on the plain, in front of the camp) for one. Another was a birthday dinner for the matriarch of our family, who took us all on the trip. While it wasn't her birthday, the thought and care of baking her an excellent cake and throwing a party and a magnificent dinner out on the plain at night was just amazing. We were all so happy that they went the extra mile, and were able to do these things!

    EXPERIENCES
    This camp was our favorite one by far. The experiences that we enjoyed were truly amazing. Some of the things that happened are probably hard to believe, but they all happened!
    -Our first night, there was a kill right outside of the camp. Half of us were kept up all night, due to all of the raucous! Then, the next day, we went out with Richard to 'track' the kill and see exactly what happened!
    -On the second day, we went out to find that an elephant had been killed in the conservancy! This was totally illegal, but the tusks were there so it was believed to be in defense. It was crazy to see this, as well as all of the animals feeding on it.
    -Two small cheetahs jumped onto the hood of one of our cars, and threatened the passengers! It was totally unusual, but awesome none the less!
    -We went out and followed three lions one night, and saw two males fight one another!

    There were so many more, but I won't write them all!

    STAFF
    The staff at Mara Plains were totally awesome! As I mentioned, the two managers Lorna and Richard are so kind and nice to the guests. The guides, Daniel Ping and Kevin are so great and talented. The cooks, Richard the Matre'D, and all of the boys are awesome as well.

    CATERING TO OUR NEEDS
    Being a large group, there was obviously going to be problems! ONe of them is that a member had a very restrictive diet. The kitchen strived to make sure that that member would have something to eat, as well that everyone else was satisfied with their meal..truly amazing! Another great thing was that we were able to have some Masai women come in and teach us how to bead, which was truly amazing!

    ALL IN ALL,
    All in all, this is a truly extraordinary camp. We went to some spectacular camps, and we all agreed that if we could only come back to one camp, THIS WOULD BE THE ONE. We felt at home, and became very good friends with all of the staff. We truly miss it, and can't wait to go back!


    THIS IS AN AMAZING CAMP!

    Room Tip: all of them are great.. don't worry about it!
    • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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    Reviewed July 28, 2011

    We came here with the family and from the start Lorna and Richard and the entire staff made us feel so welcome and comfortable. The accommodations were second to none, so comfortable and natural we did not want to leave. The evenings by the fire and the dining under the stars was...words cannot do it justice! Exceptional animal encounters led by Masai guides made this such an incredible experience and so personalized. Would recommend to anyone and we hope to come back soon.

    Room Tip: All the rooms were excellent!
    • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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    Reviewed July 25, 2011

    I'm someone who says it like it is and have high expectations of hotels. Mara Plains Camp exceeds all our expectations.

    We've just returned after a 3 week trip in Tanzania and Kenya staying only at superior deluxe tented camps. Mara Plains was by far the best stay of them all!

    Richard and Lorna, the young couple that manage the property are warm, accommodating, knowledgable and self-reliant. They understand their customers and ensure NOTHING is overlooked. They deserve high praise for this very wel-run camp.

    Mara Plains is a small tented camp. We had tent number 5 that overlooks the river and provides privacy and animal watching action. The camp is very eco-aware. Everything is done with the environment and community in mind without loosing sight of health and safety first. Our tent was very beautifully designed and decorated, from the rug on the hardwood floors, to the Egyptian high thread count sheets and duvets. The bathroom lacked nothing and attention to products and amenities was obvious. I liked the touch of reading glasses next to the bed! Laundry was carefully done everyday, sometimes twice. Turn down service included hot water bottles that were very welcome in the chilly night air. Security and safety was a very high priority, including ensuring no critter was waiting for us on our return to our room at night. I really enjoyed being able to lie in bed and look out over the river and plain behind to watch the wildebeest migrate. What a treat!!!

    We loved the food. The chef was creative, enthusiastic and very considerate of our needs. We are vegetarian and we enjoyed an abundance of food and the selection was so imaginative and delicious. The waiters remembered our different likes and dislikes and offered a preferred drink at each meal. The wine list was superb. Eating dinner on the lawn under the African night sky family-style added to our enjoyment of the intimate feel of the hotel.

    It's obvious that the hotel is well run by the look of the smiles and helpfulness of the staff. From the guides, to the chef and kitchen staff to the watchmen; everyone was upbeat and paid attention to detail without being intrusive.

    The location of the hotel on Conservancy made for a wonderful respite from the many cars and travellers in the Mara Park. It was so lovely to be the only car when looking 360 degrees around. We spent many days not bumping into another vehicle or traveller. Our guide, Daniel made the experience for us! He was knowledgable, enthusiastic and sensitive to our needs. Nothing was too much trouble! He is a very special guide, indeed. As I said earlier, we spent 3 weeks this trip on Safari, experiencing many different camps and guides and we had many opportunities for comparison!

    I highly recommend this property!

    Room Tip: All rooms are similar however cross the suspended bridge to the main part of the camp and I believe the tents there are very special.
    • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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    1  Thank longtimetraveller16
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    Reviewed March 17, 2011

    We spent a month traveling through East Africa. NOTHING compares to Mara Plains Camp. The accommodations are excellent. The food is great. The managers cannot do enough for you. The animals are amazing. The guides know the area. The camp is in an conservancy that allows almost private viewing. Even though this was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime, we cannot wait until we can return to Mara Planes Camp.

    • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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    3  Thank nrhareiner
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    Reviewed March 6, 2011

    We live in Nairobi and frequently visit various camps and lodges around Kenya. Mara Plains Camp is one of the best that we have ever visited; an excellent location, numerous game in the Olare Orok Conservancy, one of the most luxurious tents that we have ever stayed in, delicious food and management and staff that were superb.

    • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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