The atmosphere at this camp was quite nice. Our tent (#6?) was very comfortable with a good porch view of the plains. Our guide Kevin was incredible - he always knew where to go and his instincts were remarkable. He's from the area and knows every part of the park. With him we were able to see some of the most incredible sights ever, our pictures stunned our friends and family. Yes it was quite expensive but it was a good value in my opinion.
Rooms - I think all of the tents are similar except the one with the hammocks. Ours was very comfortable. The guy comes by a few times a day to light the fire for your hot water heater if you want a shower. They sneak in and out to clean the room and drop off your laundryl. Sometimes the flashlights of the guards woke us up at night if they were shooing a leopard out of the camp, and there is a hippo that lives in the river that barks at night like Jabba the Hutt. Also the Bush Babies climb on top of the tent at night. But if you have a sense of humor and a bottle of wine before bed none of this is an issue. It is nature after all. This camp also has 24/7 electricity which we did not have in another camp we stayed in. They even offered a special low-voltage hair dryer for anyone who requested it.
Food - The majority of the food was good. There were a couple of dinners that weren't to my personal preference, but in general the meals were quite nice. Whether dining under the stars, or from a cooler in the bush, food was very satisfying. And they were never lacking in quantity of food. And remember they are cooking this in a camp kitchen, so lots of credit there.
Game drives - As mentioned, Kevin was amazing. Highly recommended. He brought us to sights where we were the only car there, and where we felt like we were the only people on Earth.
Management - You may have read other reviews about the interim management, Giovanni and Kari. Although Kari was quite lovely, Giovanni left something to be desired. We found him also to be quite repetitive with stories and unable to remember guest's names. For $1,200 a night you'd think that might be important. Also he made a number of sexist remarks against women in general and towards one of the female guests which was offensive. We found him to be rude to the staff, in both how he spoke to them and how he spoke about them. He referred to them as 'servants' and spoke about how they couldn't be trusted to do daily tasks without him checking on them. He also said that the camp would never hire a woman to work there because it caused too many problems with the male 'servants.' He also stated that he would never hire a female 'servant' for his own home or ever allow the families of his 'servants' to ever enter his own home. I found the staff at the camp to be extremely hard-working, attentive, polite, and friendly. I do not think they deserved that kind of treatment. I hope the regular managers reconsider appointing him as a representative in the future.
The solitude of the camp is breathtaking, and a truly special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mara Plains Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve