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Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Mara Plains was a piece of heaven. Thanks to Lorna,
Richard, Amy and Shaun, my stay at Mara Plains couldnt have been nicer. They bent over backwards to accommodate your every need. The staff were all very professional. The food was excellent. My guide, Kevin, went out of his way to find wildlife which was numerous. If you want to experience a Safari, I highly recommend going to Mara Plains.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

After weeks of researching where to have our annual safari splurge we decided upon Mara Plains and I can safely say it was absolutely the right decision.

1. Wildlife. For me, the variety and abundance of wildlife is paramount when choosing a camp. In this regard Mara Plains really was quite extraordinary, we spent countless hours in the presence of all 3 of the big cats and as an unabashed feline lover I was in complete heaven. We saw Lions, leopard and cheetah on every day and had such memorable encounters such as Lions hunting at night, evening spent with leopards including Fig hunting and namunyak the 10 month old cub playing so freely in her own little corner of the conservancy. We saw plenty cheetahs aswell, although most of the time they were most uncooperatively inactive!
As a big fat cherry on the top of an already pretty impressive cake we were extemely lucky to see 2 servals on our final mornings drive! It was quite an end to 4 days of wildlife onslaught. All the other plains game was plentiful aswell but it was the big cat sightings that made our safari for us and will provide us with the lifetime memories..

2. Guides. Our guide Daniel was a diamond. He was most importantly extremely knowledgeable about all the animals and had a very good eye for a concealed feline. Daniel was also a most humble and considerate man and had our female friends quite gooey at times! He was also punctual and obviously had a real love for the land he was born in and the animals that inhabit it. Daniel was very easy going and it was great fun chatting to him throughout the days safari and he managed to remain totally professional at all times. It really is impossible to speak highly enough of him and we now feel lucky enough to be able to call him a friend and we really hope to meet him again in the future.

3. Owners. During our stay we were most fortunate to meet the owners of the camp Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Being in the company of such esteemed wildlife conservation beacons was at first a little daunting however we need not have feared as both Dereck and Beverly were very easy going and completely down to earth. We had such interesting and memorable conversations at dinner and I thoroughly enjoyed their wisdom and gushing enthusiasm about fighting the cause for wildlife conservation. It has certainly inspired me.

4. Staff and managers. Both Lorna and Richard were very welcoming and we really enjoyed chatting to them throughout our stay which was made very smooth thanks to their utmost professionalism. All the other staff including the chefs, waiters and guards were very courteous, charming and polite and it was a pleasure every morning and evening to be greeted by them. Again we can't speak highly enough of the attention to detail and the lengths at which everyone went out of their way to ensure we had the best time possible, from owners to management to general staff everyone was quite brilliant at their job!

5. Ethics. I believe the camp was also 100% eco-friendly which is great to know that we have had a magnificent holiday and have left no negative prints on the environment during our stay. Well done to the owners for achieving this and it must surely be the way for all safari camps in the future.

P.S If the Great Plains team are looking for any potential investors for any upcoming projects please don't hesitate to get in touch!

The Stokes Family

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Firstly the wildlife: on almost all of our fun, fact and food filled game drives with Daniel we saw all three of the big cats. These were no mere glimpses either we had the pleasure of spending hours at a time gawping over the beauty of the affectionately named cheetah 'Mr Handsome/Osidea', watching lions on a kill and following the adventures of Namunyak a ten-month old leopard. Not to mention the two servals we half a day with!

Secondly the camp: the attention to detail was mind-blowing. The view from each room was stupendous and John's food delicious. We were welcomed whole heartedly by Lorna and Richard and had the pleasure of meeting Dereck, Beverley and David to enjoy some fascinating debates about conservation and travel which made our trip extra special.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Not only is Mara Plains located in one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the WORLD, with flexibility to night drive and walk and off road (we saw everything and more) the conservancy land is owned by the local Masai people who are the beneficiaries of the conservation fees paid. Win Win for both the wildlife and the communities. The camp its self is amazing, it is fully eco-freindly, 100% solar electricity, 100% solar hot water, 100% chemical free and ALL the waste water and sewage is fully treated before being returned to the environment. In the read up on the camp I never knew about all this but only when we were there and the Manger (Richard) asked us if we wanted to see how the camp works did it all become clear. This camp is like a flag ship for all other camps trying to go green. They even have a vegetable garden and make their own natural (non chemical) insect repellant. Our guide (Dan) was the best on our whole safari, he knew everything and more and had a great sense of humor and a ready smile. We cannot rate this camp enough.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Mara Plains is in a private conservancy, meaning minimal vehicles, and off roading and night drives are allowed. This is a huge benefit and not to be taken lightly. The camps decor was stunning and the food was awesome. Most important on any safari experience is the guide, and Duncan, our guide, was top notch. He was so familiar with the area and the animal's patterns that we saw leopards with cubs, big prides of lions, cheetah, hippos, hyenas, you name it, we saw it! Lexie was our hostess and she was awesome at anticipating our every need and fulfilling it. An added benefit of this camp is the top of the line camera and binocs that you are free to use during your stay. I've stayed at lots of African properties and Mara Plains is definitely one of my favorites!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place is heaven!! Located on a conservancy with few other camps, you will feel like you have the plains all to yourself. Upon arriving at the camp, we were greeted by the lovely Lorna and Richard, then taken to our splendid tents to settle in and soak in every perfect detail of the entire camp. We shared tent #7, which is located right on the river that flows through the camp and is a favorite play spot for the hippos on most nights. From the copper tubs to the plush beds, everything was luxurious and perfect. The views from each of our parties tents varied and all offered a breathtaking scenery.

Richard and Lorna were always available to answer any questions, but even better, just to chat and exchange stories. Lorna set us up with cameras to use while on drives, arranged for ladies to come to the camp from a local village with jewelry and set us up for our balloon ride. Richard was a pleasure to chat with around the fire and was happy to share stories of his adventurous life. We dined on fabulous food morning, noon and night and sipped great wine and better gin and tonics expertly served by another Richard (also lovely!).

We were so lucky to be met at the airport by our guide on all of the game drives, Kevin. You end up spending the majority of the day with your guide, and we hit the jackpot! He truly made everyday such an adventure and so informative. His expert skills led us to awesome leopard, lion, serval, elephant, zebra, hippo, giraffe, and at least 100 other wildlife sightings. We all felt well taken care of and appreciated his great sense of humor, endless knowledge about every single animal, passion for his profession and wonderful spirit. I would guess that all of the guides at this camp are equally fantastic (a couple we met at the beginning of our trip was with Daniel and loved him) as everything about everything here is fantastic.

This may not surprise you if you have read this gushing review, but I actually had a tear in my eye leaving this place. If you have the opportunity to spend some or all of your time in Kenya at Mara Plains Camp, you will love it!

Thank you again to Richard, Lorna, Richard, Samson, Joffrey, the fabulous chefs and of course, Kevin! You helped my family create fantastic memories that we will always cherish!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

This trip was a year in the planning and as each month passed prior to going, the expectation level rose. There is always a little trepidation about what you hope for and what you receive. Well what we received at the Mara Plains so surpassed my expectations I'm surprised I didn't catch bugs in my continuously opened in amazement mouth. We were greeted by Kevin at the landing strip with the biggest smile and warmest welcome. We were also lucky to have him as our guide for the entire time we were there, but more on him later. When we arrived at the camp, which consists of seven of the most fabulously appointed tents (better than many high end hotels), we were greeted by Richard and Lorna, who manage the camp. It felt like coming home. We dined al fresco for lunch every day under the trees with white linens, good wine, delicious food and great conversation. Richard and Lorna are the consummate hosts and so passionate about the conservancy and promotion of the Masai people and their culture. We had two game drives each day, and Kevin was one with the plains. He educated us constantly about the animals and we did see all of the big five - more than once, but told us in depth as a good story teller does about their lives and how they live as predator or prey out on the Mara Plains. Each day was a new adventure with something different unfolding. If you are considering a safari in Kenya or even East Africa - this is where you want to be. It changes you for the better. Thank you to all at the Mara Plains Camp.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve 0000, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #50 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $1,294 - $2,481 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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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