Mara Explorer Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Mara Explorer Camp

  • Situated in the heart of the Mara
  • Great predator action and resident cats
  • Base to see the wildebeest migration from June to September

How we rate Mara Explorer Camp

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Mara Explorer Camp at a glance

  • 10 well-spaced safari tents with en-suite facilities—7 doubles and 3 twins
  • Each tent has a spacious private deck overlooking the Talek River and with a unique, claw-footed bathtub with a view
  • Riverfront dining area and lounge, private bar and library
  • Access to gift shop and pool at sister camp
  • Open-sided safari vehicles
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • 220v electricity with in-room charging

The area

Mara Explorer Camp is located in the northern central part of Masai Mara reserve with access to the Mara’s main game-viewing areas and the great migration. The trees and mixed vegetation around the camp itself is a natural magnet for wildlife.  Explorer Camp offers a variety of options for game-viewing—three game drives per day, balloon safaris and nature walks in addition to cultural excursions. Predators in the Mara are abundant. There are over 450 bird species. Between July and September, more than a million wildebeest and zebra cross into the Mara in search of green grass.

The seasons

The great migration comes through the Mara from July to October, which is the busiest season. However, wildlife, including big cats, are around all year. Short rains fall from October to December and the long rains come from April to May, when camp is much quieter. Rates are lower, but heavy rains can make it difficult to get around. Migrant birds are present from October to April.

What Mara Explorer Camp costs

A two-person safari tent ranges from ~$650 to $1600 per night. Access is by charter flight to Mara Explorer’s private airstrip.

Photographers need to know

Mara Explorer is very well located for general game viewing, but it is quite near the airstrip, so you do hear the occasional plane.