Mara Plains

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stamp3Why photographers love Mara Plains Camp

Great lions, great guides, great camp, great food – this camp is superb!

How we rate Mara Plains Camp

Accommodation  starstarstarstarstar 
Wilderness starstarstarstar 
Guiding starstarstarstarstar 
Dining starstarstarstarstar 
Proximity to crossings starstarstar 

Mara Plains Camp at a glance

Part of the stable owned by National Geographic and run by film-makers Derick and Beverly Joubert, this lodge ticks all the boxes in the Mara for food, great stylish accommodation, excellent guiding and as near to wilderness as you will find in the Mara. The camp has a string of 7 vast tents, which are beautifully decorated with classic brass, leather and period furniture. Dining is alfresco on the patio, and the meals are fresh and delicious. The camp is reached by an attractive rope bridge and has a small curio shop. A smaller sister camp called Mara Explorer is a little further down the Olare River and is a temporary camp that offers intimate and an even more classical tented experience. 

The concession

Mara Plains is in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which is a seamless extension of the Mara and widely regarded as one of the best places for watching lions. As it’s in a conservancy, night drives and walks are also possible, but the area is managed, and care is made not to overcrowd sightings. Generally, only three vehicles are allowed per sighting and less if there are cubs or sensitive sightings. It is a short drive into the Mara and roughly 40 minutes to reach Main Crossings, which makes it a convenient base.

The seasons

High season for crossings is July to October, but the Mara is great all year round. April and May can be very wet and muddy, however.  The weather is mild in the Mara with no need for air con or mosquito nets.

What Mara Plains Camp costs

The rates start at $1200 dollars a night.

Photographers need to know

If you are a keen photographer, you will find a Canon 7D and a 100 – 400 lens at the foot of your bed for usage during your stay. There are also Swarovski binoculars at hand for anyone to use. A specially adapted game vehicle with a rotating throne seat for one is also available. But all the vehicles are open and have platforms for cameras.

The good news

Guests can visit the school, beadwork facility and education project, which is supported by Great Plains and can also “pack for a purpose” if they so wish.

 

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