Mara Plains was our last stop on a 10 day safari throughout Kenya. Each camp was unique in their own way and we ended at Mara Plains as we knew the game viewing would be exceptional. We were not disappointed! Daniel and Duncan were our guides and knew the land, animals, and history in immense detail. They were sweet with our kids, told great stories and provided excellent guiding service. They knew where to find all the different lion prides, the various cheetah groups and where we would potentially see a kill. Being a part of the conservancy, Mara Plains can offer their guests a less crowded safari experience. We rarely ever were viewing the game with another car full of guests. When we crossed over into the Mara conservancy, we almost always were watching with 5-8 other vehicles. We never did see a kill but saw an amazing hunt/attack by a lioness and a zebra that none of us will EVER forget.
Accommodations-wise we were the first guests to stay in the new family tent. It was beautifully decorated and well thought out for a family of 4 (two tents on one platform)-gave privacy for the adults but kids close enough if they needed something. There were a couple of kinks to be worked out with the shower and water but other than that they were delightful.
The food and service were really good. Mara Plains seemed more formal than the other camps we went to (could have been the other guests that were there) but we were able to have our own dining table 2 out of 3 nights.
The camp managers, Richard and Lorna, were gems. Richard is passionate about his profession and was so knowledgeable on all aspects of Kenyan life, animals, conservation, etc...He was attentive and made whatever we wanted to happen, happen. Lorna was warm and friendly. She was wonderful with the kids (she read them the first story from her children's book she is writing) and the kids loved it!
I can only imagine how great the camp will be once renovated...the tents will be even nicer! The setting of Mara Plains camp couldn't get much better. Crossing a hippo and croc filled river to get to the camp is so cool. A leopard under one of the tent platforms gave us all a sense of danger and the screaming bush babies at night creeped us all out!
All in all, I would highly recommend MP Camp for it's incredible access to world class game viewing, knowledgeable guides, posh glamping and great service and management.
- 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/Masai Mara National Reserve