Mara Plains is nestled into woodland on the banks of the Ntiakatek River in the south-west corner of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve and Mara North Conservancy.

Mara Plains is an exclusive Relais & Châteaux property and one of the most luxurious in the Masai Mara. The accommodation tents are very spacious with an opulent pioneer style (rather than anything contemporary or modern) which helps maintain an authentic safari feel. Despite the obvious luxuries and associated high costs, we like the exclusivity and ethos at Mara Pains where the focus remains on the game viewing and intimate bush experience as much as the hospitality. In fact, the location of the camp is ideal for game viewing with access to both the Mara North and Olare Motorogi Conservancies as well as the Mara Reserve itself. This is the best camp in the Mara for guests wanting to combine five star comfort and exclusivity with intensive game viewing.


Accessed by a wide rope suspension bridge over the Ntiakatek River, the camp accommodates up to 16 guests in seven spacious and luxurious tents raised off the ground on wooden decks, including a Honeymoon Suite with its own suspension bridge…


The Masai Mara ecosystem is one of the best game viewing areas in Africa and is especially good for viewing the big cats. Elephants, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, impala, gazelles, eland, waterbuck…


Mara Plains accepts children eight years and older and is very suitable for families providing the price and style of the camp is suitable. The Jahazi Suite is particularly suitable for families of five…

Conservation & community

Mara Plains is part of Great Plains Conservation which has a non-profit Foundation (Great Plains Foundation) spanning both Kenya and Botswana. In Kenya the Foundation, working with other organisations, supports the Maasai Olympics…

Location Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Olare Orok (1 hour drive from lodge)
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Luxury tented lodge
Focus Big game
Children 6 years +
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Cultural excursions / Hot air ballooning
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 4 (or 6 in extended vehicles)
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms 7 tents (including 1x two bedroom suite)
Family Accommodation 1 two bedroomed Jahazi Suite
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Bath
Power for charging Communal / In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Low voltage hairdryers supplied in room
Heating/Cooling Ceiling fan
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Horn / Whistle
Wi-Fi In room
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming No
Wellness Spa overlooking river
Dining Style Communal and private
Drinks Included All drinks (excluding special requests)
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard