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Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

My stay at Mara Plains was my third camp in the Mara and was the best so far. Being just outside of the main park means that guests don't have to fight the main crowds and often you are the only vehicle on a sighting.
The camp itself is small and perfectly formed, with a really special location on a river. It is tucked away, so not an eyesore unlike many others locally and the tents are a notch above others I've stayed in. And I believe they are about to undergo a total refit so they'll be even more special soon.
Food, service and guides were all excellent and for my friend's Birthday they went out of their way to do special surprise champagne sun downers which were really special.
As an extra treat we took our own private guide Warren Samuels who was the original founder of the camp. Though no longer associated with it, he has good connections there and they'll let him drive you in your own private vehicle if you take him along. If you want to upgrade your safari experience it is definitely worth considering booking him. See www.wildvisionadventures.com for his contact details.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

After three nights at another camp inside the reserve, we stayed at Mara Plains which is situated in the Olare Orok conservancy just to the north of the reserve. The main advantage of this conservancy is the reduced vehicle numbers (only three small camps), the ability to drive “off road” and to undertake night drives. These advantages proved to be critical as we had fantastic cheetah and leopard sightings – initially on our own and only eventually joined by a couple of other vehicles. I think the conservancy is trying to follow the South African private reserve rules and only allow up to four cars (the original spotter plus three others) at a sighing at any one time. On previous visits, the downside to conservancies has been cattle grazing – at Olare Orok it was well managed, non invasive and actually improved game viewing because of the resultant lower grass levels (grass was generally high in the area because of heavy rains in November).

Our main guide (other than for the first evening drive) was Ping, one of the most senior guides in the Mara. His knowledge of the area, fauna and flora, was exceptional – certainly the best guide we have ever had. We found most of our own animals and you could sense his disappointment when we were searching for something specific only to find that another vehicle had found the animal before us ! On our first evening we had an astonishing leopard sighting – we were on our own with a female leopard for around 4 hours when she started to hunt at around 9pm, caught a dik-dik, carried it for one km and then deposited it in a tree. She then walked for another 500m when we heard a squeak from the bushes and her six week old cub appeared ! The following morning we returned before sunrise and had mother and cub (and dead dik-dik) to ourselves for another two hours. None of this would have been possible inside the reserve as we would have had to return to the camp by 7.15pm and there would have been many more vehicles.

We also had a very good cheetah sighting – again spotted by us and on our own with them for an hour. I think that the conservancies, if well managed, will be the future of the Mara - certainly at the higher end of the market. 



The camp itself was fantastic. Richard and Lorna were superb hosts with Richard’s stories particularly enthralling. The food was fantastic (by far the best we have experienced in the Mara on six previous visits) as was the service generally.
The camp will soon undergo a major refurbishment despite being wonderful as it is. One request … please do not increase the prices which are already near the top end in the Mara as it may stop us re-visiting with our daughters !

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

It is simply not possible to have a more luxurious experience in a tent! The setting is stunning, the staff helpful and interesting, the food outstanding, and the animals -- AMAZING!! This is without a doubt the most amazing vacation I have ever had.

This camp is built on platforms above a small creek. The animals are EVERYWHERE around you. The views from the tents are once-in-a-lifetime. The staff is cute, interesting, and incredibly helpful. This lodge lies within and participates with a private nature preserve just north of the national park, thus it has access to animals in a less dense, more natural setting. The nature guides are experts, and know how to get the best views in the most environmentally sensitive ways.

We saw ALL the big animals, in addition to some interesting unusual ones, such as an Ardwolf and a Green Viper. The bottom line is that this is as wonderful a safari as you can find anywhere in the world. Obviously it is quite expensive, but if you want the best, this is it. Contact me if you want a more complete endorsement.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

I have just stayed at Mara plains and had Daniel as my guide.  Out of all the lodges I have stayed at, this young man was exceptional.  He was informative about everything, willing to do anything to make sure the client had a good experience, and all with a smile. Richard and Lorna are wonderful and this was my first safari and travelled alone, and they made sure I was comfortable and were very attentive.  I would definitely recommend this lodge.  You can have the fanciest accommodations but if the attitude is not genuine, it won't matter.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

This was the third experience in the Masai Mara for my wife & myself, & our recent stay of four nights at Mara Plains in the Olare Orok Conservancy was exceptional. A beautifully situated camp, with comfortable & spacious permanent tents & a well planned main area for dining & relaxing with other guests.
The staff were friendly, experienced & helpful, under the management of Lorna & Richard, a young couple who were so competent at it all, it was a pleasure to stay. The game viewing with our guide Daniel, was made so interesting & exciting by him. He was knowledgeable, patient & professional & we managed to see most things including three zebra & wildebeest crossings of the Mara River & a cheetah kill. Anyone thinking of a safari camp in the Masai Mara should include Mara Plains in their planning.

J & J Sydney, Aust.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Great Plains Conservation Mara Plains Camp

Address: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve 0000, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #49 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 83,886 - ₹ 1,59,461 (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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