Mara Expedition Camp
Top notch luxury with a conscience
Located a few kilometers from sister camp Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp has been built on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending savannah in the north-central section of the Maasai Mara. It’s a perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, which has been constructed in the spirit of mobility and quiet respect to the wilderness which surrounds it. This is a place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to vast territories, where we must take our lead from Mother Nature.
Set at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, the camp’s five tents forego fancy amenities in favour of non-permanence and a light environmental footprint (see below) but in no way compromise on comfort being fully serviced with flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot-and-cold running water. There’s an air of yesteryear in Mara Expedition Camp’s design, and each tent is decorated with an eclectic yet co-ordinated assembly of what early explorers may have carried with them – brass chandeliers, old Indian campaign chests, soft leather and hardwood furniture – combined with rich textiles and crisp cotton linens
The camp is in prime leopard territory and the annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes literally in front of your tent, offering you the chance to witness one of the miracles of nature first-hand from the comfort of your verandah. Early morning and afternoon game drives are lead by experienced guides in open 4×4 vehicles within the Maasai Mara Reserve and predator activity is intense meaning sighting of kills are common. Hot air balloon flights are available upon request and a bird’s eye view of the migration madness is a truly breathtaking spectacle.
Mara Expedition Camp is a place of learning – a place to understand what it means to be immersed in the wilderness and witness the circle of life in action.
In essence, Mara Expedition Camp can be completely removed if need be and on decommission the site can be very easily returned to the state in which it was found (or better). All materials used in its construction are “green” and/or recycled from elsewhere and all of the energy is solar. Solid waste is separated and sent to Nairobi for recycling while paper and combustibles are used in wood heaters when needed. A low ratio of guests to land minimises any impact on the environment and its wildlife.
Why we like it
The great migration outside your front door
Heart-in-mouth predator sightings
Exquisite styling and luxury
Top notch conservation credentials