Mara Plains Camp is swathed by thick forest on a bend of the Ntiakitiak River. It sits inside the 35,000-acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and borders Kenya’s iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve. And yet, amid one of the planet’s most iconic wildlife destinations, Mara Plains Camp serves as a stunning and intimate experience of its own.
This Relais & Châteaux-member property’s design and decor carries the essence of East Africa: its Swahili heritage is reflected by large wooden doors from the island of Lamu, while red accents honour great Maasai chiefs or warriors. Thanks to the rich leathers, copper and brass present in campaign-style furniture, an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere pervades – one which complements the surrounding wilderness. Above all, this property speaks to the intersection of cultures and serves as a meeting place in which to talk, swap ideas or share the day’s experiences.
As one of only five camps found inside the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains has prestigious access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive land – prime habitats for a vast number of wildlife species – along with unfettered access to the 375,000-acre Masai Mara reserve.