Mara Expedition Camp

Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara
Mara Expedition Camp sits in a small bend on the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and just a few miles from its sister camp, Mara Plains. Mara Expedition Camp is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from the designs of Africa’s original explorers and designed for those who search for East Africa’s romantic safari era. Here, you will experience the best of both worlds: the intense action of the Masai Mara ecosystem, as well as the more private 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy. It is safari chic with five light and airy, spacious canvas tents, each with en-suite bathrooms where you enjoy piping hot water from huge brass ‘safari showers’ to a chorus of hippos lazing nearby. It is set down low, hidden from lights and noise and any sign of mankind. Under the grove of Africa ebony trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design, but just enough for all the comforts. This camp’s ambiance and ‘back to the classics’ safari design will be a sure hit with private groups, and safari aficionados. The camp is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering the riverbanks. And is positioned to take best advantage of two migrations – the famous…
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annual Serengeti migration and the green season migration from Loita Plains, an additional 50,000 wildebeest and over 100,000 zebras vying for grazing rights. Mara Expedition Camp is a place for the ardent safari-goer. Full days, with picnic breakfast (and often lunch, too), traverse some of Africa’s richest game country, renowned for extraordinary predator density and frequent hunts. Access to both the Masai Mara Reserve and Mara North Conservancy give you options of more privacy. With abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise. Leopard are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find shelter in dense thickets and rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The reserve is also home to over 450 bird species. 

Mara Expedition Camp’s two specially designed Land Cruisers are totally open-sided (a rarity in the Mara) offer 300-degree views which provide ideal opportunities for photography. Under the guidance of top guides, each vehicle comes fully-equipped with a stocked fridge and photography tools. Hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara is available at additional cost, and is a truly stunning way to experience the landscape and an unforgettable sunrise. If culture is of interest, then visits to Masai bomas as well as local school and community projects (supported by Mara Expedition Camp) are possible, and a wonderful insight into the region’s colorful people.


  • 5 uniquely designed tents on slightly raised decking
  • Large bedroom with dressing room and small seating area
  • En-suite bathroom with flush loo, double brass basin and a campaign style, romantic bucket shower
  • Hot water is provided on demand for showers, and a thermos of hot water is always available at the vanities
  • Fly netting on all tent sides
  • Main guest area includes central lounge and dining room
  • Outdoor fire area with seating
  • Situated on private 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy
  • Exceptional wildlife sightings thanks to the wide open spaces and the openness of the Mara
  • Wildebeest, kongoni, topi, large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, black-maned lion, cheetah and massive crocodiles in the Mara River
  • Twice daily game drives
  • Hot air ballooning available at an additional cost
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
  • Solar farm provides 24 hour 220v electricity
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