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Mara Expedition Camp

“Mara Expedition Camp is positioned in a grove of typical East African acacia trees overlooking a valley in the Masai Mara Reserve.

The Mara Expedition camp is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from Africa’s original explorers’ designs 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 Maasai Mara ecosystem, as well as the more private 28,000-hectare Mara North Conservancy. Mara Expedition Camp is a stylish experience and adventure camp unique to the industry and fits the service levels, specialised guiding and design that has become associated with Great Plains Conservation.

Mara Expedition camp is safari chic with five light and airy, spacious canvas tents, plus one 2-bedroom family tent. It is set down low, hidden from lights and noise from other camps or properties or any sign of mankind. Under the grove of Africa acacia trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design, but just enough for all the comforts. This camp’s ambience and ‘back to the classic’ Safari design will be a sure hit with private groups and safari enthusiasts alike.

The camp is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering nearby and is positioned to take the best advantage of two migrations – the famous 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 Mara North Conservancy give guests options of more privacy when not out exploring the Masai Mara Reserve.

Camp Features

Mara Expedition Camp can accommodate up to 12 adult guests.

Total Number of Bedrooms:

– 5 twin or double guest tents

– 1 two-bedroomed family tent

– 1 Guide tent with a bed and bathroom

Type of Lodge:

Explorers Collection Safari Camp

Lodge Season & Opening:

Year Round

Ideal length of stay:

3 / 4 Nights

Special Offers

Accommodation Details

Bathroom features

  • En-suite with flush loo, double brass basins and a campaign-styled indoor shower;
  • Hot water is provided;
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
  • The power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device.

Accommodating Children and Sharing

  • The Camp Welcome who are 6 years and older;
  •  The family tent can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 1 or 2 children;
  • No triples possible;
  • Families with children may be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests unless a private vehicle is booked and paid for;
  • Young children must be supervised as the camp is open,with high predator densities in and around camp;
  • Great Plains Young Explorers Kid’s program is available –thoughtfully designed to explore various experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife

Food & Beverage

Safari Activities

Game viewing

Early morning, late afternoon and early evening game drives take place in the Masai Mara Reserve and the private Mara North Conservancy. Mara Expedition Camp’s two specially designed Land Cruisers are totally open-sided (a rarity in the region), offering 300-degree views, which provide ideal photography opportunities.Under our top guides’ guidance, each vehicle comes fully equipped with a stocked fridge.

game viewing in masai mara

The Maasai Mara and surrounding conservancies are ideal for some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife and birding scenes. A limited number of high-quality binoculars are also available for guest’s complimentaryuse during their stay.

Hot Air Ballooning
Cultural Experience

The Naboisho Women’s Group cultural experience is supported by the Great Plains Foundation, enabling the group to purchase raw materials in bulk including a tailor hired to work on leather products. Available to guests staying at Great Plains Conservation camps all profits from the sale of their wares are ploughed back into the women’s business training to ensure this group is self-sustainable.Items available for purchase include, but are not limited to,beaded & leather products, coasters, bracelets, necklaces,belts, dog collars, earrings, and decorated dawa sticks for example.

Samburu Cultural visits

Mara Expedition Camp Rates

Per person per night sharing$955$835$ 1 255
Single supplement*$478$418$628
Children sharing with adult rate (6 – 15 years)$478$418$628
Per 2-bedroom family tent per night$ 2 865$ 2 505$ 3 765
Compulsory Maasai Mara National Reserve feeJan-May$ 100 & June Onward $200 per adult per night | Half of adult per child (06-15 years)**
Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community Contribution$50
  • Mid: 11 January – 31 March 2024
  • Low: 01 April – 14 June  & 01 November – 19 December 2024
  • High: 15 June – 31 October & 20 December 2023 – 10 January 2025

Child Policy

  • Children are accommodated from a minimum age of 6 years.
  • Activities will cater to family ability & safety. Some activities may have a specific age related restriction – please refer to the general notes at the end of this manual.
  • The 2-Bedroom Family Suite sleeps 3 adults sharing or 2 adults and 2 children of 6-15 years.
  • Should the family tent be unavailable, child rates are applicable for up to one child aged 15 and younger sharing with one adult in a tent.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rates and be accommodated in a separate tent.
  • Families will be combined with other guests for all game viewing activities.

Rates Includes/Excludes

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, scheduled activities in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Mara North Conservancy, all meals, laundry, return Ol Kiombo airstrip road transfers, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium beverages.
  • Guided bush walks are also available on site at this property, at the camp manager’s discretion.
  • Exclusive of conservation/park fees (amount subject to change without notice), and hot air ballooning which should be booked in advance.
  • The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Nairobi Wilson to this camp are excluded from the full nightly rate. However, when combined with a Great Plains Conservation Réserve Collection Maasai Mara-based camp on a minimum 2-night stay in each camp, return scheduled air transfers to/from Nairobi Wilson are included.
  • The Maasai Mara National Reserve and Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community levy is applicable to all private pilot / guide stays.
  • ** Maasai Mara park fee is subject to change without prior notice.
  • *For all multiple single-room reservations in shoulder and low season, a single supplement will apply from the 2nd single room.
  • Local airlines offer daily scheduled flights between Nairobi’s Wilson airport and Maasai Mara’s Ol Kiombo airstrip. Schedule and rates available on request. Minimum 2 guests required per flight.
  • Local airlines use a variety of aircraft ranging from a Cessna Caravan (12 seats) to a 40-seat aircraft. The flying times are approximate as the service could land at additional airstrips en route, depending on passenger demand.
  • The camp has one complimentary use professional camera body and lens set. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’s departure.
Special Offers

Experience the best safari destinations Kenya has to offer!

Stay for 4 nights at any of our Maasai Mara camps or the magnificent ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills and only pay for 3!

Extend your ultimate Kenyan safari experience by combining 4 nights at either of our Maasai Mara camps with 4 nights at ol Donyo Lodge and only pay for 6 nights!

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • This offer is valid for a safari stay of a minimum of 4 nights at one of the following Kenyan camps – Mara Plains Camp,The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp, The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, Mara Expedition Camp,Mara Toto Camp and ol Donyo Lodge;
  • This offer is valid for travel from 11 January – 14 June 2023, 01 November – 19 December 2023, 11 January – 14 June 2024 and 01 November – 19 December 2024;
  • This offer is valid to all standard guest US$ rate accommodation reservations;
  • Guide rates and private game drive vehicle hire rates are additional;
  • Conservation, park fees and levies apply to all free nights;
  • Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi Wilson Airport are included for stays at Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains,Mara Nyika Camp and ol Donyo Lodge. Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi are excluded from stays at Mara Expedition Camp & Mara Toto Camp unless combined with Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp,The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika and/or ol Donyo Lodge;
  • Offers cannot be combined and are offered on a stand alone basis per reservation.

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