Mara Expedition Camp

Located a few kilometers from 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. Guests are able to maximise their safari experience within the Maasai Mara Reserve all year round at Mara Expedition Camp with the camp only closed between the period Apr 1 to Jun 14 during the heavy rainy season.

It’s a perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, which has been constructed in the spirit of mobility and non-permanence out of deference to the wilderness, which surrounds it.

There’s an air of yesteryear in Mara Expedition Camp’s design, which draws stylistic reference from the old, authentic expedition camps of the colonial era. Temporary and transient in atmosphere, there is nonetheless a perfect blend of comfort, adventure and harmony in the camp’s five, custom-designed tents.

Set at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, the tents forego fancy amenities but still leave you wanting for nothing. With flushing toilets, bucket showers and hot-and-cold running water, 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, rich leather and hardwood furniture – combined with rich textiles and soft cottons. But it’s out on the plains of the Maasai Mara and the adjacent Mara North Conservancy that guests really connect with Africa and live the explorer experience, surrounded by wildlife.

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.

 

CAMP SIZE
A maximum of 12 guests sharing in six tented rooms, plus an additional guide’s tent as required. Triples for children sharing with adults can be arranged upon request.

TYPE OF LODGE 
Seasonal Safari camp

LODGE SEASON & OPENING
15 June to 31 October 2017 and 20 December 2017 to 10 January 2018

IDEAL LENGTH OF STAY 
3 - 4 nights

​ACTIVITIES
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle and boat-based activities when water levels permit.

LOCATION
Northern Botswana on a 77,000 hectare Duba Plains Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

GEOGRAPHY ACCESS DIRECTIONS
• Scheduled light aircraft transfer to the nearest airstrip, Ol Kiombo, from Nairobi’s Wilson domestic airport (1 hr 15 mins) and other locations in Kenya;
• Mara Expedition Camp is a 45-minute drive from the airstrip;
• Co-ordinates:  01° 21 08.4’ min South, 035° 09 46.8 min East.

TENT DETAILS- BEDROOM
• Uniquely designed custom tents on slightly raised decking;
• Large bedroom with dressing and small seating area;
• Classic in style, the tents are of tan canvas with plenty of netted windows and high ceilings;
• Either twin or double bed configuration;
• The "Honeymoon" tent is Tent 1 with Tent 2 being closest to the main area.

TENT DETAILS- BATHROOM
• En-suite 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;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
• Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device.

CONSTRUCTION
• Customised canvas tent on slightly raised decking.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL
• None, because camp is very shaded.

MOSQUITO NETS
• Fly netting on all tent sides.

FOOD & DRINK
• All meals included;
• All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
• Excellent: Three delicious meals a day are provided. We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives;
• All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested.

USUAL BOARD BASIS
• Full board.

DINING STYLE
• Group meals.

DINING LOCATIONS
• Indoor and outdoor.

ROOM SERVICE
• No.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
• The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain;
• For the walking impaired, Tent 2 is closest to the main area with minimal steps.

LAUNDRY
• Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting.

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Central lounge and dining room;
• Coffee/tea station;
• Outdoor fire area with seating.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT
Each guest tent has the following for guest use on a complimentary basis during their stay:
• Two Canon 50D camera sets with wide angle and 100-400mm lenses;
• Complimentary on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Photos will be downloaded to a DVD on guest’s departure.
• A limited number of Leica binoculars are also available for guest’s complimentary use during their stay.

PRIVATE VEHICLE
• Not available.

CHILDREN
• We look forward to having children stay with us who are 8 years and older;
• Families with children (8-15) will be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
• Children under 8 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use;
• Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp;
• Kid’s program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE
• The camp is run by an impressive solar farm;
• This system produces 240V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
• Plug points in each tent;
• Type of plug: British large three-pin;
• Power system does not allow hairdryers, shavers or any high-wattage device.

NTERNET & MOBILE
• Mobile reception is relatively good and internet wireless access is sporadic;
• No cell phones or computers are allowed in the public areas of camp or on game drive vehicles, only in the privacy of guest tents.

HEALTH & SAFETY MALARIA
• Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned.

MEDICAL CARE
• Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
• Senior staff all has first aid training; 
• Nearest decent medical facility is in Nairobi.

RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
• Moderate – high density predator area.

SECURITY MEASURES
• 24-hours a day, guards armed with traditional spears.

FIRE SAFETY
• Fire extinguishers in each tent.

SAFES
• Safes are provided in every room.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION
• All inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Kenyan Shillings, US Dollars or GB Pounds;
• There are no credit card facilities available.

 

Mara Expedition Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airstrip, the transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route.

Safarilink and/or Air Kenya offer scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to the Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Maasai Mara Reserve. This airstrip is licensed for a wide range of aircraft including, but not limited to, King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.

Flying distance from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ol Kiombo is 390km and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is about an hour. Flying times depend on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

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