Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

If a camp’s success lies in its details, then Mara Plains Camp is truly blessed, located as it is on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to its south

Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, only to be greeted by an endless horizon with one, single, flat-topped tree – the quintessential shape of East Africa – right in your line of sight.

It’s a small detail, perhaps, but one which Great Plains co-founder Dereck Joubert spent days considering as he paced the approach to ensure the impact of arrival in camp was maximised. On deciding the best route, his only hope remained that an elephant didn’t flatten that all-important tree!

Such are the apparently unimportant decisions which, when added up, go towards making Mara Plains Camp the marvelous combination of romance, adventure, discovery and exploration that it is.

When sitting in the middle of one of the richest wild ecosystems in the world it’s exceptionally important not to try and upstage what nature has provided, so the design of Mara Plains is one of understatement and quiet class. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Maasai and Arab culture. Ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors who have roamed this land for millennia.

Add to this cultural melting pot a nod to the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements, rather than overwhelm the surrounding wilderness.

One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having unfettered access to the Maasai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.

TENT DETAILS
BEDROOM DETAILS

• 700 sq. foot tented rooms with private verandah (of nearly equal size);
• Desk and dressing area as well as small lounge;
• Either twin or double bed configuration;
• Tents are beige in color with high ceilings and netted windows, so are light and bright;
• Honeymoon tents are Tents 4 and 7.  Tents 3 and 5 are closest to the main area.

BATHROOM DETAILS
• En-suite with flush loo, shower (indoor), copper bath tub and double basins;
• Hot and cold running water;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided;
• Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device  (low voltage hairdryers provided).

CONSTRUCTION
• Customised large canvas tent on raised wooden decking.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL
• Overhead ceiling fan.

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;
• 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 and/or individual tables, a la carte.(menu options).

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, Tents 5 and 6 are close to the main area with minimal steps.

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

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Main lounge and library on raised decks, uniquely framing the landscape;
• Dining room and bar;
• Coffee/tea station;
• Outdoor fire pit with seating.

SHOP/BOUTIQUE
• A selection of local and regional wares available.

SPA/GYM
• Yoga mats and bands are provided in each suite.

PRIVATE VEHICLE
• Available at additional cost, based on availability.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT Each guest tent has the following for guest use on a complimentary basis during their stay:
• Canon EOS 5D camera bodies, monopods and a wide selection of 24-70mm, 24-105mm and100-400mm lenses;
• Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars.

CHILDREN
• We look forward to having children stay with us that are 8 years and older;
• Families with children (8-15) may 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 a river nearby;
• Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities (kid’s program excepted);
• 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: Universal plug points;
• Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any high wattage device  (low voltage hairdryers provided).

INTERNET & MOBILE
• Cell service is relatively good. Wi-fi available in guest tents;
• 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 as this is a high-density predator area.

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

FIRE SAFETY
• Fire extinguishers in each tent.

EXTRAS MONEY MATTERS 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;
• Credit card facilities are available in camp (except American Express) subject to 3.5% charge.

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