Mara Nyika is listed in the property portfolio of Great Plains, a company that owns and runs some superb safari camps and lodges across Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Great Plains prides itself on conservation tourism, ensuring that the areas in which it operates are very well cared for. Since the camp’s opening, the Maasai Mara’s Naboisho Conservancy has certainly benefited from guest stays. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and all scheduled activities. The camp is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from the Ol Seki airstrip. It’s situated within the Naboisho Conservancy, an area comprising over 20,000 hectares to the north-east of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MARA NYIKA:
Guest accommodation consists of three standard suites and two family suites, the latter option with two bedrooms. Each suite links to the communal areas of the camp along raised walkways. The suites are housed within light-coloured canvas, and positioned in the cool shade of umbrella thorn trees. Inside the standard suite, there’s a double bed, bedside stands and lighting, a lovely lounge area, and exquisitely appointed washing facilities including twin washbasins and a sumptuous copper bathtub! The décor throughout is very luxurious, featuring colourful rugs on the wooden floors and beautifully draped curtains that can be opened to reveal amazing vistas across the conservancy. Both family suites offer an extra bedroom for children, and all units boast a private deck, where you can relax and even indulge in a little private dining, all the while marvelling at the views!
The communal areas at Mara Nyika are just as comfortable as the guest accommodation. In the lounge, you’ll find nicely padded sofas and armchairs around a central coffee table. There are rugs here too, while the walls are set with shelves of artefacts and a variety of wines. The dining area features safari chairs, wooden tables, and beautiful views! Both spaces flow out onto a deck, perfect for communal dining. There’s even a firepit, where you can relax with a drink and share your safari stories.
ACTIVITIES AT MARA NYIKA:
Mara Nyika offers an exciting range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- Morning and afternoon drives are available in not only the Naboisho Conservancy but also the Maasai Mara National Reserve! Both these areas contain a wealth of wildlife. The conservancy covers well over 20,000 hectares of rippling plains, wooded valleys, and water sources, and it’s home to lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelopes, Nile crocodile, and hippo. The Maasai Mara itself boasts all Big Five, and the added attraction of the wildebeest Great Migration from July to October every year. There’s plenty of birdlife too!
Night drives- Safarists also enjoy night drives, within Naboisho. Species to look out for include aardvark, civet cat, white-tailed mongoose, and the prickly porcupine!
Walks- These are available during the morning, before the heat of the day sets in. Walking with a safari guide is a great opportunity to take a look at the smaller lives of Naboisho – the plants, insects, and brilliant bird species.
Cultural experiences- Every guest stay at the camp will help Great Plains to support over five hundred families in the Maasai community. You’ll be invited to visit one such community, to find out all about its members’ ways of life.
Hot air balloon safaris- This activity incurs an additional cost, but we reckon it’s well worth it! We’ve long been fans of balloon rides over the Maasai Mara. You’ll rise just before dawn and enjoy spectacular sights of the region’s sprawling plains and its inhabitants, before descending to a delicious bush breakfast. A real treat!
Young Explorers programme- The camp provides all sorts of things to do for children, while adults are off on game drives, and so on. For more information about these activities, or anything else to do with staying at Mara Nyika, please contact a member of YZ.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.