Mara Nyika is the latest addition to 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. We’re delighted that the Maasai Mara’s Naboisho Conservancy is set to benefit too. Accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and all scheduled activities. The camp will be open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp will be accessed via road transfer from the Ol Seki airstrip. It’s situated within the Naboisho Conservancy, which lies to the north-east of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MARA NYIKA:
Guest accommodation will consist of just four tents, each sleeping a maximum of two adults. If required, a guide’s tent will be available too. Each tent will link to the communal areas of the camp along raised walkways. So far we haven’t received any additional information about the tents, but based on our visits to other Great Plains properties we anticipate that this will be classic accommodation. The interiors will most likely be very comfortable, with well-appointed en-suite facilities. And we hope there’ll be a private veranda, providing a great spot for relaxing and enjoying views over the open plains of Naboisho!
At present, we know very little about the communal areas of Mara Nyika, but Great Plains’ introductory notes certainly emphasize the wonderful vistas guests will enjoy while lounging and dining in camp! In fact, the word Nyika actually means ‘great plains’. The company also suggests that the new property will combine very well with its Mara Plains, a luxurious riverside camp in the Maasai Mara’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Mara Plains offers al fresco dining options, and we think Nyika will too. There might also be a fire-pit, where guests will gather in the evening to share safari stories! We’ll update our own notes as soon as we can.
ACTIVITIES AT MARA NYIKA:
Mara Nyika will offer an exciting range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- Morning and afternoon drives will be 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 will also enjoy night drives, within Naboisho. Species to look out for include civet cat, white-tailed mongoose, and the prickly porcupine!
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 able to visit one such community, to find out all about its members’ ways of life.
Hot air balloon safaris- This activity will incur an additional cost, but we reckon it’ll be 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!
*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.