Encounter Mara Camp
Encounter Mara Camp is built to the highest eco-standards and traditional safari-style. Encounter Mara sits beneath a magnificent canopy of acacia trees and blends seamlessly with the bush. There is an excellent chance you’ll encounter giraffe or zebra strolling through camp.
Relax in camp for the day and let the animals like plains game and big cats come to you.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the canvas dining tent in the centre of camp against a backdrop of the African bush. The lounge area is furnished in a simple style that allows the views of the Masai Mara to take centre stage. With the nearby salt lick attracting regular wildlife you could spend the entire day in camp as they wander past.
This camp has been specially designed to offer you an experience akin to living in an animal hide.
The best time for game viewing is in the early mornings and late afternoons when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season your day may start slightly earlier or later as the days get warmer. The pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
Read our Country Information for advice on travel to Kenya.
For further reading on the Masai Mara National Reserve read the UNESCO report that details the Great East African Rift Valley as well.
It’s a good idea to make the most of your visit to the Serengeti and the Masai Mara and we always recommend a good combination of lodges for your safari to Africa. Have a look at Rekero Camp or Naboisho in the Naboisho Conservancy where you will find incredibly high lion densities.
How to Get There
Fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with either South African Airways, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways or Air Namibia. Arriving in Nairobi you will be met and assisted onto your light aircraft for the flight to Mara Ol Seki airstrip. Here you will be met by the camp guide who will drive you to the camp. This is a 45 minute game drive from the airstrip.
For assistance with flights from Nairobi to the camp please contact us, we will ensure your holiday is seamless.
Rates and Seasons
1 – 30 April 2020
Per person sharing $328-00
1 – 30 June 2019, 1 November – 19 December 2019 & 6 January – 31 March 2020
Per person sharing $504-00
1 July – 31 October 2019, 20 – 31 December 2019 & 1 – 5 January 2020
Per person sharing $666-00
Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Encounter Mara, and there is a custom family tent. The guides love children and together with them they will enjoy making bows and arrows, making traditional fires with sticks and elephant dung or going for fun walks in camp. Children are accommodated in the family tent or by adding a third bed to a tent; we strongly recommend that children below 12 always share a room/tent with an adult. Families of six or more are guaranteed a private safari vehicle at no extra cost in low season. In high season, families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at an additional cost.
The greatest luxury of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is the exclusivity and freedom it offers. From Encounter Mara you can explore the world-famous Maasai Mara ecosystem on foot, by vehicle and at night – freedom that is just not possible in the Mara Reserve itself.
Game drives are offered twice daily and take in the Conservancy as well as the adjoining Maasai Mara Reserve. In the conservancy, off-road driving is permitted – this gives you the liberty to explore every hidden valley and secret corner. Also available is the opportunity to spot some of Kenya’s famous ‘nightlife’ on an evening game drive when darkness falls.
Short Nature Walks
In between morning and afternoon game drives, explore the area near camp on a short nature walk with your guide, taking in the smaller details of the savannah ecosystem such as birdlife and plantlife. (Note: These nature walks are not full walking safaris. We recommend that guests looking for longer, ½ day excursions on foot consider a stay at Naboisho Camp where guided walking safaris are available.)
Make every minute count: take along a delicious packed breakfast or picnic lunch in the morning to enjoy in the heart of the bush while the game roams all around you.
Cultural & community visits
The majority of Encounter Mara’s guides are drawn from the local Maasai communities and are landowners in the conservancy. They are always eager to share their culture and way of life with interested guests, and visits to nearby villages and homesteads are easily arranged.
Hot-air balloon safaris
This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon. (at an additional cost)
Spend the night in a simple fly camp in a quiet corner of the conservancy and enjoy splendid meals cooked over the campfire with only the sounds of the bush for company. (at an additional cost).