What we love about Encounter Mara Camp
Its incredible location - Located in the 20,234-hecatre Mara Naboisho Conservancy of southwest Kenya, the camp also sits alongside the famous Masai Mara Reserve. Here, there are a high concentration of lions, as well as other safari favourites like giraffes, elephants and zebras.
Designed with the wild in mind - Designed to be as open as possible, the camp ensures you take in the sounds of the Mara at all times - whether you're having a siesta to eating dinner. The viewing deck offers views of the salt lick, where zebras and lions gather. Have breakfast and watch as giraffes stroll right past the fence.
Dine in the wild - Opt for a long game drive and taking a picnic breakfast or lunch to dine on in the bush. Venture on a sundowner and take snacks to enjoy on a late afternoon drive before coming back to a freshly made dinner at camp.
Although the Masai Mara National Reserve is known for being on the route of the Great Migration, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy has its own version. The Loita Migration sees thousands of wildebeest and zebras travelling through the conservancy to Loita Plains.
Rooms and Amenities
Encounter Mara Camp consists of 10 tents that are comfortable and spacious in their design. All are equipped with en-suite bathrooms fitted with vanity basins, flushing toilets, and hot water showers.
In the afternoon, lounge on your tent's private shaded veranda with a drink in hand, taking in the views. Also available to you is a complimentary laundry service.
The camp is suitable for disabled and low mobility guests.
Activities at Encounter Mara Camp
There is a great choice of activities at Encounter Mara Camp, due to its location, it has more freedom than other conservancies.
Here are a few of our favourite activities on offer:
- Game Drives - These run at both dawn and dusk, when the animals are most active. Drive off-road to get a closer look and drive at night to spot nocturnal animals.
- Community Visits - The guides are local to the area, and are more than happy to share their culture with you. Trips can be organised to visit the nearby villages.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides - As the sun begins to rise, soar over the Masai Mara National Reserve and watch the landscape beneath you from a new and exciting perspective.
When to Travel
The Mara is incredible all year round, but travel depending on what you want to experience.
The Great Migration season runs from July to October, and these are the best months to view river crossings.
July and August are the busiest months, and we recommend travelling at a quieter time of year for the best experience. December to June see a lot fewer people in the Mara and greater wildlife sightings.