What makes Mara Naboisho special?

  • Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a shining light for conservation, and a wonderful example of the mutual benefit between local people and the travel industry through joint land use. The Maasai people still own the land, and lease it out to camp owners. 
  • Low camp density and restrictions on the number of beds and vehicles combine to keep visitor numbers low, and wildlife sightings high. 
  • There is a huge variety of activities possible here, including walking safaris, fly-camping, night drives, off-road driving, game drives and cultural experiences. 
  • You have access to the Maasai Mara National Reserve from Naboisho. It's possible to head into the reserve for a safari, and then come back to the conservancy where it's quieter. 
  • Game viewing in the conservancy is just as good as in its bigger sister, the Maasai Mara National Reserve. 
  • Mara Naboisho has some of the best lion densities of any park or conservancy in East Africa.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Visit the Mara Naboisho Conservancy on these trips

The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.

Wildlife at Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Over 100 lions call this savannah home, one of the largest populations in the world. The largest single pride of lions in the Greater Mara region is found at Mara Naboisho. 

In addition to the impressive population of lions, you'll also find elephants, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest. 

The game viewing at Naboisho is often better than in the Mara National Reserve as the conservancy is smaller, and there are strict caps on the number of camps and beds allowed. This means there are fewer vehicles out, and more wildlife in a smaller area. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Things to do at Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Game drives

At Naboisho, there are limits on the number of vehicles allowed near the areas known for wildlife sightings. Vehicles are also required to keep at least 20 metres distance from all animals. 

Combined, this means the chances of wildlife sightings are much better, and it's a great example of responsible tourism. 

Night drives are also possible at Mara Naboisho, not something that is possible at the Mara National Reserve. Since the park is a conservancy, not a reserve, there are fewer restrictions on the activities you can do.  

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Walking safaris & fly camps

Walking safaris take you deep into the wilderness. Walking safaris are often combined with fly-camping at Naboisho.

As day turns to night, set up camp under the moonlit sky and drift off under the stars.

In the vast expanse, with no one around but your group and your guides, you'll feel like you have the entire wilderness to yourselves. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Experiencing Maasai culture

Safari guides at Naboisho are all from local Maasai villages. They are always keen to educate and share their culture with visitors. 

There are a number of villages around the conservancy which you can visit. It's also important to note that the Maasai people still own the land at Naboisho, and lease it out to safari camp owners. 

The conservancy is a shining light for conservation, and a great example of mutual benefit between the Maasai, camp owners, and travellers. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Adorned in their traditional garb

Lodges and Camps at Mara Naboisho

Asilia Naibosho Camp

A secluded and exclusive accommodation option within the conservancy, Asilia Naibosho Camp is a small collection of nine tents, and one of the best accommodation options in the conservancy

Asilia have developed a photographic safari vehicle in the form of a modified Land Cruiser with 360 degree rotating photography seats in the back. 

The camps are beautifully furnished, and the service provided by Asilia is among the best in East African safaris. 

Naboisho Camp, Kenya

Leopard Hill

Situated at the heart of the conservancy, Leopard Hill is another luxe accommodation option at Naboisho. 

Next to a series of watering holes where wildlife often comes for a drink, each tent is equipped with a motorised roof which can be removed by the guests to provide a clear view of the stars at night.

Leopard Hill also offers massages and spa treatments, meaning guests can wind down and relax after a day out in the bush. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Eagle View

A small nest of nine tents all equipped with terraces, Eagle view is situated atop a natural hill with scenic views of a nearby watering hole.

Voted one of the Top 25 lodges in the world by National Geographic Traveller’s Magazine in 2013, the lodge is one of the most established in the area.  

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Kicheche Valley Camp

Kicheche Valley Camp features a group of six sizable tents, dotted along a ridge overlooking a vast expanse.

All well with walking distance of a communal viewing area, the tents are based on traditional designs, well furnished and with great views.

From this camp, visitors can also take a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara National Reserve

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Getting to Mara Naboisho

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is located west of Nairobi, just northeast of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and near the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

The conservancy is accessible via a short internal flight to the on-site airstrip. From here, the remainder of the park lies a short drive away.

If you have booked your safari with us, all transport will be taken care of for you. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

When to visit Mara Naboisho

The best time to visit the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is from June to September. These months have the best weather conditions, grasses are short making wildlife viewing much easier, and there is little rainfall. These months see a sharp increase in visitors, so you'll see lots of other safari vehicles romaing the plains. 

The off season spans from March to May and October to November. During these months, there are fewer crowds, but higher chances of rain. Grasses are longer and there are more watering holes available for the wildlife, making sightings less frequent. 

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Discover more of Kenya's parks and conservancies

Maasai Mara

Great Migration Maasai Mara National Park

The Maasai Mara is Africa's most famous safari destination. Vast savannahs dotted with rogue acacia trees and a huge diversity of wildlife, the Mara is the quintessential safari …

Discover More

Lewa Conservancy

Lewa Conservancy

Surrounded by vast valleys and rolling mountains, the scenic grounds of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a haven for endangered wildlife with a rich history. The conservancy is a …

Discover More

Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya

Loisaba Conservancy lies in a vast plateau flanked by ridges and mountain peaks. The Conservancy was set up to protect the movement corridors for migrating wildlife, and has proved…

Discover More

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park, known as the 'home of the African Elephant', is one of the best wildlife destinations in Kenya, often combined with the Maasai Mara. 

Discover More

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejete Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy has the largest rhino population in Kenya, and is home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the world. Ol Pejeta is also home to the Big Five, …

Discover More

Meru National Park

Meru National Park

Enveloped by rows of impenetrable woodlands, turbulent rivers and meandering streams, Meru National Park is one of Kenya's most beautiful wilderness areas, and a great safari …

Discover More

Ready to plan your African adventure?



We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.



Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.



We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure, we can help.

+1 315 645 2889