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.
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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. 

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Surrounded by wildebeest, Mara Naboisho

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.  

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Spotted something, Mara Naboisho

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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Spotted something, Mara Naboisho

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