Encounter Mara Camp

traditional Camp | Maasai Mara Nat'l Reserve, Kenya

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Encounter Mara sits within the Mara Naboisho Conservancy at the edge of Maasai Mara National Reserve. Mara Naboisho Conservancy is considered to have a higher density of wildlife than the Maasai Mara itself with one of the world's highest lion densities. It also features the added benefit of privacy, walking activities and nocturnal wildlife viewing. Protected by a thick acacia forest, the 10 canvas tents open onto verandas overlooking a savanna teeming with both predator and prey.

Photo of Don Martinson

Our Expert Says

Encounter Mara is such a classically-styled camp for the quintessential safari destination—Kenya. If you want to truly feel the African savanna, this is a great option. The camp is traditional, you can hear the sounds of the animals and nature outside your tent, but it still maintains a stylish look, incredible service and great comforts.

– Don Martinson

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Number of Tents: 10

Encounter Mara Camp features 10 en suite canvas tents, including a family tent comprising two en suite tents connected by a shared sitting area. Every accommodation has a private veranda and daybed for languid sunrises observing nature at your doorstep. The en suite bathrooms have basins, flushing toilets and safari bucket showers with hot water provided on demand. The camp captures the essence of a traditional mobile camp while being securely placed year-round in the lion-rich and wildlife-dense private Mara Naboisho Conservancy at the edge of Maasai Mara National Reserve. An open canvas mess tent and lounge is at the center of camp, providing a social gathering place for like-minded guests in the mornings, midday and evenings, where meals can be enjoyed around a large, family-style table. A firepit encircled by camp chairs becomes the perfect spot for a beverage, some canapés and safari stories before and after dinner each evening.

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Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with safari shower
  • Shampoo and soap provided
  • 220v charging outlets in main area
  • In-room safe
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage

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Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000-acre, community-owned tract of land bordering the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve to the north. While you can view animals traipsing past your camp, the real action happens on early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives within the vast conservancy, reserved to only guests of local accommodations, of which there are very few. The intimate nature of this wilderness area comes to life on guide nature walks and twilight wildlife drives seeking nocturnal animals as well. Mara Naboisho showcases an incredible density of lion as well as local plains wildlife—zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, cheetah, hyena, and more—and wildlife drives during the day can also go into the Maasai Mara National Reserve to witness the migration seasonally between July and September or to seek out black rhino along the Mara River. Cultural activities are enriching and offered in nearby communities, and hot air ballooning is available as well, both at an additional cost.

The Maasai Mara is home to an abundance of resident wildlife year-round. The great migration of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra is at its peak between late July and early October, while the local Loita wildebeest migration typically arrives in June. Other typical sightings may include a number of antelopes, endemic birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on rain patterns and wildlife movements.

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Black Rhino
Kenya Maasai Mara Nat'l Reserve

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 75° F 55° F 0.55 in
23° C 12° C 14 mm
February 79° F 54° F 1.65 in
26° C 12° C 42 mm
March 79° F 55° F 2.87 in
26° C 12° C 73 mm
April 77° F 59° F 5.0 in
25° C 15° C 127 mm
May 75° F 57° F 5.98 in
23° C 13° C 152 mm
June 72° F 54° F 4.25 in
22° C 12° C 108 mm
July 73° F 54° F 5.55 in
22° C 12° C 141 mm
August 73° F 54° F 6.42 in
22° C 12° C 163 mm
September 77° F 55° F 4.09 in
25° C 12° C 104 mm
October 79° F 57° F 3.31 in
26° C 13° C 84 mm
November 73° F 57° F 2.2 in
22° C 13° C 56 mm
December 73° F 54° F 1.1 in
22° C 12° C 28 mm

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