Encounter Mara

 

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At a Glance

From USD 341 pp/pn

  • Just tents in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy which borders the Masai Mara National Park

  • Home to one of the world's most concertrated lion populations

  • Family friendly

  • Game Drives & Bush Walks

  • Private concession away from the crowds

Situated on the edge of the savannah under the shade of acacia trees, Encounter Mara is a 10-tent camp within the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, bordering the famed Masai Mara reserve in southwest Kenya.


The conservancy is known for its prolific wildlife and  award-winning sustainability model that balances the needs of local communities, wildlife and tourism. It has an even higher density of animals than the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve and one of the world’s most concentrated lion populations.


From the camp’s outdoor viewing deck, guests can watch zebras amble to the nearby saltlick, see a giraffe strut right past camp, glimpse a mongoose running down the path right in front of you or even spot a  cheetah prowling the plains. Over sundowners around the campfire, listen for lions calling to each other as they start their night of hunting.  From Encounter Mara, guests can go on nature walks around camp, or soar across the plains in a hot-air balloon.

 

Rooms

Encounter Mara Bathroom
Encounter Mara Bathroom

Encounter Mara Bedroom
Encounter Mara Bedroom

Encounter Mara Bathroom
Encounter Mara Bathroom

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Encounter Mara offers ten spacious and comfortable tents, all with en-suite bathrooms with double vanity basins, flushing toilets and hot-water bucket showers.  there are two tents specifically for families, plus twin tents for kids over 12 (we strongly recommend younger children share with adults and can add an extra bed to your tent upon request).


Spend lazy afternoons on your tent’s shaded veranda, chilling on your daybed with a good book or just  enjoying the Mara views.



 

Facilities

The camp is designed to be as open as possible, so guests can take in the sights and sounds of the Mara during meals or afternoon siestas. From the outdoor viewing deck, watch lions visiting the nearby  saltlick, and see gazelles and giraffes stroll right past the fence. Mornings are greeted by a chorus of birdsong. After dark, you might hear lions roaring or hyenas whooping.


They serve homemade meals in our dining tent or outside, depending on the weather. If you’ve opted for a longer game drive, they’ll pack you a picnic breakfast or lunch to enjoy in the bush. 


Enjoy sundowners and snacks during your late-afternoon game drive, then take your time over dinner back at camp.


Encounter Mara Guest Lounge
Encounter Mara Guest Lounge

Sit and relax in the guest lounge at Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara Dinning hall
Encounter Mara Dinning hall

Encounter Mara Guest Lounge
Encounter Mara Guest Lounge

Sit and relax in the guest lounge at Encounter Mara

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Activities

Encounter Mara Game Drives
Encounter Mara Game Drives

Enjoy a game drive when staying at Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara Hot Air Balloon
Encounter Mara Hot Air Balloon

See the anilmas from the air on a Hot Air Balloon

Encounter Mara Lions
Encounter Mara Lions

Encounter Mara Game Drives
Encounter Mara Game Drives

Enjoy a game drive when staying at Encounter Mara

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You'll start your day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast before you depart for your morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic to take with you). You'll arrive back in camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before  lunch.


Refuel with afternoon tea, then depart for your afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners. You'll be back in time for drinks at the bar and dinner under the stars – the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush.


Child-friendly activities available at Encounter Mara include: 
• Bow-and-arrow shooting with Maasai
• Starting a campfire with elephant dung and sticks
• Educational bush walks around camp

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 required to book a private vehicle at an additional cost.

 

Gallery

Encounter Mara Hot air balloon ride
Encounter Mara Hot air balloon ride

Encounter Mara
Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara drinks stop
Encounter Mara drinks stop

Drinks while on a safari at Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara Hot air balloon ride
Encounter Mara Hot air balloon ride

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Facts

No. Rooms

10

Children

5 years and over

Childminding

No

Twin Beds

Yes

Triples

Yes

Private Pool

No

Lodge Pool

No

Air-Conditioning

No

Room Fan

No

Indoor Shower

Yes

Outdoor Shower

No

Bath

No

In-Room Safe

Yes

In-Room Fireplace

No

In-Room TV

No

In-Room Massage

No

Spa

No

What's included:
  • Accommodation

  • All meals

  • House drinks

  • Game drives

  • Night drives

  • Guided short bush walk

  • Transfers to/from nearest airstrip

  • Limited laundry

Gym Equipment

No

Personal Bar

No

Telephone

No

Hairdryer

No

Laundry

Included

Check In / Check Out

14h00 / 10h00

Wheelchair Access

Yes

Power

220v AC

Internet Access

No

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard

Malaria Area

Yes

Airstrip

Yes

Sleep Out Platform

No

Private 4x4 Safari Vehicle

Depending on availability/extra cost

Land Based Activities

Game Drives, Bush Walks

Water Based Activities

N/a

Optional Activities

Hot Air Ballooning, Masai Mara National Park Safari, Cultural Experience

What's not included:
  • Conservancy fees

  • Cultural visits

  • Balloon safaris

  • Transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip

  • Flights & airport taxes

  • Gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Visits to the Masai Mara Natioanl Park

  • Private vehicle

 

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