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
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 years and over
Guided short bush walk
Transfers to/from nearest airstrip
Check In / Check Out
14h00 / 10h00
Sleep Out Platform
Private 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Depending on availability/extra cost
Land Based Activities
Game Drives, Bush Walks
Water Based Activities
Hot Air Ballooning, Masai Mara National Park Safari, Cultural Experience
What's not included:
Transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip
Flights & airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Visits to the Masai Mara Natioanl Park