Mara Plains Camp


Imagine a camp set right in the heart of some of the greatest predator country of Africa… This is Mara Plains Camp, located on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. Rarely a night passes without lion roaring nearby, while leopard are regularly found to wander through the camp and cheetah have established territories on the savannah nearby the main area.

Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, seven-roomed camp under canvas and on raised decks with sweeping views across Kenya’s notable savannahs. It is among the smallest and most personal camps in the Masai Mara region. It is just one of three camps currently operating within the Olare Orok Conservancy, which boasts the region’s lowest vehicle density with no mini-buses, and only one guest room per 700 acres!

Here, it is possible to avoid the high tourist density of the Masai Mara Game Reserve proper, if desired. In total, guests of Mara Plains have access to over 100,000 acres of low-density vehicle tourism lands as well as an additional 375,000 acres within the Masai Mara Game Reserve itself. Mara Plains offers possibly the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Masai Mara – early morning and late afternoon and night game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), authentic local village visits and unrivalled access to superior wildlife habitats.

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Sala’s Camp


Sala’s Camp is a classic tented camp tucked in a bend of the Sand River in one of the Mara’s last untouched corners. With views towards the Serengeti and across the Northern Corridor, this is the first and last stop for the thousands of wildebeest and zebra that pass through. This means that Sala’s has the longest migration season in the Mara. Its guests get front row seats to one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

The camp itself is made up of seven tents, six twin/double tents and one big honeymoon suite/family tent. All of them are extremely comfortable with large beds, soft white linens, hanging cupboards, sink area and en-suite bathroom with flushing loo. Meaning guests can enjoy the original under canvas experience with some modern comforts, such as electricity and hot running water.

Before and after game drives guests convene in the lovely mess tent, with a beautiful lawn area, day bed for some time with a good book, bar and dining table which is littered with candles at night time. As the sun sets the camp fire is lit, drinks poured and bitings served. Whilst guest enjoy outstanding dinners amazingly produced from a bush kitchen, tents are closed up, beds turned down and hot water bottles tucked under the covers. Every detail is considered at this truly special camp inside the famous Mara Reserve.

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ol Donyo Lodge


Imagine…275,000 acres of scenic Africa, where the wildlife can be found free and roaming, without tourists in mini buses or a set schedule.
Imagine…travelling across the archetypal savannahs of East Africa in an open 4×4 game drive vehicle without limitation, feeling the rhythm of Africa beneath your feet as you walk with expert trackers, or horseback riding with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
Imagine…exploring this paradise, and then coming home to one of the most luxurious small lodges in East Africa where a hot bath, in or outdoor shower, or private swimming pool await – all with inspiring views across the expansive plains, plus delicious food, charming hosts and world-class service.

ol Donyo Lodge is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation.
ol Donyo Lodge’s founder Richard Bonham had often flown over this spectacular landscape but one day in the 1980s, he was moved to land his Cessna on the open plains and meet the local Maasai. That was only the first of many meetings, before the birth of a pioneering community conservation tourism project. The concept was simple: Richard brings guests to this remote group ranch to participate in safaris, and the Maasai share the benefits. But nothing in Africa is that simple, really. And so began a life-long relationship with the Maasai, the wildlife and the game ranch.
ol Donyo Lodge is a 20-bed lodge, rebuilt and redesigned in 2008, and perched on a hillside, with no two suites or villas the same. What is consistent is the attention to detail, the comfortable yet utterly luxurious décor and the tradition of greatness. Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, ol Donyo Lodge is a place to call home for as long as possible.
There is a range of activities available – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing and tracking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a holistic experience.

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Segera lodges 



A visit to the Laikipia region guarantees a unique experience filled with the vibrant culture, wildlife and serenity of a landscape found at the foothills of Mount Kenya, which in itself is a spectacular site. Considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild and scarcely populated northern frontier country, Laikipia’s ranches are home to both cattle and wildlife. In recent years the latter has become a valuable asset, with many of the surrounding ranches establishing guest lodges. This has resulted in a hugely positive impact on the land, its wildlife and conservation.

It is on this basis that Segera functions. Located right in the centre of these highlands, Segera plays an important role in the conservation of these lands. Opening its doors on 1 July 2012, guests will have the opportunity to appreciate this rare sanctuary in exceptional luxury. Run on solar energy, accommodation consists of seven private two-storey villas of wood and thatch that gaze out over the Laikipia Plateau towards the spectacular Mount Kenya. Within the privacy of the villas, a large bedroom and en-suite bathroom fill the upstairs space under spectacular timber trusses. A private sun deck in the garden offers comfortable sun loungers for soaking up the African sun and a swing bed for whiling the hours away; while a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom, has a pleasing vantage point.

Also overlooking Mount Kenya, the Paddock House and Arrivals Paddock form the main areas, complimented by the beautifully renovated stables, complete with bar and library filled with selected art of locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Guests are further spoiled for choice with a spa, gym and central pool offering an outdoor dining area with a deck, sun loungers and gazebos. Meals and private dining are served al fresco in a number of locations or in the various reception rooms. The superb cuisine comprises Segera’s own free-range beef and organic vegetables. All of this is complimented by Segera’s excellent service.

Adhering to its purpose, activities on Segera’s “4C Menu” include, amongst others, the opportunity to engage with local cultures, spending time with the resident staff of the Zeitz Foundation to learn more about the complexities of conservation and community, and of course experiencing the species diversity and wildlife of Laikipia, including 365 bird species, through game drives, walks, hides and sleep-outs.

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