Encounter Mara

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Tucked away in the exclusive Naboisho Conservancy yet part of Kenya’s legendary Masai Mara, Encounter Mara is an award-winning and traditional safari-style - meaning there’s nothing between you and the bush but canvas. Combining luxury and eco-standards seamlessly, this intimate camp is an excellent choice for encountering the Mara’s wealth of wildlife while staying in lavish comfort.
Perfect forThose looking for a classic and romantic safari – the camp is aimed at those who appreciate of a bit of luxury during their travels.
In the know
  • Set in a conservancy with one of the highest lion densities in the world
  • Has sweeping views over the wildlife-studded savannah
  • Eco-friendly camp
  • Activities guided by local Maasi guides
  • Guided morning and evening drives, bush walks, horse riding and hot-air balloon safaris on offer

Recommended for...

  • Couples
  • Guiding
  • Hideaway
  • Lodge

Hotel Overview

Where

Set in a thick acacia forest on the edge of the Masai Mara in the recently formed Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

Rooms at Encounter Mara

Each of the canvas tents are en suite, spacious, furnished with handmade furniture, boast simple yet elegant décor and have either king-size twin or triple beds. They also have private verandas where you can enjoy the sunshine and soak up the beauty of the surrounding landscape on the day bed.

Food & drink

For much of the year, depending on the weather, the communal meals are served outside: on the lawn for breakfast and under a shady tree for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is typically a selection of fruits, yoghurts, cereals and cooked fare, lunch is a buffet of fresh salads and an assortment of meats (can also be had as a picnic in the bush), and the set menu at dinner is preceded and then followed by drinks around the fire.

Facilities

There are two main tents that form the central hub, one of which is the dining tent and the other serves as a lounge, furnished with comfy chairs and sofas.

Activities at Encounter Mara

For a classic safari, go on the two daily games drives into the Masai Mara to spot prides of lion, fluffy baby cheetah, hundreds of wildebeest, elephants having a dust bath and giraffes shading themselves under a tree. Within the conservancy, you can also explore the area on foot, at night or on horseback – something you cannot do in the Mara reserve itself.


Kenya is not just famous for its wildlife but also for its cultural experiences, so we’d recommend the guided visit to the local Maasai communities, where you'll find the people eager to share their traditions and way of life.

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Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

The closest airstrip is the Mara ol Seki, which is a 45 minute drive away.

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