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Mara Nyika Camp

Naboisho Private Conservancy-Northern Masai Mara Region

Mara Nyika Camp,Noboisho Conservancy

Mara Nyika, meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is an intimate Five tent camp as well as a private 2 bedroom Mara Nyika Jahazi Suite. This suite includes the services of a private butler, chef and services of a private game viewing vehicle and guide.

Set in a valley, straddling a small stream on the western side of the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara.Mara Nyika’s Five light-coloured canvas tents were designed to sit under the canopy of umbrella thorn trees while still offering guests views out over the plains. Walkways from the tents to the main area evoke the feeling of a treehouse under canvas and the camp’s ethic and inspiration is one of exploration and adventure. Privacy is the key to Mara Nyika.

-Mara Nyika Luxury Tented camp

Great Plains Conservation

The Camp and its light-coloured canvas suites are designed to sit under the canopy of umbrella thorn trees. All the suites offer guests unforgettable views out over the plains. Walkways from the guest suites to the main area evoke the feeling of a treehouse under canvas. The camp’s ethics and inspiration are one of exploration and adventure. Privacy is the key to Mara Nyika Camp

“Nyika” means “Large Plains or Great Plains,” and Mara Nyika Camp is the perfect
sister camp to Mara Plains Camp in Kenya

Naboisho Conservancy

The Camp, located in the private and exclusive 20 000-hectare Naboisho Conservancy, is unique because it allows guests to explore the conservancy and further afield with safari drives into the Maasai Mara Reserve.


Guest’s stay enables us to support over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood through the payment of conservation fees, which ultimately ensures the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara eco-system.

Annual Wildebeest Migration

Great Plains Conservation Safari

Many guests opt to spend a few days at Mara Nyika Camp combined with a stay at our Mara Expedition Camp, Mara Toto Camp, Mara Plains Camp or The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains. This perfect safari in Kenya combination allows one to experience all three wildlife areas: the private Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies and the Maasai Mara Reserve. Each wildlife experience from our camps is unique and offers a different face to the incredible Maasai Mara ecosystem.


Camp Features

Mara Nyika Camp can accommodate up to 12 adult guests.

Central Features
  • Main Lounge
  • Dining room, wine cellar, and bar;
  • Coffee/tea station;
  • Outdoor fire pit with seating;
  • Great Plains Safari Boutique: Selling locally and regionally produced crafts, many of which support local community projects in the nearby Maasai communities.The Boutique also stocks the d&b clothing line: Dereck and Beverly Joubert have inspired this bespoke range of clothing they typically wear, and which is perfect and cool while on safari yet elegant when in the city. All materials are responsibly sourced
Food & Beverages
  • All meals included and prepared by our Executive Chefs and their teams in a state-of-the-art kitchen that guests are welcome to visit;
  • All drinks and beverages are included, including imported spirits and champagnes;
  •  Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte menu options;
  •  Indoor and outdoor dining;
  • Private dining on guest’s private verandah on request;
  • All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children; prior notice required;
  • The Camp is extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush!
Accommodation Details
  • 3 Guest suites, one 2-bedroom family suite and one 2-bedroom private Sambuk Suite; – 1,000 sq. foot tented rooms with private verandah (of nearly equal size);
  •  The Family Suite enjoys a common lounge area, flanked by two bedrooms (one with double bed and other with twin bed configuration), and two en-suite bathrooms(one with bath and shower and one with only shower);
  •  The 2-bedroom private Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika offers private wildlife viewing vehicle & guide
  • Customized, large, elevated, tree house-styled canvas  tented suites on raised wooden decking and linked to main area by raised wooden walkways;
  • – Desk and dressing area as well as small lounge;
  • – Bar fridge with drinks of choice;
  • – Tea/Coffee station;
  • – Suites are light beige in colour with high ceilings and netted windows, so are airy and bright;
  • – Overhead ceiling fan;
  • – Either twin or double bed configuration
Accommodation in Luxury tents

  • Mara Nyika  welcome  children who are are 6 years and older;
  • – Triples for children sharing with adults may be arranged upon request;
  • – The Nyika Family Suite is perfectly suited to accommodate families consisting of 2 adults and 2 children (aged 6 – 15) sharing or 3 adults sharing;
  • – The private Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika can cater for a maximum of four adults sharing or two adults and up to three children (aged 6 – 15), sharing in two separate bedrooms;
  • – Families with children may be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
  • – Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is a river nearby;
  • – Great Plains Young Explorers Kid’s program is available– thoughtfully designed to explore various experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

Safari Activities

Game drives

Safari drives (day & night) in some of the most luxurious wildlife viewing vehicles are available.Each Toyota Land Cruiser is open-sided, canopied, and customised for photographers with fold-down screens,raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors, all in keeping with the origins of Dereck & Beverly Joubert as National Geographic photographers.

No two days are the same on safari. Wildlife viewing often starts at sunrise, returning to camp for a late breakfast and departing again in the mid-afternoon after tea before returning just after sunset.

game drives

However, we can often go out all day with a packed breakfast, lunch, and beverages should you wish. One visit per guest’s 3- or 4-night stay includes heading into the famous Maasai Mara Reserve. Should you want to visit the Mara on more occasions, these would be subject to additional park fees payable. Very often, our safaris will continue into the night, a possibility because of our location on the private Naboisho Conservancy.


Night drives are incredibly prolific, and while they take patience,sightings commonly include lesser-known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Ballooning is available but should be booked in advance, subject to availability, and additional cost.Departures are very early in the morning to allow time to transfer to the nearest launching point.

Cultural Experiences

The Naboisho Women’s Group cultural experience is supported by the Great Plains Foundation, enabling the group to purchase raw materials in bulk including a tailor hired to work on leather products. Available to guests staying at Great Plains Conservation camps all profits from the sale of their wares are ploughed back into the women’s business training to ensure this group is self-sustainable.


Items available for purchase include, but are not limited to,beaded & leather products, coasters, bracelets, necklaces,belts, dog collars, earrings, and decorated dawa sticks for example.

Photography

Each of Mara Nyika’s guest suites comes with a pair of high-quality binoculars for guests to enjoy in addition to a professional camera set, including a camera body and 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses. Our team will download all the guest’s photos to a memory stick on the guest’s departure.

Spa Treatment

Locally inspired wellness spa treatments are available for in-room treatments.

Child Policy

Notes:

  • Private vehicle option:Available for more flexibility upon request at extra cost;Not compulsory for families travelling with children.
  • Private Guides  are encouraged and welcomed

Child Policy

  • Families with children may be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
  • Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is a river nearby;
  • Great Plains Young Explorers Kid’s program is available– thoughtfully designed to explore various experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

Mara Nyika camp Rates

Non Residents Rates in US$ per night
2024 Rates in US$
 MidGreenPeak
GUEST SUITES
– Per person per night sharing$ 1 920$ 1 445$ 2 820
–  Single supplement*$ 960$723$ 1,410
– Children sharing with adults rate (6 – 15 years)$ 960$723$ 1 410
2-BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
– 2-bedroom family suite per night$ 5 760$ 4,360$ 8,460
THE SAMBUK SUITE AT MARA NYIKA
An exclusive use 2-bedroom Suite consisting of a shared lounge and dining area with private game drive vehicle and guide.
– US$ Rack per night on exclusive use only$9,215$ 6 935$ 13,535
COMMON CHARGES
– Late check out rateNot Available
– Maasai Mara National Reserve fee (When guests stay 1 or 2 nights only)*Jan-May $100 From June Onward $200 per adult per night | $ 45 per child (6 – 15 years)**
– Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community Contribution$ 95 per person (of any age) per night

Seasons

  • Mid: 11 January – 31 March 2024
  • Green: 01 April – 14 June 2023 & 01 November – 19 December 2024
  • High: 15 June – 31 October 2023 & 20 December 2023 – 10 January 2025

NOTES

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, all national park and reserve conservation fees, scheduled wildlife viewing activities on Naboisho Conservancy, all meals, laundry service, return airstrip road transfers, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne.
  • Every 3 night + stay includes one day’s wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara Reserve per stay. For guests staying 1 or 2 nights only, an additional Maasai Mara National Reserve entrance fee is applicable.
  • Exclusive of mandatory nightly Great Plains Foundation conservation levy, spa treatments, wildlife viewing activities in the Maasai Mara National Reserve for those staying only 1 or 2 nights, and hot air ballooning which should be booked in advance.
  • The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Nairobi Wilson or properties in the greater Maasai Mara region to this camp are automatically included in the full nightly rate – subject to a minimum 2-night stay. Where air transfers are from properties located outside of these routings, the standard applicable flying costs will apply.
  • Local airlines offer twice daily scheduled flights between Nairobi’s Wilson airport and Naboisho (Ol Seki) airstrip. Schedule and rates available on request. Minimum 2 guests required per flight.
  • Local airlines use a variety of aircraft ranging from a Cessna Caravan (12 seats) to a 40-seat aircraft. The flying times are approximate as the service could land at additional airstrips en route, depending on passenger demand.
  • * For all multiple single-room reservations in shoulder and low season, a single supplement will apply from the 2nd single room.
  • Each guest suite, including the Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, includes one pair of high quality binoculars and a professional camera set,including camera body and lenses for guest’s complimentary use. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’

CHILD POLICY

  • Children are accommodated from a minimum age of 6 years.
  • Activities will cater to family ability & safety. Some activities may have a specific age-related restriction – please refer to the general notes at the end of this manual.

MARA NYIKA CAMP: GUEST SUITES

  • Child rates are applicable for up to one child aged 15 and younger sharing with two adults in a suite.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rate and be accommodated in a separate suite.
  • Families will be combined with other guests for all wildlife viewing activities.

2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE

  • The 2-Bedroom Family Suite sleeps 3 adults sharing or 2 adults and 2 children of 6-15 years.Nightly rates include the services of a private safari drive vehicle and guide.

THE SAMBUK SUITE AT MARA NYIKA

  • The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika is an exclusive use two-bedroom suite which can accommodate 4 adults sharing or a maximum of 5 guests for families with children. Exceptions may apply.
  • Child rates and private vehicle requirements do not apply because the Suite is sold on exclusive use basis only.
2024 Special Offers

Experience the best safari destinations Kenya has to offer!

Stay for 4 nights at any of our Maasai Mara camps or the magnificent ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills and only pay for 3!

Extend your ultimate Kenyan safari experience by combining 4 nights at either of our Maasai Mara camps with 4 nights at ol Donyo Lodge and only pay for 6 nights!

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • This offer is valid for a safari stay of a minimum of 4 nights at one of the following Kenyan camps – Mara Plains Camp,The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp, The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, Mara Expedition Camp,Mara Toto Tree Camp (opening 1 July 2024) and ol Donyo Lodge;
  • This offer is valid for travel from 11 January – 14 June 2024 and 01 November – 19 December 2024;
  • This offer is valid to all standard guest US$ rate accommodation reservations;
  • Guide rates and private safari drive vehicle hire rates are additional;
  • Conservation, park fees and levies apply to all free nights;
  • Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi Wilson Airport are included for stays at Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp,The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika, Mara Toto Tree Camp (opening mid-2024), and ol Donyo Lodge.
  • Return scheduled air transfers from Nairobi are excluded from stays at Mara Expedition Camp unless combined with Mara Plains Camp, The Jahazi Suite at Mara Plains, Mara Nyika Camp, Mara Toto Tree Camp,The Sambuk Suite at Mara Nyika and/or ol Donyo Lodge;
  • Offers cannot be combined and are offered on a stand alone basis per reservation

Other related great Plains Conservation Properties:Mara Toto Camp,Mara Expedition Camp,Mara Plains Camp & Ol Donyo Lodge

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