Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, Narok, Kenya

The Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, an intimate, two-bedroom exquisite, tented suite built entirely under canvas and is a perfect partner to a private Kenya safari experience at Mara Nyika Camp and ol Donyo Lodge. It is on raised, recycled railway sleeper decking and offers guests incredible views of the steady stream of wildlife parading past whilst discreetly tucked away under the tree canopy.

Central to the Mara Plains Jahazi Suite is an indoor dining area leading out to a prominent private outdoor verandah and flanked by two large bedrooms with en-suite facilities consisting of a flush loo, double basins, indoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans in the guest’s bedroom and careful tented suite design maintain a comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. A short walkway leads off the main area to a private swimming pool.

When residing at the Mara Plains Jahazi Suite, guests automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle and guide. The Mara Plains Jahazi Suite is part of Mara Plains Camp and a member of the Great Plains Conservation Réserve Collection of safari camps. It is also proud to be one of only three Relais & Châteaux private Kenya safari camps, the others being our Mara Nyika Camp and our ol Donyo Lodge.

The private Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. There is only one guest bed per 141 hectares, leaving the land unadulterated for the wildlife to roam and thrive, as nature intended. The camp is a sanctuary for resident species by day and night, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species. After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp, and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms.

But most of all, Mara Plains is a showcase for one of the world’s most magnificent wildlife havens. We believe in keeping the safari experience intimate and personal, so there is no set camp schedule or set mealtimes. The guest’s preferences and wildlife opportunities of the moment tailor the day’s activities and dining arrangements. Each guest tent offers a professional camera and a range of lenses available for guests to use on a complimentary basis. Add a pair of high-quality binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes.

When the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism to a standstill, protected areas and camps were left empty, with national parks facing a severe drop in tourism revenue. Ranger’s salaries were uncertain and lacked the tools and resources needed to protect wildlife. This “perfect storm” of conditions leaves many endangered animals highly vulnerable to wildlife crime. Our Great Plains Foundation’s Project Ranger sprang into action in 2020 as an emergency response to the effects of COVID on conservation funding in Africa and is committed to keeping front-line conservation personnel in the field.


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