Mara Toto Camp, Ntiakitiak River, Kenya

Mara Toto Camp sits in a slight bend of the Ntiakitiak River, where the thick forest meets savannah, and just a few kilometres from its sister camps, Mara Plains and Mara Expedition Camp. Mara Toto is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from Africa’s original explorers’ designs and designed for those who search for East Africa’s romantic safari era. Here, you will experience the best of both worlds: the intense action of the Maasai Mara ecosystem and the more private 28 000-hectare Mara North Conservancy.

Mara Toto Camp, a Great Plains Conservation Explorer-Collection safari camp, is tucked away in a grove of trees, hidden from lights, noise and any sign of humankind – a perfect camp to stay at to enjoy your Masai Mara safari. Under the canopy of African ebony trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design but just enough for all the comforts. It is safari chic with four light and airy, spacious canvas tents, each with en-suite bathrooms where you enjoy piping hot water from huge brass ‘safari showers’ to a chorus of hippos lazing nearby.

Mara Toto is a place for the ardent safari-goer looking for the best wildlife sightings when on a Masai Mara safari. It is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering the riverbanks. And is positioned to take the best advantage of two migrations – the famous annual Serengeti migration and the green season migration from Loita Plains, an additional 50,000 wildebeest and over 100,000 zebras vying for grazing rights.

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 revenues, wildlife ranger’s salaries were uncertain, and they 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 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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