Mara Toto

Mara Toto is located in Kenya’s north central Maasai Mara Game Reserve, on the border of the Olare Motorogi and Mara North conservancies. A perfect blend of comfort, adventure and intimacy make this a gem in the otherwise confounding matrix of camps in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Mara Toto positions itself squarely in the heart of magnificent predator country, and the camp’s traversing rights of both Olare Motorogi Conservancy and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve give guests the flexibility to explore far and wide in search of arguably the finest wildlife sightings on earth. This site was handpicked by the Jouberts and the former Mara Plains managers, Richard and Lorna. The four of them traversed tireless hours in search of the ‘perfect spot’ for this magical camp, and ended up for a sundowner on this very spot. They looked around and realized ‘this is the place’. And so Mara Toto was born.

Tents at Mara Toto

The camp consists of five custom-designed tents of light-colored flowing canvas open on the horizontal side with canopied ceilings. Set at ground level, and shaded by the riverine forest, this camp is designed for those who want the particulars of a Great Plains property but are willing to forgo some of the fancier amenities. Still, you will not want for much. En-suite facilities including flush loos, bucket showers and tapped hot/cold water ensure utter comfort. 24-hour electricity, fine dining and exceptional hospitality round out what can hardly be called sparse. Each of the tents is decorated with a nod to the style of early exploration and discovery – an eclectic yet coordinated assembly of what early travelers may have carried – items such as brass chandeliers, old Indian chests, local natural materials – hand-picked by us at markets throughout Africa. The whole aura is refreshing – of romance and exploration.

Activities at Mara Toto

Mara Toto is, despite its romantic appeal, a place for the ardent safari-goer. One does not beget the other and in fact we believe they both make for a spectacular camp. Spend your days out – all day – exploring the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, shared with just an handful of other small boutique camps, or go in deep into the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve to catch the river crossings or a foray around Paradise Plains in search of Notch & sons.

You’ll not have to look far for wildlife – the glade of trees surrounding the camp is prime leopard territory, and the camp is a superior location to witness the great wildebeest and zebra migration from your tent. To capture the action and memories professional Canon camera equipment will be available for guest rental, and new open-sided vehicles custom designed by Dereck & Beverly Joubert (National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, acclaimed filmmakers and Great Plains Conservation co-founders) allow the very best equipment for photographic opportunities.

Mara Toto, in maintaining the caliber expected of a Great Plains property, offers among the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Maasai Mara – extensive game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), local village visits (authentic) and unrivalled access to superior wildlife habitat as well as visits to local schools and Great Plains community projects in the surrounding area.

Conservation at Mara Toto

In essence, Mara Toto Camp can be completely removed if need be, with specific attention applied to achieving this without compromising the levels of guest service and facility standards that Great Plains Conservation has become renowned for. In the event of having to decommission the camp, the site can be very easily returned to the state in which it was found (or even better). All materials used in its construction are “green” and/or recycled from elsewhere and, in keeping with the philosophy of touching the earth lightly, all of the energy is solar, with solid waste being separated and sent to Nairobi, a six-hour drive away, for recycling. Paper and combustibles are used in the lighting of fires for the wood heaters when needed. The camp's access to the Maasai Mara and Mara North Conservancy makes for a low ratio of guests to land, minimizing our impact on the environment and wildlife.

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