Inside the fertile plains of The Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Encounter Mara is the secluded, intimate experience of simpler times. Next to the Maasai Mara National Park, the Naboisho Conservancy is known for being home to the biggest numbers of lion in the world. Here you’re bound to see one of the hundred resident big cats ambling the savannas.
The permanence of this tented camp gives it an air of patience, yet the simple canvas roofing and understated wooden furnishings of the main dining area give way to the main attraction – the conservancy – without sacrificing comfort. Guests can unwind under the shade of a nearby acacia tree, surrounded by the sounds of chirping birds and the call of the various game that live in the area. Evenings around the stone campfire, back-dropped by the cool setting sun, create the perfect ambience for a sharing of stories and communal experiences.
The 10 tented-suites open up to multiple views of the rich, green plains. Light streams into the suites from insect-proof awnings and guests can literally step off their verandas and onto the soft grass of the savannas. Its here, hidden in a mop of acacia trees that the tents do their utmost to blend in with the environment, ensuring the regular sighting of zebra and giraffe passing right by guests in the early mornings or late afternoons. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a functioning toilet and hot-bucket shower.
Wildlife and Activities
The Masai people are an inherent part of guest interactions. The game drives are led by their expertise, and with the camps ability to go off-road, The Mara Naboisho Conservancy becomes a playground of discovery, customised just for you. Prepare to see a plethora of game with the annual wildebeest migration happening between July, August and November each year. However, the less popular Loita Migration passes right by the camp, where as many as 5000 wildebeest and 1000 zebras shuffle towards the Loita Plains in the east, where the grazing opportunities are better. Children over the age of 5 are welcomed, whilst accommodations can be made for children younger than 5, upon request.
Night drives show you just how the eco-system operates under the cover of night, whereas bush walks draw your attention to the delicate and smaller environments, showing you just how much of an impact the insects and birds have on the land. Bush picnics allow you to indulge all your senses during your stay, and visits to the local community entertain and offer proof of how everyone benefits from local tourism. Fly camping has become a new way of taking in the bush, where at any point your home can be the shade of acacia tree, far from camp. Hot air balloon rides are another possibility, for guests seeking the thrill of a different height.