Glamping in the Mara: 5 Best Spots

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Travel to the past, to a time when going on safari meant sitting outside a tent sipping some wine and watching the sun set, listening to the last chirps as birds settle for the night on a tree close to your tent, while a dedicated staff manning the sundowner bar fill your glass as often as you like.

The world has a word to define this kind of luxury. Such luxurious safaris are now called glamping. Combine glamour and camping and you have glamping in the Mara. That’s where you ought to be this holiday.

Five of the top glamping camps in Maasai Mara are:

  1. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

What’s not to love about Cottar’s 1920s Camp? It is one of the oldest luxury camps in Mara, its furnishings speak of the old glamping in the Mara era, with an exquisite touch of modernity. It is a 10 tents camp, with a team dedicated to giving you a luxurious stay. Bush dinners, game drives, sundowners and refreshing spa sessions are some of the activities and experiences at this plush camp.

An en-suite bathroom at Cottar's 1920s Camp.

An en-suite bathroom at Cottar’s 1920s Camp.

 

  1. Olarro Lodge Masai Mara

At Olarro Lodge, when you leave the serenity of the bushland, you walk into a spacious cottage with surreal ambiance. Outdoor adventures here include game drives, hiking, quad biking and hot air ballooning. It could be the perfect location for that romantic getaway you have been thinking about for a while now.

Plush interior of a tent at Olarro Lodge.

Plush interior of a tent at Olarro Lodge.

  1. Mahali Mzuri Masai Mara

Mahali Mzuri, owned by Sir Richard Branson, is one of the most outstanding glamping holiday spots in Maasai Mara. Set in the lush Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this intimate property has 12 tents only. Each tent sits on a raised wooden platform, with uninterrupted view of the bushland, and a host of luxuries within.

The view from a bed at Mahali Mzuri Camp.

The view from a bed at Mahali Mzuri Camp.

  1. Olare Mara Kempinski

Glamour in this camp includes air-conditioning, a flat screen television, spacious interiors decked with Persian rugs, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Olare Mara is within Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and in addition to game drives, you will also enjoy picnics in the bush and nature walks.

Picturesque view of the plains from a tent.

Picturesque view of the plains from a tent.

  1. Main Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp’s location makes it a great spot for game viewing. This lavish camp sits at the meeting point of Talek and Mara rivers. It has just 7 tents, so except personalised service around the clock. Flights from Nairobi to this camp use Ol Kiombo Airstrip, which is just 45 minutes away from Naibor Camp.

The stylish interior of the lounge at Main Naibor Camp.

The stylish interior of the lounge at Main Naibor Camp.

These are some of the outstanding properties for glamping in the Mara.

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