Mara Explorer is a luxurious permanent tented camp based on the game rich banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Being so close to both the Mara and Talek rivers, the Mara Explorer provides guests with an ideal opportunity to view the annual migration crossings from the comfort of their verandah armchair. Outside of the migrations season the area offers some of the worlds most rewarding big cat sightings.
Game drives from Mara Explorer discover quiet, undeveloped areas of the Mara ensuring that guests are provided with a truly memorable wildlife experience. The local landscape is predominantly rolling grassland hills, interspersed with riverine forests. Grazing animals such as elephants, buffalo, impala, topi and various gazelle are common in this area while it is not unheard of for leopard, cheetah, lion and rhino all to be spotted on a morning game drive.
This small and exclusive camp consists of just 10 tents, all with uninterrupted views of the Talek riverbank. The spacious and well-appointed tents are furnished to a very high standard including an open yet secluded Victorian style bathroom suite. The luxurious tents lead out onto a private decking which provides glorious views of the river. Additionally meals can be taken here in private or alfresco near the central campfire or the open-air riverfront dining area. Personal tent attendants ensure guests receive the highest standard of personal service. The camp also benefits from an intimate lounge, camp library and access to a swimming pool so you can cool off after a hard days game viewing.
Open: Mara Explorer Camp is open all year.
Location: The camp is on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve. It has its own all weather airstrip, Ol Kiombo, just 2kms from the camp.
Rooms: There are 10 luxury tents each with its own private river frontage and views over the Talek's wildlife-rich southern banks. The tents have been specially designed to open up to the sky and, on a deck on one side, a Victorian claw-foot bathtub offers secluded open-air bathing and a unique perspective of the African bush.There is a separate shower. Your personal butler is on 24 hour call.
Activities: This camp is all about seeing the wildlife and wilderness of the Masai Mara. You will be able to take game drives, walking safaris in a conservation area, and you can visit a Maasai community. In addition, you could enjoy bush breakfasts and dinners under the stars, and perhaps you might choose to see the Mara from a different angle and take a hot air balloon trip (extra). You can enjoy sundowners at specially chosen locations. Lectures and slideshows on Maasai culture and wildlife are also possible. There is also astronomy with the resident naturalist.
Facilities: The camp has a lounge, library and bar. You will find a selection of board games and playing cards in the lounge. There is a shop with souvenirs and safari essentials at the sister camp (Mara Intrepids) next door. You can also use the swimming pool at Mara Intrepids as Mara Explorer does not have one. The camp provides a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at separate tables at the riverfront dining area
Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: In your tent you have a radio communication handset in case of problems. A basic mobile phone reception is possible in many parts of the camp. There is an email service.
The Mara Explorer endeavours to uphold the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility - the camp being run on strict eco-principles. Together with its sister camp, they run a Community Development Fund that channels a percentage of their fees into local community initiatives, including environmental awareness training, the establishment of medical clinics, and financial support for the local Talek Primary School.
"When you walk in the camp and are met by such a stunning view, and guests that immediately welcome you and say you're going to have a great time here, well, you can't go far wrong can you? Add to this the lovely, well-appointed tented rooms by the Talek river, good safari vehicles, good food and friendly guides, and a position in the central Masai Mara, and it becomes difficult to argue against staying here. True, it's not the cheapest camp, but neither is it the most expensive, and everyone I met here, when I stopped for lunch, was having a fantastic time."