• Encounter Mara, Kenya

About Encounter Mara

About Encounter Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, and rightly so. This ecosystem is home to the famed Big Five as well as zebra, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles and a host of other species, not least the wildebeest whose annual Great Migration has been touted by more than some as “The Greatest Show on Earth”. There is a place where one can experience this spectacular ecosystem away from the crowds, however, and that place is Naboisho.

Fewer camps, fewer guests and fewer vehicles make this conservancy conducive to intimate wildlife encounters, and this is what inspired the creation of Encounter Mara. Built to the highest eco-standards, this luxury camp is perfectly placed for game-viewing; fees from the conservancy also go towards ensuring the survival of the Masai Mara’s precious wildlife and developing sustainable livelihoods for the local Maasai population. At the 2017 Safari Awards, Encounter Mara was voted as the 'Best Value Safari Property' in all of Kenya.

Encounter Mara Details


Designed to evoke the feel of the traditional African safari – but without compromising on luxury – this well-appointed camp eschews ostentation in favour of elegant simplicity and an unbeatable location for those wishing to remain close to nature.


Encounter Mara is nestled underneath a stand of acacia trees, with your private veranda opening onto the sprawling savannah of the 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy. Despite its smaller size, Naboisho boasts a higher density of game than the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve, including one of the highest lion densities in the world.

Accommodation & Facilities

Spacious, comfortable and cool, each of the 10 permanent tents has an en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and hot-water bucket shower. A cosy and well-furnished lounge area provides guests with a place to relax at all times of day, while the hide and viewing deck are sure to be popular with photographers, with a nearby salt lick attracting regular wildlife. A Wi-Fi tent is also provided if you wish to keep in contact with the outside world.


The kitchen at Encounter Mara serves up delicious homemade meals, which can be taken in the communal dining tent, outside in the fresh air or on a private basis. Your game drives will be complemented with picnic-style breakfasts and packed lunches, while sundowners and snacks are offered once the day begins to draw to a close.


The exclusivity of the Naboisho Conservancy – relative to the much larger and more popular Masai Mara National Reserve – is a boon for all wildlife-lovers staying at Encounter Mara. Game drives, bush walks and horse-riding excursions can be enjoyed with greater freedom, getting you closer to an authentic wildlife and wilderness experience. Visits to local Maasai communities – who make up the 500+ landowners here in Naboisho – are always enriching cultural experiences, while fly camping and hot air balloon rides (available at additional cost) allow you to see the savannah from a different perspective.

Child Policy

One of the 10 tents here has been specially designed for families, and children over the age of 5 are welcome. Those under 5 can be accommodated upon request. Bear in mind that guests must be aged 12 or over if they wish to participate in a bush walk.

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