Idyllically set in the fringes of a riverine forest and looking out over wide open savannah, Encounter Mara is a luxury eco-camp with an intimate and authentic feel. Totally private and remote it is located in the Mara Naboisho conservancy in Kenya’s Masai Mara eco-system, and offers superb game-viewing year-round, right away from the crowds. Designed on eco-friendly principles to have a minimal impact on the environment, the camp is recognised for its genuine commitment to sustainability, community enrichment and conservation. The simple and elegant decor and exceptional service create a classic safari atmosphere with all the comforts.
The twelve extremely spacious tents are placed long-side to the view over the plain, so that even the bathroom has a view and the private verandah runs the whole length with a day bed as well as table and chairs and a hammock.
The king-sized beds are very comfortable and the en-suite bath room provides flush toilets and traditional hot water canvas showers with quality eco-friendly toiletries. Elephants, giraffe and herds of game wander past and there are no paths or fences to interrupt the view.
The main area has a comfortable lounge, dining area and camp fire overlooking a salt-lick where wild-life gathers. Delicious three course meals are freshly prepared, with excellent vegetarian options, often served al fresco in surprise locations lit by lanterns under a canopy of stars.
The varied game drives explore all the different terrains of the conservancy with prolific sightings of lions and other big cats even in the low season. During the July to October Great Migration guests can choose an all day safari into the adjoining Masai Mara Game Reserve and there are also bush walks, night drives and visits to a local Masai village for a fuller experience of the area.
The small size of the camp makes for really personalised service and the local Masai staff goes that extra mile to make your stay special.
Encounter Mara is an excellent choice to experience the genuine Masai Mara and really is the ultimate in luxury eco-tourism.