Mara West Camp Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mara West Camp borders the remote and wild western edge of Masai Mara National Reserve. Guests enter the park through the Oloololo Gate and safari throughout the Transmara side of the park. Far from the paved roads traversed by safari vans, this part of the park is remote and less frequented by those traveling by road. Guests often fly in to the nearby airstrip or travel by road in 4×4 vehicles specially outfitted for safaris.
Mara West Camp has eight secluded chalets, perched on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, overlooking the vast plains of the Transmara Triangle below, and eight traditional safari tents overlooking the escarpment’s bordering valley.
The secluded chalets are a unique combination of canvas and solid building materials. The bathroom is made of brick while the bedroom area consists of canvas panels with zippered windows and roll up panels. The floors are solid hardwood and the tent is entered through a pair of French doors, with glass window panes. The traditional safari tents are built of canvas with zippered door and windows with roll up panels. The bathrooms are also made of brick.
In both the secluded chalets and the safari tents, full bathroom facilities are en-suite with flush toilets and large spacious showers, complete with good water pressure and plenty of hot water twice a day, mornings and evenings. Mara West Camp’s electricity is a combination power lines, solar, generator and battery packs, so that power is always available for lights, and for charging equipment and other electrical appliances.
Various activities in the camp include game viewing which is the highlight of a stay at Mara West Camp. Walking tours accompanied by a nature walk guide provides an experience of enjoying Kenya’s flora, birds and wildlife on foot. Traditional dances are also performed by the Maasai dressed in their full traditional regalia and first hand accounts of the life of a Maasai are usually told. Mara West Camp also provides massages and other spa treatments.
Meals are served in the Kingfisher Dining Lodge and the Simba Restaurant or on the large verandahs outside the Lodge and Restaurant with a wide view of the savannah surrounding the camp. With a fully equipped kitchen and professional chefs, Mara West Camp is able to spread the table with simple but appetizing dishes of many varieties. A wide range of tastes, including vegetarian dishes, can be catered to. In spite of its remote location, it is the goal of Mara West Camp to provide guests with a variety of fresh fruits, salads and vegetables, home cooked pastries, breads, and desserts, freshly prepared soups, and creative main entrees.
At Mara West Camp an informal, relaxed atmosphere captures the feel of Africa. Staff cater to our guests with an eagerness to make their time at the camp a special memory. Early morning tea and coffee, hot fires for showering, room service with special attention to the many individual needs, all this and more make the safari experience a unique and rewarding holiday.
The camp is privately owned and managed by the Aho family, Americans who have spent over 20 years living and working in Africa. Designed, built and furnished by the owners, the camp is the outcome of their many years working together with African communities and traveling throughout the vast continent of Africa.
Mara West had its beginnings as a home base for Africa Mission Services (AMS), a non government organization (NGO) in which development volunteers provide building, educational and medical services to the surrounding Maasai communities. Originally 25 safari tents were pitched under grass thatched bandas and a make shift dining lodge was constructed to feed the volunteers. These accommodations continued to be upgraded and today comprise the economy section of the camp.
In 2006, Mara West Camp diversified into being a safari lodge open to the public. Over time, Mara West Camp was built to include 8 exclusive chalets on the escarpment edge overlooking the Transmara Triangle and 7 safari tents overlooking the escarpment’s bordering valley. A high end dining lodge with reception area, outfitted with its own kitchen and staff, was constructed to provide guests with a comfortable and pleasant dining experience. Since opening in 2006, thousands of guests have made Mara West Camp their home while enjoying an unforgettable safari into Masai Mara National Reserve, and it is from the proceeds of this business that AMS continues to carry out development services in the local Maasai community.
Mara West Camp Accommodation
Like the other tented chalets, the honeymoon chalet is a unique combination of canvas and solid building materials. The bathroom is made of brick while the bedroom area is designed of both canvas, hardwood and brick. Although the windows are tent screen with roll up canvas panels, the chalet is entered through a pair of French doors, with glass window panes.
Designed with the honeymooning couple in mind, the honeymoon chalet has several special differences, including a four poster king bed, a unique outdoor shower on the front veranndah, and an adjacent private suntanning deck. The chalet’s location on the escarpment is especially private and most picturesque.With amenities that offer the option of pleasant seclusion, clients may choose to dine and relax throughout their stay within the beautiful and inspiring confines of this honeymoon chalet.
- Extremely Private
- Outside Shower
- Sun Tanning Deck
- Queen Poster Bed
- Fully Equipped Bathroom
- Electricity (240V)
- Hot Water
Eight secluded chalets situated on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment which overlook the vast plains of the Mara below. These secluded chalets are a unique combination of canvas and solid building materials. The bathroom is made of brick while the bedroom area consists of canvas panels with zippered windows and roll up panels. The floors are solid hardwood and the tent is entered through a pair of French doors, with glass window panes. Each of these secluded chalets is fully furnished with handcrafted cedar furniture, including two queen beds per tent. Cushioned sofa sets and personal writing desks offer relaxing clients the comforts of home.
Luxury bathrobes are provided, and all towels, linens, pillows, and duvets in the tented chalets are specially selected for their comfort and quality. A lock cedar chest is provided in each room, where all valuables can be stored for safe keeping.
A wide front verandah provides a private and relaxing place to sit and overlook Masai Mara’s vast plains below, where roaming giraffe, elephant, gazelles, impalas and wildebeest can be spotted. Room service brings early morning coffee and tea for the client to enjoy as the sun breaks above the distant hills, flooding the plains with light. Evening sundowners are another special way to enjoy the verandah, watching the shadows creep over the Mara as the sun sets and the stars begin to appear.
- Hot Water
- Electricity (240V)
- Room Service
- 2 Queen Beds
- Fully Equipped Bathroom
Mara West Camp Activities
Game viewing in the great expanse of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve is the highlight of a stay at Mara West Camp, which is located 5 kms. from the Oloololo Park Gate, making the park easily accessible to clients throughout the year. Safaris take the guests down into Masai Mara, where some of the world’s most impressive wildlife can be viewed. Often picnics are arranged in the park, enabling guests to travel further into remote areas. Mara West provides safaris in 4×4 vehicles with specially outfitted open hatches for prime game viewing and photography.
Birdwatchers enjoy a wide diversity of bird life at Mara West, with birds of prey soaring on the updrafts from the escarpment and special varieties nesting in the thicket that grows along the escarpment’s edge.
In addition, clients may opt to enjoy a bush breakfast or sundowners, or take a guided walking safari in a the designated walking area exclusively bordered by Mara West Camp. And no visit to Kenya is complete without the unique cultural experience of visiting a Maasai Boma, where the day-to-day lifestyle of the Maasai can be witnessed first hand by visiting clients of Mara West Camp.
Join a guided nature walk in designated areas exclusively bordered by Mara West Camp. An experienced guide offers visitors a chance to experience Kenya flora, birds, and wildlife on foot.
Maasai Boma Tours.
No visit to Kenya is complete without this truly unique cultural experience. See the day-to-day lifestyle of the Maasai first hand by visiting a functioning Boma, an authentic residence of local Maasai who welcome clients of Mara West into their home.
Best known for their red clothing and height, the Maasai tribe places great emphases on traditional dances and music. Sit in on the festivities and see for yourself. Hear first-hand accounts of life as a Maasai. These talks, in English, will provide listeners with a glimpse into Maasai lifestyle and traditions, with an opportunity to ask questions.
Tour Schools and Development Activities:
Development work by the NGO, Africa Mission Services (an affiliate of Mara West), provides local Maasai with access to primary schools, a clinic that meets basic medical needs, and improved water sources. Visit these projects, meet staff and students, and learn more about the improved quality of life that these and other development projects make for local communities.
Mara West Camp – Facilities
- 24-hour hot running water
- Game drives
- Game walks
- Visit to local villages
- Bush meals
- 4WD vehicles
- Self drive game drives
- Full board
- Room service
- Credit cards
Mara West Camp Contacts
Phone: +254 733 420 601 / +254 708 459 400
Phone :+ 254 734 849 293
P.O. Box 1886 – 00502 Nairobi, Kenya
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