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Masai Mara Conservation Area


2/5 Lone tree and rolling plains
Lone tree and rolling plains
3/5 Some of the best leopard country - rocky gorges and fig trees
Some of the best leopard country - rocky gorges and fig trees

The Mara Conservation Area surrounds the main Masai Mara Reserve

The Mara Conservation Area surrounds the main Masai Mara Reserve. This land is owned by a series of different Maasai communities (although mmuch of it falls under conservation partnership ageements with the private camp-owners), and differs from the main reserve in a couple of important ways.

First, the Maasai to whom this is home are allowed to use this area to graze their cattle.  Second, because it lies outside the main reserve, walking is allowed in this area.

While many of the camps located here - the likes of Kicheche Mara Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Richards Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp are within relatively easy reach of the main reserve, we would council against using this area simply as a dormitory for visiting the main park.

Like Loliondo in northern Tanzania the Conservation Area really offers another side of the Mara ecosystem. It's probably worth recognising that the game viewing may not be quite on the scale of the main park - and that for the major river crossings you'll need to make the journey. However, in our experience, game viewing here rarely disappoints and the added dimension of the Maasai involvement makes this an excellent place to spend a few days.

A few of our favourite places to stay:

Kicheche Mara Camp

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Saruni Mara

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