Great Plains’ Mara Toto Tree Camp to Launch in July 2024

Great Plains, the eco-tourism company founded by National Geographic explorer-filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has announced the forthcoming launch of Mara Toto Tree Camp. Set to open on July 1 in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the newest offering from Great Plains will form part of its Réserve-Collection safari camps.

Mara Toto Tree Camp will accommodate up to eight adults in four luxury tented suites. Overlooking the Ntiakitiak River within the 150,000-hectare Maasai Mara National Reserve and offering private access to the 26,000-hectare Mara North Conservancy, the safari-era-inspired camp provides an ideal base for those looking to discover this region and its wildlife in style.

According to Great Plains’ CEO and Founder Dereck Joubert, leopards are often seen on property and lions are heard almost every night. Mara Toto Tree Camp is well-suited for families or small parties. The camp offers four canvas tree canopy tented suites, each with en-suite bathrooms complete with double vanity basins, copper baths and brass safari showers. Other facilities include a central lounge, dining and wine room and an outdoor seated fire area.

Located in East Africa’s big cat territory, guests of Mara Toto Tree Camp are "spoiled for choice" when it comes to wildlife-spotting opportunities. All safari drives will seat up to four guests in a vehicle with a private guide taking place on Mara Toto Tree Camp’s two specially designed Land Cruisers. Totally open-sided—a rarity in the Mara—the 300-degree view provides great circumstances for photography. Guests will find high-quality binoculars and a full professional Canon camera set in their suite, with all photos taken during their adventure downloaded onto a keepsake memory stick upon departure. Photography lessons can also be arranged.

Explorers can take advantage of two migrations—the annual southern migration of over one million animals from the Serengeti, typically in July and August, and the green season migration from Loita Plains in the spring, where over 100,000 zebras and wildebeest arrive from the northwest. Guests will also have the chance to book a hot air balloon ride over the Mara during sunrise.

For post-adventure rest and relaxation, guests can book an in-room spa treatment.

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