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Mara North Conservancy

Location: Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

The Mara North Conservancy (MNC) is a stunning private wilderness area of more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres). The Conservancy is a vital part of the Masai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya.

The Mara North Conservancy is a not-for-profit company. The Conservancy is a partnership between twelve member camps and 788 Maasai landowners. The aim is to create a best practice, world-class Conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities.

The Conservancy is one of the most populated wildlife areas within the Masai Mara. It is home to the Leopard Gorge, a vital birthing and maternity ground for the big cats made world famous by the BBC’s Big Cat Diary, as well as the scenic Lemek Hills, an important refuge to highly threatened African wild dogs. During the Loita Hills migration (December to May), thousands of local wildebeest come to the Mara North Conservancy.


  • The conservancy has 100 rooms (1 room per over 700 acres) in between twelve-member accommodations.
  • Mara North Conservancy was structured in 2009 and covers 74,000 acres

Amenities at Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

  • En-suite rooms
  • Bathrobes
  • Twin basins
  • Bucket showers

Rooms at Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

There are seven spacious tented suites of Mara Plains Camp. The tents, each with its own Maasai name, feature a king-size bed, an en suite bathroom with a deep copper tub, a private veranda, and a sitting area with cozy leather armchairs. Biodegradable bath products are provided, all made in Kenya using essential oils instead of chemicals. The tents run on solar power and cannot support hairdryers or electric razors, but the lodge insists that wet hair and fashionable stubble are part of the dress code. Other amenities include a large wooden chest that can be locked to serve as a safe and a solar-powered flashlight.

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What to do at Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

  • Watch the wildebeest migration during the Loita Hills migration
  • Guided game walks