Kenya: Maasai Mara: Jewel in the Crown
Within the Mara North Conservancy, an unparalleled opportunity to view, track and understand East Africa’s iconic lions awaits beyond the tented walls of this classic camp.
Schedule an early morning flight to the Mara, landing at Musiara airstrip, where you will be met by lodge staff as you set out on your first game drive en route to your camp.
This charismatic property in the Maasai Mara has its own 5,000-acre concession, perfectly adapted for walking, as well as access to the reserve and Mara North Conservancy, all of which offer some of the best game viewing in the world. Seven Marquee tents, set in a secluded valley on the banks of the Mara River, are complete with colonial style furnishings, evoking the safaris of another era. Pale eco-chic canvas enclosures, each with its own bush bathroom, wonderful safari food, and warm, friendly service welcome you.
Privacy and exclusivity are offered here, with your own vehicle, driver guide, and wildlife spotter at your disposal each day. This gives you the opportunity to plan your own days and immerse yourself in the rhythm of the African plains.
This afternoon, settle into your tent and then get to know your immediate surroundings with a guided walk. Animal tracking, bird watching, and a profound introduction to the sights and sounds of the landscape await.
Sip gin and tonic as the sun goes down, enjoying an expansive view of the Mara River and the Oloololo Escarpment. Later, wining and dining by the indoor fireplace provide you with the pleasure of having found a home away from home.
Wake to a hearty bush breakfast this morning. You’ll spend today in the Mara, in the field with the Living with Lions (LWL), a conservation research group of seven scientists and 34 Maasai warriors who work in non-protected areas of Kenya to save the remaining wild lions and other predators outside National Parks. Join the research team for a full day of tracking, identifying, and gathering information about the predators. Learn how to identify an individual lion, along with discovering details about collaring, radio tracking, social groups, and pride behavior. This afternoon, join LWL for a presentation at a local primary school.
The Mara Predator Project, based at your home camp, is monitoring lions in and around the Mara North Conservancy with the help of lodge guides and visitors who report sightings and images. They are currently building an online database of lions so that each one can be tracked and studied. Identifying individual lions allows researchers to map their home ranges, monitor reproduction, and identify long-term population trends. Understanding the lion population and the threats lions are facing allows the team to develop effective conservation efforts.
End your day with a quiet conversation with one of the LWL researchers, returning to camp in time for dinner in the open air. Later, if you wish, go out on a night game drive to complete your day.
Rise early this morning for a dawn game drive, followed by a full breakfast when your return to camp.
When you are ready, join your guide for a full day out, walking with warriors, river fishing, and enjoying a picnic lunch under a shady tree with a bedroll supplied for an afternoon siesta.
This evening, return to your tent, or remain apart, fly camping beneath the trees, or high above in a unique tree-house.
On your final morning, enjoy one last game drive on your return transfer to Musiara airstrip. Return to Nairobi for your departure flight, or continue on your next Willing Foot journey, viewing the Kenyan landscape from another wondrous angle.
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