Mara Toto Camp
Maasai Mara, Kenya - Premier 5
Mara Toto Camp sits in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and just a few kilometres from its sister camp, Mara Plains. Mara Toto is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from the designs of Africa's original explorers and designed for those who search for East Africa's romantic safari era. Here, you will experience the best of both worlds: the intense action of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, as well as the more private 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy. Mara Toto is a stylish experience and adventure camp that is unique to the industry and that fits the service levels, specialised guiding and design that has become associated with Great Plains Conservation.
It is safari chic with five light and airy, spacious canvas tents, each with en-suite bathrooms where you enjoy piping hot water from huge brass 'safari showers' to a chorus of hippos lazing nearby. It is set down low, hidden from lights and noise and any sign of mankind. Under the grove of Africa ebony trees, its humble main area is lit by lantern and candlelit, simple in design, but just enough for all the comforts. This camp's ambiance and 'back to the classics' safari design will be a sure hit with private groups, and safari aficionados. The camp is locally famous for its leopard residents wandering the riverbanks. And is positioned to take best advantage of two migrations - the famous annual Serengeti migration and the green season migration from Loita Plains, an additional 50,000 wildebeest and over 100,000 zebras vying for grazing rights. Mara Toto is a place for the ardent safari-goer. Full days, with picnic breakfast (and often lunch, too), traverse some of Africa's richest game country, renowned for extraordinary predator density and frequent hunts. Access to both the Reserve and Mara North Conservancy give guests options of more privacy.
Mara Toto's two specially designed Land Cruisers are regionally-renowned. Totally open-sided (a rarity in the Mara), the 300-degree view provides ideal circumstances for photography. Under the guidance of top guides, each vehicle comes fully-equipped with a stocked fridge and photography tools.
Hot-air ballooning over the Mara is available at additional cost, and is a truly stunning way to experience the landscape and an unforgettable sunrise. If culture is of interest, then visits to Maasai bomas as well as local school and community projects (supported by Mara Toto) are possible, and a wonderful insight into the region's colorful people.
Mara Toto has two professional Canon camera sets, each with a 50D camera and 100-400mm and wide angle macros lenses. These are available to guests on a first come-first serve basis. Photos will be downloaded to a DVD on guest's departure. Photographic tuition is available on request, either on company cameras or own guests' personal cameras.