Lions, leopards and cheetahs. The wildebeest migration. Hippos and crocs in the rivers. Open plains dotted with trees and termite mounds. It’s everyone’s dream to experience a safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara at least once in a lifetime. Here are 10 things to do at Mara Plains Camp in the Maasai Mara.
2. Saddle up
Imagine the freedom of cantering across the plains on horseback, just another four-legged animal among the zebras, topis and Thompson’s gazelles. Pass a curious giraffe or timid eland, watch a warthog rootling in the dirt for food. Cross a ravine and listen to the birds, feel the adrenalin rush as you spot an elephant, buffalo or lion. The horses are well trained and your guides are experienced in dealing with wildlife. Intermediate and experience riders can enjoy a two-hour morning or afternoon outride; you will be assessed before going out onto the plains. Beginners can do a more gentle ride. If you’re a really keen rider, you can pre-arrange a multi-day horseback safari.
3. Visit a Maasai village
4. Fly in a hot air balloon
5. Go birding
6. Soak in a copper bath
7. Eat like a king
8. Have a picnic on the plains
9. Indulge a passion for photography
10. Submit to the stillness
Note: I was a guest of Great Plains Conservation’s Mara Plains Camp for two nights, but I was given free rein to write what I chose. I paid for all travel costs.
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