Kenya stands for the essence of Africa. And the Maasai Mara is the heart of Kenya. The Mara Toto Camp is located right at the heart of the 70,000 hectares large Mara North Conservancy – one of the world’s most beautiful and species diverse regions. On the banks of the wild Ntiakitiak River, the Mara Toto Camp offers state-of-the-art accommodation in a magic setting, right where the lush forest meets the savannah.
There is a story to how the Mara Toto Camp was discovered: Dereck and Beverly
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Joubert, the owners of the Great Plains safari chain, accompanied by the Mara Toto’s managers, spent days and weeks scouting out the perfect location for the new camp.
Then, right towards the end of yet another long and dusty day without having struck gold, they stopped for a sundowner on the banks of the river… and had discovered the perfect location by good fortune and a generous amount of gin!
Comfort, adventure and individuality are the Mara Toto’s leading principles. And, certainly, these three factors make it a great alternative to the Maasai Mara’s larger safari camps. “Toto” translates from Swahili as “baby” and was chosen as an affectionate reference to the larger sister camp Mara Plains some kilometres upstream.
A classic safari camp, the typical style creates an immediate link with the surrounding nature. No more than five safari tents compose the camp. The bright canvas may be opened completely on one side for fresh air and, of course, the view.
The tents’ interiors have been individually designed and adorned with brass chandeliers, ancient Indian chests and an abundance of natural building materials. The 1920s golden safari times are recreated to perfection with an air of romantic adventure.
The wildlife is never far away: The world-famous and sensational Great Migration sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, zebras and antelopes pass through the region and the surroundings of the Mara Toto Camp. Moreover, the Mara North Conservancy ranks among the best places in Kenya to spot leopards.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert have made a name for themselves as avid nature protection advocates and experienced documentary producers. For more than twenty five years they have lived and worked in some of Africa’s most remote and fascinating nooks and crannies.
Their relentless efforts, vast experience and unparalleled skill have earned them five Emmy awards. Their documentaries have been seen by millions, their books and articles published in more than 150 countries.
No one has a better understanding for the needs and passions of dedicated photographers and amateur movie makers. In fact, you may rent their professional camera equipment. And what is more, Dereck and Beverly have personally worked on the design of the safari vehicles to allow for optimum condition for photography. Everything is ready for the perfect shot!
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