“Nyika” means “Large Plains or Great Plains,” and at Mara Nyika it rings with the romance of the vast open plains of East Africa from a time when light canvas flapped in the light breeze across those plains as wildebeest and zebras call to each other and at twilight, “Simba,” the great lion’s roar across the Nyika.
“Nyika” means “Large Plains or Great Plains,” and Mara Nyika it rings with the romance of the vast open plains of East Africa from a time when light canvas flapped in the light breeze across those plains as wildebeest and zebras call to each other and at twilight, “Simba,” the great lion’s roar across the Nyika.
Typical of the Maasai Mara’s ancient Nyika is the flat-topped Acacia kirkii trees. The guest suites are designed by the lodge founder, Dereck Joubert, to take advantage of these umbrella thorn tree’s shade. While the camp is in a valley, actually straddling a small stream, the suites are set up high under the tree’s canopy to offer guests awe-inspiring views out over the bush. It does feel like a treetop camp, with the suites' walkways to the main area giving a feel of a treehouse under canvas. However, the camp’s ethic and inspiration are still one of exploration and adventure - a sense of impermanence in this ever-changing world. Bathrooms are en-suite with flush loo, shower (indoor), copper bath tub and double basins and hot and cold running water.
Privacy in this camp is the key to understanding it. Privacy to live, think, explore, be romantic, and be pampered – all the while with one of the most spectacular backdrops Africa can provide.
Mara Nyika, located in the private and exclusive 20 000-hectare Naboisho Conservancy, is unique because it allows guests to explore the conservancy and further afield with safari drives into the Maasai Mara Reserve. Activities offered include day and night drives, guided safari walks, balloon safaris and visits to local villages. Guest’s stay enables the lodge to support over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood through the payment of conservation fees, which ultimately ensures the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara eco-system.
Many Mara Nyika’s guests spend a few days here before extending their safari to other areas and camps either in the Mara or beyond.
Rates are fully inclusive - per person sharing per night
From $1 200.00 low season - to $2 350.00 high season plus park & conservation fees
Incl all activities, beverages, meals, laundry & airstrip transfers