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Asilia's Encounter Mara in Kenya is an award-winning camp, built to the highest eco-standards. This traditional safari-style camp is hidden under a magnificent canopy of acacia trees, which allows it to blend in seamlessly with the bush that there is an excellent chance you’ll encounter giraffe or zebra strolling through camp.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the canvas dining tent in the centre of camp, against a backdrop of the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. The cosy lounge area is furnished in a simple yet contemporary style that allows the views of the Maasai Mara to take centre stage. With the nearby salt lick attracting regular visitors from plains game to big cats, you would be excused for spending the entire day in camp, watching the wildlife come to you.
Room Types at Encounter Mara Camp
The award-winning camp is set in the shade of a thick forest, with sweeping views out onto the traditional savannah that makes up much of the conservancy. There are ten tents, including two triple rooms.
Activities to be enjoyed at Encounter Mara
Game drives are offered twice daily one in the morning at 06h30 and one in the late afternoon at 16h30. The game drives are done in the conservancy as well as the adjoining Maasai Mara Reserve. In the conservancy, off-road driving is permitted – this gives you the liberty to explore every hidden valley and secret corner.
Night Game Drives
Night Game drives are offered in the conservancy as well as the adjoining Maasai Mara Reserve. In the conservancy, off-road driving is permitted – this gives you the liberty to explore every hidden valley and secret corners and also allows spotting some of luxury Kenya’s safari famous ‘nightlife’.
Culture and community visits
The majority of Encounter Mara’s guides are drawn from the local Maasai communities and are landowners in the conservancy. They are always eager to share their culture and way of life with interested guests, and visits to nearby villages and homesteads are easily arranged. (At an additional cost)
Hot-air Balloon Safaris
Hot-air balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon. (At an additional cost)
Encounter Mara calls all passionate photographers! Join us for a photographic safari experience in our specialised photography vehicles. The vehicles have drop-down sides for photographers to capture low, eye-level photographs. Beanbags, foam camera rests, power points, fridges and 360º swivel seats promise to make your wildlife photography experience a dream! (At an additional cost)