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Mara Northeast
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Mara Northeast


... is a large private conservancy area that lies to the northeast of the main Maasai Mara reserve in Southwest Kenya.

This conservancy is really in its infancy and presently remains something of a patchwork of small private safari areas, village and pastoral land. The landscape is less open here, with large sections of leleshwa scrub and acacia forest backing up against the eastern escarpment. Wildlife viewing is not generally as reliable as it is on the open plains to the south and west.

Being a private conservancy means that vehicle traffic is strictly limited. Other than vehicles on the transit road, only guests of the dozen or so small camps here are permitted to explore this significant tract of prime land. Vehicle clusters are rare. It also means that camp operators are free to offer off-road driving, walking safari, bush meals and some limited night vehicle safari, which helps to produce a much more rounded experience.

There are also significant opportunities for cultural interaction with the local Maasai people, who are shareholders in the conservancy and therefore tend to be very welcoming. Hiking up into the hills can be particularly good.

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