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Mara Ol Kinyei
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Mara Ol Kinyei


... is a prime private conservancy which lies immediately to the northeast of the main Maasai Mara reserve in Southwest Kenya.

At around 72 square kilometres, this conservancy is exclusively used by just one safari operator and has amongst the lowest vehicle densities of any part of the greater Maasai Mara. The landscape contains a pleasant mix of open grassy plains and undulating valleys filled with light acacia woodland.

There is a good range of wildlife, although being a relatively small area animals such as lions and elephants tend to come and go, so wildlife viewing can be a little hit and miss, although it is possible to widen your search to other areas. Mara Ol Kinyei tends not to see a great deal of the main migration herds, being a little bit too far removed from the core areas, although the smaller Loita Migration often passes through, especially in June and October.

Being a private conservancy means that vehicle traffic is strictly limited. Only guests of the handful of small camps here are permitted to explore this area. Vehicle clusters of any type are virtually impossible. 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.

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