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Mara Olare Orok
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Mara Olare Orok


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

This area contains 85 square kilometres of the most spectacular scenery in the Mara, with beautiful dome-topped hills backed by the distant Oloololo Escarpment. The open hills host a rich and varied population of grazers year round, including giraffes, zebras, hartebeests and warthogs. These herds are accompanied by high densities of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. In between the hills run a number of small seasonal streams or 'luggas', lined by ribbons on forest which are home to a broader range of species notably including baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and leopards.

Mara Olare Orok usually sees a good deal of migration action during the Jul/Oct dry season, although you will need to drive south into the Mara Confluence area if you want to see significant river crossings.

Being a private conservancy means that vehicle traffic is strictly limited. Only guests of the dozen or so small camps here are permitted to explore this significant tract of prime land. Vehicle clusters of any type are very 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.

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