FAQ – Camping in the Mara Triangle

Camping FAQ

Rules for Camping

Rules are intended to ensure the safety and security of campers.  Please respect them as they will ensure an enjoyable camping experience.

  1. Firewood is not to be collected from inside the park
  2. Extinguish fires after use and never leave the fire unattended
  3. Bury your toilet
  4. No bathing in the river
  5. Do not feed or bait the animals
  6. Secure your food and equipment from animals
  7. No night game drives
  8. Do not stray more than 25 metres from your camp
  9. No loud music
  10. Take all rubbish with you – do not burn

Campsite Facility

Toilets are located at: Oloololo Gate, Hippo Pool, Iseiya Station and Purungat Bridge Gate
(map: Oloololo, Hippo Pool, Iseiya HQ, Purungat Bridge)
Oloololo and Iseiya Campsites have long-drop toilets, and there are cold water showers at Oloololo Campsite.
The three public campsites are located at Oloololo Gate, Iseiya Station and Eluai. These campsites are open to everybody and do no require prior booking. The sites are on a first come first serve basis but it is not for your exclusive use.

The five professional campsites are located at stunning locations along the Mara River and are exclusively yours to enjoy. Kiboko and Ndovu are slightly larger. There are no facilities available at any of these sites.

No, please bring your own firewood or purchase at Purungat Bridge Gate.
You can collect the water from Oloololo Gate or Purungat Gate as you enter the Mara Triangle. The water comes from a well and is not suitable for drinking.  Please bring your own drinking water.
No, none of our campsites are fenced which is the reason why nighttime security is mandatory.
Mara Conservancy does not rent gear so visitors must bring their own camping gear.

Campsite Booking

No, prior bookings are not required for public campsites.
Please pay your booking fee to KAPS within two weeks of booking. If the payment is not received after two weeks, your booking will be cancelled.
You are allowed to stay in a campsite for a maximum of two weeks.
Yes, but you need to pay a booking fee of 40,000 KES for each of the campsite. If you wish to stay in two campsites within a one week period, the fee is 80,000 KES.
No, block bookings are not permitted and can result in the cancellation of your booking.
No, booking fees are non-refundable.

Camp Security

Yes. Whether you stay in public or private campsites, it is mandatory to hire two rangers per camp from your entry gate (Oloololo or Purungat Bridge) for night-time security. This rule was instituted by the Trans Mara County Council’s District Security Committee to ensure the safety of the campers.

Mara Conservancy will transport the rangers to and from your campsite, and provide food and lodging for the rangers.

You need to hire two rangers at 2,000 KES each for a total of  4,000 KES per night.  The rate is set by the Trans Mara County Council.
No, the rangers are only available for night-time security.
Emergency numbers at HQ are 0722-740338 and 0771-280101.

Camping in the African Wilderness

No, the river is full of very dangerous crocodiles.  As well, the stagnant water can harbor potentially dangerous parasites like bilharzia.
The best thing to do is to keep quiet and stay inside the tent. The animals will move on if you do not disturb them.
Do not stray more than 25 meters from your camp.
You should be back at your campsite no later than 7pm.
No, visitors are not allowed to drive inside the park after 7pm.
Yes, but please bring your own firewood and extinguish the fire when you leave.
Never feed nor bait any wild animal as it encourages dangerous behaviour. Please keep all food in a secure place.
No, the baboons and monkeys may appear tame, but they are wild animals and they can potentially injure you.  Primates carry a host of nasty zoonotic diseases.
Yes, it is wise to lock your tent. Baboons and monkeys are very good at breaking into tents when there is food inside. Please keep all consumables in a secure place such as a metal box or vehicle.
You should dig a hole and bury your toilet when you leave.
No, please take all rubbish with you when you leave. There are trash cans at Iseiya Headquarters and both gates.
The nearest supermarket is in Narok so all grocery shopping should be completed before entering the Reserve.
Mineral water can be purchased at camps and lodges.
Loud music is prohibited at campsites out of respect for fellow campers and the environment.
Can I do a walking safari in the Mara Triangle?::
We do not allow any walking safari inside the Reserve, but there are some camps and lodges outside the Reserve that may offer walking safaris.
No, bicycles or motorcycles are not allowed in the Reserve, due to the proximity of dangerous animals.
No, domestic animals are prohibited from entering the Mara Triangle.
No, nothing can be removed from the Reserve.  “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”.

Picnic in the Mara Triangle

Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnics in designated areas, where picnic tables are provided.