Mara North Conservancy

Richard's River Camp


Intimate family-run luxury

Originally founded as a ‘home away from home’ for founders Richard and Liz Roberts who had both grown up in Africa, the River Camp has an idyllic setting on the backs of the Njageteck River in the private Mara North Conservancy.

There are just seven casually luxurious tents, each beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels. Just outside, the Ngoyanai spring draws wildlife year round, including a resident lion pride that can often be seen on the prowl from the camp.

Being in a private conservancy, you can explore on night as well as day drives, on guided bush walks and enjoy wonderful meals out in the bush.


At a glance

  • Seven tents

  • Mess tent lounge

  • Can be booked exclusively

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    Day and night drives

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    Guided walks

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    Dining in the bush

Community & Culture

Richard's River Camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy (MNC), a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 27,500 hectares. Mara North Conservancy is a not-for-profit entity established in January 2009. The conservancy is a partnership between 13 Tourism Partner members (including Serian ‘The Original’) and over 900 Maasai Landowners. The aim is to create a best practice, world-class conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities.

To form the Conservancy, Mara North leases land parcels from individual Maasai landowners. This marked the first time that these Maasai landowners have received substantial and direct income from wildlife. Conservancy fees are collected from member Tourism Partners and forwarded onto the conservancy to support the monthly Maasai Landowner’s lease payments and professional land management.


The Mara North Conservancy was established by member camps and landowners to help protect the migratory routes of animals. It has also helped the land recover from past overgrazing. Tourist and vehicle numbers are kept to a minimum. This not only provides you with an exclusive safari experience, but it also means the impact on the environment is minimal.

For the last three generations, the Roberts families have played an integral part in conservation in Kenya. In 2011 Richard and Liz founded the Mara Elephant Project, which is instrumental in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and anti-poaching through the collaring, monitoring and tracking of elephants.

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