The camp is privately owned and managed by the Aho family, Americans who have spent over 20 years living and working in Africa. Designed, built and furnished by the owners, the camp is the outcome of their many years working together with African communities and traveling throughout the vast continent of Africa.
Mara West had its beginnings as a home base for Mara West Foundation, a non-government organization (NGO) in which development volunteers provide building, educational and medical services to the surrounding Maasai communities. Originally 25 safari tents were pitched under grass-thatched bandas and a makeshift dining lodge was constructed to feed the volunteers. These accommodations continued to be upgraded and today comprise the economy section of the camp.
In 2006, Mara West Camp diversified into being a safari lodge open to the public. Over time, Mara West Camp was built to include 8 exclusive Chalets on the escarpment edge overlooking the Transmara Triangle and 8 Safari Tents overlooking the escarpment’s bordering valley. A high end dining lodge with reception area, outfitted with its own kitchen and staff, was constructed to provide guests with a comfortable and pleasant dining experience. Since opening in 2006, thousands of guests have made Mara West Camp their home while enjoying an unforgettable safari into Masai Mara National Reserve, and it is from the proceeds of this business that AMS continues to carry out development services in the local Maasai community.