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Safaris to the Masai Mara

About Masai Mara

Picture undulating grasslands punctuated by lone acacia trees and Africa's most famous animal residents and you've pictured the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya's premier game destination. Situated in Southwestern Kenya, the Masai Mara is effectively the Northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in neighbouring Tanzania. The reserve is named after the Mara River that divides the territory and after the Masai tribes people as well, the traditional inhabitants of the area. Dressed in their distinctive red robes, the Masai live a traditional semi-nomadic agricultural existence in villages across the Mara.

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The reserve is famous for its exceptional population of game and for the annual migration of the wildebeests that takes place every September and October. It's one of the most impressive natural events in the world with millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles making the perilous journey. The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions, though the other members of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros) are found here as well. This said, the population of black rhino is severely threatened, with an indigenous population hovering between 25-30.

Hippopotami are also found in large groups in the Masai Mara and many cheetahs, zebras, impalas, gazelles, hartebeests, warthogs, ostriches, topis, Masai giraffes, among other mammals, all consider the Mara their home. As well, the large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. Like in the Serengeti in Tanzania, the wildebeests are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara and their numbers are estimated in the millions.

Masai Mara Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Masai Mara. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Masai Mara on a bespoke touring itinerary to Kenya, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

The Migration | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa Iconic Experiences, Local Partners

Kenya Wildlife Week

7 days FROM $2,395
Leopard in the shade | AfricaTailored To Suit You

Kenya Up Close

8 days FROM $4,255
Leopard | African Safaris | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Best of Kenya & Tanzania

11 days FROM $2,195
Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | AfricaTailored To Suit You

The Best of East Africa

12 days FROM $9,115
Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Kenya & Tanzania Trails

13 days FROM $6,355
Mountain Gorilla | Uganda | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Gorilla and Game Trek

15 days FROM $1,495
Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya Over Land, Under Stars

East Africa Encompassed

16 days FROM $2,765
Gorillas | Uganda | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days FROM $2,575
Lioness and Cub | Safari | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Wildlife, Falls and Beaches

27 days FROM $3,525
Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days FROM $3,295
Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

The Big Overlander

47 days FROM $4,095
Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaOver Land, Under Stars

Great African Expedition

57 days FROM $4,695
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