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.Read More
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
Masai Mara Hotels
If you are planning a Masai Mara holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Governor's Camp Masai Mara
Enjoying a magical setting on the banks of the Mara River teeming with wildlife, Governor's Camp comprises 37 luxury tents tucked into the surrounding forest. Created in 1972 but still today offering some of Kenya's best accommodation, the tents are large and comfortable with private verandahs from which to enjoy uninterrupted views of the river or Masai plains. Each tent has en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water as well as flushing toilets. After a day of game drives guests can enjoy a sundowner at the bar tent. Due to sustainable tourism practices, Governor's Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya.
Karen Blixen Camp Masai Mara
The Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that offers guests exciting safari options and stylish accommodation. The camp comprises spacious en suite canvas tents set on large mahogany platforms, each with a spacious veranda from which spectacular views along the Mara River can be had. On a hot African day guests can relax in the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by trees and enjoy a massage or beauty treatment. Game drives take place in the Mara North Conservancy, a protected area of some 30,000 hectares of pristine wilderness and Masai communities.
Mara Leisure Camp Masai Mara
The Mara Leisure Camp is made up of three cottages and 24 comfortable permanent tents along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the Masai Mara. The Nyati Tents feature a canvas exterior with wooden floors and safari-style furniture with tiled en suite bathrooms, while the Jamii Cottages are solid buildings with two bedrooms, perfect for families. The attractive outdoor swimming pool is closely surrounded by vegetation with sun loungers on which to relax. In the evenings, the bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink besides a roaring camp fire. The cozy restaurant offers buffet or set menu options with a selection of wines available from the cellar.
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge Masai Mara
One of the first Safari Lodges to be built in the Masai Mara, Sopa Lodge is built in a traditional style. The guest cottages are divided into two wings and house spacious rooms and beautiful en suite facilities. All rooms come with sheltered verandas that look out across the reserve. The lodge has a beautiful swimming pool bar, which is the perfect place to relax with a drink after a long day on safari. Located on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve.
Masai Mara Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Masai Mara.