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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

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

Kenya Wildlife Week

7 days FROM $3,025
Leopard in the shade | AfricaTailored To Suit You

Kenya Up Close

8 days FROM $5,195
Leopard | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Best of Kenya & Tanzania

11 days FROM $2,335
Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | AfricaTailored To Suit You

The Best of East Africa

12 days FROM $10,769
The Migration | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

Kenya & Tanzania Trails

13 days FROM $7,635
Mountain Gorilla | Uganda | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Gorilla and Game Trek

15 days FROM $1,615
Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya Active Days, Rustic Nights

East Africa Encompassed

16 days FROM $2,960
Gorillas | Uganda | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days FROM $2,785
Lioness and Cub | Safari | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Wildlife, Falls and Beaches

27 days FROM $3,775
Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days FROM $3,505
Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

The Big Overlander

47 days FROM $4,405
Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Great African Expedition

57 days FROM $5,035
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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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

Ol Seki Mara Camp Masai Mara

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

An enclave of luxury in some of Kenya's wildest terraine, Ol Seki Mara Camp is a deluxe camp with uniquely rounded tents. Each stunning tent remains hidden from the next offering total privacy and seclusion. Six opening panels give breathtaking panoramic views of the famous Masai Mara and tent options vary from smaller more intimate tents to palatial 'penthouse' tents for all the family. Evans, the resident chef cooks up a storm for all guests with a varied menu and the drivers and guides serve guests their drinks. The camp is located in the heart of Eastern Koiyaki.

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.

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