Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes

Trips and Tours to 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.

A male lion in the Masai Mara | Kenya

Masai Mara & Tanzania Explorer

13 days FROM $5,820
Gorilla | Uganda | Africa

Gorilla Trek & Kenya Safari

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Spotting giraffe on safari | Masai Mara | Kenya

East Africa Explorer

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Gorilla Trek, Kenya & Tanzania

28 days FROM $9,092
Rhino in Matobo National Park | Zimbabwe

Masai Mara to Kruger

31 days FROM $8,772
Nungwi Beach | Zanzibar | Africa

Gorillas & East Africa Explorer

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Group in the Namib Desert | Namibia

The Big Overlander

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Riding mokoros in the Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa

The Big Overlander (Accommodated)

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Jungle, Falls & Game Parks

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Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa

Great African Expedition

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Amboseli National Park | Kenya | Africa

Kenya Wildlife Wonders

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Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya

Highlights of Kenya

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The Migration | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa

Kenya Wildlife Week

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Leopard in the shade | Africa

Kenya Up Close

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Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa

The Best of East Africa

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Kenya & Tanzania Trails

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