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Masai Mara safaris, tours & holiday packages

A fine balance

The conservancies adjoining the Masai Mara Reserve increase the size of this wildlife heaven tenfold    

The conservancies bordering the Masai Mara Reserve are well managed and the number of vehicles allowed is controlled. This creates an important buffer zone between the sensitive Masai Mara Reserve and the neighbouring Maasai land that was traditionally used for grazing cattle and village settlement. It also provides income for both the Maasai people and the conservancies. From west to east, the conservancies are: the Mara North Conservancy, the Olare Orok (Olare Motorogi​) Conservancy, the Naibosho Conservancy and the lesser known Siana and Olderkesi conservancies. Mara North was made famous by Jonathan Scott’s Big Cat Diaries and Leopard Gorge, while Olare Orok is arguably the best wildlife area outside the Masai Mara itself, with lots of lions. Naibosho – an up-and-coming conservancy that's good for walking – also has some good woodland that lures elephant, giraffe and browsers.

Popular Masai Mara (Conservancies) safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Masai Mara wildlife discovery

The Masai Mara is the world's most prolific game viewing area for big cats and the Great Migration

$ 7,270

£ 5,639

R 102,333


per person

10 days

HerdTracker Kicheche Camps safari

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

$ 4,760

£ 3,692

R 67,002


per person

7 days

HerdTracker Masai Mara wildebeest migration safari

Witness the wildebeest migration in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara National Reserve with HerdTracker

$ 4,510

£ 3,498

R 63,483


per person

7 days

East Africa big cat safari

This safari to the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa is all about big cats – lots of them and up close for outstanding photographs

$ 7,735

£ 5,999

R 108,878


per person

10 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Kenya’s top 3 southern attractions

Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara are southern Kenya's superstars, the best places for your safari

$ 7,090

£ 5,499

R 99,799


per person

10 days

Best of Africa safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration

$ 16,865

£ 13,081

R 237,393


per person

16 days

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 2,600

£ 2,017

R 36,598


per person

6 days
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Megan Warrington says

The conservancies are always a good choice and if you have to choose between a conservancy and the Mara itself outside of river crossing times, then the conservancies would give you a far better game viewing experience. But you do also want to see the river crossings between July and the end of the year.

More on Masai Mara (Conservancies) holidays

Combining the Masai Mara Reserve with one or two of the conservancies is recommended to round off your Mara experience. In the conservancies, you can drive at night, drive off-road and enjoy walks – none of which is allowed inside the reserve itself. However, you won't experience the Mara River crossings of the Great Migration unless you visit the Masai Mara Reserve, in particular the Governor's Camp or Mara confluence areas. Agreements between private conservation organisations and the local land owners, mostly on a non-profit basis, have dual purpose: the land provides grazing for Maasai cattle during the drier months and also land to conserve Africa’s wildlife. The agreement creates sustainable conservation models based on the coexistence of domestic cattle and wildlife. The grazing does what key mammal species would have done when there were still enough elephant, buffalo and other ungulates on Maasai land. It stimulates new grass and also the growth of grass species that would vanish without grazing. As a result, plains game and smaller ungulates move onto the concession land in search of new grass. In their wake they bring predators, which in turn bring tourists.

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Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

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From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa, has been excellent . The hotels, the service and every think has been well above our expectation. The perfect choice ! Thanks to all and specially to Megan.

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