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Masai Mara safaris, tours & holiday packages

One of the world's famous wildlife reserves

This is a first-rate safari experience that brings together abundant big cat sightings with the chance to see the annual wildebeest migration

The Masai Mara Reserve is known around the world for its abundance of cats, portrayed by numerous wildlife documentaries that have been filmed here. The profusion of cats and the annual Great Migration that enters the reserve from July to October makes for concentrated wildlife interaction. Places like the Musiara Swamp, Rhino Ridge and Topi Plains are some of its famous locations. The best places for the migration are the banks of the Mara or Talek rivers, or the confluence of the two. Combine your visit to the reserve with a stop at the neighbouring private conservancies, where numbers are more controlled and walks, night drives and off-road driving are allowed. The Masai Mara can be a wonderful experience but a disappointment if not well planned.There are many lodges that bring hordes of visitors into the reserve during peak season, from July to the end of September, so get an expert to book somewhere that suits your taste.

Popular Masai Mara (Reserve) safaris

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

Masai Mara safari adventure

Masai Mara safari adventure

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

$ 5,320

£ 4,161

R 70,664


per person

8 days
Playful lions

Masai Mara wildlife discovery

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

$ 6,131

£ 4,795

R 81,437


per person

10 days
Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker Kicheche Camps safari

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

$ 3,704

£ 2,897

R 49,199


per person

7 days
Elephant Herd

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

$ 14,390

£ 11,255

R 191,139


per person

16 days
Lion Cubs

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

$ 5,050

£ 3,950

R 67,078


per person

10 days
Lion cubs

Kenya’s top 3 southern attractions

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

$ 7,269

£ 5,686

R 96,553


per person

10 days
Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor’s Camps

Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor's Camps

Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort

$ 2,221

£ 1,737

R 29,501


per person

4 days
Migration safari in Kenya and Tanzania

Migration safari in Kenya and Tanzania

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

$ 9,985

£ 7,810

R 132,629


per person

8 days
The Uganda Hills

The complete East Africa experience

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas

$ 11,494

£ 8,990

R 152,672


per person

13 days
Wildebeest Migration

The Migration guaranteed - river crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River for fresh grazing

$ 8,651

£ 6,767

R 114,909


per person

10 days
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The best way to experience the Great Migration and the crossing of the Mara River is to combine the Serengeti side of the Mara River with the Masai Mara side. This will double your chances of seeing the herds crossing the river. In a perfect world, combine the Serengeti with the Masai Mara Reserve and also the private conservancies to get the best possible greater Masai Mara migration experience. There's a big difference between the Masai Mara Reserve itself and the surrounding privately managed conservancies – and the wildlife experience of each. The Masai Mara Reserve is the part managed by the Narok and Trans Mara County Councils. The area includes 1500 square kilometres from the international boundary with Tanzania’s Serengeti to the south and includes the Mara Triangle with the Siria escarpment as the western border and the Mara Confluence. The north and eastern borders are Masai pastoral land that is now managed by conservation organisations and only used for grazing from time to time by the land owners, the local Maasai. The conservancies that surround the Masai Mara are Mara North, Olare Orok (Olare Motorogi), Naibosho, Siana and Olderkesi.

Know before you go

Getting to this wonderful wildlife location will take you roughly 5 to 6 hours from Nairobi the capital of Kenya and 3 to 4 hours from the Great Rift Valley.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is roughly 1.510 kilometers and is looked after by the authorities within the region of Kenya.

According to well-known safari writer Brian Jackman ‘if you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime sojourn in the bush it has to be East Africa.Nowhere are animals as visible as on the high plains of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti’ - states Jackman.

Since Kenya is a well-known location for safaris and tourism the country has many great safari guides to choose from and the fact that they have a ‘Kenya professional guides association’ will put you at ease when choosing Kenya as your next safari destination.
Another great reason to choose Kenya as your next African safari adventure is there are many options for tailor made safaris and many of them will also consider all family members and their fitness levels.

When to go

Due to Kenya’s temperate weather there is no real set time to visit The Maasai Mara, as game viewing opportunities will present themselves throughout the year.

However if one is to witness the great wildebeest migration it’s said that the best time to experience this is between July and early August and then again at the end of November.

However rain also has a factor to play and this wildlife event will be dictated to by seasonal rainfall.

What to pack

  • Pack clothing which will work well with the dust including light brown/green and khaki colours. It’s advised to avoid darker colours for attracting flies and absorbing heat.
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, spare batteries, spare SD or memory cards and a light cloth to wipe the dust away.
  • A dust mask or a piece of cloth to cover your face from dust is advisable.
  • Closed shoes or hiking boots or trainers are a must for long game walks; you might also want to pack some sandals for around base camp or your lodge.
  • Game drives can take you to some remote places; nature might call so make allowances for their being no toilets available. Toilet paper for example might be your savior on a long game drive.
  • It might be advised to bring medical type supplies like first aid, asthma pumps or any other medication you might need which won’t be found out there on a game drive.

The risk of Malaria is low, however it’s still advised to carry a good insect repellent if you wish to take extra precautions.
Also read this article off our blog for a little more insight.

Weather and Climate

Their close proximity to the equator ensures no real change in weather patterns or seasons. It’s said that Kenya’s average daytime temperatures are between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F.

It’s also stated that because of Kenya’s close location to the equator it never really experiences a summer or a winter, however temperatures are believed to be hotter near to the coast.

Safari / Holiday Styles

  • Beach holidays near the splendid Kenyan coast
  • Herd tracker holidays with local knowledge
  • Lake Nakuru exploration
  • Bustling city life in Nairobi
  • Wildebeest migration of the Masai Mara
  • The Chyulu Hills for safari walks and beautiful views of Kilimanjaro plus night game drives.

Where to stay

Whether you are looking for luxurious pampering or affordable self-catering or camping, a Safari in Kenya will accommodate your needs and budget.

Although any holiday of this magnitude costs a lot, opting for higher end accommodation options do have their perks including in house smaller craft flights, which can cut your travel time in half ensuring you get the most out of the African savannah.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Masai Mara (Reserve)

When is the best time to visit the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is an excellent all year safari destination, providing travellers with reliable sightings of it's resident wildlife. However, if you're planning a migration safari, it's best to travel during the months of August and October… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What shots should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Masai Mara (Reserve) safaris

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…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…

Geoffrey Burton

from South Africa

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

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