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 walk, 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
Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara are southern Kenya's superstars, the best places for your safari
Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival
Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari
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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
The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche
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
Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort
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
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The Masai Mara is the world's most prolific game viewing area for big cats and the Great Migration
Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve
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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.
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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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
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Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at discoverafrica.com 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…
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…
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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,…
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