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Masai Mara National Reserve

Why visit the Masai Mara?

The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably one of the most famous wildlife regions in the world and provides the most diverse game viewing within Kenya. Wildlife viewing is magnificent at all times, but from July to October the Masai Mara plays host to the world's largest mass land migration, when around two million animals make the long and arduous journey from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Reasons to visit the Masai Mara include:

  • Incredible game viewing - even outside of the migration season, with the Mara supporting substantial resident wildlife populations, including the Big Five and over 95 species of mammals. 
  • The Great Migration ”“ an awe-inspiring, unforgettable sight, with the reserve awash with millions of wildebeest and zebra and the predators that they attract. 
  • Love the big cats? This is where you will find large numbers of lion, cheetah and leopard.
  •  Birding ”“ a fascinating array of about 550 species of resident and migratory birds can be found here. 
  • Enjoy the beautiful, diverse eco-systems in diverse landscape, from vast plains, to lush forests and marshlands. 
  • Have your cameras at the ready as thirsty wildlife gather around the Sand and Talek Rivers in the dry seasons (December-March & June-October) 
  • Stay in a conservancy owned by local tribes people, and enjoy more private game viewing, plus the night drives and bush walks which are not allowed in the reserve itself.
  •  Experience the culture and traditions of the cattle-herding Maasai people
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over this remarkable landscape, and get a birds-eye view of the astonishing wealth and diversity of wildlife.

When to go to Masai Mara

General game viewing in the Masai Mara is good all year round, however, if you want to see the amazing spectacle of the migration then the best months to go are July to early August and also November.  The exact time will vary according to rainfall, but this is a good guideline.

How to do it

There are two ways to get to the Masai Mara.  The drive from Nairobi will take about 5 ”“ 6 hours.  Alternatively you could opt for a flight which will take about 45 minutes, there may be stops along the way.

Accommodation in Masai Mara

There are some beautiful camps in the Mara, in beautiful settings. Ngerende Island Lodge and Saruni Mara are two of our favourites.  If you prefer a more traditional tented camp then Ngare Serian or Rekero Tented Camp are excellent.

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