Top Reasons to visit the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara in Kenya is Nature’s magnificent masterpiece
The Masai Mara National Reserve and its neighboring conservancies form Kenya’s flagship conservation area and is one of the finest wildlife and safari destinations in Africa. Located in south west Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is renowned for its vast scenic expanse of gently rolling African savannah plains, measuring approximately 1510 square kilometers in area, bordering the notorious Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the south. The Masai Mara’s sprawling wide-open plains provide a sanctuary for its abundant wildlife to freely roam the vast Masai Mara wilderness and beyond.
Here are the top 10 reasons why people should visit the Masai Mara.
#1 Witness The Great Wildebeest Migration – Referred to as The Seventh New Wonder Of The World
Nominated as the seventh New Wonder of the World because of the amazing spectacle of more than 1 million wildebeests, half a million gazelles, and 200,000 zebras, the Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas.
The legendary Masai Mara is the site of the iconic Great Migration in Africa – also known as the Gnu Migration, Serengeti Migration and Masai Mara Migration. The annual Great Migration is one of the chief reasons why so many travelers and avid nature enthusiast venture to Kenya, Tanzania, and the Masai Mara for an unforgettable Migration safari and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Masai Mara Great Migration includes millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, and impala venture across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, moving from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park into the Masai Mara National Reserve by crossing the great Mara River. The Mara River crossing is one of the most thrilling and equally daunting endeavors to witness (often called “the greatest show on earth”) as it is filled with several predators making it an incredibly risky journey. Nile crocodiles and other predators are patiently and constantly waiting for the right moment to strike and make the wildebeest their prey.
Proclaimed one of the greatest wildlife spectacles and remarkable natural wonders in the world – Witnessing and experiencing the Masai Mara Great Migration is undoubtedly one of the top reasons to visit the Masai Mara and should be on everyone’s African safari travel bucket-list.
**Interesting fact: Triggered by East Africa’s rains and linked to the annual rainfall patterns and the growth of new grass, the Great Migration of millions of wildebeest is a constant, year-round movement of huge, nomadic herds across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, following an age-old route in search of fresh grazing and fresh water sources.
The Great Migration typically starts in the Southern region of the Serengeti National Park. The ‘start’ of the Great Migration coincides with the prime wildebeest calving season, as thousands of wildebeest calves are born within a couple weeks of each other. Due to the rapid rise in the number of new-born wildebeest, there’s an equally significant increase in the number of predators, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas in the area who are constantly on the hunt for new-born wildlife.
After the calving season in the southern part of Tanzania’s Serengeti near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just as the drought starts to set in during the month of May and Tanzania’s dry season approaches, the Great Migration continues on their journey through the Serengeti up and around in a clockwise direction towards the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Following the rains, the vast herds arrive from Tanzania sometime between August and November each year, crossing some of Africa’s most famous rivers. The multitudes of snorting and cavorting animals, the heart-stopping tension of the river crossings and the sinister patience of the predators that follow the herd all combine to form an epic life-and-death saga that plays out beneath Kenya’s vast skies.
**Interesting fact: Guided by survival instinct, each wildebeest (as well as zebra and antelope) will cover approximately 800km to 1000km on its individual journey along age-old migration routes during the annual Great Migration.
**Extra Insight: Best Time: While the entire dry season is regarded as the best time to go to the Masai Mara and witness spectacular up-close game viewing, and unbelievable wildlife spectacles, September and October are deemed the top months to experience the renowned Masai Mara Great Wildebeest Migration in full force together with the highly-acclaimed Great Migration river crossings – A truly remarkable and unforgettable wildlife spectacle and experience in every way.
General Guideline: When to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti National Park & Masai Mara National Reserve
(These guidelines are subject to change as per seasonal rainfall)
|Calving||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Intense Big Cat Action||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Rutting||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Grumeti River Crossings||May to July||Western Serengeti|
|Mara River Crossings||July to September||Northern Serengeti|
|On the Move||October to December||Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara|
**Important Note: The above guidelines are approximate dates and places. The Wildebeest Migration is a year-round, circular journey and the exact timing of the highly sought-after river crossings cannot always be precisely predicted (there are several uncontrollable variables involved that can have a big impact on both the place and timing of various events, especially the river crossings).
If the Great Migration follows the typical outlined timeline, the two main river crossings – Grumeti River crossing in Tanzania and the Mara River crossing in Kenya – generally take place between May and September.
#2 Enjoy year-round sightings of remarkable wildlife & the African Big5
The profound Masai Mara National Reserve is widely known for its vast and wildly diverse wildlife species – it’s abundance and glorious diversity of wildlife is without a doubt one of the top reasons to visit the Masai Mara. It also boasts the highest concentration of wild animals in the world – In fact, more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals can be found roaming the endless Masai Mara plains and landscapes – Making the renowned Masai Mara a not to be missed African safari destination for all head-over-heels nature and wildlife lovers.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year round thanks to its varied landscapes, wide open spaces, temperate climate, and diverse population of resident game. Its champagne-colored savannahs are home to safari heavyweights like lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino – Making up the globally acclaimed African Big5. While rhino sightings are scare, these enigmatic and endangered animals can well be spotted – if you’re super lucky – in the Mara Triangle.
In addition to witnessing sensational up-close sightings of Africa’s highly sought-after members of the African Big5, the Masai Mara National Reserve is home to countless incredible and popular wildlife species, including zebra, giraffe, eland, and gazelle. Not to mention several other famous predators that freely roam the Masai Mara such as the famed spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, and the bat-eared fox – to mention merely a few.
That’s not all! We told you that the Masai Mara boats a vast diversity of abundant wildlife species – and we certainly weren’t kidding! The Masai Mara National Reserve’s wide-open savannah plains are also home to a phenomenal array of antelope – some of which include the topi antelope, eland, reedbuck, impala, and Thomson’s gazelle – as well as warthog, blue hartebeest, hippo, crocodile, and red hartebeest.
However, this is simply scratching the surface of the profound array of amazing game and wildlife wonders and encounters you can expect to witness and experience when visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve. Trust us, the Masai Mara has SO much more up its sleeve! Not to mention various wildlife highlights, two of which include spotting the elusive and endangered African Wild Dog, as well as the famous Masai giraffe – the largest subspecies of giraffe which can only be found in Kenya and Tanzania – How remarkable is that?!
**Note: Though the Masai Mara is one of Africa’s and the world’s foremost National Reserves and exceptional year-round wildlife and safari destinations, showcasing spectacular game viewing 365 days of the year, each Masai Mara season and distinct time of the year offer visitors an entirely different, yet equally exciting and exhilarating, natural and wildlife safari experience, sightings, encounters, attractions, and wilderness highlights to look forward to. This means you will NEVER be disappointed irrespective of when you choose / decide to visit the glorious Masai Mara National Reserve – It will forever be one of the GREATEST African wildlife adventures you will ever embark on!
The Masai Mara Big Nine:
The Big 9 are essentially Africa’s Big Five animals with the addition of the Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, and Hippopotamus. The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the few places in Kenya and East Africa where all of the Big Nine wildlife may be spotted on single game drive of 2 to 3 hours.
Here is a list of some of Masai Mara’s incredible and diverse wildlife species
#3 Masai Mara is deemed the ‘Home of the Big Cats’
The Masai Mara is often known as the ‘kingdom of lions’ as they dominate the grasslands of the reserve.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is widely known and celebrated as the ‘Home of the Big Cats’. It is renowned for having the highest concentration of big cats, not only in East Africa but worldwide, delivering exceptional big cat (lion, leopard, and cheetah) sightings as well as unforgettable big cat encounters.
Cheetahs are particularly well adapted to the region’s flat plains, which makes the Masai Mara one of the best places to see these agile and extraordinary predators. They often seek vantage points on fallen trees, termite mounds, and even game drive vehicles! It is one of the greatest highlights of any Masai Mara safari to watch the world’s fastest land mammal chase down its prey – there is absolutely nothing quite like it!
During the Masai Mara Great Migration season is when the African big cats truly come to life and with good reason too. The endless stream of migrating prey offers the big cats a seemingly endless ‘buffet of meal options’, and prey to target. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs grow stronger during this specific time of year. They are also able to have healthy little ones with plenty of food to grow.
There are quite a few lion prides in the Masai Mara National Reserve that have lived in the area for decades. Females are permanent members of the pride, whereas the male lions tend to get chased out of the group by other male lions. At night, if you listen closely, you may even hear a deep roaring of male lions warning other males to stay away from their territory.
**Note: For the best chance / opportunity of seeing a lion on the prowl in search of prey, head out on an early morning or late afternoon safari and you may see one of the females in action!
#4 Enjoy phenomenal birdlife & Excellent birding opportunities
Apart from its abundance of wildlife, African Big5, and big cat population, birding enthusiasts are in for quite a treat when visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is estimated that there are over 570 recorded species of birds in the reserve, undoubtedly making the Masai Mara an excellent birding destination, as well as a great place to spot several of Kenya’s resident, rare, and remarkable endemic, and near-endemic bird species. These particular birdlife / bird species are especially renowned and highly sought-after as they can only be found in Kenya and marginally beyond.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is particularly rich in raptors, with 57 species present in the reserve alone. Bateleurs can often be seen soaring above the grassy Masai Mara plains as well as circling above predator kills. This makes predator kill sites a great place to find and spot up to six species of vultures on their scavenging mission. Other phenomenal birdlife that can be spotted in the Masai Mara National Reserve includes species such as the Red-Winged Schalow’s Turaco, White-Tipped Crest, Ross Turaco, Orange Buff Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wary Guinea Fowl, and the roaming Secretary bird.
Notable birds in the Masai Mara include:
- Kori bustard (Common)
- Rufous-bellied heron (Locally common)
- Secretary bird (Common)
- Sooty chat (Common)
- Usambiro barbet (Locally common, endemic to Mara-Serengeti)
Birding Specials for avid birders & Endemic & Near-Endemic birds in the Masai Mara:
**(E) endemic = only lives in Kenya
**(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
|· Abdim’s stork
· African finfoot
· African wood owl
· Ayres’s hawk eagle
· Cinnamon-breasted bunting
· Denham’s bustard
· Giant kingfisher
· Grey-crested helmet-shrike (NE)
· Grey penduline tit
· Hildebrandt’s starling
· Jackson’s widowbird
· Lazy cisticola
· Purple grenadier
· Red-throated tit
· Ross’s turaco
|· Rosy-throated longclaw
· Rufous-bellied heron
· Rufous-throated wryneck
· Saddle-billed stork
· Schalow’s turaco
· Secretary bird
· Southern ground hornbill
· Swahili sparrow
· Tabora cisticola
· Temminck’s courser
· Trilling cisticola
· Usambiro barbet (NE)
· White-bellied go-away bird
· Woolly-necked stork
· Yellow-mantled widowbird
· Yellow-throated sandgrouse
Best Time for Bird Watching in the Masai Mara
While birdlife in the Masai Mara is great year-round, the absolute best time for bird watching is during the Masai Mara’s prime birding season which takes place from November to April (Masai Mara’s wet season) when the migratory birds arrive from Europe and north Africa – Making it a great time to visit / plan a trip to the Masai Mara, especially if you’re a head-over-heels bird lover at heart.
In addition to spectacular sightings of a vast, vibrant, and diverse array of birdlife, several of Masai Mara’s bird species are nesting during this time, making it much easier to spot various bird species in their breeding plumage.
#5 Masai Mara conservancies – Stay in a private conservancy
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the best known and most important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa.
There is no denying that the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the best wildlife and safari destinations in Kenya and Africa. In addition to being one of the most premier conservation areas, one of the many things that separates the Masai Mara, making it a step above the rest, is the fact that it is one of the few places on earth where wild animals and their ecosystem exist in a highly protected environment.
The Greater Masai Mara area is made up of the Masai Mara National Reserve, an unfenced reserve where animals are free to roam. However it also consists of several conservancies. These pieces of land are privately owned by Maasai families.
A conservancy is a very specific type of land and wildlife conservation area. The Maasai people / landowners enter into contracts with safari operators, as well as safari lodges in return for monetary compensation and / or other assistance. This could include anything from educational and healthcare programs to livestock and grazing management. This in turn gives the Maasai people and Maasai families the chance and opportunity to invest in their communities by funding education or development initiatives.
From time to time you will see Maasai farmers and their grazing cattle at the conservancies. The introduction of these conservancies has been a win-win situation for the environment and the Maasai. Land that was once overgrazed by cattle is now being rewilded and the Maasai can invest in their communities through their earnings from the conservancies.
The Masai Mara National Reserve can get crowded during safari high season (about June to October), which is why we recommend staying in one of the neighboring private conservancies for a more private, serene, and exclusive experience away from the large crowds of people.
- Enjoy superb, crowd-free game viewing.
- Have easy access to the national reserve for Wildebeest Migration scenes.
- Go off-road game viewing, night drives and guided nature walks – not permitted in the national reserve.
- Contribute directly to local communities and conservation.
#6 The Masai Mara offers countless bucket-list experiences & safari adventures!
Anyone looking to enjoy an African safari getaway filled with endless adventure, look no further than Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve! Both Kenya and the Masai Mara is brimming with thrilling adventures, exhilarating experiences, and exciting safari activities – All of which are right at your fingertips and yours for the taking!
Go on a self-drive wildlife adventure through the African bushveld or enjoy a thrilling game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle with an experienced and knowledgeable wildlife guide by your side as you encounter sensational up-close wildlife sightings like you never have before. Or why not venture into the Masai Mara wilderness at night and revel in every thrilling second of an exciting night game drive? Hearing a lion roar during a night drive or safari is undoubtedly an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience you’ll never forget – there truly is nothing quite like it.
If you’re eager for something a little more wild and daring, ditch the safari vehicle and proceed to explore the open savannah on foot on an unforgettable walking safari alongside an exceptional and highly experienced wildlife guide. Exploring the African bushveld on foot encourages you to fully immerse yourself in Masai Mara’s vast and untamed wilderness and witness breathtaking close-up wildlife sighting and encounters you only read about in pamphlets and books. Guided walking safaris / bush walks give you the unbelievable opportunity to experience the African bushveld and all of its incredible inhabitants from a whole new perspective – it is an adrenalin rush like no other!
Wait, there’s MORE – And this might just be the most thrilling yet! Why not combine exciting land-based game viewing in 4×4 vehicles with Maasai-guided nature walks, and crown your Masai Mara safari with an unsurpassable hot-air balloon experience. The best flight paths follow the course of the Mara River, allowing you to peek down into the forests, float past vultures’ nests and observe the early-morning routines of boisterous hippos. After touching down onto the plains, you’ll be treated with a delicious bush breakfast with champagne – What more could you possibly ask for?
Other great Masai Mara adventure experiences include jumping on a mountain bike for a new way to explore the Masai Mara’s diverse terrain, embark on an exciting wilderness hiking expedition, go on an adrenalin-filled kayaking adventure, or embark on a memorable horse back or camel ride through the bushveld.
With so much to choose from, it goes without saying that one of the top reasons to visit Masai Mara is due to its endless array of once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences and bucket-list worthy adventures.
#7 The Masai Mara landscape is both breath-taking & diverse
**Interesting Fact: The Masai Mara was named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area. The word ‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ in the Maasai (Maa) language. Once you visit the Masai Mara, it won’t be hard to understand how this area got its name. The short bushy trees that dot the landscape do give it a kind of ‘spotted’ look.
No photographs, videos, stories, hearsay, or anything else for that matter, can ever do justice to describing the unapologetic natural beauty that is the Masai Mara.
The Greater Masai Mara ecosystem is massive. Located in south west Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is renowned for its vast scenic expanse of gently rolling African savannah plains, measuring approximately 1510 square kilometers. The area is bordered by Tanzania’s notorious Serengeti National Park in the south, and to the north, east and west lie Maasai ranches.
Although the riverbanks of the area’s three rivers, namely The Sand River, Talek River, and of course the Mara River, are lined with shrubs and trees, most of the Masai Mara National Reserve is made up of sprawling wide-open plains and grasslands, ‘spotted’ by an occasional flat-topped acacia tree here and there. The Masai Mara’s vast, wonderful, and wide-open plains provide a sanctuary for its abundant wildlife to freely roam the vast Masai Mara wilderness and beyond.
Its safe to say that the magnificent Masai Mara is simply unparalleled. From the stunning dawn sunsets, the single lonely standing umbrella acacia trees, the blue lightening hills in the background enveloping huge herds of Giraffe towers and plenty of wildlife beneath, to the endless open savannah plains, the Masai Mara is not only exceptional, its magic! And it’s the type of magic absolutely everyone should get to witness and experience at least once in their lives. If this doesn’t encourage you to put taking a trip or visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya right at the top of your African travel bucket-list, we’re not sure what will!
#8 The Masai Mara offers vast and varied accommodation options
The Masai Mara offers a wide selection of accommodation to suit every traveler and travel style, ranging from ultra-luxurious 5-star safari lodges, lavish resorts, romantic treehouse escapes in the heart of the African bushveld, luxury cave suites, and eco-friendly tented suites and camps, there’s something for everyone. Some of the accommodation options are located within the borders of the national park, while others are located on conservancies that surround the park.
Those located on private conservancies offer the added bonus and lure of activities not allowed within the park itself. Some of these activities and exciting experiences include going on thrilling night game / safari drives, venturing out on adventurous nature walks, embarking on exhilarating off-road 4×4 game drives, as well as the incredible opportunity to enjoy dining out in the heart of the African bushveld under the moonlight and Africa’s glorious star-lit night sky – and that’s merely scratching the surface of all the unbelievable and once-in-a-lifetime safari and wilderness experiences and adventures Masai Mara has to offer.
As mentioned before, the reserves are not fenced, meaning that wildlife can roam and move freely between the reserves and the conservancies, creating one vast wildlife area.
During winter (June to September) and the migration months, the Masai Mara becomes very busy and wildlife sightings become very crowded, with vehicles gathering for a lion kill or potential river crossing. During the quieter summer months and the green season (when there are heavy rains, particularly between March and June), the reserve is much quieter, and visitors feel as though they have the entire Masai Mara to themselves. Although the big herds of the Great Migration have moved on by this time, the resident wildlife and birdlife are still as vast and thriving as always, allowing for exceptional and riveting sightings and encounters. Plus, wildlife sightings in Kenya’s Masai Mara still rivals and triumphs anywhere else in the world – and will continue to do so for decades and decades to come!
#9 Meet, interact & enjoy authentic cultural encounters with the Maasai people on a community visit
- Visit local villages to experience traditional Maasai culture.
- Many safari camps give back to local communities.
No journey to the Masai Mara would be complete without immersing yourself in an authentic cultural experience that gets you up close and personal with the interesting, wise, and incredible Maasai people. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic ethnic group who inhabit most of Kenya and northern Tanzania, and are well-known by travelers for their distinctive customs and dress. Although cattle ownership is still a central aspect of their culture, increased safari tourism has led many Maasai to become expert safari guides and camp managers. While on a Masai Mara safari, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with Maasai guides and camp staff, plus get the chance to visit local villages for a fascinating glimpse of traditional Maasai culture, lifestyle, and traditions.
Known for their friendly, welcoming, and warm-hearted nature, they will happily invite you into their humble mud and stick manyattas (homesteads) and reveal and share their pastoral world and ancient, time-honored traditions, culture, heritage, and history with you. This not only makes immersing yourself in a traditional and unique cultural experience with the wonderful Maasai people one of the best things to do on any visit to the Masai Mara, but one of the most enriching and rewarding too.
The Masai people, along with their authentic culture, traditions, and heritage, are something of great interest to learn about on your visit to the Masai Mara. The “Maa” speaking people are referred to as the Maasai or Masai being, an ethnic group of Nilotic speaking people living in southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. The Pastoralist tribe which still remains authentic represents the true definition of “Africa”. This Pastoralist tribe has a wide range of cultural norms and beliefs you would like to know and learn more about. They offer cultural encounters to the Masai villages and demonstrate how they have lived in the early centuries until today. The Masai Mara National Reserve sits in the pastoralist land of the Masai people and have been involved in conservation initiatives and practices to create and build a great community and homestead every Masai Mara traveler feels proud to visit.
#10 Visiting the Masai Mara truly is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience
The Masai Mara’s extraordinary wildlife sightings and encounters and phenomenal safari adventures and experiences are truly one-of a kind and can’t be replicated anywhere else in Africa, and we can assure you that nowhere else around the globe can provide you with the same excitement, awe, and thrills that you get to experience in the magnificent Mara.
Instead of an alarm clock, you’ll wake up to the glorious sounds of the Masai Mara wilderness, roaming wildlife, and several bird calls outside your window as you’re situated in the heart of the Mara bushveld. That’s certainly not all! Throughout the day you’ll be blessed with the remarkable sounds of a roaring lion, the stomping hooves of millions of wildebeest migrating and making their way through the Masai Mara National Reserve, along with the odd snort of a hippo. All while being surrounded by the breath-taking untamed natural beauty and scenic landscapes of one of the top safari destinations in both Africa and the world.
If you’re looking to experience something extra special, what about indulging in a wonderful private picnic or candlelit bush dinner, paired with world-class food and wine, right in the unspoiled Kenyan wilderness. Or why not enjoy a magical African bush sunset with a glass of vino, champagne, or sundowner in hand, relish in the pure joy, thrill, and excitement of going on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise or sunset, or tick something truly riveting and exhilarating off your bucket-list by sleeping outdoors in a magical tree house or lavish bed under the African stars and Masai Mara moonlight, waking up to the magnificent views of the open African skies, painted with hues of gold as the sun rises? Sounds like a dream come true! Now it can be ALL yours!
The Masai Mara National Reserve and conservancies are brimming with life and offer safari travellers a wide variety of activities and experiences to choose from. Whether you take to the skies for a high-flying hot-air balloon adventure at sunrise or hit the road for a 4×4 safari, you’re sure to leave the Masai Mara with unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories!
#BONUS: Kenya is situated close to several sought-after safari destinations & wilderness areas to explore
If you’re eager to either extend your African safari getaway or combine it with other incredible destinations, Kenya gives you the ultimate opportunity to do just that. Kenya boasts beyond exceptional and exciting neighboring countries / destinations, all waiting to be explored, discovered, and experienced by YOU!
East Africa has some of the most breathtaking beaches and coastlines in the world, and relaxing in Zanzibar, Pemba, or the stunning Seychelles is a fantastic way to end a memorable safari trip to Africa. It also gives you the opportunity to experience the very best of both worlds – The unspoiled African bushveld as well as the beautiful beach escapes and islands East Africa has become so well known for.
Alternatively, if the magnificent African bushveld is where you want to be, you could also pair your Masai Mara Kenyan safari getaway with an extension to Uganda or Rwanda for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go gorilla trekking – An experience that should be on absolutely everyone’s bucket-list. Your choices are absolutely endless!
OVERVIEW OF THINGS TO DO IN THE MASAI MARA
- Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Masai Mara
- Exciting night safaris / game drives
- Go on the ultimate bird watching expedition
- Witness & experience the wonders of the Masai Mara Great Wildebeest Migration first-hand
- Enjoy a Nature Walk / Guided Walking Safari and immerse yourself in the Masai Mara wilderness and everything it has to offer
- Embark on a Horseback Safari and explore the Masai Mara in an entirely different way
- Tick an exhilarating adventure off your bucket-list by going on a Hot Air Balloon Safari in the iconic Masai Mara
- Sit back, relax, and indulge in sensational sundowners and/or a bush breakfast, lunch or dinner paired with a magnificent view over the vast Masai Mara Savannah plains
- Go on the ultimate camping adventure in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve
- Fully immerse yourself in a unique and authentic Masai Mara cultural encounter and experience
- Venture outside of your comfort zone and stay in one of the private Conservancies or ranches
- Experience the magnificence of the iconic Mara River and its profound wildlife spectacles
- Photograph lions in ‘Big Cat Diary’ territory
TOP ATTRACTIONS IN THE MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
- Mara River
- Mara Triangle
- Ol Kinyei Conservancy
- Olare Orok Conservancy
- Mara North Conservancy
- Musiara Swamp
- Nashulai Maasai Conservancy
- Eluai Plain
- Olypunyata Swamp
- Rhino Ridge
- Topi Plains