Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara Safari

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Masai Mara Safaris

Check out our recommended masai mara safaris itineraries and packages or talk to one of our safari experts for tailor-made masai mara safari holidays.

World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.

Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is without doubt one of Africa’s classic safari destinations and thus features on most of our top recommended Kenya safari tours. It’s also extremely popular the world over we recommend you book your Masai Mara tour or safari well in advance – especially if you want to see the migration.

Game Viewing and Game Drives

Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series.

Best Time To Visit Masai Mara

Generally the best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the Dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July when the wildebeest cross the mara river and remains until October or late November when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. This is often determined by the rains. If your intent is not the annual migration then you will find wildlife viewing is good year-round. Also the low season can actually reduce the cost of your masai mara safari given the fact that during the low seasons hotels and lodges in the mara cost considerably less. 

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration

The annual Great Wildebeest Migration rolls in between July and October unimaginable numbers of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles flood into the Masai Mara from the Serengeti where they gather to graze and relax on the Mara’s plains, which – at about one third of the size of the enormous Serengeti National Park – is more manageable from a game-viewing point of view.

And what a view: the Masai Mara’s open grasslands teem with wildlife in every direction, leaving even seasoned safari-goers open-mouthed in disbelief. Read our month-by-month guide to the migration for details and get your timing right with our when to go section for a perfectly timed Masai Mara safari holiday.

Masai Mara Safari Holidays

Not everything migrates.  Africa’s biggest wildlife attractions: predators are abundant – lion sightings in particular are incredibly common – and other members of the Big 5 are encountered around almost every corner.

It’s important to remember that the Mara River is a permanent water source for the area’s animals and so even when the very last wildebeest has tardily set off for the southern Serengeti, massive resident herds remain: a Masai Mara Safari Holiday offers visitors everything they could want to see on an African safari.

Thus, a Masai Mara safari holiday provides a year-round safari experience that will live in your memory long after the dust of Africa has settled.

Masai Mara Safari Cost

Several factors influence the cost of your masai mara safari.  Park fees – Kenyan residents are charged $12 park fee while non residents $70 per night.

Transportation – We can get you to masai mara by air from nairobi or mombasa or we can drive you there. Our visitors have the option of a safari van or a safari jeep.

Accommodation type – Mara has a lot of accommodation options for the Kenya safari traveler. From the most luxurious tented camps and lodges the likes of Cottar’s 1920’s Camp, Elephant pepper Camp, and Karen Blixen Camp to mid range and budget camps.

Your Travel Season – Depending on when you travel your accommodation cost may vary. Traveling during the low season offers you the opportunity to save on camp and lodges and also avoid the crowds, whereas traveling during the high season offers you the opportunity to experience the annual wildebeest migration. 

We’ll be happy to recommend Masai Mara travel itineraries that put you at the heart of the migration action but safaris in the Masai Mara also include romantic and intimate escapes where you’ll enjoy opulent tented camps set in private concessions.

We highly recommend taking a hot-air balloon flight and experiencing an authentic cultural interaction with the Maasai people. Our 4 Day Masai Mara On Wings or Our Romantic Masai Mara Safari are just some of the itineraries that take you to maasai mara. Others like Kenya Wildlife And Beach Safari combine a mara safari and a beach vacation. Talk to one of our safari experts about combining a Mara safari with Kenya’s other top destinations, such as Amboseli National Park or a beach break to the glorious sun-drenched islands of Zanzibar or a Seychelles Vacation.

Country Kenya
Area (km2)1,510
Cottar's 1920s Camp

Cottar's 1920s Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Recapture a Bygone Era – experience the essence of old-world safari adventure. Years of Experi More info
Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

Masai Mara Safari
A traditional, mobile luxury safari camp in the Masai Mara. Back to Nature – the camp has no p More info
Governors' Camp

Governors' Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Governors’ Camp has a peaceful setting in the forest along the Mara riverbanks, in the norther More info
Governors' Private Camp

Governors' Private Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Governors’ Private Camp is an exclusive camp with a traditional safari atmosphere, situated on More info
Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

Masai Mara Safari
*Authentic Yesteryear Charm – a colonial-style ‘Out of Africa’ luxury camping expe More info
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

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Meaning ‘Head of the Elephant’ in Kiswahili, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is located on a pr More info
Mara Explorer

Mara Explorer

Masai Mara Safari
Mara Explorer Safari Game Lodge has elevated the art of the African safari to new heights. This excl More info
Mara Intrepids Camp

Mara Intrepids Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Amidst the Masai Mara National Reserve alongside the Talek River flowing lazily by and crocodiles ba More info
Mara Ol seki

Mara Ol seki

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This oasis of beautifully designed safari tents is nestled amongst Cordia and Acacia trees, enjoying More info
Mara Plains

Mara Plains

Masai Mara Safari
Mara Plains Camp is a small and private luxury tented camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy. This conse More info
Mara Safari Club

Mara Safari Club

Masai Mara Safari
*Wild Vistas – tents have a view of the hippo-filled Mara River. *Variety of Activities – More info
Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Masai Mara Safari
The Mara Serena Safari Lodge has a beautiful hilltop location overlooking the rolling plains and woo More info
Mara Simba Lodge

Mara Simba Lodge

Masai Mara Safari
Mara Simba Lodge is a comfortable lodge on the banks of the Talek River in the Masai Mara. The build More info
Naibor Luxury Camp

Naibor Luxury Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Naibor is a luxurious tented camp situated in the heart of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. More info
Ngerende Island Lodge

Ngerende Island Lodge

Masai Mara Safari
Located within a 5,000 acre section of a conservation ranch, the luxurious Ngerende Island Lodge is More info
Olonana

Olonana

Masai Mara Safari
Location – situated on the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya’s Big Game cou More info
Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Located in the Olare Orok Conservancy, Porini Lion Camp offers an exclusive Kenya Safari experience. More info
Rekero Camp

Rekero Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Amid the teeming mass of wildlife in the Masai Mara area you’ll find Rekero tented camp, curre More info
Richard’s Camp

Richard’s Camp

Masai Mara Safari
*Family-Run – Richard’s extensive knowledge comes from growing up in the Masai Mara. *Prime Location More info
Sala's Camp

Sala's Camp

Masai Mara Safari
*River Setting – located at the convergence of two rivers. *Migration – a perfect location to watch More info
Sarova Mara Tented Camp

Sarova Mara Tented Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Sarova Mara Game Camp is situated within the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, which is indi More info
Saruni, Masai Mara

Saruni, Masai Mara

Masai Mara Safari
Saruni Mara is a deluxe and intimate lodge set in a remote valley in Africa’s great wilderness More info
Tipilikwani Camp

Tipilikwani Camp

Masai Mara Safari
Tipilikwani Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River and overlooks the vast Masai Mara plains More info
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3 Days Masai Mara Safari

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Day 1:    Nairobi Pick up from your convenient location in Nairobi where you will head to Masai Mara More info
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This safari starts from Nairobi, and you spend 2 nights in Masai Mara with 1 full day on game drive. More info
4 Day Masai Mara On Wings

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Day 1 Your Masai Mara Safari On your arrival in Nairobi, you are transferred to Wilson Airport for a More info
5 Day Mara Migration Safari with a Tour of Lake Nakuru

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