Depends On When You Visit

If you want to experience the annual wildebeest migration and are visiting between July and October then the Masai Mara is the best park to visit. If however you are visiting between January – February then Serengeti would be a great choice because at this time its wildebeet calving season.

What Animals To See

Both these parks have a wide array of animals to see.

A leopard – Can Be Seen in Serengeti and Masai Mara.
elephant with baby
A Zebra In Masai Mara Kenya – Image by Pete Ball from Pixabay
An Elephant with calf – Image by azeret33 from Pixabay

Park Fees

Both Masai Mara and serengeti have a park fees ranging around $70 per day of adults but with serengeti there is high and low season park fee rates with low season rates at $59 these differences in park fees would be felt if staying long or traveling as a group and would make serengeti park fees cheaper than masai mara.

Accommodation Options

Both Masai Mara and serengeti have great accommodation options and you are likely to be spoilt for choice no matter which destination you pick.

four seasons safari lodge serengeti
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Mara Ol Seki -Masai Mara is a private luxury tented camp

Food & Drink In The Wild

One of the best dining experiences is in the wild and both Serengeti and masai mara offer it.


A sundowner is a great safari experience and dates back to the 1920s when Africa was one huge wilderness and cocktails where served at sunset. This experience often opens with an evening game drive, ideally timed to catch the predators as they emerge into the cool of the evening.

Sundowners are often set a distance from the lodge or camp. You will often arrive at the site just as the sun begins to set. The site could be located high above the plains on anLookout Hill with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Sometimes there will be a blazing camp fire a safari bar, a hot canapé-counter, seating, safari lanterns, Maasai warriors and a guitarist (plus bathroom facilities).

A Sundowner – Masai Mara

Serengeti Vs Masai Mara Which Is Better – In Conclusion

Each of these eco-systems Masai Mara and Serengeti are unique in their own way. The serengeti is vast and its eco-system encompasses a vast range of different habitats and landscapes which cannot be easily explored in a short period of time. The Masai Mara is about a fifth of the size of serengeti and the wildlife is more concentrated so if you have a limited time then the masai mara will offer you a better wildlife experience.


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