Masai Mara is the best safari destination in Kenya. Characterized by high wildlife density, Masai mara is the only place in Kenya where you can sight all the big five within the first 15 minutes of your safari. The greater mara vegetation is largely open savannah grasslands, and you are not required to go off-road to watch game scenes happening away from the park’s main roads.
Masai Mara has the largest lion concentrate in Africa and is the best place to watch predation action, especially along the riverine forest lining the Mara river that separates the Masai Mara and the mara triangle from Serengeti National park in Tanzania. The park is well known for the scenic river crossing, a well-known phenomenon in the migration cycle.
Where to stay?
Camps inside Masai Mara
This is the best option, especially when traveling during the migration period. Masai Mara’s best accommodations are along Mara river, which has excellent game view spots. Such accommodations include The Mara Expedition Camp, The little governor’s camp, Mara Serena lodge, and Governors’ Il Moran Camp. The little governor’s camp is the best choice since it is near a popular wildebeest river crossing route and, therefore, the best for tracking the herds as the phenomena. Importantly, the camp is one of the only two camps in the remote south-Western section of the Mara triangle. The Mara triangle is the best place within the public park where there is no crowd menace seen in the high and peak season. The intersection also has a higher wildlife density, with all the big five found within 5 square km. Animals in the region do not migrate as the mara river act as a natural buffer.
Camps outside Masai Mara
These are facilities set along the borders of the main park. Less than 30 minutes drive from the six main gates. These facilities include Enkorok Mara camp, Mara sidai camp, Enchoro Mara camp Jambo Mara safari camp. Though not as popular and expensive as facilities inside the park, proximity to the main gate and strategic location within the precincts of the main park make your stay similar to what you will get in the main park. The only difference is that you will access the main park from outside. Importantly, persons staying inside the main park won’t have added advantage in hours in the wilderness as there are no game drives taking place after closing hours.
Masai Mara experience in seasons
Masai Mara safari from December to Mid-March and October
This is the high season which is largely dry. Most of the savannah lands have thinned out, and the wildlife moves to the few remaining grazing spots along the riverine and floodplains. During this period, game viewing is optimal as it is easier to track games confined in different game hotspots within the park. This is the best time to go on a safari away from the crowded migration period.
Masai Mara safari in April to June and November
April to June is the long rains season. Very few visitors come to the park over this period and most of the accommodation facilities are charging very favorable rates. It is the best time to travel on a tight budget. Even though the increased lush grasslands scatter the wildlife, the high wildlife density keeps the game view good and enjoyable. The season is the best for birding as most exotic species migrate from Europe and Asia over this period. November and the first weeks of December are the short rains and offer an experience akin to the long rain season.
Masai Mara in July to September
This is the migration period. The season starts with the Mara river crossing in the last two weeks of July and August. This is the most sought-after event, and the number of visitors is peaking. In September, game viewing is at its best, with heightened hunting scenes occasioned by the sudden increase in prey. Towards the end of September, the herds will have diverted eastwards, exiting greater mara via eastern Serengeti.
Day 1: Nairobi- Masai Mara
Our safari driver arrives at the airport/hotel at exactly 0800 hrs. Your first interaction with the driver, who is also your tour guide, will be a quick brief about the trip, after which you depart from Nairobi through the great rift valley. The road trip will take around 6 hrs, taking you through endlessly beautiful sights on and off the floor of the Gregory valley, which is the world’s most prolonged depression cutting across ten countries in the Eastern Africa region. You arrive in Masai Mara before lunch hour, and you will be checked into a camp within or outside the public park.
After lunch, you will go for the afternoon game drives till evening.
Day 2: Masai Mara
Game drives start immediately after breakfast. The morning game drives are good since most of the game is actively looking for the day’s food. Here you will have an opportunity to encounter some of the most enthralling game scenes. Our driver will take you to some of the most popular game hotspots, like the musiara floodplains, which are famous grazing and predation sites. At 1300hrs, you will return to your camp for lunch. You can continue the game drives in the afternoon or go for a Masai village tour at extra cost.
Day 3: Masai Mara- Nairobi
You will go for pre-breakfast game drives to catch the last scenes in the park. After 0930 hrs, you will drive back to the camp, take a full breakfast, check out and start the journey back to Nairobi. You will stop in Mai Mahiu, the administrative town of the Masai, for lunch. Dropping off at the airport/ Nairobi at around1600 hrs in the evening.
- Quality safari
- The services of our knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide
- Full board accommodation
- All the Park entrance/ conservation fees
- Transport in a customized safari Landcruiser
- guaranteed window seats
- bottled mineral water throughout your safari
- dropping off at the Airport/ Hotel/ point of pick up
- Emergency flying doctor’s evacuation covers up to a radius of 1000 km ex-Nairobi
- All applicable taxes & government tolls
- Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch/dinner
- The optional visit to tribal villages, e.g., visit Masai Village, going for 20 USD/ person, Balloon ride 450pp-bookable before departure.
Tip to driver/guide