Best Places To Stay On Safari In The Masai Mara
The Masai Mara Reserve is what most people conjure in their minds when they dream of an African safari. It earns its title as Africa's most famous park due to its abundance of wildlife (including an extremely high predator concentration) and endless acacia-dotted plains that stretch far onto the horizon. The sunsets are magnificent almost every day and there is no shortage of luxury in the lodges where your every need will be catered for. The drawback however, is the amount of visitors the park receives. Day trips are allowed and the park is generally busy most of the year due to its infamous reputation.
Between August and October, the Mara receives a good proportion of the wildebeest from the Serengeti as they embark on the Great Migration. This is the only time of the year that a large number of wildebeest are in the Mara which also signals the high season for visitor numbers. In contrast, the wildebeest are in the Serengeti, Tanzania all year round which can still be busy, but is far quieter. It is during these months when documentary-worthy events occur. The famous river crossings happen at this time which of course attracts a large number of visitors, however if you are prepared to look past this, then to catch a glimpse of the Great Migration is not to be missed.
The camps in the Mara are generally tented, yet this does not take anything away from their luxurious qualities. Some camps even have tents equipped with their own private plunge pool! The locations of the camps are all tactically placed so they have great game-viewing opportunities all year round and their relatively small size means you will receive a personal and intimate experience.
There are loads of camps to choose from in the Mara, but below we have hand-picked our favourites for you to consider: