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Masai Mara Safaris

Home to a stunning array and exceptional density of big game, Kenya's Masai Mara absolutely justifies its status as one of Africa's most famous parks.  Boasting all the big five and frequent sightings of predators, the quality of the wildlife viewing here is truly outstanding.  The Masai Mara also hosts the immense herds of the Great Migration, which traditionally crosses into Kenya from the Serengeti towards the end of June, before following the rains back into Tanzania in September. 


What is the Masai Mara?

Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve and the Greater Mara make up the ecosystem known as the Masai Mara. The National Reserve itself, where most of the Masai Mara's big game is to be found, is contiguous with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, and together these areas are home to the phenomenal annual Great Migration. National Reserve regulations permit only game driving, no walking.

The Greater Mara acts as a buffer zone between the Masai Mara National Reserve and the communities that live nearby. Camps located in the Greater Mara, as opposed to the Reserve, are able to offer walking and night drives as well as the standard day drives offered within the Reserve. It can work very well to combine time in each of the Reserve and the Greater Mara, for the best combination of top-class wildlife and a good range of activities. 

Reccommendations on where to stay and where not to stay in the Masai Mara

Governors Camp

: The original safari camp. If you are after a classic and nostalgic traditional safari then Governors is your place. 

Serena Hotel Masai Mara

: Although popularly requested, the Serena is not entirely fitting with traditional safari accommodation. We would reccommend looking at the more intimate & canvas options to get an authentic and wild Masai Mara experience. 

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

: Alike with the Serena, this is a big hotel in the middle of the African bush! Chat to the experts for reccommendations on the best Masai Mara camps & lodges, rather than big hotels. 

Best camps in the Masai Mara 

Alex Walker's Serian Masai Mara

- Amazing guiding, complimentary private vehicles and a classic safari choice. 

Angama Mara

- If you are looking for a sturdy & permenant hotel on a raised platform, for can't get much better than this. Angama Mara has absolutely world class views and is a luxurious option. 

Mara Plains

-  Candle-lit, authentic yet real safari luxury. You can't get much better than this for it's location, rooms, service and wildlife. 

Location of Masai Mara, Kenya 

Please see our map below for the location of the Masai Mara, which borders Tanzania's Serengeti. Both are fabulous safari destinations and in both you can witness the phenomenal Great Migration

Masai Mara or Serengeti Safari

Both are stunning. From July - September, the Great Wildebeest river crossings can be seen from both the Masai Mara and Tanzania. Tanzania can be a little quieter visitor-wise, but if you want to combine seeing the migration with other Kenya Safari activities, then the Masai Mara is still absolutely fabulous for big 5 sightings, albeit touristy. 

Masai Mara Activities

Masai Mara National Reserve: The regulations permit only game driving, no walking or other activities. 
Greater Mara: Walking safaris, game drives and night drives. 

Masai Mara trip cost 

The Masai Mara has lodges ranging from around $400 per person per night and when safari is concerned, there really is no limit... The best thing to do is to give us a call for accurate prices of the trip you're interested in. 

Best time to visit Masai Mara 

July - September is a fantastic time to be in the Mara, due to the Great Migration crossing into Kenya at this time. Also, the general wildlife, although fantastic year-round, is most prominent at this time as the dry season means less water options for the animals, luring them out into the open. However, avoid high season rates by choosing carefully your time frame. Depending on what you want to do in the Mara, and what you are looking to combine a safari with, the best time also changes! 

Masai Mara Safari Holiday Packages with Africa Odyssey 

We tailor-make all of our trips. It is difficult to answer all of your questions without knowing the details of each individual trip. Please do give us a call though for a no-strings chat about a Masai Mara safari, and I hope we can clarify your queries. 
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