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Masai Mara Reserve

Home to a stunning array and exceptional density of big game, Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve is justifiably one of Africa's most famous parks. The sheer quantity of wildlife on display during each game drive is outstanding. There are very few places on the continent that offer such good big five viewing and the Mara also hosts the Great Migration's immense herds towards the end of the year.  Following the great migration from a hot air balloon, is an amazing way to take in the vastness of the Masai Mara's untaimed wilderness and the incredible density of the wildlife on the plains.  
However, it must be said that the Mara's reputation has a price: this is one of the busiest parks in Africa.  Its proximity to Nairobi means it is very easily accessed, and as a result it is full of day-trippers and package tours and large hotels.  It is not uncommon to have more than 10 vehicles around a pride of lion... 

But like any sought-after tourist destination, you have to look beyond the crowds and see the essence of the park underneath.  The Masai Mara is classic Africa; awe-inspiring endless plains, studded with the odd acacia tree, with a fantastic diversity and density of wildlife.  This is the landscape that most people bring to mind when they think of Africa. The BBC's famous Big Cat Diary was filmed here.  In addition, between August and the end of October the herds of the Great Migration pass through the area, in one of the world's most spectacular and impressive wildlife events.

Masai Mara Safaris: where to stay

The most famous hotels inside the Masai Mara National Reserve are the three Governors properties: Il Moran, Little Governors and Governors. These have reliably good game viewing and are located close to where the BBC's Big Cat Diary was filmed. We are fans of Governors and Little Governors for the quality of the game viewing and value for money that both offer.    Show me more >


  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 7 out of our Big 7  icon
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