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Masai Mara National 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. 

However, for the next step up in luxury (and cost), we prefer Rekero and Naibor to Il Moran. Rekero is a no-frills camp, well respected for the quality of its guiding - this is one for the safari purist.  Naibor on the other hand is the camp for honeymooners, or those requiring a high level of luxury.  Along with Serian and Ngare Serian (both in the Greater Mara), these two camps are some of the best camps in the entire Mara region.

AT A GLANCE

  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 7 out of our Big 7  icon
  • Hot air balloon safari icon
  • Open-sided vehicles icon
  • The Great Migration  icon

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Masai Mara National Reserve - Reviews

Governors Camp: Governors, what can I say. I loved it there. Service was excellent and I loved the hot water bottles in my bed at night. So many animals and our guides were amazing. We so enjoyed the balloon ride and have excellent pictures.
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