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Masai Mara Safari

The Masai Mara is a breathtakingly beautiful wilderness area located in southwestern Kenya. Spanning over 1,500 square kilometers, it is one of the most iconic wildlife destinations in Africa and is home to a diverse array of animals, including lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and more.

The landscape of the Masai Mara is characterized by rolling grasslands, acacia woodlands, and winding rivers. The Mara River runs through the heart of the reserve and is home to large populations of hippos and crocodiles. The grasslands are dotted with rocky outcroppings and kopjes, which provide perfect vantage points for spotting wildlife.

The Masai Mara is also home to a wide variety of big cats, including lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Visitors can often spot lion prides lounging in the shade of acacia trees or hunting down prey in the grasslands. Cheetahs, meanwhile, are known for their speed and agility, and can often be seen sprinting across the savannah in pursuit of a meal. Leopards, on the other hand, are more elusive, but with a bit of luck, visitors might catch a glimpse of one lounging in a tree or prowling through the brush.

One of the most spectacular sights in the Masai Mara is the annual wildebeest migration. Every year, over a million wildebeest and zebras make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in search of fresh grass. The migration is a true spectacle, with the animals braving crocodile-infested rivers and facing off against lion prides in their quest for sustenance.

Masai Mara is also home to large herds of elephants, giraffes, and zebras. Visitors can often spot these majestic animals grazing in the grasslands or wandering along the riverbanks. The elephants in particular are a sight to behold, with their massive tusks and wrinkled skin.

The Masai Mara is also an important bird-watching destination, with over 450 species of birds recorded in the reserve. Visitors can spot everything from majestic eagles and vultures to colorful parrots and hornbills.

Mara is a truly spectacular wilderness area that offers visitors the chance to experience the raw beauty of nature and to witness some of the most iconic wildlife on the planet. Whether you’re a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time visitor, the Masai Mara is sure to leave you in awe.

What to expect on a Masai Mara Safari

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Leopard Hill

Going on a Masai Mara Safari is an incredible adventure that offers an opportunity to witness some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat. Here is what you can expect on a Masai Mara Safari:

Game Drives

Game drives are the most popular activity on a Masai Mara Safari. You will be taken on a guided tour of the reserve in an open-top 4×4 vehicle, allowing for excellent views of the wildlife. Our experienced guide will take you to the best spots to see the animals, and provide fascinating insights into their behavior and habitats. Game drives  will normaly take place in the early morning or late afternoon when the animals are most active, ensuring that you have the best chance of seeing  lots of wildlife and are shielded from the hot sun.

Wildebeest Migration

The Masai Mara is famous for the annual wildebeest migration, which takes place between  late June and early October. Millions of wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River in search of fresh pastures, providing a breathtaking sight that has been described as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” A Masai Mara safari during the migration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. Book your safari early to avoid any disapointments.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

Hot air balloon safari  in the Masai Mara are a unique and unforgettable way to experience the Mara. You will float above the reserve, providing a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife and scenery. Hot air balloon rides take place early in the morning, allowing you to witness the sunrise over the savannah.  This is an experience that will take around 4 hours and the package comes with bush breakfast and loads of fun in there.

Cultural Visits

A Masai Mara Safari is not just about the wildlife; it is also an opportunity to learn about the local Maasai culture. You can visit a Maasai village and learn about our traditional way of life, customs, and traditions. You can also shop for traditional Maasai handicrafts, such as beaded jewelry and woven baskets. We love visitors.

Bush Walks

Bush walks are a fantastic way to explore the Masai Mara up close and personal. You will walk through the savannah, accompanied by an experienced guide who will point out animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. Bush walks are an excellent opportunity to learn about the smaller creatures that make up the Masai Mara’s ecosystem, such as birds, insects, and plants.

Night Drives

Night drives are a unique way to experience the Masai Mara, allowing you to see nocturnal animals such as leopards, hyenas, and jackals. Night drives take place after dinner, with the help of a spotlight that illuminates the wildlife. The night game drives are maily offered in the private conservancies in the Masai Mara area. Naboisho is one such conservancy.

Sundowner in Masai Mara

A sundowner in Masai Mara Safari is a popular activity that involves enjoying a refreshing drink as the sun sets over the beautiful Masai Mara game reserve. It is a unique way to end a day of game viewing, giving you a chance to relax and unwind while taking in the breathtaking views of the savannah landscape.

During a sundowner, you can expect to be taken to a scenic location within the Masai Mara reserve, where you can sit back and enjoy a cold drink while watching the sun go down. Your safari guide will provide you with a selection of drinks, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and traditional African cocktails such as Amarula and Dawa.

As you sip on your drink, you may also have the opportunity to observe some of the wildlife that roam the reserve, such as elephants, lions, giraffes, and zebras, as they come out to graze during the cooler evening hours.

Luxury Accommodation

After a day of wildlife viewing and adventure, you will retire to luxury tented camo or lodge, where you can relax and rejuvenate. Accommodation options range from luxury to budget-friendly luxury camps, ensuring that there is something to suit every budget and preference.

Masai Mara Safari is an incredible adventure.An opportunity to witness some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife up close and personal. Add some of the activities above to your Masai Mara Safari Package to spice up your safari. Welcome for an unforgettable experience that should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.

Masai Mara Hotels

Fairmont Mara Safari Club
Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Masai Mara is a popular tourist destination in Kenya, known for its breathtaking wildlife and scenery. When visiting Masai Mara, finding suitable accommodation is important to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Here are some accommodation options in Masai Mara:

    Luxury Lodges

Masai Mara is home to several luxury lodges that offer guests an unforgettable experience. These lodges are set in breathtaking locations, and they offer spacious and comfortable rooms or suites that come with modern amenities. The lodges also have excellent dining options, bars, swimming pools, and other facilities that make for an indulgent stay.

    Tented Camps

Tented camps are popular accommodation options in Masai Mara, especially for those looking for an authentic safari experience. The tents are spacious and come with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities. They are often set in prime wildlife areas, allowing guests to experience the sights and sounds of the bush while still enjoying modern comforts. Perfect Example: Mara Intrepids

    Private Villas

If you are traveling with a group of friends or family, renting a private villa is an excellent option. These villas offer spacious accommodation, often with several bedrooms, and come with private swimming pools, gardens, and other facilities. They are perfect for those who want privacy and seclusion while still enjoying the beautiful Masai Mara scenery. See Sanctuary Olonana

    Bush Camps

For a more adventurous stay in Masai Mara, bush camps are ideal. These camps are set in remote areas of the reserve, and they offer a truly authentic bush experience. Accommodation is typically in comfortable tents, and guests are often treated to hearty meals cooked over an open fire. Bush camps are perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds and experience the wilderness in its purest form.

    Budget-Friendly Options

For those on a tight budget, Masai Mara has several budget-friendly accommodation options. These include hostels, guesthouses, and campsites. These options are typically basic, but they offer comfortable accommodation, hot showers, and other essential amenities. They are perfect for travelers who are looking to save money without compromising on comfort.

Here is a list of some of the hand picked Masai Mara Hotels you can choose for your Safari. Whichever option you choose, you are guaranteed to have a memorable and enjoyable stay in this stunning part of Kenya.

How to Get to Masai Mara From Nairobi

Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara is located in southwestern Kenya in Narok county. There are several ways to get to Masai Mara from Nairobi:

By Road

The distance between Nairobi and Masai Mara is approximately 270 kilometers and takes around 5-6 hours to drive. The road is generally in good condition. It is recommend to get a Land Cruiser or a 4 By 4  vehicle if you are going to use the same for your Game Drives in the Masai Mara.

By Air

You can take a domestic flight from Nairobi to one of the several airstrips located in and around the Masai Mara Reserve. Several airlines operate daily flights, and the flight time is approximately 45 minutes. This option is quicker and more convenient, but it can be more expensive than traveling by road. Most of our Masai Mara packages  from Nairobi are by air and local guides in the Mara will handle the game drives in LandCruisers or suitable 4 by 4 vehicles.

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