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Samburu Special 5 And African Big 5 In One Epic Safari

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  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Transtrek Safaris
  • Next Departures Daily
From US$ 2,715 10 days
Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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3 Days Maasai Mara Safari - All Inclusive

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Active 17 hours ago Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 395 3 days

5-day Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Hells Gate Group Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Active 20 hours ago
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 630 5 days
Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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9 Days Classic Kenya & Tanzania Safari From Nairobi

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/Nairobi, Kenya
  • Operator Active 17 hours ago Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 2,850 9 days
Bushthorns Adventures
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3 Days Maasai Mara Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 425 3 days
Arend Safaris
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9 Day Treasures Of East Africa [&Beyond All-inclusive]

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  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi/Kilimanjaro
  • Operator Active 1 day ago Arend Safaris
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 8,960 9 days

4 Days Masai Mara And Lake Nakuru Budget Travel

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Great Horizon Trails
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 1,200 4 days
Africa Flash Mc
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3 Days 2 Nights Masai Mara Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 380 3 days

7 Days Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Naivasha & Amboseli

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Great Horizon Trails
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 2,100 7 days
Bushthorns Adventures
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5 Days Maasai Mara - Lake Nakuru Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 1,043 5 days
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5 Days Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara Safari

  • Starts/Ends NAIROBI/NAIROBI
  • Operator Active 20 hours ago
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 600 5 days
Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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4-Days Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari - All Inclusive

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Active 17 hours ago Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 520 4 days

16 Days Kenya Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator Incredible Kenya Adventures
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 6,666 16 days
Tropical Vacations
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3 Days Wildesbeest Migration Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Tropical Vacations
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 391 3 days

3 Day Maasai Mara Budget Adventure Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Southern Valley Safaris
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 607 3 days
Incredible Kenya Adventures
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7 Days Of Luxurious Air Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Incredible Kenya Adventures
  • Next Departures Jan 22 Jan 23
From US$ 5,280 7 days
Absolute Holiday Safaris
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3-Day Maasai Mara Camping Safari Adventure

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Absolute Holiday Safaris
  • Next Departures Tomorrow Jan 22
From US$ 320 3 days
Bushthorns Adventures
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8 Days Samburu, Olpejeta, Maasai Mara Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 2,493 8 days
Blue Ocean Safaris
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3-Day Weekend Getaway Maasai Mara Tour

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Blue Ocean Safaris
  • Next Departures Jan 23 Jan 24
From US$ 1,500 3 days
Absolute Holiday Safaris
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4-Day Maasai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari Tour

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Absolute Holiday Safaris
  • Next Departures Tomorrow Jan 22
From US$ 460 4 days
First Choice Tours
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Best Of Kenya Safari And Beach Vacation

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator First Choice Tours
  • Next Departures Daily
From US$ 3,245 11 days
Kibera Holiday Safaris
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7-day Kenya Budget Safari

  • Starts/Ends NAIROBI/NAIROBI
  • Operator Kibera Holiday Safaris
  • Next Departures Tomorrow Jan 22
From US$ 1,240 7 days
SafariBook Evolution
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3 Days Maasai Mara Safari Tour

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator SafariBook Evolution
  • Next Departures Daily
From US$ 390 3 days
First Choice Tours
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Kenya In Style Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Operator First Choice Tours
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From US$ 3,315 7 days

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve was responsible for introducing the world to the concept of safaris. The park covers an area of 1,510 sq. kms. and presents spectacular scenery, breathtaking wildlife and picturesque surroundings at every turn. Maasai Mara loses out on some of its bush vibe due to 290,000 visitors who come here each year, but it always manages to ensure that you have a blast while exploring its jungles, rivers and plains.

From documentary makers and researchers to travel writers and seasoned travelers, it is easy to find all kinds of visitors at Maasai Mara. The vast clear skies, starry nights, majestic savannahs and exotic animals all play their part in making the Mara feel like ‘contemporary Africa’, and the wildebeest migration simply adds to the aura of romance and mystery.

Maasai Mara presents four types of adventures – the Oloololo Escarpment which beautifully rises to form a fascinating plateau; the Ngama Hills and its sandy soil and leafy bushes which are preferred by the rhino; the Central Plains and their rolling grassland and scattered bushes which host most of the game and the Mara Triangle and its acacia woodlands and lush green grasslands famous for its wildebeest populations and home to the Migration phenomenon.

  • Wildlife Rating: 5 stars
  • Scenery Rating: 5 stars
  • Bush Vibe: 3 stars

The Maasai Mara National Reserve has been called the flagship conservation area in Kenya, and its game viewing is considered to be excellent throughout the year. The Mara is one of the best destinations in the country to see the African Big 5 – buffalo, rhino, elephant, leopard and lion – as well as other popular herbivores and carnivores. Home to as many as 2 million animals, it is at the very top when it comes to animal sightings. Some of the animals found here include zebras, buffalos, topis, impalas, elephants, warthogs, impalas, crocodiles, leopards, cheetahs, lions and as many as 450 species of birds.

Game drives are the best thing to do here, but you also have other exciting wildlife adventures in the form of hot air balloon safaris, cultural visits to the nearby Maasai villages, guided walks and the Oloololo Escarpment Trail. This is where you see the Maasai people, whose culture often makes you question your western values.

This is where you see hundreds of predators stalking millions of herbivores who make their annual pilgrimage despite the apparent danger. This is where you fall in love with the wild, its unending mysteries, its gorgeous beauty and non-stop action. This is the Mara.

  • Number of Visitors: 290,000
  • Altitude: 1500 to 2180m

Pros and Cons of Maasai Mara National Reserve

Pros :

  • Home to the Great Migration
  • Breathtaking diversity of animals
  • One of the highest densities of lions on the planet
  • The Maasai culture
  • Accessible through the year
  • Plenty of accommodations to choose from

Cons:

  • Very crowded during peak season
  • Low on bush vibe because of the sheer number of visitors it attracts

Maasai Mara National Reserve - Accommodations

Maasai Mara is one of the two national parks of Africa that hosts the Great Migration phenomenon and it is also home to the Maasai people and their beautiful culture. It presents a wide range of accommodation options and most lodges maintain excellent relations with the community to allow you to dive into their culture and learn what makes it so special. Luxury travelers don’t need to look beyond Mahali Mzuri, Mara Plains Camp, Bateleur Camp, Rekero Camp and Elephant Pepper Safari. Those searching for something less exorbitant would prefer Porini Lion Camp, Sanctuary Olonana and Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

Choosing which part of the Mara to visit can also have an impact on your experience. The northern concessions are considered to be far more private and a majority of the luxury camps and safari suites are located there. The eastern parts are the closest to Nairobi, and the accommodation found here is considerably cheaper.

Maasai Mara National Reserve - Best Season

The best time to visit the Mara is between the months of July to November, as this is when you get to see the greatest spectacle on the planet – the wildebeest migration. The sheer number of animals who migrate between the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Mara makes it the most dramatic phenomenon on the planet. To reach the fresh grazing grass, the wildebeest must make a river crossing, risking becoming a feast for the lurking crocodiles, and this is where you get to see the best action. The months of December and January are equally popular as they coincide with the calving season. Visiting during this ‘green season’ gives you a unique opportunity to see herbivores give birth to hundreds of thousands of calves, fawns and foals.

Extend Your Vacation from Maasai Mara National Reserve

Tourists wanting to extend their vacations have a number of options to choose from. The exotic Seychelles might not be ‘close’, but it still lies in this part of the world. If you have time and still skip out on a trip to Seychelles, you might not be able to forgive yourself for a very long time. For something closer, the following options are perfect.

  • Lamu: Lamu makes you realize what love at first sight really means. It’s magical setting is ideal to rejuvenate your soul after a weary experience in the African jungle and the salty air does its best to treat your skin to some much-needed pampering after being baked under the African sun. Lamu gains its popularity from its historic old town, the best-preserved and oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa. The labyrinth alleys offer glimpses of the local life, beautiful houses made using coral and stone and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it often emerges as the highlight for many tourists visiting this part of the continent.
  • Nairobi: You often hear all kinds of things about Nairobi, and yes, most of those things are actually true. Nairobi is a city that forces you to be smart and think twice before making any decision, but it is also a place which introduces you to one of the most beautiful cultures on the planet. As a major powerhouse in this part of the world, Nairobi is as close to western civilization as Africa manages to get and the city is full of restaurants, nightclubs and attractions that warrant a visit.
  • Amboseli National Park: Amboseli National Park is the second-best national park in Kenya. You may not want to visit the second-best national park when you’re already planning to visit the crown jewel, but Amboseli is home to – wait for it – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Clicking pictures of mammoth tuskers with the largest peak in Africa as your background, now that’s something which is usually reserved for those Nat Geo photographers!

Customer Reviews for Maasai Mara National Reserve

4.8 - Excellent Based on 6 reviews
An unforgettable experience: 5 Diverse ecosystems and the Big 5 rounded off with 5-star service! Reviewed Tour: Samburu Special 5 and African Big 5 in One Epic Safari
Timur Jack-Kadioglu From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“Once the safari began, it was 10-days of beautifully diverse ecosystems, and insightful environmental and cultural knowledge from our excellent guide Peter. Particular highlights were seeing a lazing leopard in clear view about 15 metres from our vehicle within half an hour of entering the first national park, Aberdare. From there we went on to the breathtakingly arid terrains of Samburu, dotted with watering holes densely packed with all manner of wildlife. It was fascinating to see how much the habitat can impact upon the same species; the lions in Samburu gaunt and with patchy manes compared with the majestic fully-maned lions of Ol Pejeta. It was in this Conservancy that we saw countless rhinos, including both White and Black Rhino calves, and the unbelievably rare Northern White Rhino. The long journey from Ol Pejeta to The Maasai Mara was conveniently broken up with an enjoyable boat safari and night spend on Lake Naivasha - perfect for keen bird photographers! It was the final days of the safari which will go down as a truly unforgettable experience. We chose to spend our nights in the Mara ecosystem in The Naibosho Conservancy, an area that has the same density of wildlife as the crater in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in nearby Tanzania. As someone who works in community-based conservation in East Africa, it was inspiring to see how well integrated community, conservation and tourism - often at loggerheads with each other - are at Naibosho. The guides and staff have so much traditional ecological knowledge - be it medicinal uses of plants or identifying the age and gender of a lion from the sound it makes - from having grown up with the sounds and smells of the bush. Eagle View camp where we stayed was a place like nowhere else I've been (or will ever go, unless returning there of course!). The views from the camp overlooking a large watering hole are breathtaking (you can see where it gets the name Eagle View from!). Being a small campsite, there was a very intimate atmosphere with evenings spent around the campfire sharing stories and experiences with staff and guests alike. Not to mention their flexibility in catering to my vegetarian dietary requirements - unheard of in Maasai culture! As the name of the trip suggests, our trip was indeed one epic safari! I can't recommend this itinerary any more. If you're keen to see a real range of species and habitats and learn first-hand indigenous knowledge from the communities that live in and around the ecosystem then this trip will tick all of those boxes!”
Nice company, extremely great driver Reviewed Tour: 5 Days Maasai Mara and the Lakes Safari
Vinzenz Weber From Austria At
4 - Very Good
“We were fortunate to experience all big five due to our great driver "Moses". He was really doing his best to make our Safari a great experience. Moses was fast and safe on the road, friendly and he knew a lot about animals!”
Excellent customer experience Reviewed Tour: 3 Days Joining Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Anonymous From Kenya At
5 - Excellent
“The staff of Dancom Tours ensured our trip was hitch-free and memorable! The arrangements made were not only timely but also efficient in liaising with the various properties that catered for accommodation and meals.”
Perfect Safari Reviewed Tour: 9 Day Treasures of East Africa [&Beyond all-inclusive]
Gary Gadner From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“We've always dreamed of staying at andBeyond lodges during our visit for a safari. Our dream came true with this well arranged safari schedule that offered us opportunity of a life time. Well organized by Arend Safaris, particularly Thomas, who made sure that we get the very best out there. We enjoyed and we recommend it for whoever wants a perfect luxury trip to Africa.”
Great one, nice lodges... Reviewed Tour: 9 Day Treasures of East Africa [&Beyond all-inclusive]
Jan Paulsen From Sweden At
5 - Excellent
“Everything went well with me and my family. We were here few weeks ago on our Vacation and we decided to go on safari. We had a lot choices but we eventually fell over this safari since we were on holiday and we planned it for quite sometime. It turned out to be a fine safari with lots of good memories and we enjoyed every part of it. Our biggest surprise was how beautiful the lodges were. I think these guys are good at choosing where to take you. We loved it”
The lodges were remarkable Reviewed Tour: 9 Day Treasures of East Africa [&Beyond all-inclusive]
Hillary Dawson From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“One thing that impressed me about this safari, was accommodation. Yes, we paid a hefty amount of money for the family but we enjoyed the journey. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge made us feel so good because it was outstanding in all possible ways. Good food, welcoming staff, well decorated. simply amazing. Would I recommend this safari? Well, Yes. Go for it if you love luxury.”
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