Masai Mara National Reserve

Why Go On A Masai Mara Holiday Safari

The Masai Mara national Reserve together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park and Safari destination. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve as a premier holiday Safari destination is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential. The Masai Mara has lodges and camps that will give you different perspectives of the breathtaking African nature and wildlife, ranging from intimate wildlife encounters in the plains, close-up views of hippos and crocodiles from riverbanks of the Mara river to the dramatic views of the Masai Mara majestic landscapes from hilltops and escarpments. The Masai Mara is also known for different classes of lodges, camps and hotels which meet western standards with respect to hygiene and comfort. You will surely be enchanted by the warm African hospitality that you will meet there.

The Masai Mara Holiday Safari Experience – The great Wildebeest Migration

The Masai Mara Reserve is accessible all year-round, but the peak season is July through October during the migration. Peak rainfall is in December – January and April – May.

Masai Mara Climate:

The Masai Mara Reserve is accessible all year-round, but the peak season is July through October during the migration. Peak rainfall is in December – January and April – May.

Best time for Masai Mara Holiday Safari:

The Masai Mara Reserve is accessible all year-round, but the peak season is July through October during the migration. Peak rainfall is in December – January and April – May.

Getting there:

By Road: The Maasai Mara Reserve is about 280 km. west of Nairobi City. The drive takes about 5-6 hours. While driving you will enjoy breathtaking views including that of the Great Rift Valley and also Mounts Suswa and Longonot. From Narok town to the reserve, the road get rough
and it is therefore recommended to use a 4×4 vehicle as this will make your ride a bit smoother.
There are a number of entry gates such as Sand River, Musiara, Talek, Sekenani or Oloololo Gate..

By air: Flying to the Masai Mara is the quickest way to get to there and have ample time to enjoy your holiday. There are daily flights to the Mara from Wilson Airport that takes around 45 minutes. The Masai Mara reserved has several Airstrips and we will book you to the nearest one to your camp. From there, guests will be transferred by road to their particular camp. You can fly in from Nairobi or Mombasa and even Serengeti in Tanzania in light aircraft.


There are all classes of accommodation in Masai Mara for all holiday goers. These include economy, comfort, superior comfort or luxury safari lodges or tented camps

Things to do in the Masai Mara:

Game drives

One of the premier game viewing spots and holiday destination in Kenya, if not the world, the Masai Mara hosts an unending chain of wildlife. The odds are good that you will spot all the famous “Big Five” game throughout the reserve’s seemingly endless horizons. Safari game drives are one of the most popular ways to see wildlife in the Masai Mara. Game drives are done in either 4×4 Safari minivans/Land cruisers or open sided Safari Land cruisers, a sure way to give you that classical safari feeling

The Great Migration

The great wildebeest migration
The great wildebeest migration across Masai Mara national reserve

Perhaps the most impressive wildlife procession on the planet, you shouldn’t miss this massive display of over 2 million animals responding to the ancient cycles of nature. The sight of thousands upon thousands of animals storming over the Mara River is unforgettable.

Balloon Ride Over the Mara

Experience the Mara coming to life in the early morning mists. In this once-in-a-lifetime Kenya Safari adventure, you’ll witness an endless river of herding wildlife below, snaking off to the vast horizon.

Cultural walks and visit to the Maasai Village

Visit, meet and learn about the culture of these authentic peoples. You’ll learn about ancient traditions as well as contemporary struggles and adaptations to modern life. See how they construct their bomas or homes, view their handicrafts and maybe even join in their famous jumping dance.

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