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Masai Mara

About Masai Mara

Located in the south-west of Kenya bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park the Masai Mara is a justifiably world renowned game reserve famed for its big cats and as a stage for one of the planet’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the annual wildebeest migration.  A land of savanna woodland, riverine forest and vast swathes of grassland the Mara is a haven for large numbers of animals and a quite staggering variety of species including Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, topi, eland, impala, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, elephants, black rhinos and more!  The chance to see prides of lions, cheetahs hunting on the open plains and leopards stalking in the forests are major drawcards and the Mara consistently delivers fantastic sightings of these big cats.  

Every year between July and October vast herds of migrating wildebeest along with hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelles arrive from the Serengeti to feed on the Masai Mara’s grass plains.  The exact timings of this natural phenomenon are dependent on rainfall and grass growth but one thing is for sure, if your visit to the Mara coincides with the migration you will have a truly spectacular safari with huge numbers of animals grazing on the plains, plentiful predator action and the fortunate may also witness the herds braving a crossing of the Mara River where crocodiles wait patiently for their prey.

There is a wide range of accommodation including the famous and long-established Governors Camp which has an enviable position on the Mara River and Naibor Camp which is in the heart of the action close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers.  Bordering the main reserve are the conservancies where the numbers of camps and vehicles are limited so you can enjoy your game viewing without the crowds.  In these areas bush walks and night drives are also possible – activities which are not permitted in the main reserve.  Elephant Pepper Camp and Kicheche Bush Camp offer an authentic tented camp experience while Cottar’s 1920s Camp provides colonial-style luxury in their own private corner of the Mara.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • Wildebeest migration
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Hot air balloon trips
  • Horse riding

Wildlife

  • Lion, leopard and cheetah
  • Wildebeest and zebra
  • Elephant, buffalo, rhino
  • Numerous antelope species

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