Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9.5
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 7

Lookout for

Grant's Gazelle
Kirk's Dik Dik
Cope's Hartebeest
Topi
Elephant
Black Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

The Maasai Mara is one of Africa's premier national parks and is world renowned for its outstanding predator viewing and the unique spectacle of the Great Migration, which occurs every year from July to October. Best explored on a Masai Mara safari tour, the migration of vast breeding herds of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti attracts exceptional populations of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Although most tourists flock to this park to see the migrating masses, game viewing remains strong throughout the year. The reserve is predominantly grassland interspersed with patches of woodland which makes for ideal game viewing with large tracts of open areas. There are a multitude of accommodation facilities in and around the park as well as numerous Masai Mara safari tours suited to safari goers on a budget.

Why we like it

Multiple Masai Mara safari tour packages, Easy access from Nairobi, Great Migration, Exceptional safari camps

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1510 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Wildebeest Migration
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Migori

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Angama Mara, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Encounter Mara Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Governors' Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Hammerkop Mara Migration Camp Luxury Full Board
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Mara Bush Houses Super Luxury Full Board
Mara Concord Game Lodge Full Board
Naboisho Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Nomadic Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Olonana, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Rekero Camp, Masai Mara Super Luxury Full Board
Sanctuary Masai Mara Seasonal Camp Super Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
East Africa and Zanzibar Safari Tour Luxury 14 nights/15 days
Great Migration Safari Tour Luxury 12 nights, 13 days
Mara Horseriding 1-3 hours
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari Luxury 1 hour flight time

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Species list

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Cheetah
Wildebeest
Zebra
Elephant


BRIDS
Secretary Bird
Crowned Crane
Ostrich
Kori Bustard
Tawny Eagle


REPTILES
African Rock Python
Black-necked Spitting Cobra
Nile Crocodile


TREES
Umbrella Thorn
Candelabra Tree
Baobab


HABITAT TYPES
Open Grassland
Savannah
Riverine
Rocky Outcrops