The Masai 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

Accommodation in Masai Mara

Angama Mara, Masai Mara

Angama Mara has the WOW factor. The attention to detail here is incredible in this excpetional new owner-run game lodge. Angama is inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest parks on the continent. Here guests will…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara

Set among forests on the very edge of the Masai Mara, the intimate Bateleur Camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan explorers of old. Each elegant tent, with its own private butler, replicates the style and glamour of vintage Africa. Slip into a world of hardwood floors, polished silver and sparkling crystal juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Encounter Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Encounter Mara is a super luxury tented safari camp, situated in a stunning location in Kenya’s Masai Mara region. This award–winning camp is set out underneath towering acacia trees, with breathtaking views of the surrounding savannah plains. The camp is made up of ten tented suites, each beautifully designed to provide the best in comfort and luxury. Each features en–suite…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Masai Mara

East Africa and Zanzibar Safari Tour

This comprehensive safari tour spends 15 days exploring the best wildlife and safari destinations of East Africa. Starting out in Kenya in the world-famous Masai Mara, guests will enjoy unrivalled game-viewing in one of the world's richest and most diverse safari arenas. The tour then moves onto Tanzania.Here, you will stay on the shores of Lake Victoria, enjoying a host…

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Duration: 14 nights/15 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Great Migration Safari Tour

This safari tour has been specially planned in order to track the famous African Great Migration. The Great Migration is a spectacular annual natural phenomenon, in which enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the plains of Kenya and Tanzania's Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems. The herds are closely pursued by predators such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs, resulting in…

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Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Mara Horseriding

The Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the world's foremost safari destinations, renowned for its superb diversity of wildlife species. This African wilderness is home to the Big 5, as well as a plethora of other wildlife species, birds, reptiles, and flora. This safari day tour offers you the chance to explore the Mara wilderness on horseback- a unique…

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Duration: 1-3 hours
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Species list
Where

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

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


Wildlife Ratings

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