© Rolling plains of the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara African Safari Trip Experience:
With its vast open plains and crocodile-infested rivers the legendary Masai Mara provides arguably the most dramatic wildlife safari experience on the continent.
For about three months of the year, rainfall dependent, the Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the Masai Mara but outside of this the area still hosts a multitude of species. With high herbivore numbers predators are in profusion and the interaction on the plains of the Masai Mara is intriguing.
Unique about the Masai Mara
Vast plains that support great numbers of wildlife including the Big 5
Interests: The Great Wildebeest Migration, Balloon Safaris, game walks and Maasai interaction
The Masai Mara is said to be the best place in Africa for wildlife viewing due to the open plains that make it easier to spot the great herds of animals. Exciting dramas play out when the Wildebeest Migration passes through the Masai Mara for a few months of the year, but even when the herds have gone the Mara is one of the best game viewing areas.
Game drives take you close to the action on a Masai Mara safari and in some areas walks are offered to give another perspective of this fascinating wilderness. The most famous balloon safari in Africa is offered over the Masai Mara, allowing for a unique view of the endless plains.
As the name implies the Masai Mara is tied closely to the Maasai people who can sometimes still be seen grazing their cattle on the outer edges of the park. Cultural interactions with the Maasai provide a highlight to the Masai Mara safari.
Best time to travel to the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is a year round safari destination and the game viewing is not affected by the rains. The Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the Mara from July through to October.
Kenya's capital Nairobi is the center where most visitors will arrive at for a Masai Mara safari. A number of international airlines fly in to Jomo Kenyatta International. Depending on the arrival time in Nairobi an overnight in Nairobi is recommended before the transfer to Wilson Airport for the flight to the Masai Mara.
The Masai Mara is a scenic flight over the Great Rift Valley from Wilson Airport in Nairobi. There are a number of airfields in the Mara that service the lodges. Flights from Moi Airport in Mombasa are also available.
The road transfer from Nairobi to the Masai Mara takes up to five hours through dramatic landscapes. Overnighting at places on the way is recommended.
Choose Your Masai Mara Safari Lodging StyleLuxury Lodges:
Although the epitome of five star luxury and service these lodges still maintain the feel of the African safari in their architecture, locations and activities.Luxury Tented Camps:
Kenya, the birthplace of the African safari refines the wilderness experience and service, but still keeps to the traditions, in these luxury tented accommodations.Classic Camps:
Tented camps that hark back to the early times of the African safari, fully serviced with en-suite facilities and great food providing an authentic safari experience.Mobile Safaris:
Camps that move with the safari, some fully serviced with all the trappings of a lodge or camp and others closer to nature with outside ablutions and dining.
When filling in the enquiry form, let our consultants know the following info, so they can tailor-make the perfect itinerary for you:
- Accommodation style preference (described above)
- Duration of stay
- Children on safari - If so what ages ?
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