Kenya > Masai Mara Game Reserve


  • Dear Rob, We had a fantastic time. Everything went pretty much as planned and exceeded our expectations: there were so many animals and birds to see and the camps were wonderful with great hosts and knowledgeable friendly guides. Laikipia had had some rain in the weeks before our visit and everything was much greener than I’d expected and the animals all looked in very good condition. I think we were very lucky as we managed to see all of the “big 5″ in the first two days, although it was only a fleeting glimpse of a leopard. We were glad we’d decided to go to Loldia as the day at Lake Nakuru was really good. So much more to see than just the flamingos. Kicheche Mara was also an excellent choice with animals all around. I apparently slept through a Zebra being killed not far from one of the tents and one evening 6 zebra galloped through the camp as we were having drinks around the camp fire. Asha Cottage was also ideal just to relax and catch up on sleep. Many thanks again for giving us a great holiday and some wonderful memories.

    Alan and Evelyn travelled to Kenya on their first ever safari



Masai Mara Game Reserve

Situated on Kenya’s south-western border with Tanzania, the Masai Mara is perhaps the world’s most famous wildlife area – an extension of the famous Serengeti plains and one of the few areas where animals can be seen in the large numbers that existed a hundred years ago.

Lying at an altitude of around 5500 ft, the habitat is predominantly open grassland plains dotted with trees and thickets, and incised with forested drainage lines. The Mara and Talek rivers flow, or hold water, throughout the year, sustaining the vast wildlife population. The diverse habitat enables many different species to co-exist, including the Big 5 – elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard and it’s not uncommon to see some 30 species of larger mammal on a three or four day Masai Mara safari. The birdlife too is impressive with over 500 species recorded.

The Masai Mara is particularly impressive when the annual wildebeest migration is in residence. The migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest usually arrive sometime in July and remain until late October. During this time, the herds often cross back and forth across the Mara River. These river crossings can be very dramatic with crocodiles and lion waiting in ambush. The Masai Mara is also known for its excellent ‘big cat’ viewing, and plays host to the BBC’s popular Big Cat Diary series. Even outside of the ‘migration season’ the Masai Mara safari region offers spectacular game-viewing, particularly the larger predators – lion, leopard and cheetah. Although the Masai Mara attracts a huge number of visitors, and it is difficult to have this game-viewing paradise to yourself, there are selected areas which offer a more exclusive experience.

The whole Masai Mara safari region encompasses the official Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well as a series of Maasai-owned group ranches and private conservancies that border the reserve to the north. There are no fences between properties and outside the National Reserve itself, the wildlife mixes freely with the local Maasai people, who can often be seen tending their livestock. The Maasai, a very proud people, are an integral part of the ‘landscape’.

Safari camps which lie outside the reserve itself may offer walking safaris as well as game drives. Horse riding trails are also available, whilst limited private safari houses are perfect for families.

For more information on Masai Mara safaris please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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