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“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Maasai Mara, Kenya

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is for many people not just the highlight of their Kenyan adventure but the very reason they came in the first place. This huge expanse of gently rolling grassland specked with flat-topped acacia trees and trampled by massive herds of zebras and wildebeest offers the best wildlife viewing in the world. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Maasai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. This migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 97,000 Topi, 18,000 elands, and 200,000 zebras.

These migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by predators, most notably lions and hyena. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. African Elephants, antelopes, Maasai giraffe, hyenas, Cape buffalo, black rhinos, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve. This is an experience not to be missed! Travelling further to the world famous Maasai Mara you will require at least three days.

Where to stay in Maasai Mara?

Our favourite places to stay in the Mara are

Malaika Camp, Basecamp Explorer, Ashnil Mara Camp, Camp Oloshaiki, Legends Mara Camp

How long should you stay in Maasai Mara?

We recommend you stay for at least 3 nights and but there is so much to see here, you can stay up to 30 days or more! (for photographers especially.)

How to get to Maasai Mara?

By Road: From Nairobi, it takes about six hours to get to Masai Mara. The roads are all weather; however, only 4WD game viewing trucks are allowed during the rainy season.

By Air: You can book one of the scheduled daily flights that depart from Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. Travel time is about 45 minutes and flights land at one of the three airstrips (Keekorok, Olkiombo and Musiara) that serve the park. Flights are also available from Mombasa to Masai Mara.

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