Masai MARA SAFARIS
Masai Mara Safari Tours
Masai Mara National Reserve is an animal heaven that has for many years been ranked as a leading tourist destination in the world. By visiting this vast park, one is assured of seeing the big five as well as other animal and bird species.
Masai Mara is part of a large eco-system that comprises of the Serengeti and other small reserve. The reserve has over the years been Kenya’s major park and is famous for been a key route during the annual wildebeest migration.
We Will Take You On A Memorable Masai Mara Safari
At Masai Mara Safari Services, we offer different safari packages to Masai Mara. Below are just some of the safari tours that we offer. If you cannot find the Masai Mara safari you are that you are looking for, feel free to contact our Safari Experts who will be more than happy to help you book the best Masai Mara safari. As you will find out, some safaris involve a visit to Masai Mara alone while other safaris involve visit to Masai Mara and other parks and reserves in Kenya.
Masai Mara Safari Packages
2 Day Masai Mara Fly-In Safari
Masai Mara Camping Safari – 3 Days
3 Days Masai Mara Fly-in Camp Safari
2 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari To Masai Mara
3 Days Luxury Masai Mara Safari
Masai Mara Fly-in Camp Luxury Safari
3 Days Bush Camp Masai Mara Fly-In Safari
4 Days Masai Mara
4 Days Budget Safari To Masai Mara
4 Days Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari
4 Days Masai Mara Private Reserve Fly-In Safari
5 Day Safari To Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara
6 Days Masai Mara and Three Rift Valley Lakes Safari
6 Days Safari To Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara
7 Days Safari To Samburu, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara Safari
Why You Should Book A Masai Mara Safari
Masai Mara offered great game viewing experiences throughout the years. The national reserve is home to numerous animal species that among others comprises of gazelles, impalas, lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, crocodiles, buffalo, leopards, elephants, and different bird species. For those who are avid animal documentary viewers, you must be acquainted with the big some of the reserves big cars as they have constantly been featured in different wildlife documentaries.
The Great Wildebeest Migration happens in Mara and takes place from Late June/Early July to November of every year. The huge numbers of the wildebeest that take part in the migration is just astounding with more approximated two million wildebeest, gazelles, and Zebras been involved in this annual event the animals proceed to the greener pastures in Masai Mara.
In order for the migrating wildlife to reach the greener pastures in Mara plains, they have to overcome different challenges with the main challenge been the crocodiles in River Mara lie in wait to feast on the unsuspecting migrating wildlife. In the month of November, the short rains alerts the migrating animals that have not migrated back to Serengeti that it is the time to migrate to Serengeti for the calving season that takes place from December to January.
During the calving season that is also referred to as the green season, there is plenty of surface water and it is in this period that most of the animals involved in the migration (wildebeest, zebra, and antelope) give birth. However, the different predators have it easy at such period since they can easily prey on the new borns who are not aware of the predators. Thus, whether visiting Masai Mara during the migrating season, before or after migration, you are always guaranteed great game viewing experiences as well as amazing photo moments.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is surrounded by different private conservancies that proved different types of accommodation varying from budget accommodation to luxury accommodation. Even though the animals are mainly in the Masai Mara national reserve, the fact that there is no fence in this vast animal reserve means that animals can cross to the private conservancies implying that you will be able to see the animals that you would have seen in the park in the private conservancies.
Apart from game viewing experiences, you also have the option to go for a hot air balloon safari or even a visit to a local Masai village. In order to plan a great safari to Masai Mara, we always encourage our customers to first contact our friendly Safari Experts so that they can advise on the best time to go for the safari as well as other safari destinations or activities that you can integrate to your safari. We are a Kenyan based safari company that is run by Kenyan and we are eager to offer you superb safari experiences.
Masai Mara Safari Experiences
Game viewing Drives
As a wildlife paradise, Masai Mara offers great game viewing experiences. Depending on what you are mainly interested in, Mara River plains and Esoit Oloololo escarpments are some of the specific locations of the park that you might consider visiting so that you can enjoy splendid viewing of different wildlife such as giraffe, warthog, impala, lion, gazelle, impala, cheetah, hippo, crocodiles and other wildlife. The Masai Mara is endowed with different wildlife species and your visit to the reserve will make you verify that the reserve is among the best if not the best wildlife parks in the world.
During the dry season and even during the migrating season, you have to make a visit to the Mara rive. The river meanders North to South as it proceeds to drain to Lake Victoria. By visiting the river, you will find different animals quenching their thirst while the Nile crocodiles residing in the river prey at the animals. In addition, during the migration season, it is the same river that the animals have to cross so that they can reach their destination. Thus, whether you are visiting Masai Mara during the migration season or during any other time of the year, you can be rest assured that by vising river Mara, there will be great sighting opportunities as animals come to quench their thirst and the predators’ prey on them.
Guided Nature Walk
By taking a guided nature walk, you will get the opportunity of getting close to the small habitats that are normally hard to spot when on your game viewing drives. In addition, you will also get a chance to relate well with nature since you are going to be close to the nature unlike is the case when you are on your safari vehicle. For your guided nature walk in Masai Mara, you have to be accompanied by an experienced guide. In addition, before the walk commences, you will be briefed on how you are expected to conduct yourself in case you come across bigger animals even though in most cases, the chances of coming face to face with a bigger animal when on a guided nature walk are very low.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
If you want to make sure that your Masai Mara safari will be memorable for a very long period of time, then you have to go for a hot air balloon safari – nothing compares to the experience. Specifically, the breathtaking views of the Mara from above, the fresh air, and the knowledge that you will eventually see something different makes the experience memorable. In Masai Mara, the hot air balloon safari takes off at six in the morning. Before the take-off, the tourists are first briefed on the balloon, how to conduct themselves, and even the duration of flight and the animals likely to be sighted. The balloon safari lasts for one hour and it offers breathtaking views of Masai Mara game reserve as well as the Great Rift Valley. At the end of the balloon safari, you are served Champagne breakfast in the bush. If you are interested in the balloon safari, it is always important that you make sure you book the safari in advance since demand for the safari is very high during the peak season.
Visit To a Local Maasai Village
Masai Mara is in the Maasai Land an area that has for thousands of years been occupied by the Masai community. Despite globalization, the Maasai people have still been able to retain most of their traditions mainly due to the fact that they live in areas that are not greatly affected by civilization. By visiting a Maasai village, you will spend about an hour with the Maasai and get a chance to learn more about their culture as well as how they live their normal life. In addition, during the visit, you will also have a chance to buy some of the handcrafted jewellery and souvenirs.
The Wildebeest Migration
The annual wildebeest migration has been categorized as one of the greatest wonders of the world. During the migration, almost two million antelope, zebra, and wildebeest take part in the migration moving ether from the Serengeti side to Mara or from Mara to Serengeti.However, migration does not happen all year round and for that reason, you need to make sure that you book your safari to Masai Mara at a time when the migration is taking place if you are interested on witnessing the migration since if you book your safari when the migration is not happening, you are not going to witness the spectacle.
Even though migration period is mainly determined by the rain patterns, a look at past migration history gives a better idea on the specific months when the migration is likely to take place.
January – April
In this month, the wildebeest, antelope, and zebras that are the ones normally involved in the migration can be spotted in Serengeti as they proceed to the Southern part of Serengeti. January is the calving where plenty of babies are born. During February to April, the animals are still holed up in Southern Serengeti with some of the animals starting to proceed to the Northern part of Serengeti in April.
May – June
The animals have now embarked on their journey and cannot be stopped. Indeed, they migrate in huge numbers with the line of the migrating animals that follow each other at times surpassing the 40-kilometer mark. In June, the animals are close to River Mara and anticipate crossing the river to arrive at Masai Mara for fresh grass due to the long rains experienced in Mara during Kenya’s long rain season.
July – October
This is when the crossing of the Mara river happens. It is a sighting to behold as the huge Nile crocodiles that inhabit the river lie in wait to feast on the migrating animals. Those that survive crossing the river are rewarded for their journey as they feast on the fresh grass on Masai Mara.
November – December
The short rains in November activate the migration sense into the animals and they start their journey back to Serengeti.
The River Crossings
During the migration, the migrating animals have to cross the river in order for them to get to the green pastures. The migration is mainly determined by the rain patterns since if the rains are late, the migration normally ends up been late while in cases where the rains come early, the migration ends up been early.
When the herds are migrating from the Northern part of Serengeti, they have to cross the river to get to Masai Mara. However, it is important to take note that the herds do not cross the river at the same point even though the two main river crossing points are Crossing Number 4 and the Paradise Crossing. Our driver guide will have a good understanding of the crossing that is going to provide you with the best viewing experience and is thus going to ensure that the safari vehicle is positioned at the right location so that you can be able to enjoy the migration. Depending on the time of the year when you visit Masai Mara, you are either going to see the migration herds coming to Masai Mara or leaving Masai Mara for Serengeti.
In order to ensure that you will be able to see the river crossings, we feel that it is right to let you know that the crossings are normally during the peak season. Thus, if you do not want to miss out on accommodation, you need to book your Masai Mara safari as early as possible so that you can be able to stay in your selected accommodation.
The Mara River crossing in Masai Mara takes place between June to August. In Kenya this is normally a dry season and as such, there are better animal wildlife viewing experiences since there is less vegetation cover which makes it easy to spot the wildlife even from a far distance. In addition, during these months, it is also ideal for you to combine a Masai Mara safari with a safari to another park in Kenya.
Getting To Masai Mara
To find yourself in Masai Mara, you first have to book your flight to Kenya. After arrival in Nairobi, you can either drive to Masai Mara or fly-in to Masai Mara. When deciding how to get to Masai Mara, various factors need to be taken into consideration.
One of the factors that you need to take into consideration entails your budget. Indeed, if you are on a tight budget, then you would consider using the roads since it is cheaper to travel by road while it is expensive to travel by air.
Another factor that you need to consider is the amount of time that you have for your Masai Mara safari. For example, if you are in Kenya for two or three days, then Fly-in safari would be your best option since you will be able to get to Masai Mara within a very short period of time.
The other factor to take into consideration when deciding on how to get to Masai Mara is the kind of experiences you are looking for. As such, if you are only interested in spotting the wildlife and bird species in Masai Mara, then fly-in safari could end up been your thing. On the other hand, if you enjoy scenaries along your way, then you have to opt for road travel since as you proceed to Masai Mara, you are going to enjoy great views of the Great Rift valley.
Accommodation in Masai Mara
As a top safari destination, Masai Mara offers visitors a wide selection of accommodation to choose from. Indeed, there are luxury, standard, and budget types of accommodation for guests to choose from. Below are some accommodation choices from which guests can choose from.
Luxury Masai Mara Accommodation
Mara Intrepids, Olonana Tented Camp, Governor’s Camp, Cottars 1920’s Camp, Little Governors Camp, Spekes Camp, Mara Plains Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Mara Bushtops, Naibor Camp, Keekorol Lodge, Saruni Camp, Naboisho Camp, Mara Explorer, Encounter Mara Camp, Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Mara Toto, Moran Camp, Porini Lion Camp, Mahali Mzuri, Mara Porini Camp, Sarova Mara Camp, Kicheche Mara Camp, Karen Blixen Camp, Basecamp Masai Mara, Naibor Wilderness Camp.
Frequently Asked Questions About Masai Mara Safari
When is the best time to visit Masai Mara?
This will be determined by the safari experience that you are looking for. Specifically, if you are interested in the annual migration, you need to make sure that you book your Mara safari to take place during the migration period. However, Mara is well endowed with over 30 animal species and you be able to see most of the species through the year.
How much does a safari in Masai Mara cost?
There are various factors that determine the price of a safari to Masai Mara. The three main factors are; duration of the safari (number of days you spend in Mara), they type of accommodation that you have selected for your safari, and how you are going to get to Masai Mara (by fly-in or by road). Thus, unless we have that information, we will not be in a position to tell you the costs of your safari to Masai Mara.
Can I visit Masai Mara and other parks during my safari?
Yes, it is totally possible for you to visit Masai Mare and other parks. We have different safari packages that combine such safaris. Moreover, we are also open to customizing a safari package specific to your needs.
Do I have to pay all the money when booking the safari to Masai Mara?
When making the booking you can decide whether to pay in full or pay a deposit and pay the rest when going on the safari. At the time of booking, we require that you pay 50% deposit as we need to confirm your accommodation bookings by passing the deposit to the accommodation chosen.
Do you offer Masai Mara group safaris?
Yes we do. We are a Kenyan based safari company operating safari packages to all parks and reserves in Kenya. Our safari packages are both private and group safaris. Contact our support team and they will help you in booking a safari for your group.