The Masai Mara National Reserve, also known as the Maasai Mara or simply ‘The Mara', was named after the Masai people who inhabit the area and the Mara River which flows through the reserve.
This iconic reserve offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities and a game drive on the plains of ‘The Mara’ is a truly unforgettable experience. It’s highly likely that you’ll see all the big African game - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – plus cheetahs and leopards are also commonly seen. And, if you visit at the right time of year you can see the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the Great Migration.
Every year, over 2.5 million wildebeest migrate north from the Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara National Reserve in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Masai Mara’s fresh pasture, the wildebeest must brave the perilous Mara River and risk being killed by huge crocodiles. This is a year round phenomenon which is typically in the Serengeti for 9 months of the year and the Masai Mara for the remaining 3 months. If you would like to plan a Kenyan or Tanzanian safari around the migration please contact us and one of our Africa Fair Travel Specialists will be happy to help.
In our opinion the vast plains and spectacular wildlife of the Masai Mara are best seen at dawn from a hot air balloon and we can arrange this for you when we create your tailor-made holiday. We can also include a visit to a traditional Masai village where you can get an insight into the fascinating culture of the Masai people.
We mainly use three properties within the Masai Mara. For our ‘boutique’ option our clients stay at Kilima Camp which offers phenomenal views over the Masai Mara plains. For clients who have selected our ‘luxury’ option we use Saruni Wild, which is a beautiful tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara, or its sister property Saruni Mara, which has five elegant cottages, a family villa and a private villa.
With both the ‘boutique’ and ‘luxury’ options our clients will have a 4x4 vehicle for safari game drives, all conservation fees already included and an experienced English speaking local safari guide. Other accommodation options are available and we will always ensure that we match you to the most suitable accommodation for your requirements and sense of style.
If you would like to speak to someone who’s been to the Masai Mara and has visited the accommodation options, please call Tom, our Africa Fair Travel Specialist and Co-Founder of Wayfairer, on 0203 143 4293 or send an online enquiry to start your journey.