Masai Mara Safaris

Safaris in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Safari Africa's biggest draws and rightly so. Vast rolling grasslands teem with wildlife year round with strong chances of seeing big cats. The area comprises the Masai Mara Reserve and adjoining private conservancies which are unfenced to the main reserve allowing animals to move freely.

Whilst the main reserve can get busy especially during the migration, the adjoining private conservancies offer very light vehicle densities matched with very high wildlife densities, the perfect combination. For an introductory safari, 2-3 nights in the Masai Mara works brilliantly with a week relaxing amidst the white sands of the Kenyan Coast. For a more imersive safari experience we recommend combining a Masai Mara safari with a wilderness camp in the Laikipia region of Kenya where you can bush walk, fly camp and enjoy a greater variety of activities than the more traditional game drives which most camps in the Mara region are limited to.


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Excellent value introductory safari in an atmospheric small bush camp in the Masai Mara with superb big cat populations followed by relaxation on the beach in Kenya.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,104 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $891 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,898 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $891 per person economy class from London

Enjoy some of the best safari in Africa on this two centre fly-in safari in the Laikipia Wilderness and Masai Mara.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $4,228 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $700 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,253 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $700 per person economy class from London

Classic six day Kenyan overland safari with a strong community focus. Includes game drives in Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha

Tailor-made Classic 6 days

Adults from $2,874 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Extended safari in Kenya including the wetland habitat of the Great Rift Valley, the open plains of the Masai Mara & wilderness bush of the Laikipia Plateau. Superb camps throughout.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $5,855 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $954 per person economy class from London

Our most popular family safari in Kenya, 1 week active Cultural and Wildlife Safari through the Rift Valley & Mara specifically for families.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

Families from $2,331 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $954 per person economy class from London

Outstanding wildlife in prime Mara setting staying in a classic camp. Relax at an intimate beach hotel in the Seychelles.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $3,624 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,081 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,836 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,081 per person economy class from London

Big Five wildlife experience in the Masai Mara followed by a unique beach escape with history and culture in Mozambique.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

Adults from $5,637 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $954 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,391 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $954 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate 8 tent camp
- Prime wildlife area
- Game Walks & Drives
- Beautiful location

Sala's Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Fantastic location for wildebeest migration
- Remote corner of the Mara
- Small Tented Camp
- Excellent Guiding

Mara Plains

Masai Mara

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive Camp
- Olari Motorogi Conservancy
- Stunning views
- Excellent wildlife location

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive Bush House
- Family Friendly
- Swimming Pool
- Superb Guides

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent wildlife
- Mara North Conservancy
- Swimming Pool
- Beautiful river-side location

Entim Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Great location for the Migration
- Good quality bush camp
- Located on the Mara River

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- 10 Luxury Guest Tents
- Inclusive basis
- Exclusive 20,000 acre location

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Best wilderness option
- Inclusive Basis
- 6 tents
- Privately owned conservancy

Kichwa Tembo

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Mid-sized Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Great service
- Family friendly

Governors Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Prime Mara location
- Family friendly
- Fantastic wildlife

Speke's Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditional small safari camp
- Very atmospheric
- Great location
- Good value

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 597 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
    Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

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The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most popular safari destination and for good reason. It is a vast reserve of endless flat grassland crossed by rivers which play host to wildlife’s most spectacular moments. Within the park you get all the big game tickets, lion, hippo, crocs, rhino, you name it, Masai Mara has it. Perhaps its biggest drawcard is the Wildebeest Migration when vast hordes of Wildebeest roar through the park bringing in its trail a wake of mighty predators. If you’re lucky enough to be in Masai Mara during the migration pick a spot by the river and watch enraptured as crocs and lions compete to pick-off stragglers from the clattering herds of wildebeest.

Masai Mara Wildlife

The beauty of the Maasai Mara is that it plays host to all the mainstream wildlife. There is always a strong chance of seeing lion in the park. Leopard and Cheetah are more rare but sightings are possible. Elephant, buffalo and wildebeest are common. The rivers and hippo pools play host to crocs and hippos. And of course there is the usual plethora of birds and antelope (big and small).

Habitat

The most striking feature of the Maasai Mara reserve are grasslands, which roll towards the distance horizon with only the occasional Acacia tree or bush lined river breaking the view. It is the quintessential African landscape that you picture when you think of safari.

Getting to the Masai Mara

Masai Mara is around 5-6 hours drive from Nairobi and 3-4 hours from the Rift Valley Lakes at Naivasha and Nakuru. The last hour or two of road to the Maasai Mara reserve is awful, so expect a bone rattling drive. Nowadays, most of our safaris fly in to the Masai Mara on a small plane (Safarilink) which tends to be far more convenient unless you specifically want to combine with the Rift Valley.

How long to stay in the Mara

We recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights in the Mara, with 3 nights being ideal. If you are visiting during the Migration and you have your heart set on seeing a river crossing then a longer stay is advised as we need to allow time for staking the regular crossing spots.

When is the best time of year to visit Masai Mara

Undoubtedly the best time to visit the Masai Mara is during the wildebeest migration in June, July and August. However it is still more than worth a visit during the rest of the year. The only exception being towards the end of the long rains in April and May when the roads often become impassable.

The migration (late June, July, August and early September): Mid June usually heralds the arrival of the wildebeest migration and this is without doubt the time to visit the park. There are of course disadvantages of all the wildlife – they bring with them hordes of tourists and high prices. So if your idea of a safari is desolate wilderness this is not the time to visit the Maasai Mara.

The short rains (late September, October, November): This season is known as the short rains. A little rain falls during these months, usually early in the morning or late in the evening, but nothing to hamper your enjoyment of the Maasai Mara. The roads in the park are also fine.

The dry season (December, January, February, Early March): This is also a good time to visit. There is no rain and a good chance of seeing wildlife as it gathers round watering holes. As with the rest of the year, you still have a good chance of seeing all the big game; lion, elephant, crocodile, buffalo, wildebeest, hippo …

The long rains (late March, April, May, early June): This is the down season in the park. With regular rain falling pretty much every day. The weather tends to settle into a pattern of rain in the evenings, overnight and mornings. It tends to clear up around 10am and start raining again around 3pm. The big problem is the state of the roads in the reserve, many of which can become impassable even for 4wds. This tends to effect the smaller tracks rather than the main roads running through the park Still, despite the rains, many frugal travellers choose this time of year to snap up bargain rates at high end lodges. Often at rates less than half what you would pay in the high season.

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