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 $2,052 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $918 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,850 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 $918 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 $4,947 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $852 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,889 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 $852 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 $2,801 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 $5,707 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $983 per person economy class from London

Our best value family safari in Kenya with a balance of safari, activities and culture in the Rift Valley and Masai Mara

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

Families from $2,273 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 $983 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 $3,736 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,115 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,923 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 $1,115 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 $5,496 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $983 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,281 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 $983 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Rekero Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional tented safari camp
- Scenic wilderness location
- Superb game viewing
- Excellent hosting and guiding

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Exclusive deluxe villa
- Prime wildlife viewing location
- Fully staffed including safari vehicle and guide
- Private day and night game drives

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful riverside setting
- Prime wildlife viewing location
- Game drives and balloon safaris

Offbeat Mara

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Secluded, remote location
- Mara North Conservancy
- Authentic bush camp feel
- Vehicle & balloon safaris, cultural visits

Kichwa Tembo

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Prime riverside location
- Superb wildlife viewing
- Game drives and balloon safaris

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded Masai Mara location
- Luxury safari camp
- Elewana Portfolio

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
- Best value in the Mara

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 491 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • Speke's camp was absolutely ideal - small and personal, with great hosts. We'd definitely recommend the "tented safari" experience to others. The kid's didn't miss having a pool (too interested in Safari). Speke's camp give you your own landrover and driver/guide, which gave us great flexibility (much better I suspect than what is offered by some of the larger camps). Our guide was brilliant. See below for the review we just posted on rip Advisor.

    I think the only negative of the trip was getting through Nairobi airport (multiple security checks, and they ask you to "board" two hours in advance, which in fact means going into crowded transit lounge with no facilities), but there's not anything anyone can do about that

    It's also worth saying that Peponi really is a unique experience. It's a proper East African institution, with all the locals dropping into the bar. It's the perfect antidote to anyone wanting to get away from the soulless all inclusive resorts which could be absolutely anywhere in the world (which seem to be a bit of a feature of Zanzibar). Lamu is still amazingly undeveloped.

    We stayed at Speke's camp for 4 nights in August 2018 - a family of two adults and two children. For us it was the perfect location to experience the Mara. The camp is only a short drive outside the main Mara reserve and is in an amazingly picturesque location, set by a small river in the shade of trees. Wildlife roams near (and sometimes through!) the camp. You get to feel very close to nature when you have a buffalo rooting up grass just outside your tent in the middle of the night!

    The camp itself is small and has a very personal feel to it. There are only eight or so guest tents, so you get to meet everyone passing through. One of the great pleasures was getting to chat to other guests over the evening meal or round the camp fire, swapping stories of the day's sightings. If you do want a little more privacy, then it's absolutely fine to eat in your own group.

    Whilst you do sleep and eat under canvas, it is an extremely civilised experience: the beds are comfy (with hot water bottles provided to ward off the chill of the evenings); there are bucket showers which sound much more primitive than they really are; the communal area is very elegantly laid out; tea is brought to the tent before setting out on early morning game drives, and the food was fantastic.

    What really makes the experience however are the wonderful hosts. Both Adrian and Veronique made a real effort to get to know us and ensure we were well looked after; and it's certainly worth picking Adrian's brains on the history of the region (it's not called Speke's camp for nothing)

    The final word must go to our wonderful guide/driver Ambrose and our Masai spotter Marco. It was a real privilege to have our own land-rover and to be shown the reserve by such knowledgeable and charming individuals. Ambrose is a proper naturalist, can identify a lilac breasted roller at 200 yards, and knows where to see the best wildlife without simply following other trucks. On our final afternoon, with 30 minutes before we had to leave the Mara Triangle, we had seen every animal and bird that was on our wish list (including a live Cheetah kill), but had not seen a rhino. Marco saw a speck on the horizon, Ambrose drove like the clappers and as a parting gift we were able to see this most elusive animal up close. Notwithstanding all the awe-inspiring nature, I think my wife's personal highlight was driving the land rover back to amp along the dirt track through herds of zebra and ambling giraffe. A truly amazing experience all round.

    MissingJonathan Ibbott reviewing Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari on 24 August 2018

  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

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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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