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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Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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 $5,726 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $941 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 $5,514 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $941 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,295 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 $941 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

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

  • 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 K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 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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