Considered by many to be the best safari destination in Kenya, the Masai Mara is famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration, when massive herds of wildebeest make their way north across the golden savannah plains on their circular journey.
This is Big 5 game country, with four of Africa’s most illustrious crew commonly spotted – lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – while the fifth, the rhino, is seen only on rare (and very lucky) occasions.
Game Watching in the Masai Mara
Established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara encompasses more than 370,000 acres, with no fences between the park and its neighbor, the Serengeti in Tanzania, making it one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife. The flat grasslands provide plentiful grazing, while the area’s two main rivers, the Talek and the Mara, are home to hippos and crocodiles, as well as abundant birdlife. Besides spectacular game viewing, the Mara is particularly famous for its big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah.
Best Place to see the Migration in Kenya
From August to October, millions of zebra, wildebeest and other animals make their way north into the park from the Serengeti, crossing the Mara River in search of fresh grazing. The phenomenon – which has been called the Eighth Wonder of the World – is fraught with nature’s drama: galloping herds and thrilling predator attacks, especially during the river crossings. No wonder the Great Migration tops the wish list for many
Meet the Maasai
The reserve is named after the Maasai, a semi-nomadic people who have long inhabited the region. Meeting them is a true highlight on a Masai Mara safari. You can visit a Maasai village and learn about their culture and history as well as witness some of the traditional rituals and ceremonies that make up Maasai culture – such as the Maasai warrior jumping dance.
Best Time for a Masai Mara Safari
As one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa, thanks to its great game viewing and mild climate, you can visit the Masai Mara any time of the year. However, the busiest season falls between July and November, when the Great Migration takes place.
Traveling to Kenya during the Green Season (November to April) can also be particularly rewarding as it’s the birthing season and the young calves ensure that a healthy population of predators is always nearby.
During summer in Kenya (December to March), average temperatures range between 68°F and 93°F, while winter (June to August) is mild, with temperatures ranging from 64°F to 84°F.
Where to Stay in the Masai Mara
We have hand-picked exclusive accommodation in the Masai Mara that ensures privacy. Our choice of luxury lodges, tented camps and mobile safaris offer classic things to do on safari, from game drives to guided walks, plus unique activities such as bush picnics and stargazing.
Masai Mara accommodation that we love:
Cottars 1920s Safari Camp
Vintage luxury at its best, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp in the Masai Mara provides the romance of a classic safari under cream canvas tents combined with luxury amenities.
Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley overlooking Kenya’s Masai Mara, Angama Mara offers elegant, classical tented suites with breathtaking views, private decks, luxury amenities and a butler’s lobby for the discreet delivery of early morning tea and coffee.
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Steeped in the aura of a classical safari, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented reflects the spirit of Africa’s explorers of old. Comfortable interiors offer a traditional tented safari experience while secluded private verandas provide a shady spot to while away the afternoons.
Book A Kenya Safari
If you want to see the Great Migration in Kenya, it’s best to book a Masai Mara holiday through a reputable Africa safari tour operator such as Explorer, who will ensure you are always close to the action. We will also make sure your safari experiences are authentic, sustainable and meaningful.
Our Favourite Masai Mara Trips
Embark on a 10-day luxury journey through East Africa that conjures up nostalgic gin-and-tonic safaris and bygone Spice Route days.
Discover the highlights of East Africa on a journey through majestic “Out of Africa” landscapes and world-renowned game reserves.
This 10-day safari gives you the opportunity to engage with Africa authentically; to get under the skin of its famous wildlife reserves and discover the rich heritage and local customs of its citizens.
Created especially for wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors, this exceptional adventure touches on Kenya’s most scenic wildlife areas.
To book your Masai Mara safari, contact Explorer today. We have over 60 years of experience as a luxury tour operator in Africa and will ensure that your holiday in Kenya is an unforgettable experience.