The Masai Mara
Kenya's primary wildlife attraction especially with the annual migration in abundance usually from around July to October. The larger eco-system includes the National Reserve plus a much larger expanse of Maasai tribal lands on the Group Ranches. We support a small selection camps offering first class guides in quieter spots in the Mara. Available on a first-come-first-served basis only.
Famous for the herds of wildebeest that congregate around the
Mara River as part of the annual migration.
The secret to safari success here in the
Masai Mara is crowd avoidance - find some top
tips on how to plan a migration
The Reserve has been home to the BBC Big Cat Diary and other
award-winning wildlife documentary teams from around the world. It
comprises around 1500 square kilometres of open plains, woodlands
and permanent river systems between the Loita Hills in the east and
the Oloololo escarpment to the west.
The Mara Group Ranches are a much larger expanse of Maasai lands
abutting most of the Masai Mara Reserve itself. There are 4
main group ranches (Koyiaki, Lemek/Ol Chorro, Olkinyai and Siana)
which make up the conservation area.
Still a wild area in which there's a fairly delicate balance
between Maasai grazing their cattle here as they've done in the
reserve for around 200 years. Predators are generally scarce
(despite 20-odd local lion prides) but there's still good resident
game and the "Loita Migration" moves down from the north-east
Outfits in the greater Mara see fewer crowds, are known for
their excellent guides and the freedom to explore on foot from
excellent camps and lodges.
Access to the Mara is easy, a 4-5 hour drive or a short flight
from Nairobi. Regional connections are mostly very simple.
Here're some key tips on how to plan a safari around the wildebeest
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