Kenya’s best known National Reserve, famous for the herds of wildebeest that congregate around the Mara River as part of the annual
The Reserve is also home to the BBC Big Cat Diaries and 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.
small selection of lodges and camps offering first class guides, hosting
and locations in the Mara - available on a first-come-first-served basis
Mara Group Ranches -
This is 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 side by side with resident game. Predators are
generally scarce but there's still good resident game and the "Loita
Migration" moves down from the north-east during June/July.
the greater Mara see fewer crowds, are known for their excellent guides
and the freedom to explore on foot from excellent camps and lodges.