Masai Mara

If the Great Migration were a famous opera, then the Masai Mara would be the stage. You can picture the scene. The Masai Mara in real life supersedes all expectations with its noble Masai pastoralists, big skies, grasslands and distinctive acacia trees. Add a million migrating wildebeest, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles and the predators that prey on them. Here is Nature’s award-winning production.

Established in 1961 and covering 580 square miles, the Masai Mara is simply a must-do when visiting Kenya. Lying in the southeast of Kenya, the Mara (as it is affectionately known by locals) is home to the largest concentration of large mammals on the planet. As the ancient homeland of the Masaai tribe – with their distinctive appearance and welcoming attitude – the Masai Mara has also been recognized as an area of significant cultural importance. 

Most famous for The Great Migration (nicknamed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’), the best time to visit the Masai Mara is during the winter months of August to October when the migration is in full swing. During this time, the Mara witnesses a staggering 1.4 million wildebeest, 200 000 zebra and 300 000 gazelles travel from the neighboring Serengeti across the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures, complete with predators in tow. Witnessing this spectacle is nothing short of epic, and undoubtedly a memory to cherish for the rest of your life.

Whether it be by game drive, bush walk or a majestic hot air balloon ride, the seemingly endless plains of the Masai Mara will leave one feeling completely in awe of the natural world. With a vastness that’s almost incomprehensible, this is untouched Africa at it’s magnificent best.

 

 

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andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Nestled in riverine forest overlooking Kenya’s Masai Mara plains, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential safari experience with all the comforts. Set in a private concession leased from Masai landlords, it is a beautiful location on the Sabaringo River, right in the path of the Great Migration, which comes to the Masai Mara between July and October each year. The game viewing is excellent all year round with all the big cats and herds of plains animals resident here.

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Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

An authentic ‘Out of Africa’ safari experience at the luxury tented camp named after the book’s author, Karen Blixen, takes you to the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Famed for its prolific wildlife, big cats and the seasonal Great Migration, it offers excellent year round game viewing. It won the 2013 Safari Awards for Best Ecological Safari Property and evokes the style of yesteryear blending into the natural environment with modern, eco-friendly comfort.

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Governors’ IL Moran Camp

Governors’ IL Moran Camp

Intimate luxury best describes the top of the range safari experience offered by Governors’ IL Moran Camp in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Located in the shelter of an ancient forest on the banks of the Mara river, where hippos wallow, the camp is in the best game viewing area of this famous reserve, where big cat sightings are plentiful all year round and the thrills of the Great Migration are to be seen between July and October. The camp itself is beautifully furnished and laid out, so that never before has living under canvas been more glamorous.

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Governors’ Camp

Governors’ Camp

Right in the middle of the prime game-viewing area of the Masai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya, Governors’ Camp is a historical site once reserved for the colonial Governors of Kenya, hence its name. Overlooking the Mara River on one side and open plains on the other and shaded by riverine forest trees, the unfenced tented camp is the perfect setting to discover the diverse wildlife of the plains and river all year round, and well placed to catch the Great Migration and river crossings in the months between July and October.

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Kicheche Mara Camp

Kicheche Mara Camp

If a high degree of intimacy and privacy is important for you during your African safari adventure, then look no further than the Kicheche Mara Camp. Located in the Mara North Conservancy in the sweeping Acacia Valley a mere twenty minutes from the Mara North airstrip, this camp offers a high degree of privacy and fantastic game densities.

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Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp

If you prefer an intimate and private location for your African safari, the Kicheche Bush Camp will not disappoint. This small and exclusive camp is located in one of the finest conservancies in the Masai Mara. The camp is a luxurious tented affair in the midst of the shade of beautiful Acacia trees, and is unfenced, which means that animals are often seen traversing the camp.

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Encounter Mara Safari Camp

Encounter Mara Safari Camp

Idyllically set in the fringes of a riverine forest and looking out over wide open savannah, Encounter Mara is a luxury eco-camp with an intimate and authentic feel. Totally private and remote it is located in the Mara Naboisho conservancy in Kenya’s Masai Mara eco-system, and offers superb game-viewing year-round, right away from the crowds. The simple and elegant decor and exceptional service create a classic safari atmosphere with all the comforts.

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Entumoto Safari Camp

Entumoto Safari Camp

High in the hills of the Megwarra escarpment, looking out over Kenya’s Masai Mara plains into the sunset, Entumoto iPrivate Safari Camp is perfectly placed to absorb the peace and tranquillity of this ancient landscape. Located in the uncrowded Siana conservancy, guests enjoy fascinating bush walks and night drives close to camp, while day-time game drives head into the adjoining Masai Mara reserve for excellent and varied game-viewing, including the Big 5 year round and the Great Migration from July to November.

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Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

If exclusive boutique camps are your cup of tea, why not try the Elephant Pepper Camp in the private Mara North Conservancy in Kenya. This luxury camp is romantically and authentically furnished in Indian Raj campaign style, and combines the rawness of Africa with the glamour of Indian décor to great effect. And during the Great Migration will be able to actively participate in one of the best natural spectacles in the world!

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Richard’s River Camp

Richard’s River Camp

Deep in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya’s Masai Mara, intimate Richard’s River Camp offers the perfect combination of adventure, luxury and personalised safari experience. Overlooking the permanent water source of the Njageteck River, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen from camp including hippo and lion, and prolific game to be seen year round including the famous river crossings of wildebeest and zebra during the great migration. Family-owned and managed, the camp has an authentic and individual feel in everything from the stylish decor to the experienced and knowledgeable local Masai guides who have worked with Roberts family for years.

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