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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Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp

Secluded, intimate and luxurious, Mara Plains Camp provides a top of the range safari experience in a stunning setting. Perched overlooking the Ntuakatek River in riverine forest, it is one of only four camps in the Olare Motorongi  conservancy and borders on the Masa Mara Game Reserve. This allows for excellent game viewing both of the legendary big cats and also the drama of the Great Migration, but without any of the crowds too often found in the main reserve.

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Sanctuary Olonana Camp

Sanctuary Olonana Camp

An exclusive and intimate luxury tented camp in a superb position perched overlooking the Mara River, Sanctuary Olonana combines an authentic and varied safari experience with plenty of pampering. With numerous awards for its sustainable and eco-friendly credentials, Olonana is a great choice for the responsible traveller who wants to be immersed in the wilderness, but with all comforts, including a swimming pool and spa. It is perfectly placed for all year game-viewing in a private conservancy just outside Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and close to prime river crossing sites during the Great Migration.

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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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Sarova Mara Game Camp

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Capture the vibrant East African safari spirit with a visit to one of the most famous game reserves – the Masai Mara. One of the best places for a front row seat to this truly magnificent natural spectacle is the Sarova Mara Game Camp, which is positioned in the middle of the path of the Great Migration, and is surrounded by migrating animals during the migration months. Experience a precious African adventure in classic colonial splendour!

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Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan safari camp and is without a doubt one of the most desirable safari destinations on the planet. Infused with the typical Branson effectiveness and know-how, this lodge provides visitors with front row seats to African wildlife and the Great Migration. Located in the Motorogi Conservancy against the milieu of a wide valley and sweeping savannahs, guests can expect only the very best from this superior, exclusive addition to the Branson stable.

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Sala’s Camp

The splendour of the Masai Mara is hard to beat during the migration, and Sala’s Camp is a perfect place for an authentic African safari experience, as this camp is usually one of the first places in the Masai Mara from where you can see the start of the migration. Sala’s Camp provides a tranquil retreat with spectacular vistas over the Sand River winding towards Tanzania, and offers the perfect base camp from where to further explore the migration.

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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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Little Governors’ Camp

Little Governors’ Camp

A quiet and intimate camp spread around a lush watering hole on the other side of the Mara River from the Governors’ main camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara, Little Governors’ Camp has an atmosphere of secluded adventure. Right in the middle of prime big cat country, the game viewing is excellent all year round and when the Great Migration reaches the Masai Mara in July until October there is the added drama of the wildebeest herds.

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