Masai Mara Reserve


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Masai Mara National Reserve



Masai Mara

The 1510 sq kilometers of open rolling grassland that makes up the Mara offers the quintessential African safari experience.


The world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve is a huge expanse of tawny, sunburnt grasslands pocked with acacia trees and heaving with animals big and small. Impressive at any time of year, it's at its best between July and October when around a million wildebeest and thousands of topis, zebras and other animals pour into the reserve from Tanzania in search of the fresh grass generated by the rains. The Great Migration is, arguably, the most spectacular wildlife show on the planet and the one thing that no visitor to Kenya should even consider missing while on safari.


The Mara covers an impressive 583 sq miles in south-western Kenya. It is the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which covers a much greater area of 9,700 sq miles in Tanzania and Kenya. It is bounded by the Serengeti Park to the south, the Siria escarpment to the west, and Maasai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west.


Masai Mara

The Masai Mara (or Mara, as locals affectionately refer to it) is the northern extension of Tanzania’s equally famous Serengeti Plains and is jointly managed by the Narok County Council and the Mara Conservancy (on behalf of Trans-Mara County Council).


Reliable rains and plentiful vegetation underpin this extraordinary ecosystem and the millions of herbivores it supports. Hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. Leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve especially during the migration. The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion, to which the Mara has the highest density of population in the world.

Masai Mara


Antelopes can be found, including Grant's gazelles, impalas, duikers and Coke's hartebeests. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders.


More than 470 species of birds have been identified in the park, many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors. Birds that call this area home for at least part of the year include: vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller, which is the national bird of Kenya.





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Masai Mara Recommended Accommodations


Mara Intrepids

Mara Intrepids
Overlooking the Talek River in Kenya at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness. 30 luxury tents are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests the optimum privacy and peace.



Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp, set on a private reserve in the Mara, that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited. Each spacious tent rest atop a polished wooden platform with thatched roof.




Rekero Tented Camp

Rekero Tented Camp
Rekero is a luxury, low key tented camp devoted to authenticity that sits in the midst of Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem. Each of Rekero's nine tents are laid out under the shady trees along the river with private verandas and day beds for lounging.

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Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp
Naibor camp is hidden in a grove of riverine woodland on the banks of the Talek River in the Maasai Mara. Each tent is a private unit complete with shady veranda, carefully positioned amongst the trees so that each can enjoy the surrounding woodland in complete privacy.

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Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains is among the smallest and most personal luxury camps in the Maasai Mara region. Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings; rough hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private veranda complete what is genuinely a stunning concept.

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