Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is the most celebrated and arguably best wildlife reserve in Kenya. The Masai Mara is dominated by open grassland, but as implied by the Masai name Mara, meaning spotted, it is interspersed with rocky hills, acacia woodland and riparian forest.
The Mara River, an important water source and obstacle of the annual Wildebeest Migration, is the only permanent waterways that flow through the Masai Mara. With dozens of deep Hippo pools, the Mara river supports varied aquatic wildlife, including Hippo, Crocodile and otter, and riverine birds such as the Hammerkop and African darter.
One of the most spectacular events in the Serengeti and Mara is the wildebeest Migration and the Wildebeest crossing the Mara River. The Wildebeest will often congregate in their thousands on the banks. One of the Wildebeest will take the plunge with the rest of the herd, following triggering a stampede that provides rich pickings with the waiting crocodiles in the river and predators on the river banks.
An estimated 5000 wildebeest will perish annually while crossing the Mara River. Still, the numbers are readily replenished by the average of 400,000 calves born in the Serengeti during the annual Migration Calving Season every January to February.
Why Visit Masai Mara National Reserve
- Home of big cats and predators
- Excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year
- Outstanding natural beauty and open savannah makes for easy wildlife spotting
- Great wildebeest migrations are outstanding natural events
- A top-rated park
What to Do:
- Game drive safaris
- Guided walking safaris
- Hot air balloon safaris
- An easy drive from Nairobi
- Scheduled and Charter flights
Best Time to Visit:
- Year-round but recommended dry season (June to October and January to February)
- The best months to witness the Wildebeest Migration is from September and October
MASAI MARA ACCOMMODATION
Mara Sopa Lodge
Located on the slopes of Oloolaimitia Hills, this is one of the first lodges to be built in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Guests are drawn to the ethnic design of this lodge, which itself is surrounded by some landscape rich in flora, from wild olive, bitter aloe Vera, croton and Mexican trees.
The lodge has 50 round buildings, each with two rooms. Eight of the 50 cottages have interconnecting rooms. The honeymoon suite is situated at the top of the property, providing an uninterrupted view. There are 12 suites, each with a large living area, spacious bedroom with either one liking size bed or two queen-size beds, mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom with shower, coffee table with chairs and a minibar on request. The standard rooms equally choose one king-size bed or two queen-sized beds with mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
Azure Mara Haven Lodge
Located on the banks of river Talek at the edge of the Mara on a 25-acre land, Azure Mara Haven is the perfect exclusive getaway private lodge for everyone seeking to relax with a breathtaking view of the endless savannah punctuated with abundant wildlife and birds.
With 30 tastefully designed cottages and tents, a spacious dining deck with a wood-fired oven overlooking the river and a 4-acre organic farm providing guests with fresh fruits and vegetables, we guarantee you Freshness, Comfort, Freedom and Adventure. We inspire warm feelings of personal freedom and spirited adventure and enable you to enjoy the Maasai Mara in all its glory.
Loyk Mara Camp
Located on the bank of a seasonable river Ntiakitiak on 150 acres of private land at the border of Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Masai Mara National Reserve – the richest National Reserve of Kenya.
Settled down in the middle of the African bush, Loyk Mara Luxury Camp will give you a sensation of privacy and rest, granting a vivifying cool under the shade of sprawling crones of stunted trees within a hot day. The Camp has ten fabulously luxurious en-suite tents fully equipped with all in-room amenities and private verandahs to make you’re staying safe and comfortable in the heart of wild nature.
Mara Engai Lodge
The distinctly unique Mara Engai Lodge is nestled amongst the pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment. It is overlooking the fantastic Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, 1,000ft below. With around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara overlooking the Serengeti– it is simply breathtaking.
The lodge has 20 spacious tented suites nestled in the Kenyan ravine forest and elevated to maximise the view and spaced over a large area to provide seclusion and privacy. Beautifully furnished with deep king-sized comfort beds, full en suite facilities featuring waterfall showers, private viewing decks, some overlooking the Mara Plains and others nestled within the ravine forest, all tents boast secluded privacy.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
The Mara Serena Safari Lodge stands high on a bush-cloaked hill with commanding views over one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas-the scene of the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.
With 74 guest rooms, including the suite, have been inspired by the local Maasai heritage and surrounding natural splendour, welcoming guests to experience the allure of the only lodge located within the famed Mara Triangle. A merger of Africa’s untamed beauty and modern sophistication, the accommodations are arranged with one slightly in front of its neighbour, allowing for sweeping river and savannah views.
Contemporary amenities like complimentary Internet and television with satellite channels and personalised touches like ceiling fans enhance the guest experience.
Situated deep in the great expanse that is the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Keekorok Lodge embodies the heart of Kenya and the African safari experience. The lodge was opened in 1962 and is ideally situated in the direct path of the spectacular animal migration every year from July to October.
All spacious rooms have a balcony overlooking the garden, pool or reserve. They are equipped with a ceiling fan, allergy-free bedding and mosquito nets. The lodge serves traditional dishes in the Hippo Bar, overlooking the lake. In addition, the Elephant Deck provides a good setting for experiencing a bush dinner.
Sanctuary Olonana is an exceptional luxury safari lodge set on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.
Featuring 14 glass-sided suites and an ultra-luxury Geoffrey Kent Suite, Sanctuary Olonana is inspired by the Masai Mara’s breathtaking natural wonders, abundant wildlife, and a dramatic river that runs right past its forest setting. In addition, sanctuary Olonana sets a new standard with its light environmental ‘footprint’ from the chef’s organic garden to sustainable energy sources.
This luxury safari lodge is an exclusive hideaway complete with a swimming pool and glass-sided suites, 3 of which feature an extra bedroom, perfect for families. For wildlife lovers, this is one of the best places in East Africa to witness the spectacle that is the wildebeest migration.
Sala’s Camp offers space, comfort and great views as well as a fantastic safari experience. The Camp can accommodate up to 22 guests in seven new luxury tents dotted along the Sand River. Sala’s guests are treated to the casual elegance of safari days while surrounded by contemporary touches like private plunge pools and glass-fronted tents.
The Camp’s interiors are elegant and comfortable, and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bathtub and shower, running water and flushing toilets. Our electricity is solar-powered, and there is a standby generator for refrigeration and charging devices. Typically, after a day’s excursion, return to relax in your hammock or meet up for sundowners by the campfire before enjoying dinner served under the stars.
Sala’s Camp prides itself on its hospitality, and all arrangements are made with meticulous care. The Camp is also suitable for guests with limited disabilities, and special meals can be catered for by prior arrangement.
Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest, they enjoy views over the Mara River; others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp and pioneered the safari experience – one that many return to experience time and time again!
Everything is under canvas, and all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. In addition, there is a bar tent with a deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with views over the plains.
Little Governors’ Camp
Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The Camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest.
The guest tents at Little Governors’ have recently been renovated and now have great wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the watering hole at the Camp.
Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in 13,500 hectares of the bush to explore Kenya’s broader Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Due to Mahali Mzuri’s excellent location on the Kenyan plains, you will have a front-row seat, not just to the great annual migration but also to the great game you can see all year round. During our twice-daily game drives, you will have the opportunity to see lions, wildebeests, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs, but that’s just for starters!
The tents are perched on a ridge looking over the valley with a distinctive design adapted to the local climate and terrain. The super-stylish tented suites make for the perfect retreat during your stay. We can cater for up to 24 guests in the Camp at any one time, so you are guaranteed peace, as well as excellent customer service at all times.
Angama Mara Camp
High above Kenya’s Maasai Mara, where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, sits Angama Mara comprising two separate and intimate camps, encompassing 15 tented suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on one of the most sought-after sites on the continent, this lodge offers heart-stopping views as far as the eye can see. In addition, the lodge boasts outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year, with private access to the reserve.
Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite.
Tailor-made safaris days are as action-packed or as gentle as guests choose them to be. In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, guests can experience hot air ballooning, walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the Shamba and a 40-foot-long swimming pool.
&Beyond Bateleur Camp
Set amongst the forest at the foot of the scenic Oloololo escarpment (the rim of the Great Rift Valley) in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve is the classic and elegant Bateleur Camp.
Comprised of just two intimate camps of nine tented suites each and a family tent, each elegant tent, with its private butler and housekeeper, reflects the ambience and glamour of Kenyan explorers of old. Slip into a world of hardwood floors, polished silver and copper bathtubs juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains, with their abundant herds of wildlife.
Refreshing lap pools in each Camp provide superb comfort in between captivating game drives. Delectable cuisine is served in a memorable setting beneath the stars, and bush breakfasts and romantic sundowners offer an unforgettable African experience.
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Sprawled along the Saparingo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, where riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the seasonal path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration. Set on a private concession, with abundant iconic wildlife and panoramic Masai Mara views, the Camp dazzles with its contemporary safari feel.
12 Classic tents, 20 Superior tents and eight Superior View tents are laid out in immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors. Maasai-inspired interiors firmly entrench &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp as the unrivalled luxury tented camp of its size in the more fantastic Mara.
Massive windows in the spacious guest areas invite the Mara inside and incorporate split-level spaces where guests can relax and unwind. The rim-flow swimming pool, literally on the edge of the Mara, boasts one of the world’s most extraordinary views.
Sand River Masai Mara Camp
Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border.
Comprising 16 tented accommodations, Sand River Masai Mara replicates the heyday of exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920s. The interior fixtures and furnishings mirror this period perfectly, reminding all who visit those countless Hollywood movies that have paid homage to a classic era of African adventure.
Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp
Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect base to explore the wonders of the Mara.
The Camp’s remote location allows the stars to shine bright at night. Undimmed by harsh lighting, guests enjoy the unique experience of listening to the sounds of lion, leopard and hyena foraging and hunting whilst being cosseted with traditional and modern comforts such as a campfire and cosy duvets.
The Camp has eight spacious luxury safari tents that are larger, brighter and offer more spacious bathroom areas. Combined with Indian Raj Campaign furniture, mixing dark wood with intricate brass fittings, the tents have a very classy and elegant feel.
Mara Bushtops Camp
Set amid the Mara Bushtops private Conservancy and bordering the Masai Mara, Mara Bushtops boasts a spectacular location. Perched on top of a hill with a scenic valley to one side, the Camp lies just 15 to 20 minutes drive from the main gate of the National Park and within striking distance of the beautiful Mara River where the famous river crossing of wildebeest and zebras takes place during the migration.
Nestled on the edge of this intoxicating scene, we’ve created an oasis of five-star luxury for serious safari seekers. The tents are extraordinary opening on three sides, 12 fabulously appointed tents are named after the wildlife which can be seen wandering past the Camp. Bounded by more than a hundred square metres of private wooden decking, these tents are places to rest, enjoy a private meal, dream in a hot tub or relax under a canvas canopy – with views no hotel could hope to match.
Overlooking the Talek River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Rekero Camp sits next to the main crossing point used by the wildebeest on their epic annual journey.
The Camp evokes the charm of African safaris from a bygone era, with nine classics, spacious safari tents are set among the trees overlooking the Talek River. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and hot-water shower. So chill out on a daybed on your private veranda for a midday snooze or to watch zebras strolling along the riverbank.