Maasai Mara National Reserve

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  • From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

    1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

    Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a...

    I had a great trip to Masai Mara in June 2021. I opted for the Toyota LandCruiser Jeep and was not disappointed. Some other cars got stuck in the mud in the reserve and we helped them out (but we did not have rain the entire trip). The driver and guide Leonard was very knowledgeable and helped us to have a memorable experience. In the first day we had lunch on the way to Masai Mara at a restaurant, followed by an afternoon game drive. The people from the group were split to 3 different camps and I landed at Linciada Camp, the same as in my previous trip. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Sleeping in the tent was very comfortable. There were Maasai people in the camp among the staff, which added to the experience. The second day we had a full day of game drives, with so many sightings, such as lions, cheetahs with their prey, elephants, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles at the Mara river. I warmly recommend this safari also in 2021, since it never disappoints!

  • Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

    2. Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

    Day one begins with pickup from Nairobi and travels along the Great Rift Valley towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Stop along the way to soak up the view from a magnificent lookout, then arrive at the park just in time for lunch. Later, set out on an epic evening game drive across the rich, tree-studded grasslands and rolling hills. The famous Maasai Mara is renowned for its great herds of black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and virtually every type of Kenyan wildlife. After a restful night’s sleep at your camp, enjoy a picnic style breakfast to set you up for day two. Head out on a full-day game drive, with a visit to the Mara River which is home to a large concentration animals. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, have lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the crocodiles and hippos lazing in the river. Afterwards, you have the option to visit a Maasai cultural ...

  • Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

    3. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

    The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

    4. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

    Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) ...

  • Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

    5. Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

    Discover Kenya's premiere wildlife destinations on a 5-day tour from Nairobi and have the chance to see the famous Big 5 animals. Take several guided game drives around Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, cycle around Hell's Gate, and spot hippos on Lake Naivasha. Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi, commence your drive to Masai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint and marvel at the breathtaking panorama of the valley. Arrive in time for lunch, then depart on a game viewing drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2: Masai Mara Spend a day exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5 game animals. Between July and November, catch sight of the great migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania, a spectacular annu...

  • 3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

    6. 3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

    Come to the incredible country of Kenya and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Maasai Mara National Reserve from both land and air. The Maasai Mara is a huge game reserve in southwestern Kenya, basically the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with an area of 1,510km. Your 3-day adventure begins and ends in Nairobi. The park is named after the Maasai people, the native inhabitants of the area, and their description of the area as viewed from afar: Mara, which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted." This is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that dot the area. Detailed ItineraryDay 1: Enjoy a pickup from your hotel and head to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Maasai Mara. The flight takes about 1 hour (there may be stops along the way). Aft...

  • From Nairobi: Private 3-Day Safari to Masai Mara

    7. From Nairobi: Private 3-Day Safari to Masai Mara

    Masai Mara is the most famous National Reserve in Kenya, with its open rolling grasslands and abundance of wildlife renowned for its good game viewing. It sustains all of the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard as well as an astonishing wealth of other game. Often a whole range of different species is in view at one time. Each year, usually in July/August the Mara is host to millions of wildebeest who migrate north from Serengeti. The marvelous wide open views and interplay of light and shadow are themselves worth a visit to the Mara. Itinerary: Day 1 - Nairobi - Masai Mara Depart from your Nairobi hotel or airport for Masai Mara National Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at AA Mara Lodge or similar. Day 2 - Masai Mara Early m...

    Me and husamd had the mos amazing time on the massi mara safari , it was an incredible experiance , our driver issac was brillaint , he is very knowledgeable and brilliant at what hd does , he went above and beyond to make sure our safari was perfect

  • Kenya: 4-Day Safari to Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara

    8. Kenya: 4-Day Safari to Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara

    Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game ReserveGet picked up from your hotel and drive to the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint to take some pictures of the beautiful panoramic views. Then proceed to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival at your lodge accomodation, enjoy some free time to settle in and relax. In the afternoon, experience your first game drive, your first up-close experience with African wildlife. Day 2: Masai Mara Game ReserveSpend the entire day game viewing and exploring the park’s high concentration of wild animals. Get up close and personal with cheetahs and leopards hiding amidst the acacia. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Masai village if you wish (additional fee of 15 USD). Be welcomed by a song and dance from the locals, a sacred ritual that forms part of their rich tradition. Get a glimpse into their local homes and way of life. Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Nakur...

  • Nairobi: 4-Day Lake Mara and Nakuru Safari

    9. Nairobi: 4-Day Lake Mara and Nakuru Safari

    Day 1: Your tour begins as you are picked up from your accommodation in Nairobi. From there, drive to Masai Mara with a stopover at the Great Rift Valley, before continuing through Longonot and Suswa, making another stopover at Narok to refuel. Arrive to Mara in time for lunch, following which you proceed for an evening game drive. The park is popular for the Big Five: lions, elephant, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. At the conclusion of your safari, return to camp just in time for dinner. Day 2: Your day begins with an early morning game drive in the grasslands, followed by breakfast back at the camp. Following breakfast, head out for a game drive in the park in search of its popular resident predators, as well as prey such as zebra, wildebeest, and giraffes. A packed lunch is consumed while you are on the safari, which is followed by a visit to the ...

  • Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

    10. Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

    Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve with lunch. Then proceed to Masai Mara for your afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight in a tent camp.  The next day explore Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best chances of spotting the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants. Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend the entire day in the park. You will also have the option of visiting a local Masai village (price is not included).  On your last day, enjoy another early morning game drive in Mara, then depart after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving at approximately 5:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Maasai Mara National Reserve

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 31 reviews

I had a great trip to Masai Mara in June 2021. I opted for the Toyota LandCruiser Jeep and was not disappointed. Some other cars got stuck in the mud in the reserve and we helped them out (but we did not have rain the entire trip). The driver and guide Leonard was very knowledgeable and helped us to have a memorable experience. In the first day we had lunch on the way to Masai Mara at a restaurant, followed by an afternoon game drive. The people from the group were split to 3 different camps and I landed at Linciada Camp, the same as in my previous trip. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Sleeping in the tent was very comfortable. There were Maasai people in the camp among the staff, which added to the experience. The second day we had a full day of game drives, with so many sightings, such as lions, cheetahs with their prey, elephants, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles at the Mara river. I warmly recommend this safari also in 2021, since it never disappoints!

The 3 day safari through the Masai Mara was just perfect! We had the chance to see several lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, antelopes and gazelles of all kinds, and a very rare rhinoceros, cheetah and leopard. We stayed at the Manyatta Lodge in comfortable although modest tents which made the experience even more authentic. Provide a flashlight as power cuts may occur. The staff are welcoming and friendly. The buffet meals are good. Georges our guide gave us precise explanations and answered all our questions. He was warm and fun. We did not choose the option of visiting the Masai village.

It was great from start to finish. Well organized and Robert (our guide) was available for any questions. He fulfilled all our wishes and tried to make sure we took home the best memories from these four days. Thanks for that.

We had a great experience with Paul as a guide. We saw many animals and beautiful landscapes. Paul is a very good guide, an experienced driver and gives good explainations on the context.

Magical ! Very smoothly above the Massai Mara, very very good organization of the service provider, from the reservation, to the big day. A very careful team. Great breakfast.