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MAASAI MARA

ABOUT

The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s top safari destination and the birthplace of the modern-day African safari. Open plains, flat-topped acacia trees, meandering riverine forests, and rolling hilltops make up the backdrop of this beautiful region. It is well known for the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes that travel through its open plains. In addition to this massive movement of animals, the Mara’s resident predators and scavengers take center stage. Intense competition between predators, over the Mara’s diverse and abundant wildlife, is fueled by strong survival instincts. The Maasai Mara truly provides exceptional wildlife viewing year round.

Local Kenyans are proud ambassadors and active custodians of the land. Their insight, dedication, and pride create an enriching and complete safari experience. Maasai guides introduce you to this thrilling wilderness. Their sharp eyes move across the terrain to spot a distant pride of tawny lions following closely behind a herd of wildebeests. Their strong connection to the environment and highly trained eyes continuously reveal the magic of the Maasai Mara.

While the Mara can experience high tourist volumes, its remote camps and private conservancies offer amazing safaris through this wilderness.

SEASONS

The Mara’s high elevation and proximity to the equator creates warm days and cool nighttime temperatures. The difference between seasonal temperatures is minimal, averaging in the mid 50s at night, and the mid-70’s to mid-80’s during the day. Although there is some variability in the rains, Kenya typically experiences two rainy seasons throughout the year. The long rains typically last from April to May and fall as heavy rain showers. The short rains typically occur in November as intermittent, scattered showers.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
HIGH (F°) 86° 86° 84° 82° 80° 80° 80° 80° 84° 86° 84° 84°
LOW (F°) 54° 54° 54° 56° 56° 54° 52° 54° 52° 54° 54° 54°
RAINFALL (mm) 96 99 146 208 155 93 58 82 97 101 153 115
ACCOMMODATIONS
ANGAMA MARA


BATELEUR CAMP


GOVERNOR'S CAMP


KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP


LITTLE GOVERNOR'S CAMP


MARA BUSH HOUSE


MARA PLAINS CAMP


MARA TOTO CAMP


NABIOSHO CAMP


NGARE SERIAN


REKERO CAMP


SALA'S CAMP


SARUNI MARA


SERIAN CAMP
WILDLIFE

The Maasai Mara hosts one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on this planet. Massive herds of wildebeests, zebras, and other antelopes follow ancient migratory paths shaped by life-giving rains and strong survival instincts. After traveling through the Serengeti in Tanzania, the herds move into Mara to take advantage of fresh grazing from July to October. The Maasai Mara is also home to one of the highest concentrations of predators in Africa. Lions, leopards, and hyenas depend on the bounty that the migration provides, and when the herds move away, their hunting tactics must shift. Predators fiercely compete for resources. Solitary leopards specialize in smaller prey to sustain themselves, while cheetahs can be found hunting in vast plains, chasing down prey at top speed. Large herds of elephants and buffalo make their way across the Mara’s wide-open spaces, and lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of the rare black rhino.

MIGRATION

The path of the migration depends on seasonal showers that bring fresh green grass to the plains of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. This movement can be difficult to predict with changing weather patterns. Each year begins with the wildebeest calving and raising their young in the rich grass plains of Ndutu, in southeastern Serengeti. By April, the wildebeest have depleted the nutritious grass and must move on with their young. Over the next several months their path takes them north through Central Serengeti to its western corridor.

Depending on the year’s rains, they may move north, arriving on the Mara River’s banks between August and September. Local, intermittent showers cause the herds to move between the Maasai Mara and the northern Serengeti. During this time, they can cross the river multiple times as they follow the rains. By November, reproductive instincts prevail and the herds move south to return to their calving grounds in the southeastern Serengeti by the start of the new year.

ACTIVITIES
  • Hop in a 4x4 vehicle and travel across wide-open plains and riverine forests. Discover the Mara’s bountiful plains animals, towering elephants, elusive leopards, quick cheetahs, and large lion prides, among many other creatures.

  • Witness a herd of wildebeests leap across crocodile-infested rivers in search of greener pastures. Appreciate the incredible adrenaline rush driven by eternal survival instincts.

  • Take an early morning hot air balloon ride and watch the sun rise over the horizon. View its wildlife and landscapes while you fly across the Maasai Mara.

  • Learn about the rich culture and traditions of local Maasai communities from your guide. Maasai guides and spotters are proud ambassadors for the Mara’s ecosystems and communities and are eager to share the history of their home’s wildlife and people.