Masai Mara

An area of gently rolling hills, watered by the Mara and Talek rivers, the Masai Mara opens onto the wild Serengeti plains. Situated in southwest Kenya, the Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, offering an abundance of the big cats, the Great Migration, and the Masai people with their distinctive custom and dress.

Around July each year, over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle begin to migrate north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. Many hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena, follow the Great Migration, which is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.

Masai Mara is home to the Big Five, along with hippo, crocodiles, cheetahs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, numerous antelope and the distinctive Masai giraffe.

More than 470 species of birds have been identified in the park, with almost 60 species being raptors.

There is an abundance of accommodation, ranging from family safari lodges to exclusive properties in tucked-away locations for a secluded honeymoon or anniversary. A Masai Mara holiday offers the quintessential East African safari experience.