Masai Mara

DESCRIPTION

The Masai Mara is one of Kenya's greatest wildlife reserves, a large extension of open plain grasslands, woodlands and smooth hills rich in some of Africa's most thrilling wildlife. Occupying an area of 320 km square in south-western Kenya, within the Great Serengeti ecosystem, it's effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park and game reserve in Tanzania.

The Masai Mara's quantity and variety of wildlife is breathtaking. The reserve is perhaps most famous for its lions, which are found in large numbers, and for the annual wildebeest migration, known as the Great Migration, largely considered one of World's most exceptional natural phenomena. Many other distinctive African wildlife are to be found in the Mara, from elephants, antelopes and giraffes to leopards and hyenas. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups all along the Mara and Talek Rivers.

ACCOMMODATION

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Bateleur Camp

Bateleur Camp is situated on the western border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwestern Kenya. Set on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords, the camp lies at the base of the Oloololo escarpment...

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Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp is situated in a timelessly unspoiled setting with views stretching to distant horizons of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti plains covered in boundless game...

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Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area. In the same location for 20 years, it is one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps...

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Governors' Camp

Governors' Camp is set 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...

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Governors' Il Moran Camp

Il Moran Camp is perfect for those who want that extra bit of luxury. The camp is small and intimate, with added touches that make this a top of the range safari...

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Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp is set on the bank of the Mara River in a spectacular location. All tents are placed with undisturbed views along the Mara River giving unique and private game viewing to the Oloololo Escarpment and its rich wildlife...

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Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp is a small luxury tented camp, completely unfenced, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests. The Camp is located in the Masai Mara within the Olare Orok Conservancy bordering the Reserve...

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Kicheche Mara Camp

Kicheche Mara Camp has moved from its former site in Lemek and is now located in Acacia Valley in the Mara North Conservancy. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts right from the camp itself...

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Kicheche Valley Camp

Kicheche Valley Camp is situated in the newly established Naboisho Conservancy offering guests a new location from which to view some of the world's most amazing wildlife and dramatic scenery...

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Kichwa Tembo Camp

Located on a private concession leased from Maasai landlords in the western Mara, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of the Great Migration making it an ideal destination for the ultimate Masai Mara safari...

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Little Governors' Camp

Little Governors' is an intimate camp with just 17 luxury en suite tents set around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife...

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Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp is located on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy...

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Mara Toto Camp

Mara Toto Camp sits in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and just a few kilometres from its sister camp, Mara Plains...

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Ngare Serian

Ngare Serian is located in the Pusinkariak Conservancy – embracing 6km of river front and dominated by the Siria Escarpment rising 1000ft above the Masai Mara...

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Ngerende Island Lodge

Ngerende Island Lodge is located within an oxbow on the Mara River. The lodge is surrounded on all sides by water, but for a 100 yard wide section where the river has not quite joined up to become a true island...

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Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara Camp is small private camp offering excellent game viewing in one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. The camp offers game viewing in both the unspoilt Mara North Conservancy and close access to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve...

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Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. This expansive conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve, is home to an abundance of animals including the Big Cats for which the Mara is famous...

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Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp is the only safari camp set in Ol Kinyei Conservancy– an exclusive 17,500 acre wilderness set aside as a wildlife sanctuary with a wide variety of species including big cats. The area has open plains, forests, rivers and stunning views...

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Rekero Camp

Rekero is a tented camp that sits in the midst of the Kenya's Mara Serengeti ecosystem and is home to the greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife in the world...

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Rekero Naboisho Camp

Naboisho Camp is situated in the Naboisho Conservancy (a 50,000 acre area) that lies to the far east of the Mara/Serengeti Eco system. The conservancy is characterised by sweeping open plains that roll into forested seasonal streams...

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Sanctuary Olonana

Sanctuary Olonana is located on a private stretch of the Mara River at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment...

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Serian Camp

Situated on the Mara River and offering some of the best game viewing in Eastern Africa, Serian Camp offers a tented safari experience of the highest level of comfort and service, with outstanding guiding throughout...

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Angama Mara

On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle, with vast amounts of animals, and most spectacularly the iconic wildebeest migration, lies Angama Mara.......

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1 - 3: Masai Mara

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. Renowned for its excellent Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah viewing and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya most popular parks. The birding is excellent especially near the lakes and swamps.

The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Day 4 - 5: Masai Mara

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. The beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees and supports a vast array of bird species. Although it is more than 10kms across it is very shallow and its area varies considerably with the rainfall, so much so that in the early 1900s it totally dried up.

Day 6 - 9: Masai Mara

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

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