Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara (Maasai Mara) National Reserve is located in South Western Kenya along the border with Tanzania. Masai Mara directly connects across with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.

The Masai Mara, locally known as "The Mara" is named after the Maasai People who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area.

Maasai Mara is one of the most popular African wildlife safari destinations because of its world-famous Great migration of more than 2 million animals.


On your visit to Masai Mara in Kenya, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife Game drives
  • Wildebeest migration (seasonal)
  • Bird watching
  • Guided walking safari
  • Cultural tour of Maasai Culture
  • Camping
  • Hot air balloon wildlife viewing
  • Wildlife Photography

When To Visit

Masai Mara can be visited at any time of the year for African Wildlife experiences. 

The best time to visit The Masai Mara is between the months of July and October. This is when more than 1 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles migrate from Serengeti to Masai Mara in search of water and pasture.

Related article: Best time to visit Kenya for safari

Getting There

Getting to Kenya's Masai Mara is a very easy task. You can go by road or charter a domestic flight to one of the many airstrips that are found in Masai Mara.

Masai Mara is located about 220 kilometres from Nairobi and the drive can take between 4 and 5 hours.

Where To Stay

As a popular tourist destination, Masai Mara has very many options for accommodation. Whether you prefer luxury in the wild or camping, Masai Mara has the options you want.

During the high season when many visitors are around for the great migration, you are advised to book in time especially if you want to get the lodges that are close to the Mara river where the animals have to escape the hungry crocodiles and angry hippos.

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