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The Masai Mara National Reserve, known locally as "The Mara," is located in South Western Kenya along the border with Tanzania. It directly connects with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.

This reserve is named after the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area. The Maasai Mara is a popular safari destination because of its world-famous Great Migration of over 2 million animals.

The rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes of the Maasai Mara make it a must-see destination for anyone interested in African wildlife. The reserve offers a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, including lions, elephants, zebras, and giraffes, in their natural habitat.


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.

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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.