What can we say? It was without doubt the best holiday either of us have ever had, and we have been on some good ones in the past. We would like to thank Paul for all his hard work, great patience and his very good advice.
Karen & Martin
Maasai Mara National Reserve is the finest wildlife park in Kenya for a whole host of reasons, it comprises a great wedge of undulating grasslands watered by the Mara River and is an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to the south.
This Maasai Mara is one place in Africa where animals still exist in the concentrations that existed in the nineteenth century, the numbers, especially when the Wildebeest are in residence can be truly staggering. The variety is also amazing with all the big five fairly common as well as cheetah, giraffe hippo and mega sized crocodile. It is sometimes possible to see a dozen different species at one time.
The terrain makes the animals very visible at any time of the year making for great photographic opportunities and enhancing the possibility of witnessing predator action.
It is the Wildebeest migration that plants the Maasai Mara in the imagination, when with lemming like instinct nearly two million animals gather on the parched plains of the Serengeti to begin the long journey north to the rich, sweet, grasses of the Mara. The animals arrive in July and August pouring over the Mara river with its giant crocodiles, the river claims thousands of animals as they try to cross, often in treacherous conditions. Many are fatally injured as they plunge in or are trampled by the herd, the ever watchful crocodiles pick off even more. The noisy impact of the migration is awesome both at the river crossings and on the plains where the multitudes graze and frolic for as far as the eye can see and the superabundance of meat ensures a healthy predator population.
Safari club itineraries use mainly luxury tented camps in our itineraries to ensure a more authentic experience. Many are located in the private conservancies surrounding the reserve where visitor numbers are restricted ensuring a more exclusive experience. Also Night drives, game walks and driving offrioad are permitted whech are activties not allowed within the boundaries of the unfenced Maasai Mara Reserve.
We also offer a number of lodges within the park boundaries including the award winning Governors Camp home to the “Big Cat Diary”
With good flight connections the Maasai Mara complements perfectly a safari in Amboseli National Park or Kenya's less well known Northern Parks, Meru, Shaba or the Laikipia Plateau as well as a few lazy days on the white palm fringed beaches of Lamu or Mombasa.
The optimum time to visit is during the annual wildebeest migration when you may witness the wildebeest crossing the river between July and October. Outside of the migration season the game viewing remains exceptional and it is much less expensive to visit, so clients on a more limited budget may choose to visit during the shoulder season months.
In our opinion the Maasai Mara is an essential component of any wildlife Safari in Kenya and can be relied upon to provide some of the best game viewing in Africa.