Nowhere in Kenya has captured the world’s imagination quite like the Masai Mara. This huge expanse of breathtaking vistas, endless plains and abundant wildlife is the ultimate African Safari cliché. A real-life Nat Geo documentary, not only are you are almost guaranteed to see the Big 5 but are surrounded with wildlife the moment you set foot in the reserve.
Together with the adjoining Serengeti it is the largest Kingdom of animals on earth. The reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game. Hundreds of big-maned lions, large numbers of cheetah and leopards, spotted hyenas and jackals, some 1,500 elephants, tens of thousands of antelope of more than a dozen species from the tiny dik-dik to the huge eland, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, herds of buffalo, Masai giraffe, and migratory Burchell’s zebras and wildebeest in their hundreds of thousands make the region a magnet for safaris of every stripe. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.
There are several things to do in and around the Masai Mara Reserve. From game drives, walking safaris to cultural tours with the Masai people. Visiting a traditional Maasai village is frequently included in a safari package to the Masai Mara. While not really an authentic experience you may learn a thing or two about the Maasai.
Hot Air Ballooning is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of experiencing the Mara. A highly recommend activity especially for the adventurous guest who plans to stay at the reserve for more than three days. The hot air balloon flights however need to be pre-arranged by your trip representative to ensure guaranteed availability due to the limited space of passengers that can be accommodated in a balloon.