Masai Mara National Reserve


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Exactly what you imagine a safari to be like

Written on: November 28, 2013   |   I visited in June 2009 As I drove through the Masai Mara, I couldn't help but think to myself... "Disney really got it right". All those movies I'd seen about Africa seem to have been based off of the landscapes and wildlife of the Mara. Unbelievable.

I spent a 3-day safari touring through the Mara with a backpacker operator based out of Nairobi. We drove through massive plains full of zebra, elephant and giraffe, observed lions and vultures sharing a kill, drove through the wildebeest migration, watched as a cheetah yawned in the shade, and so much more. Given the volume of tourists that travel through this park, the animals are unperturbed by approaching trucks. Provided your truck can sneak through the other safari trucks observing a sight, you'll get unparalleled viewing. The crowds however, are a downside.

Luckily enough, our trip coincided with the wildebeest migration which is one of the more incredible sights I've seen on the continent. At the time, they were making the crossing from the Serengeti over to the Mara in search of greener pastures. Upon reaching the Kenya/Tanzania border, we were met by literally thousands of wildebeest, all marching together north. We spent hours observing as wildebeest jump nimbly across rivers, run through ravines and slowly cruise across the plains. I didn't honestly appreciate how spectacular this was until seeing only handfuls of wildebeest at a time in other national parks.

Following a day in the truck, a highlight for many was also a visit to the local Masai communities. A dance performance and tour of the village is typically included - as is a bit of shopping. While these trips do feel a little disingenuous, the Masai culture is impressive all the same.

If you're looking for that typical African experience, this is the park to start at. It is especially great for budget travelers since you're able to stay on the border of the park and travel in each day, seeing the exact same game as the high end lodges.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 09, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2016.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is the best wildlife park for big cats viewing, with great concentration on game you will definitely feel your safari expectations met to your satisfaction. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 10, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2016.
What a fabulous reserve. On our first day we saw the big 5 including lions with a kill then coming down to drink at a stream and a male lion roaring while looking for his pride. Couldn't have asked for more. It was fantastic and our guide was just wonderful. Antonio was very knowledgeable and ethical in regard to the welfare of the animals and obeying the rules of... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 13, 2016   |   Visited: Oct 2011.
Masai Mara is Kenyan pride, it has all one would look for when it comes to African Safaris, the big 5,many species of birds, cultural visits, & beautiful scenery! read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 07, 2016   |   Visited: Sep 2015.
The Mara is a relatively small park. If visited in the off-peak seasons, you can access a very wide variety of animals. Having visited it many times over the last 30 years, I have never been disappointed.

This year a group of aspiring photographers and I were also treated to an unusually late and breathtaking migration crossing. The scene lasted just a few minut... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 28, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Masai Mara gives you an opportunity to experience the great migration considered as the 8th world wonder. You'll witness the hunting by the big cats as well as see the other members of big 5.

This is once in a lifetime experience,. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 26, 2016   |   Visited: Feb 2016.
We made a safari to Maasai Mara and We enjoyed all the incredible animals, getting to see the Big Five plus numerous others. We took many great pictures & videoed the whole safari for many special memories. Everything including the wonderful Serena hotels & Ashnil luxury tents & knowledgeable drivers with excellent driving skills definitely met our expectations.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 15, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
The adventure in Masai Mara was so great and with the best part so far for view the wildlife. You have great camps to stay at, too (Governors main camp, Little governor, II Moran) just to mention few.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 05, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
If having a few days to Africa/Kenya and you would wish to have a wild experience then you will not go wrong with 3 or 4 days to Maasai Mara. You will have a chance to do the game drives with 90% assurance of seeing all the BIG five, most of the wildlife and many bird specie--not forgetting the wildebeest migration if you visit between the months of July and Octobe... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 21, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Maasai Mara is Kenya's most outstanding wildlife marvel where the beautiful rolling savanna makes it easy for a wonderful and enjoyable game drive. The great Migration season in Maasai Mara starts between July and ends in Oct every year. The best of best time to visit and be guaranteed to see the real migration is from August to end of September. Masai Mara is rega... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 10, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Masai Mara is truly a must-see destination with stunning scenery, abundant and varied wildlife, and an incredible sense of authenticity thanks to the Masai involvement. We highly recommend taking a balloon safari (we used Balloon Safaris Ltd.) as it was a highlight of our trip. Our Australian pilot spotted a huge male lion and a family of five cheetah among the he... read more
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