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Originally established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948, and as a national park in 1974 the Masai Mara (also sometimes spelled Maasai Mara) is the most visited park in Kenya and also one of the most well-known game parks in Africa. The park is approximately 1,510 km ² (583 mi ² ) in size and is located just north of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. In fact, ... ...

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 23, 2017   |   Visited: Mar 2016.
Beautiful place to spend Vacations and wild safaris. From all angles one can spot animals just basking.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 20, 2017   |   Visited: Oct 2016.
The Masai Mara is a destination which is suitable for the entire family and is good for first-time and returning visitors. A must-do adventure safari activity is the sunrise balloon flights safari.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 15, 2016   |   Visited: Sep 2016.
Been to the Maasai Mara countless times and every time the Mara offers a new experience. The most thrilling activity here has to be the great wildebeest migration. So definitely my first stop has always been the Mara Triangle, anytime between July and December.

However, this doesn't mean that there is no much activity during other months! My favorite stops any ... read more
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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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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 24, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 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.
Masai Mara is regarded as one of the 8th wonders of the world because of its annual great wildebeest migration between July and October. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 01, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Yes the great Migration season in Maasai Mara starts now and goes to the end of Oct every year. But the best of best time to visit and be guaranteed to see the real migration is from August to end of September. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 27, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
This safari is to Kenya's greatest concentration of game - the Maasai Mara. We pass through Kenya's Rift Valley Escarpments which offers some of the most breath taking views.

Maasai Mara is considered as Kenya's & East Africa's finest game sanctuary; it is here that the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place -The great annual Savannah Migration!... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 16, 2015   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
Home to the annual wildebeest migration, Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa's greatest wildlife reserves because it delivers a spectacle of wildlife all year round and is also ideal for a balloon safari.

During the great migration, between the months of July and October,the Masai Mara is one of the best game reserve where you can actually encounter a l... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 15, 2015   |   Visited: Mar 2015.
The world famous Masai Mara Game Park with its millions of wildlife, especially during the migration of the wildebeest in June/July and August of each year. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 03, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Maybe your local zoo has lions, leopards, zebras or elephants. Maybe they even have wildebeest. But we bet they don't have 1.3 million wildebeest—never mind 1.3 million wildebeest in migration, with predators in hot pursuit. It's one of the most awesome sights in nature. July is a great time to witness the great migration in Masai Mara Game Reserve, but it's also g... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 07, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2015.
Masai Mara has the best game drive ever including the big five: lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard. There are also giraffe and cheetahs and many species of antelope, like wildebeest and topi. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 07, 2015   |   Visited: Oct 2008.
I was so fortunate to be able to do a safari during the prime wildebeest migration time. I was in Kenya in early October for a visit to Mombasa and knew I had to somehow squeeze in a trip to Masai Mara. I only was able to spend three full days there, but it was so neat to see the migration. It was quite crowded, though, as it's much smaller than the Serengeti. Camp... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 31, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2014.
Maasai mara national reserve is a must visit whether you are a first timer or a repeat safari guest. Every moment in the park is a moment of surprise when it comes to wildlife action and variety.

I always prefer a minimum of two nights stay in the mara whereby one of the days is dedicated to a full days game drive with picnic lunch on the banks of the mara river... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 25, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2014.
This is the only national park in Kenya that you can see the Big five. We have just finished a familiarization trip which was very adventurers. The wildlife in this park is great. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 26, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
This wonderful game reserve is located in south-western part of Kenya, bordering the world famous Serengeti eco-system. It truly is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary and one of the best in the whole of Africa. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds too are prolific, including migrant birds and bi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 14, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2004.
Masai Mara in Kenya, the most incredible place to see an abundance of wildlife, looks like they are waiting for you!
The quantities of wildebeest are a figure you can't imagine
Elephants, zebras and animals in every corner. Crocs patiently waiting in the Mara River until the zebras or wildebeest decide to cross the river and then they cull out the weak.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 03, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
This place is blessed, go there any time of the year and you are not surprised.
I cant say a lot because you need to visit here and have a memory of lifetime. It's home to big five, many animals and hey if you do a balloon safari and see animals from above, it's a dream come true. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 12, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
The Mara is unique for many reason, but it is also over crowded with lodges and people. If you are a serious photographer, you have to be on a private tour where you can avoid the them.
Despite all that there are so many wonders to experience. It has so many different types of habitat.
The variety of species both mammal & bird is extensive, if you have the time. ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 09, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
I visited the Masai Mara Reserve in August 2014. It's a real premier destination. I was lucky to see all the big five including the lions,cheetahs,leopards,elephants and buffaloes. The park has very many species of birds. The vast green rolling plains of the park full of many wild animals such as zebras,hyenas and antelopes are very amazing and memorable. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 05, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2008.
If you are one to check animals off your list, Masai Mara is the area to visit. I wanted to see a bat eared fox, I saw a den of bat eared foxes. I wanted to see hyenas devouring bones, I saw families gnawing on wildebeast carcasses. Baby cheetahs, rhinos---a leopard. And dik diks everywhere. And marabou patiently waiting. Visit the Mara, you won't be disappoi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 09, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2013.
I saw so many wild animals some I had never seen before. The staff are very friendly and the driver guides knew where to go to find all the amazing animals. Wonderful history. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Masai Mara is known as one of the most popular reserve in Kenya. It has the big five which include the lion, elephant,leopard, rhino and cape buffalo. It also features the annual migration which is between July and October.
The best time to view the animals is either at dawn or dusk.

Masai Mara is actually the main reason why visitors come to Kenya, because the... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 05, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Masai Mara has a wide variety of wildlife and it's easy to spot animals, including the big five.

Accommodation variety are in different categories depending with your budget from budget campsite to semi budget camps to mid-rage lodge luxury camp and lodges.



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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 15, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2011.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is simply unbelievable!
Our guide, David, showed us all but one animal that lives in the Reserve! Visiting the Masai village was so fun and interesting! read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 12, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2012.
The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. It is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. It is about 270 km (168 miles) from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.
Everything about this reserve is outstanding.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 12, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is arguably the most popular safari destination on Earth and it’s easy to see why. The land is famous for its wealth of cheetahs, lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants and other unique animal species, some found only in Kenya. It’s also the sight of the Great Migration in summer and early autumn, where the likes of Thomson’s gazelle, wil... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 06, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
The Mara, as the locals call it, stands out tall among the other parks in many ways. On a normal game drive, you will notice that you can see the big five in one package. This does not occur anywhere else so easily. The big cats in this park are numerous. They can be spotted across the grassland plains and, somehow, I think they have gotten used to the humans; they... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 24, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2012.
I visited the Masai Mara in December, when the migration is nowhere near Kenya, so, to be fair, my review may not accurately review the park when it's at its peak. However, when I was there, I did see ample wildlife and was impressed by how close we could get.
What I really enjoyed was spending a half day with the Masai and watching them jump. Yes, it is touristy... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 20, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2010.
I visited the Masai Mara on a college course trip. Our safari consisted of two nights sleeping in beds within canvas tents. There was a toilet and a shower in each tent, and even electricity in the evening until 10pm when the generators abruptly cut off. But, it was more than enough when you're in the middle of the Serengeti grasslands and you have the most beautif... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 14, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
Located in the Southwest part of Kenya, Masai Mara is undoubtedly one of the top National Reserves in the world. My visit to the reserve did not disappoint. It took a six-hour drive from Nairobi to the Mara but there are 45 minute flights to the park.

I got the chance to see all kinds of wildlife that I could imagine from the big cats to buffalo and elephants. S... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 28, 2013   |   Visited: Jun 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... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 24, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
Masai Mara National Reserve is part of the larger Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and boasts an exceptional selection of classic African safari wildlife species and game viewing. The reserve boasts of its spectacular wildlife all year round, with a very healthy predator count. It is also a haven for birdwatchers who would like to give themselves a treat with dazzling arra... read more

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Wildebeest
Waterbuck
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African buffalo
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 15, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
Maybe your local zoo has lions, leopards, zebras or elephants. Maybe they even have wildebeest. But I bet they don't have 1.3 million wildebeest—never mind 1.3 million wildebeest in migration, with predators in hot pursuit. It's one of the most awesome sights in nature, and you can see it at Masai Mara in southwestern Kenya. This is a place to one should die to vis... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 23, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2012.
No doubt, the Masai Mara in Kenya is the worlds most famous and best safari destination and fantastic for wildlife photography.

All year round great wildlife sightings
Big 5 and Big Cat sightings, sometimes all cats within one game drive
The Great Migration of the big herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle
The dramatic Mara River crossings of the big herds
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 18, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
The Masai Mara and Serengeti are essentially the same place, separated by the colonial rulers drawing of national boundaries 100 odd years ago. Following recommendations I went to the Mara Triangle, the north western third of the park, separated from the rest by the Mara River. Beneath the backdrop of Volcanic Hills it certainly felt less crowded than I would have ... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Sep 03, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2012.
Which place comes to your mind whenever you hear something to do with wildlife? I believe that Masai Mara is one of the things that you comes to your mind. As a proud Kenyan, I have taken it as my responsibility to take a local safari during my leave month. In 2012, I decided to take a vacation in Masai Mara. My trip was simply Awesome.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 02, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2013.
The 14 hour drive to Masai Mara National Park through the Great Rift Valley was certainly worth it despite the wretched, pot hole riddled, dusty, dangerous, back country tracks that you could ever imagine. On our way to the park were the cultured Masai people who live in mud huts, and who also practice pastoralism. Their cattle are enclosed within a fence that is m... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Aug 24, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
A Maasai Mara safari is a great adventure like no other. The main attraction, of course, is the amazing Migration of wildebeests across the Mara River between August and November every year. We visited Masai Mara National Reserve in August 2012 which is considered to be the peak season for Tourism there. We checked in to Mara Serena Lodge.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 01, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2013.
To local or international tourists, Masai Mara has always inspired this unparalleled breath taking awe. Visiting Masai Mara is a fast addiction sooner than anyone might notice. To someone who has been to Kenyan’s premier tourist destination, the 4 to 5 hours of travel by road to Masai Mara might seem just like an hour. I have always had this pregnant expectation th... read more

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Lion
Wildebeest
Zebra
Hippopotamus
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(1/5 stars) Written on: May 23, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
The seventh safari was at the Masai Mara National Reserve still in Kenya. We arrived at the Masai by plane and were greeted warmly by the drivers who met us at the airstrip who drove us through the camp, just like that our safari had already begun. On our way to the campsite we saw some leopards relaxing after a bounty feast their stomachs full en eyes drowsy, the ... read more

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Giraffe
Wildebeest
Zebra
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 11, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2012.
Masai Mara is probably the most interesting national park one can ever visit. It is Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve which is at South west of Kenya. It stretches about 1,510 sq Km and about 1550-2180 meters above sea level. This reserve will take your a breath after a day or two of visiting. This national reserve has gone into the Guinness book of records for th... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 11, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2008.
The Maaai Mara is home to the amazing annual Wildebeest migration.
Traveling to the Mara in time for this is a treat. With the migration, one is able to watch hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and accompanying zebras, gazelles and other herbivores in one place, as they make their journey from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania. It is quite an amazing site!
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2004.
The Masai Mara is truly an amazing place for the abundance of wildlife that it hosts. You can travel to other parks in Kenya to see particular species; however if you want to experience everything all in one place, then the Mara is a sure bet. The open savannahs make for breath-taking views, excellent visibility for seeing wildlife, and you really feel as though ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
The Masai Mara is the perfect gateway, where you get to see millions of animals on the move. If you are interested in seeing ‘Africa’s Big Five,’ in their natural environment, then a Masai Mara Safari holiday is the most ideal for you. Not only do you get to see the lion, but also the red-robed Masai warriors make daring but well calculated advances in the quintess... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 1993.
There was a tented camp next to the gate of the park we called “home” for a few days; outdoor kitchen, benches under the acacia tree for bonfires… magical. We learned “Malaika” – a song about angels, from the local Maasai and Kikuyu boys.

Dawn meant coffee, then driving into the park to see OUR FIRST ELEPHANT!! How TINY it looked all alone on the plain… it w... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 02, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2008.
The Masai Mara is much small and more compact than the Serengeti. It was definitely more crowded, but what was different was that we could do more off-road driving and get away from the crowds. This is a good and a bad thing as we were able to follow animals who were not near the road, which was stressful for them. The hotels in Masai Mara were, in my opinion, of a... read more
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Safari suitability: 10 / 10
Big five game, excellent tourist infrastructure and close proximity to major international airport. Let the safari begin!
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