Holidays to the Maasai Mara, Kenya

As the birthplace of the safari Kenya boasts a range of stunning national parks, but the undisputed jewel in its crown is the Maasai Mara. 1,510 square kilometres of plains brimming with diverse wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to nature’s greatest spectacle. The Great Migration sees over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles make their epic journey from the Serengeti.

You’d be hard-pushed to visit the Maasai Mara and not spot the Big Five: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo. You’re likely to catch more than a glimpse of cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, giraffe and antelope as well, with exceptionally high populations of these animals. But what makes the Maasai Mara unique isn’t just the animals you observe – it’s how you observe them. Instead of a typical safari vehicle, why not set out in a specialised photographic safari vehicle? With unbroken views and 360-degree swivel chairs to optimise your photo opportunities, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to get some incredible shots. 

If you want to get even closer to nature, a horseback safari is another option. In addition to panoramic views, you may also find the animals you’re searching for are less shy once the vehicle engine hum is out of the equation. Those who are feeling even more intrepid can set out on a walking safari, guided by members of the Maasai, the indigenous people of the region. Exploring the plains on foot is a breath-taking and humbling experience, and an opportunity to appreciate the unique lifestyle of the nomadic Maasai people.

If all this sounds a little too close for comfort, you might want to appreciate this extraordinary ecosystem from a greater distance – around 300 metres, to be precise. Gliding for several kilometres in a hot air balloon over the sweeping plains, you can expect unbelievable views and a unique perspective over this ancient landscape, glowing in the dawn light.

Living in the heart of the bush with herds of cattle, goats, donkeys and sheep, the Maasai are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Whether you explore their villages, visit a traditional boma (the clay and cow-dung huts in which they live), or hike up to a hillside at sunset to watch them perform their traditional dance and song in the half-light, the Maasai are sure to amaze you with their ingrained capacity to coexist with formidable species in this harsh, yet utterly enchanting landscape.

Jen
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Maasai Mara Trip Ideas

Here are some trip ideas that include the Maasai Mara. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

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When to go to the Maasai Mara

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