The Masai Mara Safari can be an unforgettable adventure for you and your family. Widely renowned for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, the Masai Mara National Reserve is definitely a dream site for a safari enthusiast.

A trip to this breathtaking site will allow you to witness crystal blue skies combined with a mesmerizing birds-eye-view of the golden African plains and its wonderful inhabitants. Most Masai Mara Safari packages offer jeep safari experience for travellers to allow for closer and personal encounter with lions, elephants and other wildlife.

The feeling of witnessing countless wildebeest and zebras grazing lazily can be awe-inspiring. The Masai Mara is home to the highest concentration of wild animals in the world. Interestingly, more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals are found here!

If you wish to treat yourself with much more than the gorgeous endless plains, try exploring over a dozen community conservancies, group estates and villages in the area.

Best Time to Visit

Masai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya offers an ideal climate and brilliant year-round game viewing. The average temperatures during daytime from June to August remain quite comfortable (around 77 F / 25 C) and 79 F (26 C) to 82 F (28 C) in September through May. The nights get cooler (around 50 F / 10 C) from June to August and 55 F (13 C) in September through May.

The travellers get daylight of around 12 hours to enjoy outdoor African safari vacation activities.

Masai Mara Reserve experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. The long cool-dry season from July to October is considered by most to be the best time of year to visit Masai Mara. The flora is less dense which makes it easier for visitors to witness animals.

The Best Mara Safari

The Mara offers many unique experiences, depending on one’s travel preferences.

Things to Do

Masai Mara, located in southwestern Kenya, is renowned for its stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife. Here are some things to do in Masai Mara:

Game Drives

This is the most popular activities to do in Mara. Explore the reserve on a safari game drive to witness the gorgeous diversity of wildlife. The Mara is renowned among travellers for the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and several other species.

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Conservancy Visits

You can plan visit to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy to explore the surrounding wildlife conservancies. This is the place you can experience a more exclusive and intimate safari experience.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

We would recommend you to experience the breathtaking beauty of Masai Mara from the sky by booking a hot air balloon safari. The experience is unique perspective and gives a chance to witness wonderful wildlife from above.

Nature Walks

Some Masai Mara Safari packages include lodges and camps that offer guided nature walks. These will help you to get an opportunity to explore the smaller details of the ecosystem, including plants, insects, and birdlife.

Visit a Maasai Village

It is a beautiful experience to engage with the local Maasai people, known for their rich culture and traditions. A visit to Maasai village will give you the opportunity to learn about their customs, dances, and way of life.

Bird Watching

If you are a bird enthusiast, Masai Mara is a must visit. It is home to over 450 bird species, including birds of prey, water birds, and migratory species.

Great Migration Viewing

The Great Migration happens between July and October. This is the best time to witness thousands of wildebeest and other animals crossing the Mara River.

Before Your Safari

  • It is advised to consult your travel clinic and know about necessary vaccinations well in advance.
  • You may require taking the right prophylactic for malaria. Check with your doctor about the same. Although the risk is low during Green Season (November to April) and very low during peak season (July to October), travellers planning to visit rural villages outside the Masai Mara National Reserve are at higher risk.
  • In case, you plan to do scuba diving after safari, consult a doctor as certain may interfere with the safety of diving.

During Your Safari

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher (both summer and winter)
  • Wear a good quality wide brimmed hat – even in winter!
  • Listen to the guides and follow their instructions and pay heed to their warnings. They are experienced and know best. They are appointed with the purpose of keeping you safe in the wild.
  • Strictly avoid late nights in your camp or lodge’s bar. Since wake-up calls for game drives are super early, sleeping late may make you miss out on experiencing the real magic of safari.
  • Your camp may be fenced for safety but you should always walk to your tent with a guide or escort at night to avoid any danger.
  • It is strictly prohibited to keep food in your tent or room as this may attract an unwanted visit in the middle of the night!

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Money and Spending in Masai Mara

The national currency in the region is the Kenyan Shilling. However, US Dollars are widely accepted. It is advised to carry cash (in US dollars, preferably) for sundry purchases and extra activities such as ballooning.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in Nairobi and the bigger lodges.

Tipping is widely appreciated in the region for good service. However, it’s entirely at your discretion. The best amount for tipping is a 10% of the overall amount when a service charge is not included in your bill.

Etiquette

  • Good manners and courtesy are important to be followed throughout Kenya which is a reasonably conservative society.
  • It is important to always ask permission before photographing local people.

Things to Pack

  • Light casual wear in neutral colours (green, white, grey, khaki) ideal for jungle environment.
  • Avoid colors like white, black, blue and other bright patterns as these have a tendency to attract insects or distract game.
  • Warm jacket for game drives in the evening.