Kenya is the home of the original safari holiday and the annual migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara and back is truly an once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Perhaps the most famous game reserve in the world, the Masai Mara is a land of vast savannahs. It is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and the Masaai people. The reserve offers excellent game viewing throughout the year and not only during the migration, which can be unpredictable as it does not fall on a specific date, depending instead on when the rains fall.
Visitors to this region are spoilt for choice with luxury safari camps available either in the park or on the surrounding conservancies that offer a more exclusive experience including game walks and night drives which are not allowed in the park. This part of Kenya is also the heartland of the Maasai people who live in harmony with nature.
Highlights during any trip to the Masai Mara include:
- The annual Wildebeest Migration. This truly is one of the greatest natural shows on earth!
- Visit a local village for insight into the traditions of the semi-nomadic Masaai people. It is a must on any visit to the region.
- A hot-air balloon flight over the Masai Mara is a safari experience beyond compare.
Masai Mara Accommodation
Africa's Great Rift Valley
Angama Mara is a remarkable new safari lodge balanced on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, overlooking what many deem the loveliest game reserve on thecontinent, Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The sky melts into the endless plains in a vista so wide it takes your breath away. It’s a place where the romance of canvas combines with dramatic guest areas in a fresh approach to safari lodge design. Inspired by the Swahili word for "suspended in mid air", Angama Mara seems to float 300 meters above the Maasai Mara. Every morning hot-air balloons sail past the 10-meter-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of the tented suites. The lodge, just a five-minute drive from the private airstrip comprises two totally separate and intimate camps and each of the 15 tented guest suites is situated right where all the romantic ‘Ngong Hills’ scenes were filmed for the movie Out of Africa.
Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Promising a wonderful wilderness experience, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is set in Kenya’s famous Masai Mara National Reserve in the midst of a spectacular array of wildlife. Accommodation is in elegant suites that are set amongst the forest and equipped with luxury touches and modern facilities. Guests will be spoilt by the attention of private butlers, delicious cuisine and the opportunity to go for night drives and bush walks when staying at this luxury camp.
Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp
The elegant Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve is the ideal destination for travellers looking for an authentic, luxury African safari experience. The spacious 18 tents contain vast beds, leather chairs, stunning views from private verandas and are imbued with the spirit and atmosphere of the vintage safari. Romantic and comfortable accommodation is on offer as well as personalised butler service, gourmet cuisine and front-row seats for the annual ‘great migration’.
Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River. The fourteen canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. All have parquet floors, four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking the river. From around July to October grunting herds of wildebeest and zebra cover the plains, often crossing the river between Tanzania and Kenya.