- Masai Mara Safari
Over a million wildebeest migrating
A Masai Mara safari delivers the quintessential East African experience. Its tented camps overlook sprawling plains studded with acacia trees and grazing antelope. Red-robed Maasai herdsmen tend their cattle on the savannah, co-existing with the wildlife and celebrating their passage into manhood with the famous ‘jumping dance’.
And from June to November the biggest show on earth arrives: the migration – over a million wildebeest returning to the Masai Mara from the Serengeti. Forced across the crocodile-filled rivers that stand in their way, the herds provide a thrilling spectacle of nature at its rawest. Back in the Masai Mara, the wildebeest face the attention of more predators – big cats, spotted hyenas and wild dogs – making it one of Africa’s must-see destinations for safari travellers.
But you don’t have to visit the Masai Mara in migration season to guarantee a memorable safari. Its abundant resident wildlife provides year-round game viewing while out-of-migration-season travellers enjoy the advantage of fewer other visitors, lower accommodation prices and a lush and green landscape.
The Masai Mara is a safari destination with broad appeal. Activities range from game drives and cultural tours to hot-air balloon safaris. Honeymooners and couples will love the Mara’s more intimate and exclusive camps; parents will be pleased to find camps with babyminders, activities for children, and 4-sleeper family suites.
During the migration months, when visitor numbers are highest, we recommend beating the crowds by staying at a Masai Mara concession. The privately-run reserves are home to excellent accommodation and offer everything the Masai Mara delivers plus night drives, nature walks and exclusive, off-road wildlife sightings.
Talk to Safari Online about a Masai Mara safari. We’ll recommend the best tour or accommodation for your requirements. We can also tailor-make an itinerary for you including Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater or experiences such as gorilla trekking and beach holidays.