Masai Mara Safari

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Masai Mara is a year-round safari

The Masai Mara is a year-round safari destination thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and relatively benign climate. Its elevated setting means average maximum temperatures vary little between 26°C and 28°C (79°F – 82°F). Nights are warm to mild. Rain can fall at any time of year but there are also two distinct rainy seasons – the short rains between September and November, and the long, heavy rains from March to May.

The best time to visit the Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration is from mid-June until the end of November. Beginning with their arrival at the Mara River at June, the river-crossing drama peaks in July and August before the herds spread out over the greater Masai Mara area. For the next three months, game viewing is at its most rewarding but some areas of the reserve become crowded – we highly recommend staying in a private reserve at this time.

A Masai Mara safari can be equally rewarding out of migration season too. The dry December to early March period sees many animals gathering at water, making for great sightings and easy photography.

Dec/ Jan/ Feb/ Mar
Migration mainly in Serengeti but great regular game viewing in Masai Mara
Apr/ May
Heavy rain at times, migration is in Serengeti
Jun/ Jul/ Aug
Migration returns to Masai Mara; river crossings & excellent game viewing
Sep/ Oct/ Nov
Migration in Masai Mara, excellent sightings of massed herds & predators
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Mara provides year-round game viewing

1. Watch the Migration

It’s Nature’s greatest show: a million animals on the move. The croc-filled river crossings provide the greatest drama but you’ll need to book well ahead for the best places – ask us how.

2. Enjoy a View for Two

Many Masai Mara lodges specialise in discreet romance. Couples on honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion can look forward to sumptuous lodgings, private pools & table-for-two dining.

3. Walk with Maasai

Maasai herders share the savannah with big game: you’ll have opportunities to visit local communities & learn about village life. The traditional ‘jumping dance’ is a highlight on these sensitively-conducted tours.

4. Track the Cats

With this much wildlife on the hoof, the Masai Mara is a Year-round paradise for lions, leopards & cheetahs but your chances of seeing them in action are greater when the migrating wildebeest arrive.

5. Go Private

Avoid peak-season crowds by staying a private reserve adjoining the Masai Mara. You’ll enjoy exclusive sightings, night drives & plenty of privacy – perfect for discerning travellers & honeymooners.

6. Fly High

Start the day the Mara way: watching dawn break over the savannah – from 1 000 feet up. A hot-air balloon flight delivers the best view imaginable & there’s champagne waiting for you on touchdown.

7. Bring the Family

Several Masai Mara lodges offer child-based safari activities, childminders & private vehicles for family drives. Accommodation ranges from 4-sleeper tented suites to private family villas

8. Walk the Wild

Setting out on a walking safari in the Masai Mara ecosystem not only offers you the chance to stretch your legs, but also the opportunity to focus on some of the smaller ecosystems that are often overlooked

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