- Masai Mara Safari
What Regions or Countries to Combine
Such is the scale of the Masai Mara’s wildlife that it can stand-alone as a single destination but it is usually combined with other safari destinations in East Africa. Kenya’s other parks such as Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Samburu Reserve are among the most popular but with Tanzania lying next door, many travellers add the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to the mix. It’s easy to finish off with a beach holiday too: Kenya’s mainland and Indian Ocean island beaches are a short flight away – ask us how.
Easy game viewing and postcard-perfect views of Mount Kilimanjaro (actually over the border in Tanzania) make Amboseli an easy and rewarding add-on option. Several luxury safari lodges are scattered throughout the park and you’ll explore on game drives, horse-back safaris and guided nature walks.
Home to the wildebeest migration between November and June, the Serengeti provides some of its most dramatic episodes – the birthing season, the march of the herds and the infamous Grumeti River crossings. It’s easy to experience: the Serengeti adjoins the Masai Mara and many tours combine the two destinations.
It is Africa’s easiest Big 5 game viewing: rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo can all be seen on the floor of the crater – sometimes in a single day. Crater wetlands are home to great rafts of hippo and flamingos. Accommodation is perched on the rim itself or further away on leafy tea plantations.