Masai Mara Game Reserve is based in the Southern-West part of Kenya and one of the highly revered safari destinations in the world. Contrary to the common perception, Masai Mara is a game reserve and not a national park meaning that the management of the reserve is under the local community through the Narok County Government. The national reserve neighbors’ different private conservancies as well as the famed Serengeti National Park making it a great choice for those who are looking for assured game viewing experience.
The name Masai Mara is has been coined from the local native Maasai people and the Mara river which meanders through the reserve and acts as a major water source for the different species of animals that call Masai Mara home. Since there are no fences in the Masai Mara, it is common for the wildlife to roam freely even to the neighboring conservancies.
Over the years, Safari Fellows have been offering bespoke safari tours to Masai Mara. The Masai Mara safari packages listed below are just a selection of the many Masai Mara tours that we offer. The packages comprise of Kenya safari Mara which can be categorized into different categories since there are packages that only visit Masai Mara while other packages visit Masai Mara and other parks in Kenya while others include visit to Masai Mara and Serengeti in Tanzania. We can also customize a Masai Mara tour package according to your preferences. Feel free to contact our Safari Experts who will happily respond to any questions that you might have regarding the Masai Mara tour packages that we offer. Al packages to Masai Mara start from either Nairobi or Mombasa
Masai Mara Short Stay Safari Tours – 2 & 3 Days
2 Days Masai Mara Safari
This is 2 days and 1-night safari commencing from Nairobi. In this safari you get to tour Masai Mara on road. En-route to Masai Mara National Park, you get to see the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Once in the reserve, you will enjoy game drives and see different game. In Masai Mara, you can enjoy a hot air balloon safari for an added cost of $450 per person.
3 Days Private Safari – Masai Mara
This is a private Masai Mara Safari where you travel by road from Nairobi to Masai Mara. On your way to Masai Mara you are going to stop at various viewpoints and marvel at the Great Rift Valley escarpment. You can arrange for a visit to a local Masai village for an additional cost of $20 per person. This safari to Masai Mara lasts 3 days and 2 nights. On the second day of the safari, you will spend the entire day in this breathtaking game reserve.
3 Days Group Sharing Safari to Masai Mara
This safari is ideal for groups. As a group, you get to visit Masai Mara National Game Reserve. You will see enjoy great game drive in this expansive game reserve. Lions, crocodiles, giraffes, Zebra are some of the many animals you are going to see. The group safari is offered twice a week, you get to join other people and go for a safari together.
3 Days Masai Mara Fly-In Safari from Nairobi
3 days safari tour to Masai Mara that commences from Nairobi and returns to Nairobi. Rather than drive to the famed Masai Mara game reserve, you get to fly to the reserve and by doing that, you save a lot of time that you would have spent travelling to the park from Nairobi.
3 Days Masai Mara Fly-In Safari from Mombasa
3 days safari tour to Masai Mara that commences from Mombasa and returns to Mombasa. Rather than drive to the famed Masai Mara game reserve, you get to fly to the reserve and by doing that, you save a lot of time that you would have spent travelling to the park from Nairobi.
Masai Mara Medium Stay Safari Tours – 4, 5, 6 Days
4 Days Safari to Masai Mara
The Safari Departs from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. For four nights and 3 days, you will visit the vast Masai Mara Park which boasts numerous game. There will be morning, mid-day, and afternoon game viewing drives. On this safari, there is a high chance that you will get to spot the big five.
4 Days Safari to Lake Nakuru Masai Mara From Nairobi
A safari that will take 4 days and 3 nights. The highlights of the safari are Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara Game Reserve. En-route to the park, you will have stops to view Rift Valley Escarpment, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Nakuru. Lions, elephants, rhinos, flamingos, zebra, hyenas, monkeys are just some of the various game that you will see in this safari.
5 Days Safari to Amboseli, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara
This is a 5 Days and 4 nights safari departing from Nairobi and tours Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara. Hippos, lions, herds of elephants, zebras, snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, gazelles, hyenas are just some of the game that you will see.
5 Days Safari – Ol Pejeta Game Sanctuary, Lake Naivasha and Masai
The safari stars in Nairobi and proceeds to Ol Pajeta conservancy. It then proceeds to Lake Naivasha and then Masai Mara before ending in Nairobi. The Safari lasts 5 nights and 4 days.
6 Days Safari to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli and Tsavo West
A 6 Days and 5 nights safari which takes you to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park, and Tsavo West National Park. This is a great safari that will showcase Kenya’s wildlife to the visitors.
6 Days Safari to Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara
A 6 Days and 5 nights safari that tours The Great Lakes (Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Naivasha) and Masai Mara Game Reserve. The safari visits the Great Rift Valley region. You will see a lot of game as well as differed scenic landscapes.
Masai Mara Long Stay Safari Tours – 8 Days
Nairobi | Masai Mara |Lake Victoria| Ngorongoro |Tarangire |Nairobi – 8 days Safari
An 8 days and 7 nights safari that departs from Nairobi, key destinations in both Kenya and Tanzania before returning to Nairobi.
Game Viewing in Masai Mara
When it comes to the best game viewing spots in this vast game reserve, the sections that lie between Esoit Oloololo and the Mara river are considered to be the best sections that offer the best game viewing opportunities. Indeed, some of the game that you are almost guaranteed of spotting in this section comprises of crocodile, lion, elephants, impala, zebra, hippos, and Grant’s gazelles among others.
Masai Mara offers superb game viewing experiences throughout the year due to the fact that the park acts as home to a wide variety of game. For those who are keen on the famous wildebeest migration, it takes place in Masai Mara from July to November of each year. The systematic migration of the almost two million wildebeest makes the migration spectacular. Indeed, over 2 million wildlife that comprises of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle all take party in this phenomenon as they migrate in search for greener pastures. Through their senses, the wildebeest are assured that by crossing the Mara river, they will reach to the Mara plains where grass which they feed on is plenty.
Unknown to wildebeest and other animals crossing river Mara, hungry crocodiles lie in wait to feast on the migrating animals. The spectacle of staring at wildebeest or a zebra facing of with huge Mara river crocodiles is something to behold. After getting hold of the migrating animals, the crocodiles always aim to drag the animals back to the river so that they can drown them while on the other hand, the animal caught strives to hold its ground and proceed with the migration. At times, the migration gets out of control resulting to a stampede that leaves many migrating animals dead even though that is part of nature as scavengers get their turn to eat while hippos are faced with a challenging task of clearing the rivers.
The final bit of migration unfolds in November and its triggered by the short rains as the wildebeest proceed to the Serengeti for the calving season that usually takes place between December and January. During the calving season, there is a lot of grass in the Serengeti as we as surface water and due to that, the wildebeest, antelope, and even zebra consider this to be the best time to give birth. On the other hand, the increased population of the young ones presents an ideal opportunity for the predators such as lion and cheetahs to bring up their young ones and this presents superb photo moments for nature lovers.
How To Go For a Safari to Masai Mara
To have a safari in Masai Mara, you will either fly in to Masai Mara or drive to the game reserve. If you opt to fly in to Masai Mara, your flight to Masai Mara departs from Wilson Airport which is about eighteen kilometers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Usually, those who have limited time are the ones who opt for the fly in option with the duration of the flight from Wilson to Masai Mara being 45 minutes. However, take note that flying to Masai Mara is obviously expensive when compared to driving to Masai Mara from Nairobi.
A drive from Masai Mara to Nairobi takes four to five hours. If you have abundant time, it is always advisable that you opt for the drive-in option since on your way to Masai Mara, you are going to enjoy great scenic views of the Great Rift Valley escarpments from different viewpoints. Safari Fellows safaris to Masai Mara are offered on daily basis and on private basis. Thus, even if you are only three of you planning to go for a safari to Masai Mara, Safari Fellows will be more than happy to take you on a lifetime African Safari.
Best Time To Visit Masai Mara
Taking into consideration the different animal species that reside in Masai Mara, you will be able to spot different types of animals in the reserve at any time of the year. However, if you are only interested in the spectacle that is created by the migration, then you should consider having your Kenya safari Masai Mara during the migration season which starts in July and ends in November. It is also important to note that even if you opted to go to Masai Mara safari during months that are not considered to be migration months, you are still going to have a great game viewing experience with the only exception been the migration. The main advantage of going to safari during the off-peak season is that the parks are not crowded meaning that you have great and memorable game viewing experience.
Hot Air Balloon Safari in Masai Mara
A hot air balloon safari is always exciting irrespective of the environment that it is taken in. However, taking a hot air balloon in Masai Mara is incomparable to any other balloon ride and it should be an experience that any person who is going for a safari in Masai Mara should consider. However, in order to be able to enjoy the hot air balloon safari in Masai Mara, it is recommended that you ensure that your stay in the game reserve lasts at least 3 days. In addition, you need to inform Safari Fellows Travel Experts in advance if you want to book a hot air safari so that we can ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place for you to take part in this activity once you are in Masai Mara. The balloon only accommodates 16 people and due to the popularity of Masai Mara hot air balloon safari, it is always advisable that the balloon ride is booked well in advance.
When on the hot air balloon safari, the inflation of the balloon as well as the preparation process always provides the best experience. The basket of the balloon which is usually weaved from woven wicker or rattan is divided into different compartments in order to make sure that you are safe and you have at the same time have a great experience. The crew are competent and have many years of flying the balloons. They will direct the balloons to sections of the park where they are certain that you will see various game. In addition to that, they will also alert you whenever there is an animal to be sighted when on the hot air balloon.
The hot air balloon provides you with an exceptional game viewing angle that cannot be offered when going for a game viewing drive in Masai Mara. At times, the crew will take the balloon to high levels to so that you can see many miles of the part from above. For those who want to enjoy their own private hot air balloon safari, Safari Fellows can also be able to arrange for it. Just inform our Safari Experts about your preferences of hot air balloon safari in Mara and they will ensure that you will be provided with the service that you requested. The hot air balloon safari lasts for an hour and once you have landed safely, you usually get to enjoy buffet breakfast in the bush. Despite its high price, the experience of the hot air balloon safari justifies the high price.
Horseback Riding Safari In Masai Mara
When going for your Masai Mara safari, there is the option of enjoying a horse ride while at the same time spotting the game once you are in Masai Mara. By tranversing the vast Masai Mara at the back of a horse, you are going to be impressed by the unspoiled beauty of the plains, rivers, streams and even the savannas that stretch from horizon to horizon. If you are interested in horseback ride safari once you are in Masai Mara, get in touch with our Safari Experts and we will organize you the safari.
Places to Stay in Masai Mara
Due to our experience and networks established over the years, Safari Fellows is in a position to recommend a variety of accommodations to all visitors who are going for a Safari to Masai Mara. Specifically, we have strong relationships with over 150 safari lodges and tented camps that vary from economy, standard, and luxury standards. Thus, once you have contacted our Safari Experts and informed them the kind of accommodation that you will prefer, we promise that we are going to offer you your preferred accommodation in the Masai Mara Safari package that we will offer you. Normally, the five key areas of Masai Mara that you can stay in comprises of; Nothern Masai Mara, Eastern Masai Mara, Southern Masai Mara, Western Masai Mara, and Central Masai. In all these areas, al the standards of accommodation are available. However, it is important to point out that different types of season attract different rates of accommodation. For example, the rate paid during the low season is lower when compared to the rate paid during the peak season or during Christmas and New Year period.
What to Pack When Going To Masai Mara Safari
When you are going for a safari to Masai Mara, it is always recommended that you pack; a book or magazine that you can read or relax after the game viewing drives once you are back to your safari lodge or tented camp, a great camera-can even be a phone- to take great photos for the memories, a jacket to shield you from the morning cold, good safari clothes – the clothes you take with you need to be comfy and if possible, do not take white clothes since it can at times be dusty and white clothes will easily get the dust, a sun hat, sun grasses, and even sun screen which will ensure that you protect yourself from the sun which can at times be very strong, and quality binoculars which will enhance you game viewing experience by making sure that you do not miss anything.
Safari Fellows – The Best Masai Mara Safari Tours
Obviously, there are many tour operators that offer Masai Mara safari packages. Thus, if you have not used our services in the past you are likely to ponder the reason why you should book Masai Mara safari with Safari Fellows. Below are just some of the reason why Safari Fellows should be your preferred company when it comes to African Safaris:
24/7 – While other tour operators are only open during the working hours, Safari Fellows is open 24/7 irrespective of whether it is a weekend, public holiday or any other period. Therefore, when you book Masai Mara safari package with Safari Fellows you can be assured that you are booking with a professional company that will always be there for you. We know that you are likely to be from a different time zone and for that reason, we have put measures in place to ensure that irrespective of your time zone, you can contact us about any enquiry you might have and be assured to get a prompt reply.
Pay deposit and clear balance on arrival – Having organized many safari tour packages for different guests over the years, we have come to realize that many guests are not comfortable when asked to pay the entire safari price upfront. To address these concerns, Safari Fellows changed its booking policy so that guests can be able to pay only a deposit of the safari that they are booking (40%) and clear the balance on arrival at the time when the safari will be commencing.
Kenyan Based Operator – Masai Mara is based in Kenya which is also the case with Safari Fellows. Thus, by booking your Masai Mara holiday with Safari Fellows, you will be dealing with a Kenyan firm that is actually going to take you for the safari. As a result, since there are no commissions to be paid to the big tour firms linking you with us, you end up paying affordable prices for your safari.
Tailor Made Custom Safaris – Safari Fellows encourages guests to tailor make their safaris so that they can have the best safari experiences that will last in their memories for a long time. By using our custom safari services, you will be able to design your own safari package with help of our Safari Experts. Specifically, you get to decide when you want to go for safari, the type of accommodation when on safari, and the parks and other attractions to visit when on the safari.