The Masai Mara Game Safari
If you want to see the ‘big five’ in one morning, Masai Mara in western Kenya is the place to be. During the dry season from July to October the wildlife spectacle is unparalleled. Nowhere else can you watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest from a hot-air balloon. The ‘Mara’ is as close to “Out of Africa” as you can get.
The Masai Mara is a wildlife-filled savanna habitat contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. There is a fantastic variety of animals to see on your safari and some of the icons you can find roaming the Masai Mara include giraffes walking the plains, elephants at waterholes or sometimes investigating your camp, the occasional rhino standing its ground, hyenas scouting for food, hippos and crocodiles in the waterways, and lions resting in the shade. These are then joined once a year by millions of wildebeest accompanied by zebra and antelope, which cross from the dry grass in Tanzania to the lush green savanna of the Masai Mara.
There are some excellent camps to enjoy the Masai Mara where you will head onto the plains to find the animals. Because of the number of tourists that want to enjoy the area, make sure you choose an environmentally and culturally responsible operator for your Masai Mara safari.
You can enjoy some fantastic Masai Mara camps, such as the Governors Camp as an entry level choice to enjoy the environment for incredible animal sightings and photographic opportunities. This is one the Mara’s original camps and continues to provide one of the region’s best experiences. Governors Camp was once reserved for Kenya’s colonial governors to enjoy the heart of the Masai Mara as the best place for wildlife sightings. The camp also contains some specific family-styled camps making it a great choice for a family vacation.
If you would like a little more privacy and comfort while on safari, you can choose the Little Governors Camp, the Governors Private Camp, or the more luxurious Il Moran Camp, which is considered one of the Masai Mara’s premier safari camps. All of these camps provide fantastic wildlife safaris with varying degrees of privacy to explore the habitat and wildlife. From these camps, you can also enjoy one of the most incredible ways to experience these open savanna habitats, on a hot air balloon flight.
With its own airstrip for the savanna, Loldia House is a fantastic choice before your visit to the impressive Masai Mara and makes a great base to explore some of the other top attractions and things to do in Kenya. You will be treated to life as an early settler in the country and the area offers a fantastic place to relax before your safari adventure.