Why Masai Mara?
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Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Kenya

What We Love
  1. Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration
  2. Excellent year-round wildlife viewing
  3. Game drives, walks & hot air balloon safaris
  4. Meet the Maasai people
  5. Stay in a private conservancy – off-road driving & night drives
  6. Superb big cat sightings – lion, leopard & cheetah

Why Masai Mara?

The Masai Mara National Reserve & its neighbouring conservancies form Kenya’s flagship conservation area & is – without a doubt – one of Africa’s top safari destinations.

Experience The vast, open plains of the Mara attract an abundance of wildlife like elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hyena & the Mara’s big cats: lion, leopard & cheetah.

One of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles can be seen here. Each year between August & November, the Mara is a welcomed pit stop for endless masses of wildebeest, zebra & gazelle that follow the rains on their death-defying, 2,900 km circular journey.

Before the wildebeest can reach the Mara’s fresh grazing from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, they must conquer the dramatic, crocodile-infested rivers – a wonderful sight to behold.

For close-up encounters with Africa’s predators & big game, make sure you stay in a private conservancy that allows off-road driving & night drives.

Activities The focus at Masai Mara is on open 4x4 game drives & walking safaris with Maasai warriors. Game drives will take guests right into the middle of the action & ensure close-up encounters with Africa’s wildlife. Guests can experience both morning & afternoon game drives led by expert local guides.

Some lodges also offer night drives with a spotlight, focusing on the more elusive nocturnal animals. Another highlight is exploring the bush from a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon. After the flight, guests are treated to a champagne breakfast – the perfect start to a morning in the Mara.

When To Travel The Masai Mara offers superb year-round wildlife viewing, so for general game viewing there is no real ‘best time to go.’ High season (June to October) you will find cooler, dryer weather & the most crowds while low season (November to March) brings hotter & wetter weather, but fewer crowds. During low season there are more baby animals around & birding is great.

The best time to see the world-famous Wildebeest Migration is usually between August to November, but this depends on the rainfall patterns. Calving season for the Mara’s resident animals is between December & January.

Migration Explained

January In January, the herds move south from the northeast region into the area near Lake Ndutu.

February & March February to March is calving season when over 8,000 wildebeest babies are born each day, so guests can witness the bittersweet interaction between fierce predators & wobbly calves.

April & May Between April & May, the herds generally move northwest towards the Moru & Simba Kopjes. Breeding is now in full swing & around May the calves are stronger, so the herds move a little quicker into the central Serengeti.

June During June, they are usually in the central Serengeti & preparing for the toughest part of their journey. The herds may have split up, with some already crossing the Grumeti River.

July During July, they have reached the Grumeti region & northern parts of the Serengeti, facing their biggest obstacle yet: the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River.

August August is generally the best time to witness river crossings from the northern Serengeti to the Masai Mara.

September In September, the herd breaks into smaller groups, with the majority crossing over to the Masai Mara & some (less than half) remain in the northern Serengeti.

October In October, the best chance to see them is still in the Masai Mara. Opt to stay in one of the less-crowded private conservancies where off-road driving & night drives are permitted.

November Normally, the short rains begin in November - tempting the wildebeest to leave the dry Mara for the rejuvenated Serengeti. Generally, they can be seen in the Serengeti’s northeastern region where they may split into smaller groups before continuing their journey southward.

December In December, the herds move south towards fresh grazing & cover the northern & eastern Serengeti in preparation for another action-packed 3,000 km journey.

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