Experience the Great Migration and spot the Big Five in this famous game reserve with one of the highest year-round concentrations of wildlife.
The Great Migration is of course one of the most famous reasons to visit the Maasai Mara, when herds of wildebeest pour in from the Serengeti at some point between July and October. This is of course an amazing sight and definitely a bucket-list experience. You will never forget the sound of herds of clattering hooves as they make their treacherous crossing of the Mara River, hoping to avoid the crocodiles.
Often named the Masai Mara or more commonly just as The Mara, the area is named after the Maasai people who inhabit this area and the river which crosses the plains. The Maasai Mara has an incredibly high concentration of wildlife all year round. It is not too difficult to spot graceful giraffes, beautiful cheetahs, and large pods of hippos as well as the much sought-after Big Five. Another common sight are the red shawls of the Maasai tribe as they graze their cattle on the land. The opportunity to learn about the Maasai people and their way of life is a fascinating element to any Kenyan safari.
For a more exclusive safari experience there are several conservancies that border the Maasai Mara National Park and offer excellent game viewing and far fewer tourists. Land to the north and the east of the Maasai Mara has been leased from the Maasai tribes and converted into wildlife conservancies. The income generated by tourism is fed back into local communities and the number of camps permitted is limited which creates a perfectly cyclical and low-impact form of tourism which benefits the local community and allows for a more authentic experience. Visitors benefit from a closer connection to the land and the Maasai people and more private experiences such as night drives and guided bush walks which aren’t possible in the Maasai Mara.
These conservancies are the perfect way to experience a Kenyan safari in an exclusive and conscious manner.