If the Great Migration were a famous opera, then the Masai Mara would be the stage. You can picture the scene. The Masai Mara in real life supersedes all expectations with its noble Masai pastoralists, big skies, grasslands and distinctive acacia trees. Add a million migrating wildebeest, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles and the predators that prey on them. Here is Nature’s award-winning production.

Established in 1961 and covering 580 square miles, the Masai Mara is simply a must do when visiting Kenya. Lying in the southeast of Kenya, the Mara (as it is affectionately known by locals) is home to the largest concentration of large mammals on the planet. As the ancient homeland of the Masaai tribe – with their distinctive appearance and welcoming attitude – the Masai Mara has also been recognized as an area of significant cultural importance.

Most famous for The Great Migration (nicknamed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’), the best time to visit the Masai Mara is during the winter months of August to October when the migration is in full swing. During this time, the Mara witnesses a staggering 1.4 million wildebeest, 200 000 zebra and 300 000 gazelles travel from the neighboring Serengeti across the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures, complete with predators in tow. Witnessing this spectacle is nothing short of epic, and undoubtedly a memory to cherish for the rest of your life.

Whether it be by game drive, bush walk or a majestic hot air balloon ride, the seemingly endless plains of the Masai Mara will leave one feeling completely in awe of the natural world. With a vastness that’s almost incomprehensible, this is untouched Africa at it’s magnificent best.


Camille Rowe


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Entim Camp is tucked on the edge of the riverine woodlands. From the shaded seclusion of this attractively-designed camp, guests can relax in luxury and admire unforgettable views over the Mara River and across expansive plains, with the distant backdrops of undulating escarpments and volcanically-sculpted hills. From the veranda of each tent it is even possible to witness the breathtaking sight of thousands of Wildebeest crossing the river during their annual migration through this vast wilderness area. Read More


Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s newly-opened safari camp, which is located on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, north of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Situated about 240kms due west of Nairobi, the best way to access it is by plane from the city’s Wilson Airport. The flight takes one hour and is a beautiful, fascinating flight to the Mara North airstrip, where the camp does transfers. The 12 unique tents were designed and constructed by Kenyans and are not your average safari lodge. Read More


‘Angama’ means ‘suspended in mid air’ in Swahili and it couldn’t be a more suitable name for this safari property, perched on the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and overlooking the magnificent Mara Triangle. Glorious views as far as the horizon are part and parcel of the five-star tented suite experience and with ringside seats of the comings and goings of the Big Five as well as the Great Migration in this northern corner of the Maasai Mara , wildlife enthusiasts are truly spoilt for choice. For bird lovers, the proliferation of species in this East African idyll is equally fascinating. Read More


Set in the heart of the private Olare Orok Conservancy and a stone's throw from the north of the world-famous Masai Mara National Conservancy, Mara Plains Camp has many perks counting in its favour - from being rich in wildlife, low in vehicle density (only one guest tent per 700 acres!), and brimming with luxury charm, thanks to high-quality canvas tents arranged along the Ntiakatek River. Read More

Situated in a private conservation area on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kichwa Tembo is a luxurious tented camp where guests get the best of both worlds. With its Hemingway tents and buildings crafted from natural materials, the lodge captures the essence of the African bush. It has recently been totally renovated and is looking fabulous. Read More


The only safari camp in the exclusive Ol Kinyei conservancy of the Kenya Masai Mara, the intimate tented Mara Porini camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. Sustainable tourism at its best, this pristine wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the main reserve is owned by the Masai communities and offers unbeatable Big 5 game viewing accompanied by knowledgeable Masai guides. Read More


A luxurious bush retreat consisting of 10 comfortable tents, Porini Lion Camp is set on the banks Ntiakatiak River in the Olare Orok Conservancy. This privately owned reserve borders Kenya's celebrated African safari region - the Maasai Mara. Its exclusivity, together with its remote location, ensures that guests are able to escape the crowds and immerse themselves completely in the untamed beauty of the African bush. Read More

Taking reference from a bygone era of safari style, this Masai Mara based tented camp is an excellent example of eco tourism hard at work. Despite its eco credentials, Karen Blixen Camp remains a style driven, luxury home-from-home in the Kenyan wilderness and features superb wild animal sightings, gourmet food and a wellness menu for extra pampering in between bush activities. Read More

An intimate and comfortable family-owned camp deep in the Ol Choro conservancy of Kenya’s Masai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp has an age-old appeal and classic safari atmosphere. Richard’s father founded the Ol Choro Conservancy, Richard himself grew up here, and the local Masai guides have a long association with the family so that guests benefit from in depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife. The prolific resident game within the conservancy provide a wealth of fascinating sightings year round, and game drives also visit the Masai Mara Reserve to witness dramatic river crossings during the great migration Read More


The traditional tented Governors Camp is tucked away on the banks of the Mara River in the north-west corner of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Abundant game and a beautiful setting right on the path of the great wildebeest migration show why this spot was the favourite safari location reserved to the Governors of Kenya in colonial days. All the elements of an authentic safari in Africa combine with modern comforts for a memorable African safari vacation. Read More