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Masai Mara National Reserve

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The Masai Mara Reserve constitutes a relatively small part of the whole Mara eco-system, which is in turn, a tiny week piece of the larger eco-system which includes the vast Serengeti

The Masai Mara Reserve constitutes a relatively small part of the whole Mara eco-system, which is in turn, a tiny week piece of the larger eco-system which includes the vast Serengeti.  While best known for the great wildebeest migration, the Mara is an extraordinary wildlife destination.  Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

The Reserve is surrounded by a dispersal area of private/community run conservancies.  Both the Reserve and the Conservation Area contain a large number of small (and some not so small) camps and lodges.  The Reserve developed earlier and was the original focus for wildlife viewing, while the Conservation Area has come up in the last ten years in response to a growing need to protect the Mara from creeping "civilization" and human development.  Both areas offer excellent game viewing, although there are parts of both that can get pretty busy with tourist traffic at peak times of the year.

If you are staying within the Reserve, you'll be in the prime seats for the migration, but you may have to put up with seeing more people.  Those staying in camps on the periphery will have the opportunity to spend a day in the reserve and can return to the relative calm of the quieter Conservation Area at the end of the day.

 

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A few of our favourite places to stay:

Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp is a recent addition to the Mara Reserve and has

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Little Governor’s Camp

A small-ish traditional safari-style tented camp tucked in

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Rekero Tented Camp

When you remove the frills from a safari camp it has to rely on

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