Big game viewing
in Kenya’s Masai Mara

See the best of big game, staying in small camps in outstanding areas of the Masai Mara.

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Viewing Big Game in the Masai Mara

A safari experience to see the best of big game, staying in small camps in outstanding wildlife areas in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Great guiding, far from the crowds.

The Masai Mara is still one of the best game experiences you could hope to have. Aside from the undeniably spectacular prospect of seeing tens of thousands of wildebeest brave the crocodiles as they cross the Mara River en masse, the Mara has a huge variety of general wildlife and among the best chances to get great views of lion, cheetah and even leopard.

The rolling plains and treed thickets are reminiscent of the days of early explorers and many of the small camps retain the same authentic, low-key feel that we like so much.

A fairly concentrated wildlife experience, days start early to take advantage of predators on the move, but afternoons are spent lazily in camp before heading out once again in the cool of the evening. Although the migration (July – October) is a highlight, good wildlife can be found out of season, with the added benefit of fewer people.

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Small camps in remote Kenya

The Mara has seen a lot of development over the past 15 years and so you need to choose carefully where to go. Community conservancies now provide an important buffer to the reserve itself and these are often the best places to find small, authentic camps in beautiful areas, far from the busier game routes.

Here, you can enjoy fantastic game drives and walks amongst the undulating plains and treed thickets that are so typical of the Mara.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT THE MASAI MARA

The best time to visit the Masai Mara for the migration is between July and October, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t consider another time of year, which may be just as rewarding.

The Mara is best known for the great wildebeest migration, which moves up from the Serengeti from around July until sometime in October, when it starts to head back south again. The phenomenal spectacle of river crossings and plains dotted with game as far as the horizon is certainly a major highlight.

However, not all game migrates and so it is certainly worth considering the Mara outside of the peak seasons (when the human population also takes a dive).

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE MASAI MARA

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Highlights
  • Home to greatest migration on earth
  • Classic African safari scenery
  • Sweeping plains and epic wildlife
  • Acacia trees across the horizon
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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges in the Mara

These small and intimate camps off the beaten track in the Masai Mara will get you into the most game-rich areas in Kenya
Kicheche Mara Camp

A well put together, traditional safari camp, and it’s somewhere you’ll get excellent game viewing and comfortable accommodation.

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Governor’s Camp

The first permanent tented camp in the Mara and enjoys prime location and is great for couples, families and friends wanting to experience the Masai Mara.

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Kicheche Bush Camp

Spacious and tastefully furnished, the six bespoke tents are equipped with either twin or double beds, one can be made up as a triple if need be.

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Kichaka Safari Camp

Kichaka Safari Camp in Ruaha National Park is a shining example of how to quietly get the best from the African bush.

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Little Governor’s Camp

All the Governor’s properties are unfenced so you may find yourself needing to make way for some larger lunchtime guests.

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Richard’s Camp

Richard’s Camp has only eight tents tucked away in a patch of woodland close to the Mara River, and this is what makes it special.

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